PHOTOS Clockwise from upper left: Rosetta's Kitchen Tempeh Ruben (Warner Photography), The Green Light Café (Shanon Blair), and Tupelo Honey Café (Peak Definition).
You can find a vegetarian meal at just about every restaurant in Asheville, NC, but if youre looking for exceptional, mouth-watering, cant-be-missed eats, don't step out on the town without this guide to a perfect day of eating and drinking in the City of Light.
Start the day off on the right foot with a fresh-pressed, local, organic juice from
. The most popular juice on the menu is their Red Planeta combination of ginger, carrots, apples, and beets.
Hungry for breakfast?
(pictured above) is just a five-minute walk from The Green Sage. If your belly is grumbling, youll be happy to discover a plate of complimentary biscuits with honey and jam ready for nibbling while you survey the menu. The fluffy sweet potato pancakes topped with whipped peach butter and spiced pecans are a no-brainer, but if youre looking for a simple and fresh vegan delight, try Grandmas (homemade) Maple Granola with soy milk and fresh fruit.
After working up an appetite while enjoying Ashevilles eclectic attractions all morning, stop by
for a hearty lunch. You cant go wrong with their Veggie Burger, Tempeh Reuben (pictured above), or Smoky Tofu Wrap. In case your sweet tooth hits early, Rosettas always has a variety of tasty vegan desserts ready for the taking!
If you need a mid-afternoon pick-me-up, stop by
(pictured above) for a refreshing smoothie. The crowds rave about the Date Shakea sweet and frosty mixture of bananas, dates, cinnamon, and almond or soy milk. Sip it while checking out the exhibit at the adjoining art gallery.
Arrive at the
with a hefty appetite. The menu is 100% vegetarian, with Thai, Mediterranean, and Caribbean flair. Since you might be overwhelmed by the abundance of delicious sounding dishes, the Thai Panang Seitan Curry or Raw Spinach-Pesto Manicotti hit the spot every time.
Put the cherry on top of your day at
. The Hop serves imaginative vegan desserts made from scratch! Some of their best sellers include: the Mexican Chocolate Cake ice cream (made with local bakery
' Vegan Spicy Chocolate Cake), the Espresso Floata single or double shot of locally roasted organic espresso poured over a scoop of ice cream, and the Kombucha Sorbet (made with local
Corinne Bowen is a freelance journalist and copywriter, living in Baltimore, MD with her husband and daughter. She blogs about her adventures in writing, veggies, marriage, and motherhood at