Whether you are vegetarian for health reasons or because you are passionate about animals and the environment, it can sometimes be difficult to eat out with a restricted diet.
Charlottesville is known for its abundance of amazing local restaurants and straight up good eats. Not only is the restaurant scene diverse, there are also plenty of vegetarian friendly places to dine. Whether you indulge in Meatless Monday or have dedicated yourself to being a full-time vegetarian, here are some of the best vegetarian restaurants in Charlottesville! Many even have vegan options as well.
Located off a side street on the Downtown Mall, The Spot is home to Vu Noodles, a trendy Vietnamese vegetarian and vegan restaurant owned by home chef Julie Vu Whitaker. The Spot is merely a walk-up window, but don’t let that fool you! The food is made fresh on “the spot” and is absolutely delicious! For starters, there is a spring roll appetizer that is refreshing and comes with a tasty peanut sauce. However, the banh mi and noodles are where The Spot really shines! A veganized version of the traditional banh mi sandwich is the perfect comfort food that provides a nice kick with the jalapeños. There are several different noodles to choose from, but you won’t regret any choice! Stop by The Spot for some of the best vegetarian food in Charlottesville.
Located near Downtown, Firefly is a restaurant and bar that offers both vegetarian-friendly and vegan grub. Their pork wonton nachos can be veganized with tofu and Veganaise, which will satisfy any nacho craving. The seasoned tofu is cooked to perfection, and the sriracha adds just the right amount of heat. Other vegetarian menu items include a tofu sandwich, portobello mushroom wrap, No Bull veggie burger, and more! They also have an arcade and a large beer selection, so go grab a couple friends and enjoy!
With two locations, one on The Corner and one on the Downtown Mall, Revolutionary Soup offers sandwiches, salad, and of course, soup! Along with traditional menu items, Revolutionary Soup also offers quite a few vegetarian and vegan choices. Although their soup offerings change on a regular basis, they usually have a few vegetarian and vegan options as well. Be sure to try the Classic Quesadilla for a downright amazing vegetarian quesadilla, which comes with avocado, black beans, and cheddar served with salsa and sour cream. They also offer meat-free salads and sandwiches to accompany their homemade soup. For some classic vegetarian comfort food, be sure to check out Rev Soup!
Those are just a few of the best vegetarian restaurants in Charlottesville! Other places you should check out are Lemongrass, Christian’s Pizza, Iron Paffles & Coffee, and Bluegrass Grill & Bakery.
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