These days it's almost impossible to find a menu without at least one vegetarian option.
According to the National Restaurant Association, the vegetarian market is expected to grow to $1.7 billion by next year. Because of this many Triangle restaurants have reworked their entire menus to accommodate the increasing demand for meatless dishes.
Here are our five favorite vegetarian menus, in no particular order:
Remedy Diner (Raleigh): Located in the Moore Square district of downtown Raleigh, Remedy is a cozy little diner serving up some of the most delicious "alternative therapies" around. Give the tempeh tantrum a try: marinated tempeh, homemade vegan pesto, vegan bacon, avocado and lettuce on sourdough.
Solas (Raleigh): Solas has just rolled out a brand new vegetarian menu and we were more than impressed when we stopped in last week for "Meatless Monday." Take a date, order a bottle of wine and split the vegetable lasagna and stuffed poblano peppers...both outstanding.
Irregardless Cafe (Raleigh): Chef Arthur Gordon and crew have been dishing up a delicious vegetarian menu since 1975, long before it was "in." Even a kitchen fire in 1994 couldn't slow them down and Irregardless has since become a staple in the Raleigh community. While the entire vegetarian menu is great, the portabella polenta is hard to beat.
Sage Cafe (Chapel Hill): Since 2003, Homa Jahannia and her son Ramin have been serving an exclusively vegetarian menu with influences from Homa's home country of Iran. The ambiance is inviting and the food is simply amazing. If you're heading in for dinner, give the Caribe a try: caribbean style black beans topped with a slice of avocado, served with rice, grilled spicy tofu & plaintains.
Butternut Squash (Chapel Hill): Butternut Squash is located on the edge of UNC Chapel Hill's campus and explores vegetarian dishes from all over the world. Headed for the first time? Try the thai style seiten skewers with peanut lime sauce, coconut rice and snow peas.
With the demand for vegetarian options on the rise, we know you have some favorites that didn't make our list. So tell us....what vegetarian menus must we try?