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Discover Top 5 Vegan Restaurants in The OBX

06/29/2023 | by Joseph Mitchell | Outer Banks Food and Drink

A trip to the Outer Banks comes with all kinds of opportunities for fun and adventure as well as savory stops to sprinkle throughout your itinerary. If you’re heading this way and looking for vegan restaurants to enjoy while you’re here, you’re in luck! The Outer Banks is home to a variety of vegan-friendly eateries that are as delicious as they are accessible. Bon appétit!

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Enjoy a Variety of Vegan Options in The OBX

1. Bad Bean Baja Grill

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Located at 4146 N. Croatan Highway in Kitty, Bad Bean Baja Grill is known for serving up creative, fresh, and flavorful Latin fare. The menu is packed with variety but the beauty for vegan diners is that just about every taco on the list can be made vegan upon request by eliminating sour cream, cheese, or meats. At Bad Bean Baja Grill, guests dining vegan can also order up options like grilled tofu with rice and beans that are sure to please. There’s a tofu bowl to try as well and sweet roasted peppers that are palate-pleasing with every visit.


2. FreshFit Café

Head over to 7521 S. Virginia Dare Trail in Nags Head to enjoy vegan dining options at FreshFit Café. This waterfront eatery has a menu packed with vegan options ranging from tofu scrambles to flavorful portobello and chickpea wraps. They also offer smoothies, salads, and build-your-own bowls so you can tailor your selections to taste.

3. Shine on Juicery

Finding your way to 1209 S. Croatan Highway in Kill Devil Hills puts you in the perfect place to enjoy a vegan dish at Shine on Juicery. This inviting stop is a great place to order up smoothies, juices, and plant-based food options at lunch too. Their specialty is known as the “Juice Floods” which is a package of vegan juice selections for take away that help detox the body and boost the immune system over the course of a few days.

4. Outer Bean Café

When cravings come calling, the Outer Bean Café is a welcoming and cozy place to settle in and savor a vegan dish in the Outer Banks. Located at 3701 N. Croatan Highway in Kitty Hawk, Outer Bean Café serves up delicious smoothies, juices, and coffee alongside vegan sandwiches and breakfast options. The mushroom panini is a fan favorite while the hummus sandwiches and acai bowls are equally appealing.

5. Roots & Leaves Food Truck

Stack of donuts on light wooden backgroundIf you’re spending time on Hatteras Island and looking for a top vegan stop to enjoy something savory, your search ends with the Roots & Leaves food truck. Found at 41001 NC-12 in Avon, this vegan food truck is a sensational choice that’s sometimes parked at the Avon Pier instead. They host an espresso bar that utilizes oat milk and all of their Aussie rolls and cake donuts are 100% vegan too. Soft serve is available seasonally so be sure to ask when you drop by.

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