Monday, May 9, 2011

Luna’s Living Kitchen

Several friends and coworkers have been suggesting I try Luna’s Living Kitchen, the all-vegan restaurant next to the Atherton Market that also grows some of their own products. My lovely coworker and I thus made the trek there for lunch last week and all I can say is: wow. For a restaurant that uses little salt, no meat, and no commercially-produced food let alone only food that is grown or made locally, I was completely blown away by their menu and by what I ordered. Not only do they have an array of salads and wraps, soups and sides, but they also have an exciting drink menu including juices and smoothies. 

A little background on Luna’s: this little place is right next to the Atherton Market and uses some of their vendors' products and ingredients. They have their own biodynamic garden, showcase artisan breads, and have unique offerings like almond milk and original smoothie flavors.

I ordered their veggie burger which comes with their special brand of hummus (which is green) and guacamole on bread they also make onsite. This was served with a green salad of arugula, bean sprouts, cucumber and red bell pepper with a light honey mustard dressing. All of it was absolutely delicious.

The menu is a little pricier than your average Uptown or South End lunch but more than worth it for organic, local, vegan options that are delicious and use environmentally sensitive materials and methods. My only other caveat is that most, if not all, of their dishes have dark greens in them (arugula, etc) which are difficult for IBS sufferers like to me to digest. If you’re sensitive to these or other foods, you can always ask them to substitute the green salad for their amazing hummus!

Monday – Thursday: 11am – 7pm
Friday – Saturday: 8am – 3pm
Sunday: closed
2102 South Blvd., Charlotte, NC 28203 

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