(The Triangle Trend) — Veganism and plant-based diets have been growing like wildfire in the U.S. With this health-conscious movement comes a need for convenient, delicious food one can enjoy without having to prepare themselves. Because changing your diet or lifestyle doesn’t mean you automatically start to love to cook or you stop craving good ‘ole Southern meals. Raleigh vegans are no exception. Here’s a list of the 13 best local spots that offer 100% plant-based comfort food options, including pizza, cheesecake, and burgers.
All links connect to the restaurant’s official websites, where you can view contact information, hours of operation, and read their full menus.
428 S Dawson St, Raleigh, NC 27601
Thoughtfully prepared vegan and vegetarian cuisine from a 100% vegetarian kitchen.
Vegan Favorites: Crispy Fried Mock “Chicken” and Waffles, N.C. Peanut Noodle Bowl, Cornmeal-Fried Mushrooms, Ganache Truffle Pie
306 E Hargett St, Suite A, Raleigh, NC 27601
Locally grown, fresh produce served in meals or in the restaurant’s famous produce subscription boxes.
Vegan Favorites: Zoodles and Vegan Meatballs, Quinoa Salad, Tofu Slaw, Chickpea Salad Sandwich
100 N Person St, Raleigh, NC 27601
Authentic Mexican cuisine made from fresh, flavorful, locally sourced ingredients..
Vegan Favorites: Vegan “Chicken” Chilaquiles, Vegan “Beef” (Soy) Tacos, Nopales Burritos
4209 Lassiter Mill Rd #136, Raleigh, NC 27609
Freshly prepared Lebanese cuisine packed with naturally nutritious ingredients.
Vegan Favorites: Baba Gannouj, Falafels, Baba Falafel Rolled, Hummus Tabouli Garden Rolled
901 W Morgan St, Raleigh, NC 27603
Farm-to-Table locally sourced meals paired with live music weeknights and dancing show Saturday nights.
Vegan Favorites: Black Bean Burger Wrap, Chile Relleno, Crispy Tofu Romesco, Jackfruit Enchiladas, Strawberry ‘Cheese’cake
4209 Lassiter Mill Rd #136, Raleigh, NC 27609
Homemade pizzas, calzones, hoagies, sandwiches, burgers, and salads, with vegan and gluten-free options.
Vegan Favorites: Veg Out PIzza, Cosmic Carma Pizza, Holy Shiitake Pizza (Must be ordered with vegan cheese and vegan crusts)
4025 Lake Boone Trail #107, Raleigh, NC 27607
Local locations also at Hillsborough St, Morrisville, & Durham
Guasaca bases their food in South American cuisine while embracing some of the wonderful elements of American cuisine. They avoid the use of any processed ingredients or pre-made products.
Vegan Favorites: Arepas filled with caramelized onions, plantains, pico de gallo, & black beans
4158 Main at North Hills St, Suite 103, Raleigh, NC 27609
Create-your-own pizzeria founded to serve nourishing pizzas from high-quality ingredients. All pizzas can be made with Daiya Mozzarella Vegan Cheese and Gluten-Free crust for a completely vegan meal. The Cauliflower crust is not vegan.
Vegan Favorites: Vegan “Spicy Italian Sausage Rounds”, Vegan “Beef Meatballs”, Vegan “Cheese” Pizza, Veggie Pesto Pizza (ordered with Vegan Cheese & GF crust)
4208 Six Forks Rd, 110, Raleigh, NC 27609
Sports chain known for its large variety of beers and traditional American cuisine.
Vegan Favorites: Gardein ® Wings, Gardein ® Orange Chicken, Beyond Burger ®
3004 Wake Forest Rd, Suite 100, Raleigh, NC 27609
Originally known for its grass-fed beef free of hormones, antibiotics, and steroids, BurgerFi has expanded its menu to include both vegan-friendly and vegetarian-friendly American cuisine. A local burger joint favorite for its eco-friendly environment.
Vegan Favorites: Vegan Beyond Burger ® and Fries. Unfortunately, their onion rings are not vegan.
927 W Morgan St, Raleigh, NC 27603
Southern American cuisine diner known for its extensive vegetarian and vegan-friendly appetizers, entrees, sides, and kids meals. Soy-based comfort food and dairy-free options including vegan ranch, vegan cheese, and vegan mayo.
Vegan Favorites: Vegan BLT, Vegan Hot & Gooey (Soy fried chicken and vegan bacon smothered in vegan cheese and gravy on a biscuit. Served with seasoned potatoes), Vegan BBQ Roll, Vegan Philly Fakesteak
2109 Avent Ferry Rd #146, Raleigh, NC 27606
Traditional Ethiopian cuisine and authentic home-cooked style meals. Deliciously seasoned food made from fresh ingredients picked to enhance the Ethiopian flavors.
Vegan Favorites: Nafkot Vegetarian Combo (a combination of split peas, lentil, chick peas, cabbage, beetroot, and vegetables), Shiro with Gommen (powdered and highly seasoned chickpeas in Berber sauce served with collard green)
137 S Wilmington St, Raleigh, NC 27601
Delicious authentic Lebanese cuisine offering dishes for all diets, including gluten-free, vegetarian, and vegan.
Vegan Favorites: Falafel Wrap, Hummus, Mouhamra (hot pepper dip), Fassoulia (Armenian braised beans)
2161 S Wilmington St, Raleigh, NC 27603
3108 Glenn Road, Durham, NC 27704
Delightful vegan eatery with with two locations. They also offer specialty vegan groceries adding creative at-home dine-in options.
Favorite: Chili burger with seasoned chips and fresh lemonade.