Located in North Carolina, the town of Cary boasts a large array of things to discover. With its rich culture and arts scene, exciting leisure and entertainment, and incredible dining, it’s no wonder Cary is recognized as one of the fastest-growing cities in the South.
So luckily whether you’re on a business trip, on holiday or are a resident, you’re sure to find exceptional vegan restaurants in Cary, NC, that serve premium quality dishes, as well as some global cuisines.
Our shortlist includes some exclusively vegan restaurants as well as restaurants that serve both meat and vegan dishes. But we just had to mention those because of their extensive and tasty vegan options.
So read on to find your ideal lunch or dinner destination!
Five Exceptional Vegan Restaurants In Cary, NC: Food Worth Waiting For!
1. Pure Juicery Bar
Juicery and vegan food bar serving some of the most delicious and nutritious dishes in town.
Pure Juicery Bar is not only an excellent place for you to get your healthy juice fix, but it also offers some delicious vegan dishes, all prepared with premium quality wholesome ingredients.
Conveniently located within walking distance from Amberly’s swimming pool and playground, this purely vegan restaurant is the ideal place to stop and refuel with super nutritious vegan fare.
They have a cafe-style layout with counter-service, all within a pleasant atmosphere, perfect for grabbing some lunch, brunch or dinner with family and friends. Choose from a tempting selection of healthy fresh juices, plant-based breakfast items, burgers, sandwiches, salad bowls, acai bowls, and even raw treats.
We’re yet to meet someone who doesn’t love Chik’n Waffles and luckily, this spot makes some delicious ones which come with mock chicken, and are then topped with strawberries and powdered sugar. Another popular dish is their Chipotle Chik’n Sandwich consisting of a crispy mock ‘chicken’ patty, lettuce, avocado, jalapeno, pico and chipotle mayo.
Another great pick is the juicy Backyard Burger which is prepared with a grilled burger patty, home-made chili, slaw and cashew cheeze. Pair that with some Sweet Potato Waffle Fries for the ultimate tasty meal. Children will also have loads to choose from on the kids menu section, and believe us when we say they’ll love the options!
Anyway, back to the juices! Some of the best ones here include the Boost Juice consisting of pineapple, carrot, orange, turmeric and peppercorn, and the Fruit Punch which is made with orange, pineapple, apple and strawberry.
Pure Juicery & Vegan Food Bar is open Monday to Friday 11am to 7pm, but is closed in weekends.
Address: 716 Slash Pine Dr, Cary, NC 27519
Some of the best healthy eats where you can even get crafty with your order!
Fancy a casual dine-in or take-out to enjoy with the family, or even want to order online from the comfort of your own bed? Luckily DICED gives you all of those options, plus they let you get creative with your plant-based dishes by customizing your meal – more on that later.
Located within a 15 minute walk from the picturesque Lake Mortensen, DICED is a great pit-stop for some of the best healthy eats in town, food that has earned this place a few impressive awards. Although not solely vegan, this has got to be one of the most vegan-friendly restaurants in Cary, NC for the variety and freshness they provide.
You can get creative with your order by picking a protein, a base and four fresh ingredients from their long list of choices. As the plant-based option of protein, you’ll find organic non-GMO crispy tofu, then continue by choosing your base from options such as romaine lettuce, spinach, artisan mix, kale, brown rice, or wild grain blend.
With that, you can even pick your preferred wrap and a big selection of fresh veggies and crunchies like walnuts and crispy onions to go with it. You’ll also get to choose a handcrafted dressing as well and we would recommend going with the Maple Tahini.
If you can’t be bothered getting creative and just want a quick choice (we all have lazy days after all!), you can choose from one of their tasty recipes.
One of the popular favorites is the Hearty Vegan – which can come as a salad, wrap or grain bowl. That is packed with avocado, purple cabbage, carrots, black beans, grilled corn, hearts of palm, cilantro, tortilla strips and drizzled with their home-made sweet chipotle or cilantro lime dressing.
DICED is open Monday to Friday from 10:30am to 8pm, and on Saturday and Sunday from 11am to 4pm.
Address: 1377 Kildaire Farm Rd, Cary, NC 27511
3. Cilantro Indian Cafe
Find some traditional Indian food packed with flavor at this casual vegan-friendly restaurant.
The next pick on our list of vegan-friendly restaurants in Cary, NC is Cilantro Indian Cafe – a casual dining place serving some of the best traditional Indian food in town.
Walk into this restaurant and enjoy the pleasant smell of spices wafting from the kitchen. The dining space also has a hip vibe with lots of lighting, sleek wooden floors and dark-colored tables and chairs. The staff are friendly too and happy to help you with any suggestion.
Cilantro also buys their produce from the local farmers market as much as they can, so if you visit you’ll get to support local businesses, as well as eat some of the freshest food around.
As soon as you’ll grab the menu, you’ll find many different styles of curries and dishes. Just choose what stands out the most to you, then pick your choice of protein – which for vegans would be vegetables, daal or vegan kabobs depending on the dish. Some particular vegan favorites include Tandoori Vegan Kabobs, Vegetable Biryani, Daal Saag and also the spicy Aloo Gobi Karahi.
Best of all is that all the meals are served with Roghani naan which is a tasty and fluffy vegan naan made from flour and yeast. So you don’t have to worry about it containing any ghee or butter. However, do still make sure to tell the staff that you’re vegan so they can inform the kitchen to substitute any dairy products for non-dairy options.
Cilantro Indian Cafe is open Tuesday, Wednesday, as well as Saturday for dinner from 4pm to 8:30pm. They’re also open on Thursday and Friday from lunch from 11:30am to 2pm and for dinner from 4pm to 8:30pm, but are closed on Mondays and Sundays.
Address: 107 Edinburgh S Dr Suite 107 Suite,107, Cary, NC 27511
Family-owned restaurant offering Lebanese and Mediterranean dishes and plenty of vegan choices.
Sassool is a great family-owned restaurant located close to Lake Mortensen and Pond of Alligator. This place specializes in flavorful and indulgent Lebanese and Mediterranean dishes that keep locals coming back for more, so it might be a restaurant you might visit more than once.
From pizzettes, a large array of salads and sides, as well as sandwiches, Sassool’s incredible choices, friendly and welcoming atmosphere and fast-casual setting makes it a must-visit. And that’s why we’ve included them on this list of vegan-friendly restaurants in Cary, NC.
For those who’ve never heard of pizzettes, think pizza, but with a base made from pita dough and topped with some delicious ingredients, as well as spices baked inside the dough. There’s a couple of vegan options to choose from, but one of the most highly recommended one is the Spinach Fatayer which consists of fresh spinach, onion, tomatoes, lemon juice, olive oil and spices baked inside fresh pita dough.
But it doesn’t just end there as this restaurant also has a large selection of super delectable vegan side dishes and salads.
Those side dishes are priced individually by the pound and you are free to mix and match your favorites to create a platter. Some of the popular vegan choices are the Falafels which are patties made with chickpeas, parsley, onions, garlic and spices, as well as the Grape Leaves which are stuffed with rice, diced tomatoes, spices and olive oil.
Also make sure to not miss out on the Baba Ghanouj which is a tasty blend of roasted eggplant, tahini, lemon juice, olive oil, garlic and spices.
Although not solely vegan, Sassool had to be included on our list of vegan-friendly restaurants in Cary for the excellent selection of tasty dishes they have. They’re open Monday to Thursday, and Sunday from 10am to 8pm and on Friday and Saturday from 10am to 9pm.
Address: 1347 Kildaire Farm Rd, Cary, NC 27511
5. Mellow Mushroom Cary
Super spacious pizzeria with an impressive outdoor patio, including a menu with a separate vegan section.
Just a short walk from Crabtree Creek, Mellow Mushroom is a pizzeria serving some excellent food in a super spacious environment. For those who love to enjoy their pizza or pie under the sun, we’re sure you’ll also be impressed by the large outdoor patio that’s surrounded by lovely greenery.
This restaurant serves vegan, as well as non-vegan choices, and even though the plant-based options on offer here are not extensive, the few starters, salads and main that they do have are worth visiting for.
We recommend starting with the Vegan Tempeh Hoagie which is prepared with tempeh marinated in balsamic vinegar and layered on top of lettuce, tomatoes, and melted vegan cheese and then topped with grilled onions, mushrooms and green peppers.
As for mains, their Vegan Veg Out is a pie topped with red sauce, vegan cheese, spinach, green peppers, sliced mushrooms, sweet onions, black olives and tomatoes. And for an even more unique taste, the Vegan Enlightened Spinach Salad is worth a try and that consists of spinach, dried cherries, diced apples and their home-made glazed pecans.
Mellow Mushroom is open Monday to Thursday, as well as Sunday from 11am to 9pm and on Friday and Saturday from 11am to 10pm.
Address: 4300 NW Cary Pkwy, Cary, NC 27513