Reviews written by itzLaurenR
Registered on Feb 25 13
I love the build-your-own features for pizza and salad alike. The vegan cheese is not soy but tapioca (i.e. Daiya). I learned that if you order vegan cheese, the chefs are trained to withhold the butter-brushing & parm otherwise adorning a pizza crust. Also, know that the BBQ sauce contains honey. The prices are a bit much, but I love the atmosphere. There is also a 25% discount for Ashevillians with ID on Tuesdays.
I really appreciate that this place has a separate vegan menu and perhaps set my expectations too high as a result. It seems most menu items are akin to what you might get in a prepared foods cold case at the grocery store: chilled pre-made grain salads and such. I enjoy the funky interior decor, but the overwhelming fish aroma and "meh" veg food aren't enough to bring me back.
Having grown up in Northern NJ with its myriad Pita Pits and Falafel Huts, I am no stranger to Mediterranean foods. But I must say the food at Mediterranean Harbour is exceptional! Everything is made from scratch in-house, and you can tell: I savoured the rich flavours and perfect textures. Also, the twist for specifically Lebanese versions of these foods is that anything with chickpea also contains fava bean. I recommend the sampler platter, for which you can choose 3 out of the 4 vegan choices. The baba ghanouj was eye-rolling smoky, the grape leaves delectable, the falafel to die for; pita bread comes with and is vegan. Add a waterside seat in the breeze with a glass of wine, and you too will see why I am raving so cheekily.
Mellow Mushroom has become a go-to wherever I am in the Southeast. The location on my new island home is no exception. Build your own pizza, calzone, or salad with a plethora of choices, including Daiya cheese. Usually, if you say the word "vegan," they know to leave the butter-brush & parmesan off the crust, but it doesn't hurt to be in the know when ordering. This is the best place for craft beer in HHI, for sure. The island twist on the psychedelic theme is nice. And the staff is exceptional: each server is consistently thorough, and when a mistake (in the vegan department) was made, they (a) identified it prior to serving it and (b) bought a round of drinks to compensate the wait. Round this out with weekly specials, locals night, and trivia, and it's a fave. Sure, as a Jersey girl, it's different than NJ/NY pizza crust, but it's still good, good food.
I am a long-time Whole Foods customer and new resident to the island. It is so lovely to have them here. I love the special touches and twists custom to the "flavor" of our local community. And of course, as a vegan, it's a diamond in the ruff for grocery shopping. If you're budget conscious, favor the produce and bulk departments and 365 brand. If you love to splurge on the good stuff without cooking yourself, their prepared foods department is huge proportionate to the medium store size. Add to that special events like "pups on the patio" and their willingness to order anything they don't currently have, and we've got a winner.