Download a PDF copy of the Summer 2017 Wilmington Vegan Restaurant & Community Guide by clicking this link: 2017-Summer Wilmington Vegan Dining Guide (online). You can also view the listings as text below.
You can also view the restaurants on a MAP. The map can be opened on your phone using Google Maps. This makes it even easier to find a vegan-friendly location near you!
Our guide includes restaurant listings, dessert listings, groceries and cafes, chefs and food companies, farmers markets, community organizations, wellness services, business listings, and community information. Restaurant listings for Leland, Wrightsville Beach, Carolina Beach and Kure Beach, Surf City, Jacksonville, and Southport and Oak Island are also included.
Physical copies of the guide are always available at Tidal Creek.
WILMINGTON VEGAN-FRIENDLY RESTAURANTS
Asian Fusion Noodle House – 4724 New Centre Dr, 859-8242
Pho and vegetable dishes that can be made vegan.
Beer Barrio – 34 N Front St (Downtown), 769-5452
Smoky black bean tacos and nachos. Ask for vegan cheese.
Bella’s Bar Local – 19 Market St, 833-5182
Korean eggplant BBQ, veggie panini, vegan specials, and other vegan dishes upon request.
Big Thai – 1319 Military Cutoff (Landfall), 256-6588
Vegan curry w/tofu, noodle dishes, stirfry. Ask for no egg or fish sauce. Salad dressings are vegan, tempura is not.
Black Sea Grill – 118 South Front St (Downtown), 254-9990
Falafel, eggplant, hummus, stuffed grape leaves, veggies. Rice contains butter.
Brixx Wood-Fired Pizza – 6801 Main St (Mayfaire), 256-9677
Thin crust gourmet pizzas. Sub vegan cheese (not on menu) on veg pizzas to make vegan.
Catch – 6623 Market St, 799-3847
Seafood restaurant w/seasonal veggie plate on the menu.
Chipotle – 1525 Fordham Rd (at Oleander), 794-4906
Burritos, tacos w/veggies or sofritas (braised tofu in sauce).
Chopt Creative Salad Co – 1125 Military Cutoff (Forum), 239-9263
Extravagant salads with veggies, chickpea falafel, beans, quinoa, lentil and millet grain blend, and other toppings.
Clean Eatz – 203 Racine Dr (Blue Moon Gift Shops), 452-3733
5916 Carolina Beach Rd (Monkey Junction), 769-9596
Build a bowl w/tofu & veggies. Ask for vegan sauce.
Dead Crow Comedy Room – 265 N Front (Downtown), 520-5520
Tacos, burgers, tots. Sub vegan cheese on Gangster Wrap & nachos. Vegan ranch & mayo. Guac balls are not vegan.
Detour Deli – 510½ Red Cross (Brooklyn Arts District) 538-4093
Ask for vegan sandwiches: jicama or tofu banh mi, veggie hoagie, avocado torta, veggie club. Vegan mayo avail.
Double Happiness – 4403 Wrightsville Ave (at Kerr), 313-1088
Tofu/veggie/eggplant/bean dishes. Fish/oyster sauce issues. Ask for vegan. Curry isn’t vegan due to shrimp paste.
Eatery17 – 2547 S 17th St (just north of Shipyard), 769-4075
Bowls, noodle dishes, wraps, sandwiches. Vegan chef Emily Lyons offers daily specials & can veganize other items.
El Cerro – 1051 Military Cutoff, 679-4209
341 S College, 793-0035 and 5120 S College (Monk Junction), 790-8727
Mexican fare made vegan upon request. Guac isn’t vegan.
Epic Food Company – 1113 Military Cutoff (Forum), 679-4216
Bowls, wraps, black bean burger, plus grab n go options.
Flaming Amy’s Bowl – 4418 Shipyard (Long Leaf Mall), 799-6222
3224-A College (Northchase), 769-9249
Fill a bowl w/veggies, beans, & tofu to be grilled in front of you (ask them to clean grill), add rice & sauce (ask for vegan).
Flaming Amy’s Burrito Barn – 4002 Oleander, 799-2919
Veggie, tofu, jerk tofu, eggplant, portobello, bean burritos & tacos made vegan. Vegan cheese, quesadillas, guac., salsa bar. Ask for no sour cream. Cross-contamination issues.
Front Street Brewery – 9 N Front St (Downtown), 251-1935
Meat-centric, but spicy black bean sweet potato burger can be made vegan (bun isn’t vegan).
Hell’s Kitchen – 118 Princess St (Downtown), 763-4133
“Health Attack” chickpea burger, wings, sandwiches, tacos can be made vegan, plus vegan specials, vegan ranch & nacho cheese. Veganizable menu items clearly marked.
Hops Supply Co. – 5400 Oleander, 833-8867
Vegan cashew lentil burger w/Indian spices (does not come with bun), black bean burger is not vegan.
Jason’s Deli – 5301 Market St (near College Rd), 795-4164
Vegetarian menu w/vegan opts – spinach veggie wrap (no cheese), veggie soup (GF), steamed veggies, salad bar.
K38 Baja Grill – 5410 Oleander Dr 395-6040 & 8211 Market (Porters Neck) 686-8211
Fajitas, tacos, tostadas. Vegeta-bowl & Poor Surfer veganized. Ask for no cheese, no cotija on beans, no sour cream, no butter, even on tortillas.
Louie’s Hot Dogs – 204 1/2 Princess St (Downtown), 763-8040
Vegan hot dog option (Lightlife brand) and toppings.
Mellow Mushroom – 4311 Oleander Dr (at S College Rd), 452-3773
Pizza w/tofu, tempeh, veggies, vegan cheese. GF crust avail. Tofu & tempeh hoagies w/out dairy/mayo. Ask for “vegan favorites” menu.
Moe’s Southwest Grill – 1427 Military Cutoff 256-5100 & 4401 Oleander 794-7112
Custom tofu burritos, tacos, salads, bowls. GF options.
Nawab Fine Indian Cuisine – 6828 Market, 769-7418
Vegan buffet every Wednesday night.
NeMa – 225 South Water St (Downtown), 769-3709
Gourmet pizza, tofu sandwich, blk bean burger, soup, fries, brownie. Vegan cheese & aoili. Vegan beer & wine list.
Nikki’s Fresh Gourmet – 16 S Front St (Downtown) 772-9151,
3520 Oleander (Independence Mall) 791-8887
Burgers, wraps, bbq tofu, tempeh, sesame noodles, vegan mayo, all only at downtown location. Ask for vegan (tempura & most rolls/breads aren’t vegan). Slim options at other locations, such as veggie rolls.
Our Crepes and More – 3810 Oleander, 395-0077
Sweet & savory crepes made vegan upon request & hash.
Peño Mediterranean Grill (formerly Baba Ghannouj)
351-29 S College 769-1056 & Independence Mall 796-8838
Falafel wrap/gyro/bowls, chickpea salad, plantains, tabbouleh, blk beans. Cuc sauce & baba ghan. are not vegan.
Pho Cafe – 3926 Market St, 833-7204
Pho & tofu bahn mi can be vegan, tofu rolls upon request. Owners of (closed) Saigon Bistro. Check ingredients.
Pita Delite – 317-B S College Rd, 392-0028
Falafel, hummus, sandwiches. Pita isn’t vegan (other bread is).
Port City Farmers Market Kitchen To-Go
3500 Oleander Dr (Independence Mall), 617-0444
Sweet potato & quinoa wrap, soup, sides. Ask for no honey. Also owns Ramen a Go Go food truck w/vegan ramen.
Pure Life – 317 N Front St (Cotton Exchange Downtown), 343-1374
Vegan soup, salad, smoothies. Health items (not all vegan).
San Juan Cafe – 3314 Wrightsville Ave, 790-8661
Gazpacho, mofongo, tacos & bowls can be made vegan.
Savorez – 402 Chestnut St (Downtown), 833-8894
Sweet potato/black bean empanada and chile relleno.
Sealevel City Gourmet – 1015 S Kerr Ave, 833-7196
Menu clearly marked w/vegan and can be made vegan options, including lentil burgers, kale nachos, tempeh TLT, vegan dogs, tacos, veggie sushi, vegan specials, and desserts. Vegan cheese, sour cream, mayo avail. GF opts. Call to check hours.
Slice of Life – 125 Market St (Downtown) 251-9444,
1437 Military Cutoff 256-2229 & 3715 Patriot Way (Fulton Station) 799-1399
Whole pies w/vegan cheese & veg toppings, sometimes soup. GF crust isn’t vegan.
Southern Thai – 3715 Patriot Way (Fulton Station), 769-3193
Curries & stirfries are vegan w/tofu or veggies. Ask for no egg/fish sauce on noodles. Ginger salad dressing is vegan.
Tandoori Bites – 1620 S College Rd (at Parkway Dr), 794-4545
Baingan bharta, aloo gobi, chana masala, aloo mutter, veg biryani, veggie pakora (GF), etc. Chapatti is vegan, naan & samosas are not. At lunch buffet, always ask what’s vegan.
Thai Spice – 5552 Carolina Beach (Monkey Junction), 791-0044
Curries, noodles, fried rice w/tofu or veggies (ask for no egg). Spring rolls & fried tofu appetizers. Tom yum & vegetable tofu soups. No fish in their “fish sauce.” GF options.
The Foxes Boxes – 622 N 4th (Brooklyn Arts District), 769-0125
Chickpea wrap and falafel can be made vegan, plus sides and weekly vegan specials such as jackfruit carnitas.
The George on the Riverwalk – 128 S Water (Downtown), 763-2052
Separate vegan & GF menu: tofu tacos, fusilli primavera, black bean salad, & marinated portobello served w/two sides. Sat/Sun brunch: tofu scramble or veggie plate.
Trolly Stop – 4502 Fountain Dr (at S College Rd), 452-3952
Vegan hot dogs, plus black bean burger (this location only).
Uncle Lim’s – 3905 Independence (at Carolina Beach), 313-6858
Curry, tofu, eggplant, veggies, and mock-meat dishes such as crispy soy chicken, soy ribs, firecracker soy protein, orange peel soy chicken. Ask for vegan.
Find eats on campus at http://uncw.campusdish.com – click “Vegan & Vegetarian on Campus.”
Which Wich – 920 Innovation Dr (Mayfaire), 679-8072
Vegan sandwiches: Black Bean Patty & The Avocado. Check online menu for which toppings and sauces are vegan.
Yosake – 33 S Front St (Downtown), 763-3172
Veggie rolls, hummus, & 100% vegan-friendly curry menu.
Zoës Kitchen – 1011 International Dr (Mayfaire), 509-2773
White beans, potato salad, roasted veg, quinoa salad, hummus. Pita isn’t vegan. Online menu w/vegan opts marked.
Other restaurants that may make a vegan meal if requested in advance:
Manna, Theatre Now, Pinpoint, and Dram + Morsel.
Boombalatti’s Ice Cream – 1127 Military Cutoff (Forum), 679-4955
Weekly vegan ice cream flavors available, plus milkshakes.
Gluten Free by the Sea
Cupcakes, carrot cake, and other goodies available at the downtown and Surf City farmers markets.
Pink Baking Co. (Hot Pink Cake Stand) – 114 N Front St (Downtown), 343-4727
Ask for vegan cupcakes, plus coffee, tea, beer, wine.
Wake N Bake Donuts – 114 Princess St (Downtown), 470-4348
Variety of vegan donuts. Call ahead for availability.
WILMINGTON GROCERIES & CAFES
Lovey’s Natural Foods & Cafe – 1319 Military Cutoff, 509-0331
Groceries, produce, bulk, lots of hard to find items. Hot/cold food bar & cafe menu w/tofu melts, plus burgers & wraps made vegan. Specify vegan when ordering.
Saigon Market – 4507 Franklin Ave (at Kerr), 793-9911
International groceries (Asian, Middle Eastern, African, Latin). Rice, noodles, beans, seaweed, jackfruit, coconut milk, tahini, agar agar, black salt, herbs, veggies, produce.
Tidal Creek Food Co-op – 5329 Oleander Dr, 799-2667
Cooperative market, groceries, bulk, produce, salad bar, plus tasty daily hot bar w/themes such as Southern or Mexican – w/lots of vegan options. Anyone can shop, or become a member & ask for what you want from your store.
Trader Joe’s – 1437 S College Rd (at Oleander), 395-5173
Groceries marked “V” for vegan, plus a list in store & online. Chickenless tenders, meatless meatballs, frozen meals, produce, burgers, snacks.
Whole Foods Market – 3804 Oleander Dr, 777-2499
Groceries, produce, bulk foods, deli, salad bar, vegan pizza.
WILMINGTON CHEFS AND FOOD COMPANIES
Emily Lyons, Private Chef – 922-6899
Vegan chef offering cooking demos, meal prep/delivery, meal planning. Vegan, raw, and/or GF.
I-Rise Baked Goods/Allison Pastore – 431-0930
Muffins, cakes, trail mix bars, smores bars, banana bread, etc., plus vegan/GF meals. Call to order & find at events.
Lisa Andree, Chef & Instructor – bokchoyforbreakfast.com
Private chef for vegan, GF, oil-free cooking, plus instructor of vegan cooking classes.
Lotus & Lentils/Tish Lynn Vincent – lotusandlentils.com
Local vegan providing meal prep, catering, recipes, yoga classes, and amazing granola.
Royally Raw/Marianna Huth – firstname.lastname@example.org, 398-0099
Custom vegan cakes & raw vegan treats.
Vegan Mama/Sandra Sharpe – email@example.com
Custom vegan cakes, cupcakes, donuts, chocolates, meals, vegan parmesan, lip balm, cooking classes.
WILMINGTON FARMERS MARKETS
CSAs (Community Supported Agriculture)
CSAs connect farmers & community via a weekly box of seasonal harvest. See feastdowneast.org/csas.html for list.
WILMINGTON COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS
Help Tregembo Zoo Animals
Weekly summer protests of Tregembo zoo.
North Carolina Farmed Animal Save (NCFAS)
Community education and outreach. Hosts vigils for animals on their way into NC slaughterhouses.
Reaching Out for Animal Rights (ROAR)
Facebook.com/groups/213410132151895, Lorraine Moe – firstname.lastname@example.org, 232-7919
AR group educating and hosting protest & outreach events.
Vegan Student Organization
Arun Kelly-Rajan – email@example.com, Victoria Steagall – firstname.lastname@example.org
UNCW vegan student organization.
WILMINGTON WELLNESS SERVICES
Christine Sullivan, Animal Healer -Earthskyanimalhealing.com
Holistic healing for pets & their people.
Douglas Dixon, M.D. – 720 Market St, 762-9995
Vegetarian & vegan-friendly general practice doctor.
I Do Yoga – Jackie DeConti, 262-8813
Custom yoga sessions for wedding events. Vegan-owned.
Kunga Yoga School at Wilmington Yoga Center, 350-0234
Yoga instructor training which includes animal ethics, by local vegan Kristin Cooper-Gulak.
Oriental Medical Therapies – Tricia Miller L.Ac.
217 N 5th Ave, Ste 203, 431-3836
Acupuncture, therapeutic massage, aromatherapy, nutrition, private yoga instruction. Vegan-owned.
terra sol sanctuary – 507 Castle St, 465-2230
Historic church now sacred yoga space. Vegan-owned.
West Meadow Spa – 3304 Wrightsville Ave, 799-8282
Vegan De La Terre products from Asheville. Medi cupping, oncology facials, spa treatment.
Yoga for the Planet – Rebecca Niamtu, yogafortheplanet.com
Yoga teacher training. Vegan-owned.
OTHER WILMINGTON BUSINESSES
Gingerwitchbotanicals – Jessica Marler
Vegan essential oils, masks, salts, soaps, tooth scrub.
Karmic Fury Records – KarmicFuryRecords.com
Independent record label owned by local vegan musicians Kim Dicso & Sue Cag of folk-rock band Folkstar.
Nicole’s Sail Designs – etsy.com/shop/NicolesSailDesigns
Recycled sailcloth bags made by local vegan Nicole Nason.
Session Beer Market – 3604 South College Road, 399-4576
New vegan-owned bottle shop with vegan beer menu.
Sprouts Daycare – Penny Philligan, 431-2256
Vegan-owned and operated childcare center catering to children from infancy to 5 years. Emphasis on green living, recycling, gardening, and compassion.
Vegan Beauty Boutique – email@example.com
Beauty products, owned by local vegan Casey Nelson.
East Oceanfront/Blockade Runner – 275 Waynick, 256-2251
Seasonal fine dining. Ask for vegan option.
Mellow Mushroom – 224 Causeway Dr, 679-4645
Please see Wilmington listing for description.
Surfberry – 222 Causeway Drive, 679-8027
Open seasonally. Vegan smoothies, organic juices, & wheat grass. Acai and Pitaya Bowls w/almond milk & no honey.
Tower 7 Baja Mexican Grill – 4 N Lumina Ave, 256-8585
Affiliated with K38 w/similar menu (fajitas, burritos, Vegeta-bowl, Tower 7 tofu burrito, & black bean tacos). Ask for no cheese, no sour cream, & no butter, even on tortillas.
CAROLINA BEACH AND KURE BEACH
Alaia Beachy Bistro – 102 Fort Fisher Blvd, 458-0860
Wraps and paninis that can be made vegan.
Carolina Beach Farmers Market
Every Saturday May-October, 8am-1pm, at Carolina Lake (S Lake Park Blvd & Atlanta Ave).
Flaming Amy’s Burrito Barn – 1140-A N Lake Park, 458-2563
Similar menu to Wilmington location. No vegan cheese.
Ida Thai – 304 N Lake Park Blvd, 458-8136
Thai dishes made w/tofu. Always ask for no fish sauce or egg. Curry is not vegan (shrimp in curry paste).
Island Wellness Market – 1140-G N Lake Park Blvd, 458-5252
Locally-owned market featuring vegan groceries, frozen foods, snacks, supplements, gifts. Plus, custom-made hemp milk smoothies, fresh juices, and coconut ice cream.
Jack’s Retreat – 103A Cape Fear Blvd, 274-5875
Vegan hot dogs w/variety of toppings & sides. Standard bun is vegan, GF has egg. Formerly called Island Hots.
Kate’s Pancake House – 102 S Lake Park Blvd, 458-3663
Tofu skillet w/out butter, tofu burrito w/out cheese, and tofu wrap.
Nikki’s Gourmet & Sushi – 6 South Lake Park Blvd, 707-0802
Stirfry, veggie rolls. Ask for no fish or oyster sauce.
The Veggie Wagon – 608 S Lake Park Blvd, 805-3014
Local veggies, groceries, & store-made items such as potato salad, white bean spread, guac, almond butter, dressings, muffins, crackers, pickles.
Wake N Bake Donuts – 1401 N Lake Park Blvd, 707-0166
Ask for vegan donuts. Call ahead to check availability.
Daddy Mac’s Beach Grille – 108 N Shore Drive, 328-5577
Marinara pasta & Tahitian Wrap. Ask for vegetarian menu, but Fra Diablo has fish sauce. Just ask to be sure.
Fancy Sushi Asian Fusion – 124 N New River Dr, 328-1121
Veggie or bean curd stirfry. Ask for no fish or oyster sauce.
Sisters Organic Market – 330 N New River Dr, 541-2223
Small shop packed w/bulk (quinoa, nuts, chia, coffee), organic produce, Vegenaise, Daiya, soups, pasta, baking ingredients, but it’s also very meat-centric.
Surf City Summer Market – Soundside Park, 517 Roland Ave
Farmers market and crafts – Tues. May-Aug, 9am-2pm
Chipotle – 1345 Western Blvd, 353-2509
Please see Chipotle description under Wilmington.
Chuy’s – 1618 Western Blvd, 219-0330
Vegan menu w/guac tacos, bean tacos, burritos, sopapillas, enchiladas. Ranchero & tomatillo sauce. Ask for no cheese.
Forkful – 1130 Western Blvd, 333-9767
Build your own wrap, rice, soup, salad dish w/tofu, veggies, black beans, corn, hummus, black eyed peas, etc.
Jeff’s Burgers – 2550 Onslow Dr, 989-2500
Ask for veggie burger option.
Lilianas Colombian – 4075 Gum Branch Rd, 939-4072
Colombian tostones (fried plantains), beans and rice, fried yucca, salsa. Fresh fruit juices w/water instead of milk.
Marrakesh – 409 Western Blvd, 219-0229
Veg kabobs, hummus, tabbouleh, falafel w/out cuc. sauce.
Natural Health Foods & Jubilee Juice – 2543 Onslow, 347-4721
Produce, bulk, supplements, vegan juices & smoothies.
New Bridge Organic Market – 708 New Bridge St, 347-2533
Produce, bulk, frozen, plant milks, vegan cheese, mock meat, etc. Chikn salad & quinoa wraps, sandwiches, burgers, soups, smoothies, brownies. Ask for vegan. GF opts.
Noodles & Company – 1345 Western Blvd, 219-1431
Peanut Satay, Pan Noodles, Penne Rosa (no cream or cheese), Tucson Fresca (no cheese), & Chinese Chop Salad (no wontons). Ask for vegan.
Old Siam (The Old Siam) – 1215 N Marine Blvd, 937-0099
Vast Thai menu of dishes made w/veggies & tofu. Spring rolls & tofu apps. Ask for vegan w/out egg & fish sauce.
Sake Asian Fusion – 461 Western Blvd, 938-9666
Japanese w/vegetable hibachi, spring rolls, edamame, fried rice (ask for no egg). Miso soup contains fish sauce.
The Impeccable Plate – 851 Dennis Rd, 459-0716
Power salads such as “the Vegan,” plus grilled tofu. Ask for other vegan meal options.
Which Wich – 5506 Richlands Hwy, Jacksonville, 324-5414
Please see Wilmington listing for description.
SOUTHPORT AND OAK ISLAND
Maters and Taters – 8813 E Oak Island Dr, Oak Island, 742-7782
Local and organic seasonal farm stand produce.
Thai By The Sea – 8300 E Oak Island Dr, Oak Island, 278-6420
Thai dishes (sub veggies/tofu). Ask for no fish/oyster sauce.
Thai Peppers – 115 E Moore St, Southport, 457-0095
Thai veggie & tofu stirfries and curries. Ask for vegan.
Trolly Stop – 111 South Howe St, Southport, 457-7017
Local franchise serving vegan hot dogs.
More Southport vegan eats upon request at Island Way, Joseph’s Italian Bistro, & Loco Jo’s, Southport Sushi and Gourmet, Oliver’s, Taylor Cuisine Cafe. Order custom vegan cakes from Keys in a Pod Designs (Oak Island).
Wilmington Vegan is the vegan community organization serving southeastern NC. Our purpose is to provide resources and information for both longtime vegans and new vegans and to build a vibrant local community. Wilmington Vegan was founded in 2011 by local longtime vegan Sue Cag. Since then, over 1,400 members have joined the Facebook group and all of our activities are handled by community volunteers.
Wilmington Vegan hosts monthly potlucks and holiday events. We also publish this community guide and partipate in vegan outreach. We have a free lending library of books and DVDs, a biweekly newsletter, and a very popular Facebook discussion group. Please see WilmingtonVegan.com for more information.
About This Guide: In order to qualify as “vegan-friendly,” restaurants must have vegan items on their menu (in addition to salads) and be recommended by WV members. Other businesses need to be vegan-owned or offer distinct products/services for the vegan community. Also, most restaurants use the same preparation surfaces and fryers for vegan and non-vegan meals – because this is so prevalent, it was not used as a consideration for exclusion.
All info is subject to change, always call ahead.
What is a vegan? A vegan is someone who consumes no animal products including flesh, fish, dairy products, eggs, or honey. Vegans also avoid fur, leather, and wool as these products are a result of the confinement, abuse, and slaughter of animals. Broadly, being vegan means trying to live your life in a thoughtful, compassionate manner by taking non-human animals, the planet, their health, and other humans into consideration when making choices about what to consume.
Read more at http://vegansociety.com/go-vegan
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