Blackfish in Charlotte

According to the official Blackfish movie website, screenings will begin in Charlotte at the Manor Theatre on August 23rd. This movie has already received outstanding reviews since its release in January. It is a documentary about a killer whale that has killed several people while in captivity and explores the unintended consequences of keeping these animals in captivity through interviews with former trainers and other shocking footage. 

If you can’t catch it in the theater, CNN will air it as part of their CNN Films on October 24 at 9 pm.

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Restaurant Spotlight: Chuy’s

While it is great to have dedicated vegan restaurants, it’s not always feasible to dine at one given the location you’re in or the company you’re dining with. That’s why whenever I see a new restaurant opening up, my first thought is to find out if they have any vegan options. Ideally every restaurant would at the very least mark items that are vegan or that could be made vegan. A pipe dream goal of mine is to work with local restaurants and identify all the vegan choices and either have them identified on their menu or produce a special menu or two for them to have on hand when vegans inquire about their options. But for now, the plan is to communicate with restaurants and relay the information here, so you can be prepared to eat out and about in Charlotte.

Just last month, Chuy’s opened up their first North Carolina location next to The Cowfish in Southpark. Chuy’s is a tex-mex chain restaurant that originated in Texas and seems to be spreading far and wide, recently opening up in Greenville, South Carolina as well. According to their website, their goal is “to bring you the best, healthiest Mexican food on the entire planet” which to me translates into a completely vegan menu. Sadly, Chuy’s is not a vegan restaurant, but they do a nice job of marking “meatless plates” on their menu. After not finding a list of vegan options on their website, I sent them an email and they replied with a special menu featuring everything on their menu available for vegetarians and vegans. The menu may or may not be available at each restaurant, but you can find it here anytime.

Special Menu – Vegetarian & Vegan – Chuy’s

Per the email response from Chuy, “The guacamole tacos are awesome and our rice and beans are completely vegetarian so there are some great options for you!  You’ll also be happy to hear we don’t use lard in any items so you can enjoy a delicious flour tortilla with any meal.” Since all of the spicy sauces contain a chicken or beef stock as part of their base, he recommended adding a side of green chiles to the Ranchero sauce for some added heat.

It’s not an extensive list of options and they don’t offer vegan cheese or anything special specifically catering to vegans, but it’s nice to know your options without having to rely entirely on a server that may or may not actually care about what you’re requesting. Plus, you now have at least one Mexican restaurant you can visit knowing their is no lard or animal juice hiding in the beans or rice.

7th Street Market

The 7th Street Public Market offers a little something for everyone (even vegans), from local fruits and veggies to locally made treats, sushi, coffee, pizza, flowers, wine and more. If you haven’t been to the 7th Street Market in Uptown, you’re missing out on a pretty vegan-friendly stop (just avoid the butcher along the back wall). Vegans can grab a juice from Viva Raw, a vegan pizza from Pure Pizza and some amazing vegan cupcakes from Novel Sweets. I’m sure there’s more vegan options hiding throughout the market, but those are a great place to start.  Rumor has it (Yelp confirms) that people love Not Just Coffee and they offer both almond and soy milk.

Randomly stumbled upon a vegan freezer section on my way back from the restroom.

Even stumbled upon a vegan freezer section on my way back from the bathroom.  Products from Golden Green Vegan


I used to avoid coming here thinking it would be a pain to find a parking spot and why would I want to pay to park. Fortunately, the market validates up to 90 minutes in the parking garage. Remember to take your ticket and validate it before you leave. It is also conveniently located at the last stop on the Lynx blue line at the 7th Street Station.

Back in Business

2013 – Welcome back! Queen City Vegan has officially returned to full operational status. We are currently attempting to get the restaurant section up-to-date. So if you have any additions (new businesses, places missed with a vegan menu/option, etc) or deletions (closed business, not actually vegan-friendly, etc), please send them through here.


While we are a little backlogged with submissions and recommendations from the past…year or so, we welcome feedback/suggestions and promise to respond in a more timely fashion. We have plenty of vegan info to update you on and a little more help with the free time to do it, so stay tuned.

New Hours at Healthy Home Market


Whole Foods new Charlotte location by Southpark at Sharon and Fairview roads opens Wednesday, Aug. 29, at 9 a.m.

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