Asheville is known to be something of a hippie town, so naturally, they have tons of vegetarian options. Whether you’re looking for Indian food, pizzas or Southern fare, you can find it here.
Who needs anything else when vegetarian dishes taste *this* amazing? These are our top picks of both dedicated vegetarian restaurants and places doing their bit to promote plant-based choices on their menus.
Try these best vegetarian restaurants in Asheville.
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This elevated vegan restaurant serves up artfully plated dishes, craft beer and biodynamic wine. Focusing on plant-based is second nature as the Asheville-area is home to one of the most diverse biospheres in the world. The dishes are creative and packed with flavour. So anything you order is bound to be good.
Rosetta’s Kitchen is known as the go-to vegan and vegetarian restaurant for soul food. From veggie nuggets and Korean barbecue tofu to mashed potatoes with gravy and sauteed greens, this down-home eatery offers up comfort in a bowl. Order the tempalo wings to start.
Though Rhubarb is not solely a vegetarian restaurant, they have incredible vegetarian dishes. Chef John Fleer was responsible for Blackberry Farm’s–and more broadly, Southern cuisine’s–rise to fame, and few can more skilfully handle complex flavour profiles the way he can.
Everything at the restaurant is absolutely delicious and fresh, and dessert is a must.
In a retro-inspired space, Overeasy Café serves inventive egg dishes and classic light lunch fare such as sandwiches, salads and soups. The menu is constantly changing to focus on fresh, seasonal ingredients. The plating is always beautiful. So get your phone ready.
Like the past two restaurants, carnivores and herbivores will find options here too. There are tons of great vegetarian options of Caribbean-inspired dishes. Try the Meshach with jerk tofu.
This vegetarian restaurant serves globally-inspired dishes that don’t skimp on flavour. There are starters like the cheese and “charcuterie” board that pair well with their craft beer and wine selection for a laid-back evening as well as healthy spins on favourite comfort foods. Try the spinach pesto zucchini manicotti.
An all-day breakfast diner, this cafe serves both vegetarian and meat options. It’s located in the historic district and can get busy. So, go early and order the veggie breakfast bowl packed with North Carolina brown rice, cage-free scrambled eggs, salsa, avocado and tons of fresh, local veggies.