No more Tofu

Just a heads up… Tupelo Honey Cafe and Heist Brewery have done away with their tofu options.

Tupelo is on a mission to prove southern cuisine is no friend to vegans as they revamp their menu and continue to expand in other markets. After reaching out to them several times with no response. just skip Tupelo.

Heist did offer to throw together a vegan meal which was pretty good, but you’ll pay whatever price they charge for it, which was a little steep.

Pint Central in Plaza Midwood actually does list their vegan options on the menu with a V+. There aren’t a ton of options, but they do have some unique selections in the cauliflower bites and eggplant dip. It appears a few other items could be made vegan by subtracting the cheese (not confirmed, just based on menu perusal). So go check them out for a good patio, good beer. and some fried cauliflower bites or if you’re feeling a little more health-conscious, opt for the roasted vegetables.

Plant Pure Nation

Plant Pure Nation will be showing Wednesday, April 8th at Movie Grill Epicenter in Uptown Charlotte. They are also conducting a Kickstarter campaign through May 14th  in hopes to increase marketing and broaden the release of the movie on July 4th.  So, buy tickets and see it on April 8th, if you like it and think it deserves to be seen by the masses, give them some love at Kickstarter. Hopefully, it can have as big of an impact as Forks Over Knives did.

Synopsis : “The documentary film PlantPure Nation tells the story of three people on a quest to spread the message of one of the most important health breakthroughs of all time.  When nutritional scientist and author T. Colin Campbell inspires Kentucky State Representative Tom Riner to propose a pilot program documenting the health benefits of a plant-based diet, they inadvertently set in motion a series of events that expose powerful forces opposed to the diet. When industry lobbyists kill the pilot program, Dr. Campbell’s oldest son Nelson decides to try his own grassroots approach in his hometown of Mebane, North Carolina.”

Watch the trailer here.


CLT Vegan Happenings (3-16-15)

Eco-licious Closing
In sad news, at the end of March, Eco-licious will be closing their brick and mortar store after serving the Charlotte community since 2011. Help them lighten their moving load by picking up some vegan goodies at a discounted rate. They will maintain their online store which you can find here.

Bean opens marketplace
In slightly old but good news, Bean opened up a one-stop, full-scale, vegan market where you can get everything from refrigerated specialty brands such as Chao Cheese, Beyond Meat, as well as homemade salad dressings and desserts to non-refrigerated goodies such as chips, peanut butter, etc. Basically this means that when you go eat at Bean, expect to spend twice as much as you used to when just going for a meal, but at least you won’t have to make a trip to Whole Foods.

Whole Foods Uptown
In distant future news…speaking of Whole Foods, last month they announced plans to open an Uptown location in 2017.

Charlotte Vegfest 2015
Put it on your calendar if you haven’t already, because Charlotte Vegfest is only two months away, May 16th, 2015. The three scheduled speakers are The Humane League leader of Charlotte, Andrea Gunn, The Vegan Black Metal Chef, and Ginny Messina (the Vegan RD). Messina is a registered dietitian and expert on nutrition and also is the co-author of several books including the quintessential vegan guide “Vegan For Life.” 



South End Staples

Here are 3 of my vegan staples in South End. All three are easy to get to along the light rail or rail trail through South End.

Common Market – We seriously eat here at least twice a week. While not a vegan or vegetarian establishment, they are extremely vegan friendly. I’m not sure why they don’t just name my order after me to save us both time. Straight Jacket soy (Tofu-lin sliced tofu, baby spinach, tomato, onion, carrot, cucumber and red pepper) on a tomato basil wrap, add vegan thousand island, add sriracha, add banana peppers. If that doesn’t sound good, they have hummus and vegan cheese as well with an option to make your own wrap. Salad is another option and they always seem to have at least one vegan soup. Plus, they have a refrigerated section that is always stocked with some good vegan sides like curried chickpea salad or chicken-less chicken salad. For dessert, they have vegan cupcakes in the fridge or vegan cookies and other treats out on the shelves. 

Phat Burrito - Chipotle is taking their sweet time getting sofritas into the Charlotte market, so we’re lucky to have a good burrito option in the area already. I had written off Phat Burrito after a few bad experiences at the now-closed location in Elizabeth, but I am glad we gave the original South End spot another shot. They offer a tofu or veggie burrito (squash, zucchini, mushrooms). I usually get the tofu burrito and add the veggies and guac, then some salsa from the salsa bar. It can be quite filling, so if you are looking for something lighter, try Luna’s.

Luna’s Living Kitchen - Don’t really need to say a whole lot about Luna’s. Totally vegan, mostly raw, everyone loves it…according to Yelp. My one warning is just remember that it is raw before you order the Lunasanga expecting an old fashioned lasagna.


The Tin Kitchen

I have yet to partake in a Food Truck Friday, aside from walking through and hoping a vegan food truck has arrived without me knowing. Sadly, Charlotte is still waiting on our first vegan food truck. Maybe The Masa Casa will upgrade from cart to truck someday? In the meantime, we’re left with trying to piece together a meal without animal flesh or secretions hiding inside. I’ve started reaching out to food trucks in search of vegan options.

Here’s what I’ve heard so far…which isn’t much, so let us know if you find anything.

From The Tin Kitchen:

Thanks for reaching out.  Our vegan options are:
 Chana Masala Tacos without the Goat Cheese,
Buffalo Cauliflower Salad without Slaw or Bleu Cheese (we have a nice Smoked Tomato Vin for this)
Soup of the day (depending on the day – Today we ran Gazpacho for example).
Sides:  Charro Beans, Chips & Salsa Pickled Veggies (Green Rice is not vegan, as it has small amounts of butter)
We also occasionally do veggie specials (which can typically be made vegan).  Like with the soup, this typically depends on the day – and at FTF, we advertise, so have your followers follow our twitter/FB feeds for more info.
 We always do our best to meet dietary preferences or restrictions, so if a guest sees something we haven’t thought of, we will happily try to accommodate!  Just ask at the truck!


From Auto Burger and Fry Guys:

The black bean is vegan friendly but the aioli is mayo based . Fries are and oil are good

Vegan Happenings

  • New vegan offering
     Charlotte has a vegan food cart and it is delicious! The Masa Casa first showed up at Vegfest this year and has been popping up on Fridays and Sundays ever since. They serve up two different tamales that change regularly. Be sure to get some of their two available sauces for peak satisfaction. They don’t seem to have set locations, although Friday nights outside Eco-Licious seems to be a safe bet. Be sure to get there on the earlier side because they tend to sell out before the night is over. Definitely check them out and like them on Facebook to find out where exactly they will be.
  • The Luna’s Move
    In case you missed it, one of the vegan staples of Charlotte relocated all the way across the parking lot into a bigger, better space. The inside space is clean, bright and totally inviting. Don’t worry, they have an improved patio space. The menu looks pretty much the same, but I think they added two sandwiches that I don’t remember previously. I tried the mock tuna and was very satisfied, however the kale salad for the side was even more amazing.