Plant restaurant opened up in Asheville, NC a few years back and has blown me away. Fresh local veggies- yes! Everything vegan- yes! Homemade vegan ice cream- yes! Great ambiance- yes! If you live in Johnson City or Asheville you should definitely make your way over to Plant. Sometimes they will have meals where some of the proceeds go towards animal sanctuaries :) Helping animals- yes!
Last week John took me to Plant for my birthday. I had the following:
Appetizer: SMOKED HUMMUS- cucumber salad · roasted garlic bulb · pickled peppadew · grilled house bread
(I make hummus all the time and it NEVER comes out as tasty as Plant's. Drool!)
Meal: HAZELNUT CRUSTED SEITAN- truffled cauliflower • Brussels & romesco • pickled haricot vert • shiitake bacon. (This was ahhhhmazing. My husband usually wrinkles his nose up at cauliflower and I could not stop him from sneaking bites from my plate!)
Dessert: Pumpkin Cheesecake- almond crust · ginger snap pumpkin seeds · chai caramel · maple-pecan ice cream (So delish. I wanted to lick my plate but we were in public so I had to sit on my hands to stop myself. In LOVE with the maple-pecan ice cream).
I am actually salivating looking at this picture.
If you are veg curious or newly veg and want to try local vegetarian/vegan restaurants www.happycow.net is a great place to start. Type in your location to find local veggie restaurants. Check the "stars" to see ratings (happy cow actually rates by cow heads but I didn't want to confuse you before clarifying). We use it all the time when traveling to find vegan friendly places.
If you are ever in Asheville, western NC, or east TN- treat yourself to Plant! Check out their website if you want to read about a fabulous restaurant - http://plantisfood.com/menu/
Some other recommendations if you go to Plant:
Entres I like:
RED CURRY TOFU- jasmine rice & kaffir lime cakes · teriyaki broccoli & Thai basil · galangal-peanut curry · arugula (this is spicy!)
JERK char broiled seitan · smashed sweet potatoes · sautéed collards · spicy serrano crudo · fried banana & celtic salt (this is spicy!)
WILD FOREST- maitake & beech · smoked-jalapeño mashed Yukon · herbed vegetables · ciabatta · micros
Cannolo- handmade anise shell • candied orange ricotta • warm espresso puddle • mocha ice cream
Ice Cream (my fave flavors)- maple-pecan, mint, peanut butter crackle