Eat Up! North Carolina Food Crawl Celebrates Earth Month

Earth Day never tasted so good! “Dine Out for the Planet” celebrates plant-based innovations in North Carolina restaurants
north carolina plant-based food crawl
April 15, 2019 Leave your thoughts 2 min read

As the resident gastronome on Team OMD, I’m always talking about food. Whether I’m obsessing over the perfect temperature to roast a butternut squash or searching for muscadines at my local farmer’s market here in North Carolina, delicious plant-based food is always on my mind.

Souly Vegan Cafe home fries, Large Chicken Biscuit (with gravy) and tofu scramble

Souly Vegan Cafe home fries, Large Chicken Biscuit (with gravy) and tofu scramble.

When I transitioned to a plant-based diet a year ago, I was worried that I wouldn’t be able to do one of my favorite foodie things — going out and eating at a restaurant. The South is known for its great food, but being plant-based in the meat-centric South? That sounded like being relegated to sad veggie sandwiches and hummus plates forever. Luckily, I was wrong!

Plant-based innovation is worthy of a celebration, so we teamed up with Bull City Vegan to create Dine Out for the Planet weekend, April 12-14, to celebrate Earth Month! We encouraged folks across North Carolina to dig in and veg out with the help of our new North Carolina Plant-Based Eaters Guide to help people find local grub!

The weekend was a blast. I joined fellow North Carolinians during my plant-based food crawl and also hosted a local Meetup on Sunday at Dos Perros, a Mexican restaurant in Durham, to share stories, talk about how people can get involved in OMD and hear about others’ plant-based journeys and challenges. Check out some of the highlights:

We had 32 participating restaurants across the state, but here are some of my favorite spots:

Soul Cocina — Chapel Hill, NC
nOma food & co — Greensboro, NC
Vegan Flava Cafe — Chapel Hill, NC
Living Kitchen — Raleigh, NC
Jack’s Corner Mediterranean Deli — Greensboro, NC
Dos Perros — Durham, NC
Pure Juicery Bar — Cary, NC
Rumi Persian Cafe — Durham, NC
Anisette Sweet Shop — Raleigh, NC
Souly Vegan Cafe — Durham, NC

Durham’s Bull City Vegan

More local restaurants are creating plant-based confections, but change only happens when businesses hear from patrons like you, or from advocacy groups like the amazing folks at Durham’s Bull City Vegan!

What's Next?

Are you in North Carolina and want to urge your local restaurant to feature more plant-based options? We want to hear from you! Send our NC Field Organizer Zakiyaa an email at and download our Restaurant Toolkit.

About the Author

Zakiyaa Taylor is OMD’s North Carolina Field Organizer. She works with communities on the ground in North Carolina to change hearts and minds around plant-based eating by supporting school districts, community members and restaurant owners to co-create lasting change.

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