Fayetteville has long enjoyed a reputation of offering some solid dining options for those who embrace a plant-based diet. While most local restaurants do offer or are willing to adapt their offerings to include vegetarian or vegan fare, there are a number of independent kitchens that really show the veggie love.
These picks are healthy but never boring, embracing bold flavors and the freshest ingredients:
Arsaga’s at the Depot
It’s really hard to say you’ve properly been initiated into Fayetteville life unless you’ve made a visit to Arsaga’s at the Depot, a cozy and bustling spot located just off Dickson Street and next to the trail along the railroad tracks. Known for their sweet and savory crepes, there is no shortage of flavor with any of Arsaga’s creations.
You might consider their house-made vegan sausage in a tofu scramble or crepe, joined with a side of perfect herbed potatoes for breakfast—or if you’re in for dinner, check out their house-made veggie burger and some decadent vegan cheese fries.
548 W Dickson Street
If you ask around about where locals love to brunch, Farmer’s Table will invariably land somewhere around the top of the list. The folks at this charming south Fayetteville restaurant have developed a breakfast, brunch and lunch menu that features a tasty range of veggie-based treats.
We like their Morning Mushroom Mash with quinoa, potatoes, vegan sausage, seasonal veggies and cashew cream—or the curried hummus and the burgers made with organic chickpeas. Get there early on the weekends and snag a table on the deck if you can. The people watching is as good as the food.
1079 S School Avenue
Khana Indian Grill
There is no shortage of flavor and amazing smells for visitors to the lovely Khana Indian Grill, an airy midtown Fayetteville eatery adorned with colorful pendant lights and sustainable wood furniture. The menu spans lunch and dinner, with a gorgeous sampling of savory street snacks (chaats), spiced basmati rice plates, and khati rolls with flaky bread wrapped around various fillings and served with an incredible mint yogurt chutney.
Khana’s dishes satisfy palates well accustomed to robust Indian flavors, as well as tempts those who are new to the joys of the spicy cuisine.
2101 N College Avenue
Inspired by healthy beach food and the idea that “being a free spirit is a dang good thing,” a high-spirited duo moved to Arkansas for school and ended up going wildly entrepreneurial with their deliciously complex, yet beautifully balanced granola and blended fruit bowls. When nothing but the freshest ingredients will do, you can cool down with one of their seventeen different smoothies…one of which is intended to put the pep back in your step after a night of overindulging: The Hangover Cure.
495 W Prairie Street
You know you’ve found the perfect taste of Fayetteville funky when you arrive at this converted old gas station, which happens to boast a craft kitchen and artisanal cocktails, a good outdoor space, frequent live music and even the occasional local comedy night. Veggie lovers and vegans will find some tasty nosh; we suggest the Beyond Burger with a vegan patty, hummus, sautéed mushrooms, avocado and local hydroponic greens.
And did we mention Nomad’s fabulous four-day-a-week mimosa brunch with ten flavors on tap each week? Follow them on Instagram and you might happen onto the password for a secret mimosa…shhhh.
1431 S School Avenue
“Though she be but little she is fierce” would be an apt description of the tiny and absolutely delicious lunch-only café near the Fayetteville square that has been satisfying Mediterranean cravings for countless locals for years. We recommend stopping in for a visit after enjoying the Fayetteville Farmers Market—and sample the falafil pita with hummus, veggies and tahini sauce.
You simply cannot go wrong with Petra’s savory baba ghanoush, tabbouleh or rice and herb-stuffed grape leaves; actually, just order them all!
31 E Center Street, #101