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Best Vegan Comfort Food Restaurants in Raleigh

(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.

The Fiction Kitchen

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

Purple Cabbage

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

Gringo A Go Go

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

Aladdin’s Eatery North Hills

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

Irregardless Cafe

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

Mellow Mushroom Raleigh

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)

Guasaca Arepa & Salsa Grill

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

Pieology

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)

Yard House

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 ®

BurgerFi

 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.

The Remedy Diner

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

Nafkot Ethiopian Restaurant

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)

Sitti

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)

Boss of Vegan

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.  

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Cierra Smith | Editor

Raleigh-born writer passionate about cultural awareness and social change. You’ll typically find me somewhere studying a language, writing, or doing pilates. Consider me a health-conscious foodie with an interest in all diets and lifestyles.

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