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Vegan on Vacation in Wilmington, NC

Posted on: August 5th, 2010 by missycoppage No Comments

My husband and I just got back from our last trip home for the summer.  It was a quick 5 day adventure to where we met in Wilmington, NC.  We spent time with our friends and went to the beach to frolic in the sand and surf.  We also spent lots of time eating.  Here in Lake Charles, LA there is not really any restaurants where I can go eat as a Vegan, but back home in Wilmington, they are everywhere.  We didn’t even have time to get to them all, but we did visit a few of our favorites.

Top of my list is
Flaming Amy’s Burrito Barn
at 4002 Oleander Drive.
I have to say I am a little biased having worked there for 5 years, but even after all of that time, this is always my first stop in Wilmington.  The rice and beans are vegan at Flaming Amy’s and they have grilled Tofu, grilled Jerk Tofu, and Portabello Mushrooms offered for your “grilled fillins”.  There is a wide variety of Burritos that can be Vegan simply by removing cheese and/or sour cream.  They also have hummus which can be substituted inside a quesadilla.  Their guacamole is also vegan.  Visit their website to view more pics and the menu
Next on my list is
Nikki’s Fresh Gourmet and Sushi Bar.
Nikki’s has grown over the years and has several locations.  My two favorites are the original downtown location at 16 S. Front Street, or the Independence mall location.  If you are a vegetarian or vegan, they have a fabulous menu with tofu burgers, grilled tofu sandwiches, tempeh rubens, tempeh phillys, and great veggie sushi.  They do not at this point offer up a vegan mayo or vegan dressing for the ruben, so since I became vegan, unless I bring my own, I usually opt for the sushi or one of the Mediterranean options.  Here is a link to  Nikki’s Downtown Menu

Another of our favorites is also a part of the Flaming Amy’s family

Flaming Amy’s Bowl
4418 Shipyard Blvd.
Long Leaf Mall
Wilmington, NC

This place is very vegan friendly.  They are a mongolian style grill where you take a bowl up and choose exactly what you want in your bowl.  You then choose from white or brown noodles, or white or brown rice.  You then choose your sauce.  I am a fan of the thai peanut sauce with brown rice.  If you tell the cook you are a vegetarian or vegan they will clean the grill extra well and get clean new spatulas from the kitchen to make sure there is no cross contamination.
Another place we found ourselves enjoying is
Trolley Stop Hot Dogs
Right now you are thinking hot dogs, what???  But Trolley Stop carries LightLife brand Smart Dogs which are vegan.  I have to admit I cheated a little and did not ask if the bread was vegan, I kind of assume it is not, but I wanted one so bad I did not inquire.  Ignorance is bliss!!!!
Trolley Stop offers a variety of toppings.  If you are simply a vegetarian, there a many options for you.  William went with the nuclear dog topped with cheddar cheese, jalapenos, and mustard.  I opted for mustard and onions.  At least I knew my toppings were vegan.  Trolley stop has several locations.  We went to the on at Carolina Beach.  More info and locations for Trolley Stop Hot Dogs.
This is just a small list of places Wilmington has to offer.  It is a very progressive town swarming with art and culture.  If you don’t see a vegan option on a menu (which is unlikely for most places), I guarantee they can work one out for you.

Where can I find this stuff????

Posted on: May 14th, 2010 by missycoppage No Comments

It was brought to my attention that a lot of people are not familiar
with where to find some of the ingredients I use.
Hope this helps everyone 🙂

For Wilmington NC and Surrounding Areas:

*Update: Since moving back and living on Carolina Beach, I have discovered that our local Food Lion actually carries a great selection of Veg friendly foods.  We now also have Island Wellness, located at 1140-G N. Lake Park Blvd.  They carry all of the yummy veggie stuff that Food Lion on the island is lacking like Nutritional yeast and Daiya Cheese along with a smoothie and juice bar.

There are many places here to find these ingredients.  Most of your local grocery stores carry Agave, Whole Wheat Flour, and other ingredints. As for specialty ingredients like Daiya Cheese, Veganaise, and Nutritional Yeast, you may have to go to Lovey’s Market, Whole Foods, The Fresh Market, or Tidal Creek Co-Op to find them.

For Lake Charles, LA Residents:

We do all of our shopping at the Kroger near campus (corner of McNeese and Ryan Streets). They have a really good organic produce section which is right next to the refrigerated item section (for soy/almond milk, tofu, tempeh, etc.)  Also, they have a “natural foods” aisle and you can find most stuff on that aisle, like the not-chick’n bullion.
If they don’t have it, the other option is Vita-Mart which is located at 806 East Prien Lake Road.  They offer 30% off everything in the store on Thursdays.  ( I love this place and the women that work there are so friendly and helpful.)

For Eden NC:

This place did not exist when I was growing up and it would have made my vegetarian childhood so much easier.  There is House of Health located at 641 Washington Street.  I visited this store last time I was home and was absolutely blown away.  It is a small store located in what used to be Mitchell’s Drug Store and it is awesome.

For Everywhere Else:

If you are lucky enough to have a Whole Foods you can probably find stuff there.  If not, most towns have an organic grocery, co-op, or something of that sort.