Growing up in her mother's kitchen, Sharon Wright learned to cook what she believed was healthy food. But for years, she struggled with various health problems. After witnessing her father's battle with cancer, Sharon began extensively researching the causes of diseases, and discovered a wealth of information about how one's diet affects one's body. She adopted a macrobiotic diet, but found that most of her health issues persisted, and came to the conclusion that she should commit to a 100% raw and vegan diet.
With her new diet, she experienced significant weight loss, an increase in energy and mental clarity. To share her vision of "real food" with others, Wright partnered with Scott Middleton and Danny Hutto. The result was Good Life Café. There, she helms a menu of unprocessed plants foods that have not been heated above 115 degrees, creating vibrant dishes with ingredients such as cashew nacho cheese, walnut meat, and zucchini noodles.
Though the menu at Lambsbread Vegan Cafe may appear to be the same as at any soul food place, things aren't what they seem. That's because the chefs don't use any animal products when they make their dishes. They use tempeh, seitan, and vegetables to create options such as the Spare No ribs, mock BLT, and tempeh Reuben. These come paired with complementary sides, such as the okra gumbo, kale, and curry potatoes, all of which are made with no animal products.
Since the flavors of chicken salad, Italian sausage, Philly cheese steaks, and chicken-fried Philly Oreos never stray far from the basic flavors of their protein bases, your mouth can get bored very quickly. Today's Groupon will give it a nice change of pace: for $5, you get $10 worth of meatless, milkless, and guiltless deliciousness to go from Zizi's, a vegan eatery that serves healthy and flavorful American favorites and ethnic cuisine from its Gold Hill Pavilion storefront. This Groupon is good for take-out only.
When you first walk into Krazy Fish, it’s apparent that the restaurant’s staff has had some fun with its moniker. Murals of giant sea creatures colorize the walls, and mannequins swim in green-tinsel seaweed and reefs of faux-pearl necklaces. But, like Charlotte magazine says, “as soon as you’re sipping the restaurant’s icy hibiscus, ginger, and honey agua fresca or digging into the tender, citrus-flavored ceviche appetizer, you’ll barely noticed [sic] the odd plastic fish hanging above your table.”
Krazy Fish’s eclectic menu teems with fresh seafood, southern-inspired comfort fare, and bowls of Asian noodles. The kitchen staff infuses pan-seared swai with spicy wasabi and sprinkles with cilantro grown in the backyard garden. Seven types of salsas enliven the tacos, including the tropical pineapple salsa. Krazy Fish also offers three TVs for game watching, a wide selection of beer, wine, and mixed drinks, and is available for private events.
The house-turned-eatery known as The Backyard Café puts out an eclectic selection of grilled American fare. Gracious guests can get started with apps, such as artichoke spinach dip ($6.99) or the Backyard salad ($6.99+)––infused with roast beef, turkey, ham, bacon, egg, cheese, and veggies. Hearty bites include the Backyard burger ($7.89)—a half-pound circle of Angus beef bear-hugged by cheddar cheese, mushrooms, onions, and bacon, served with a choice of a side—as well as the teriyaki salmon ($13.99), which arrives steamy atop a fluffy bed of rice pilaf. Diners can complement their consumption with a bottled beer ($2.50+) or glass of wine ($4.50+), or wrap up with a cool scoop of homemade ice cream ($1.99 single scoop) and a hot cup of Coffee Cabana coffee ($1.59).