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Sage Vegetarian Cafe – Chapel Hill, NC

Hooray for arriving in North Carolina! I think this is my first time ever in this state. How ’bout that! Funny thing, I drove in last night from Virginia (just two days after my tour in Europe) and I ended up staying at an Italian-inspired hotel and then the first restaurant I go to is a European-themed dining experience. I knew I was having withdrawals but this is just silly. :)

Hello, Chapel Hill. Great to meet you, cutie little college town. The only restaurant on my list for this area is Sage Vegetarian Cafe. Despite the name I thought it was all-vegan, based on online readings. But once I sat down to eat I realized it was about 80% vegan with many can-be-made-vegan options. That’s okay. I was hungry and anything would do before my next four-hour drive to Asheville (which appears to have many more vegan eateries).

Sage Vegetarian Cafe – 80(ish)% vegan

1129 Weaver Dairy Rd
Chapel Hill, NC 27514

I really like the decor of Sage with the vibrant red, yellow, and orange walls, and the Mediterranean vibe. Again, perfect as I’m coming down from Italy. Sigh. :)

Sage Vegetarian Cafe Chapel Hill, NCSage Vegetarain Cafe

I ordered a soy strawberry milkshake, the special soup of the day (curry lentil), the chicken cutlets dish (soy chicken in a mild coconut curry & mushroom sauce, served with basmati-saffron rice and a side of shirazi), and the chocolate cake for dessert.

Soy Strawberry Smoothie
The curry lentil soup was great! I loved the peppery undertone that lingered after each spoonful. The curry was perfectly light and tasty. Vegan Curry Lentil Soup - Sage Veg Cafe
The chicken curry dish came with a plate of basmati-saffron rice alongside the bowl of Indian-style ‘chicken’ swimming in a mild coconut curry sauce. The chicken was really delicious and the mushrooms were wonderfully tender. Very good.Basmati Rice - Sage Vegetarian Cafe, Chapel Hill, NC"Chicken" Curry Cutlets - Sage Vegetarian Cafe, Chapel Hill, NC

And finally, the chocolate cake (the only vegan dessert on the menu) was nice. A bit banana-y as that’s the base. I liked it best when combining a scoop of cake with a scoop of ice cream, in one bite. NOM.

Vegan Chocolate Cake - Sage Vegetarian North Carolina

Okay, it’s time for me to drive to Asheville. About four hours from Chapel Hill. I’m looking forward to connecting with the Asheville Vegan Society when I get there. Woohoo! :)


  1. Susan Walsh

    Up until now, our choices in Chapel Hill, NC have not been the best. I am sorry that you did not have an opportunity to try Vimalas Curryblossom restaurant. The good news though, is that the Triangle Raw Foods people, who have been operating an excellent delivery service for the last couple of years (Matthew Daniels and Jane Crutchfield) have JUST received all the funding and approvals they need to open the first ever raw vegan cafe in our area. It will be called Cafe L.O.V.E – Live, Organic, Vegan Eats and it will be opening in September in Durham (next to Chapel Hill). I hope you will be back to experience it. :-)

    • Kristin

      Thanks for the info, Susan! Sounds super exciting and if I’m ever back in the area I’ll definitely check it out. :)

  2. Cristina

    Come to Raleigh, NC! We have The Fiction Kitchen which is 100% vegetarian and I would say 80% vegan. They have outstanding dishes and try to locally source all their food. :)

    • Kristin

      I’d love to, Cristina! :)

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