“Nothing will benefit human health and increase chances for survival of life on Earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet.”–Albert Einstein
Being Vegan in The South is interesting because most people have the Paula Dean philosophy when it comes to cooking. If its not made with butter, deep fried or has some sort of animal product, then it isn’t tasty. There is hope though, especially in Winston-Salem. I present to you, The Washington Perk!
This place is a local grocery store and also owns a pub next door called Swaims. It is located on 228 W Acadia Avenue, which is conveniently located near The School of The Arts and Downtown Winston. Most of the products here are locally produced, organic, vegan friendly and health conscious. Plus, they have an excellent beer and wine selection! They also have a place to order sandwiches and coffee. One of my favorite things to get is a Sesame veggie pita with liquid aminos and nutritional yeast. Can you say delicious? Also the fact that you have the choice of almond or soy milk is fantastic.
The staff is very friendly and easy to talk to. They really strive to build the community around here and make things easily assessable for regulars. Plus, the book section is always a good place to sit and read. If you are looking for a great place to hang out that isn’t just another coffee shop, this is your best bet. Pick up some groceries, grab a good bite to eat, and talk to some local artists who go to the local art school? Yes please! Stop by if you are ever in town. Namaste!