My boyfriend and I NEVER eat at vegan or vegetarian restaurants, so I’m quite surprised to be writing this review. My boyfriend is more of a carnivore, so we never really venture outside his comfort zone, but we are both glad we did!
Living Kitchen is a vegan/vegetarian restaurant that makes everything from scratch, as well as fresh juices, sodas, and smoothies. During our visit we tried their house made Ginger Ale ($5.00), which was the best ginger ale I have ever tasted in my life. It was not overly sugary and you can really taste the ginger in the drink, which gave it a very refreshing feel.
For our appetizer we ordered the Sweet Potato Sushi Rolls ($9.50). I was reluctant to order this, because how does sweet potatoes and sushi mix? But it was surprisingly amazing! It was a nice, light appetizer and paired well with the sesame sauce that came on the side. The best part about it was that it was very fresh, crunchy, and was not smushy like I expected it to be. The sweet potato was lightly cooked and cut up into thin pieces.
For my main course I ordered the Mock Tuna Salad ($11.50), which is a ground nut/seed base. Again, I was reluctant to try it because I am not one to order something that is “mock” meat. It was a very unique and delicious sandwich. Since it is ground up nuts and seeds, it is a bit heavy, but it was overall lighter than a traditional tuna melt made with mayo.
For my side I tried the Broccoli Waldorf Salad. This salad is absolutely amazing and I plan to get it as my main dish next time! It consists of chopped up broccoli with cashew mayo, raisins, apple, and walnuts. It was crunchy, tangy, with a touch of sweetness from the raisins. I highly recommend this salad to anyone who is new to vegan eating.
My boyfriend tried the Fire and Brimstone Veggie Burger ($11.50), which is a great dish for anyone who is new to vegetarian food. The burger had some heat from the seasoning, which was complimented well by the avocado. It was served on two slices of whole grain bread, however a traditional hamburger bun would have complimented the burger nicely and would have been easier to hold.
Last but not least I tried their signature dessert, the turtle cake ($9.50); which is caramel chocolate cake made from a nut base. This cake is extremely rich and decadent, but so worth it especially since you ate all your veggies at dinner! I definitely plan to come back in the future, the menu items are interesting and creative, so I’m excited to try their café drinks and other specialties!
Morgan is a local Registered Dietitian and food lover. She currently resides in Raleigh, NC and loves the Triangle food scene. She was born and raised in New York, so she often looks for the comforts of home through delicious foods. Since moving to the Triangle, she enjoys eating from the eclectic local food scene. Whether it’s food trucks, hole-in-the-wall places, or fairs you’ll find her there with her partner in crime and fellow foodies, trying it all to tell you about it.