Are you looking for vegan restaurants in Greenville, or restaurants with vegetarian options in Greenville, SC?
The lifestyle of eating meat-free isn’t new, but it has become more mainstream in recent years. The days of going out to eat as a vegetarian or vegan and eating a dinner of side dishes are gone, as restaurants catered to a new fanbase. You know a plant-based diet is mainstream when traditionally meat-heavy BBQ places offer a meat-free alternative!
Kidding Around’s Melanie will clarify some things and then help you find the delicious meals you’ll want to seek out, with a list of Greenville’s vegan and vegetarian-friendly restaurants.
Vegetarian, Vegan, & Plant-Based Diets – What’s The Difference?
Growing up with a Godmother who was a vegetarian, I quickly learned to read labels and ingredients before offering her things. Items I had never thought of included animal by-products, and even to this day, some things surprise me. Once, someone pointed out that one of the fruit-filled pastries in the grocery store bakery contained a pork by-product (and it wasn’t lard). So what’s the difference between Vegan, Vegetarian, and Plant-Based diets lifestyles?
Vegetarian VS Vegan:
A vegetarian diet is the most flexible of the options.
There are several sub-categories of vegetarianism; most eliminate meat from their diet and retain some animal-sourced items, such as eggs, cheese, honey, or other non-meat)
Vegan VS Plant-Based:
The critical difference is that veganism includes avoiding animal products of all kinds, including clothing, while plant-based usually refers strictly to the diet. So vegan would be the most extreme of the three, with no consumption of animal-derived products at all.
Where To Find Vegan & Vegetarian Meals In The Greenville Area
Ariana – Greenville, SC
Afghani vegetarian/vegan meal options
Bar Margaret – Greenville, SC
Vegan/ Veggie burger option
Blue Moon Specialty Foods – Spartanburg, SC
Veggie lunch plates, veggie wraps (omit the cheese for vegan), and a large selection of prepared meals in their market.
Bobby’s BBQ & Seasoning – Fountain Inn, SC
Jackfruit Meat alternative offered
Bourbon Street Burgers – Simpsonville, SC
Serves the Beyond Burger, and other vegan options
Coastal Crust Pizza – Greenville, SC
Vegetarian options / vegan cheese option
Core Life Eatery – Greenville, SC
It offers several “build-your-own” menu items that can very quickly be made vegan. The pasta used is rice noodles, and they offer roasted tofu as an alternative meat option.
D’Allesandros Pizza – Greenville, SC
Vegetarian options / vegan cheese and vegan pepperoni options
Downtown Deli & Donuts– Spartanburg, SC
Mediterranean plate, portobello burger, veggie sandwich, and other vegan items at Downtown Deli & Donuts
The Exchange Co. – Simpsonville, SC
This coffee shop and creperie offer vegan crepe options!
Farm Fresh Fast – Greenville. SC
Spiralized veggie pasta, veggie stir-fry on their “No-Kill” plant-based menu
Good Karma Ice Cream – Easley, SC
Dairy-free ice cream
Green Fetish – Greenville, SC
Offers a variety of vegetarian and vegan options, including build your own bowls.
Harvest Kitchen– Greer, SC
Build your own bowls, with a wide variety of ingredients to align with dietary needs and preferences.
The Herbal Farmercy – Greenville, SC
A plant-based meal service based out of Wholly Smoke Restaurant
Jasmine Kitchen – Greenville, SC
Seasonal menu with vegan options
Jenauri’s Vegan Bakery – Greenville, SC
Custom made vegan cakes
Ji-Roz – Greenville, SC
Over two dozen vegan and vegetarian items included on their Greek cuisine menu
Kuka Juice – Greenville, SC
Cold-pressed juice and vegan menu options
Lime Leaf – Spartanburg, SC
This Pan-Asian and Thai restaurant offers tofu and veggie-based entrees on the menu.
Moo Creamery – Pickens, SC
Dairy-Free ice cream
Naked Vegan – Greenville, SC
They serve soups, sandwiches, wraps, smoothies, and more. They offer a large selection of vegan meals.
O-cha Tea Bar – Greenville, SC
Vegan drink and tea options
Papi’s Tacos – Greenville, SC
They offer squash/bell pepper and cactus/bean taco filling options for your veggie tacos
Pinguinos Hermanos – Multiple locations
Fresh fruit and coconut cream shaved ice.
PI-Squared – Spartanburg, SC
Vegan cheese option
Roost – Greenville, SC
Several Vegan & Vegetarian options are marked on their menu.
The Southern Growl – Greer, SC
The popular brewery offers a vegan burger and a tofu-based “Tso-Fu sandwich.”
Southern Pressed Juicery – Greenville, SC
Cold-pressed juice and vegan menu items
The Spatula Cafe – Greenville, SC
Utilizing tofu, tempeh & falafel, half their menu items are vegan.
Sunbelly Cafe – Greenville, SC
A completely meat-free, seasonal menu
Tacos and Bla Bla Bla – Various locations
Tons of options when you substitute black beans for meat on menu items like tacos and nachos
Tasty As Fit – Greenville, SC
Plant-based menu including smoothies, entrees, and take home options
Thai Vegan Restaurant – Greer, SC
A fully vegan menu of Thai cuisine
The 05 – Greenville, SC
A full vegetarian and vegan menu
Topsoil Kitchen & Market – Greenville, SC
Vegan menu items and a Plant-Based supper club
Treehouse Cafe – Travelers Rest, SC
The café has a section of its menu dedicated to Vegan/Vegetarian options.
TruBroth – Travelers Rest, SC
Vietnamese cuisine with tofu-based and vegetable-based items on the menu
The Universal Joint – Greenville, SC
Menu items that can be easily “veganized” with these tips from VV Spot
VV Spot – Serving The Upstate, SC
VV Spot offers Vegan food restaurant tours and is a great way to learn how you can make small changes in your current eating habits to be healthier. You might be surprised!
If you want to learn more about what VV Spot offers, check out my Review of The Vegan Restaurant Tour Of The West Village.
We Got The Beets (Food Truck) – Greenville, SC
An entire food truck menu that caters to plant-based diners
Wildflower Cupcake & Dessert Bar – Greenville, SC
Offers vegan/dairy-free, gluten-free/ vegan & gluten-free cupcake options
White Duck Taco – Multiple locations
Jackfruit meal alternative offered, plus easily veganize menu items by swapping meat for beans and omitting dairy.
Wholly Smoke Family Restaurant – Mauldin, SC
They offer four different vegan entrée options that include jackfruit as a meat alternative.