Chapel Hill Vegan Restaurants

A vegan diet precludes the consumption of animal products such as meat, eggs and dairy. In a world of restaurants offering steaks and seafood, a vegan diner's options can feel limited. Vegans in or near Chapel Hill, North Carolina can dine with confidence at one of the city's vegan-friendly restaurants. "Vegan-friendly" indicates a restaurant that offers vegan options and takes care to prepare foods in a manner that keeps them separate from non-vegan ingredients.

Sage Vegetarian Café

Sage Vegetarian Café offers wraps, sandwiches, soups and salads with a Middle Eastern flavor. Sage's menu is vegetarian, with vegan options, and contains detailed descriptions of each item for easy identification of vegan items. Many vegetarian dishes made with dairy products can be made vegan, upon request. Sage offers an intimate, cozy atmosphere and is a lovely location for a romantic meal. In addition, Sage provides catering for private events. Sage Vegetarian Café Timberline Shopping Center 1129 Weaver Dairy Rd. Chapel Hill, NC 27514 (919) 968-9266

Butternut Squash

Butternut Squash, a vegetarian restaurant with an Italian- and international-laced menu, makes ordering vegan items easy by denoting on the menu which items are vegan, or available as a vegan option. All vegan breads are baked daily at Butternut Squash. Serving breakfast, lunch, dinner, and a Sunday brunch, Butternut Squash offers a warm, contemporary atmosphere for dining. Butternut Squash 133E W. Franklin St. Chapel Hill, NC 27516 (919) 943-3157

Red Lotus Asian Kitchen & Bar

Red Lotus Asian Kitchen & Bar will prepare any of their entrees with tofu or soy "chicken" for vegan diners. While some of the dishes contain fish sauce, the service staff is knowledgeable about menu items that are not suitable for vegans. Red Lotus provides a large, open and contemporary atmosphere with dine-in or take-out options. Catering is also available. Red Lotus Asian Kitchen and Bar 239 South Elliott Road Chapel Hill, NC 27514 (919) 968-7778

Mediterranean Deli

Mediterranean Deli offers over 40 different vegetarian options on their menu, many of which are vegan. Diners can enjoy falafel, hummus, stuffed grape leaves and other traditional Mediterranean fare. Pitas used at Mediterranean Deli are made by the restaurant's own bakery, with certified organic, local and kosher flour. The atmosphere is casual and the environment is cheery. Serving lunch and dinner, Mediterranean Deli also offers catering services. Mediterranean Deli 410 W. Franklin Street Chapel Hill, NC 27516 (919) 967-2666

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