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A Guide to Vegan and Vegetarian Restaurants in Charlotte

By Beth Mack

July 6, 2021

From soul food ghost kitchens to French bistro fine dining, Charlotte has seen an eruption of new restaurants that offer only vegetarian and vegan menus, and they encompass nearly every type of cuisine. The culinary world has been abuzz with everything plant-forward and plant-based, but vegetarian and vegan lifestyles are not a new phenomenon. Some cultures and religions, ranging from Rastafarian to Jainism, have been practicing or encouraging vegetarian or vegan lifestyles for centuries. In addition, people have chosen to adopt vegetarian and vegan lifestyles for a host of reasons, with some of the

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Soul Vegetarian, the Influential Chicago Vegan Restaurant, Reinvents Itself

As more Chicagoans recognize the restaurants along 75th Street in Chatham, the strip’s anchor took a chance to debut a new look, attitude, and name after 40 years. Soul Vegetarian was one of the city’s first vegan restaurants and decades ahead of its time. But after four decades of being a pioneer it was time for a reset, to trot out new menu items and to remodel. Mayor Lori Lightfoot was among the luminaries attending the unveiling of the new Soul Veg City on Juneteenth.

That strip of 75th Street, just east of the Dan Ryan Expressway, also calls restaurants

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Wicker Park Vegan and Vegetarian Restaurant Takes Aim at Mundane Plant-Based Options

It’s a pandemic pivot fairy tale in Wicker Park for Rodolfo Cuadros, the owner and chef of Amaru, a popular Latin restaurant that opened in 2019 in neighboring Bucktown. As COVID-19 suspended indoor dining, Cuadros and other restaurant owners last year searched for new ways to generate more money. He would partially convert Amaru into a ghost kitchen for a new restaurant, Bloom Vegetarian Kitchen, cooking up a meat-free menu with global flavors.

“Our goal was to encourage families to try different and healthier foods,” Cuadros says.

Bloom became a pandemic hit and catered to folks with allergies. As meat

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Vegan And Vegetarian Grilling Recipes For A Plant-Based Cookout

You’ve likely heard plenty of reasons you should cut back on your meat and dairy consumption: The production of animal products has numerous negative ramifications for your health, the environment and the welfare of animals.

The good news is that even the smallest cutbacks can make a profoundly positive impact. The “Meatless Mondays” movement, for example, which encourages consumers to eliminate meat just one day a week, calculated that if everyone who knows about Meatless Mondays — 32% of Americans surveyed — followed it faithfully for 52 weeks, it would be the equivalent of taking 1.6 million cars off the

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