We’ve all been told at some point that we need to eat more veggies — and thanks to the growing popularity of vegan and vegetarian diets, it’s now easier than ever to actually do it. Here in GVL, a number of restaurants + vendors have opened up that are 100% meat-free.
Meat lovers — don’t run away just yet. To prove that plant-based meals aren’t a big mis-steak, we put together a list of 15 spots for both seasoned vegans + veggie-curious carnivores.
Try the You Pick 2 next time you’re grabbing Kuka Juice. | Photo by @kukajuice
100% plant-based spots
The Herbal Pharmacy, 3795 E. North St. | For those pursuing a vegan lifestyle, this vegan meal prep service offers a menu that changes weekly.
Kuka Juice, 580 Perry Ave. | In addition to its large selection of juices, this juicery offers several plant-based salads + paninis. You can even mix-and-match.
Naked Vegan, 311-A McAlister Rd. | This spot offers Southern comfort food without the meat.
Southern Pressed Juicery, 2 W. Washington St. | Our favorite smoothie is the Little Palm Island — or if you prefer a fork over a straw, order the Pad Thai Zoodles.
All these colors wrapped up together make us hap-pea. | Photo by @tastyasfit_eats
Tasty As Fit, 3017 Augusta St. | In addition to vegan salads, smoothies, desserts + mains, this convenient grab-and-go style store also has plenty of gluten-free selections.
Sun Belly Cafe, 1409 W. Blue Ridge Dr. | Healthy meal prep made daily — featuring a selection of breakfast, lunch + dinner options. The colorful summer dishes look “chef’s kiss.”
Swad Restaurant, 1421-A Laurens Rd. | This Indian eatery offers an entirely vegetarian menu, with plenty of vegan, gluten-free and spicy selections, too.
For even more spots with offerings for both meat-eaters + plant-based diners, click the button below.
Summer on Augusta Returns | Thurs., June 16-Sun., June 19 | 5-7 p.m. | Augusta St. | Free June 16-18; $2 for June 19 | After a two-year hiatus, this four-day, family-friendly celebration returns to Augusta St., ft. live music, a car show, games, face painting, drinks, bites + more.
Piedmont Natural Gas Downtown Alive | Thurs., June 16 | 5:30-8:30 p.m. | NOMA Square, Downtown Greenville | Free entry | Rock out with Asheville-based psychedelic and indie group The Get Right Band + grab a bite from a local food truck.
Beachin’ Fridays | Fri., June 17 | 7-10 p.m. | Mauldin Cultural Center, 101 E. Butler Rd. | Free entry | Bring your lawn chairs and picnic blankets for an evening of beach music, shag dancing, food trucks, and beer + wine from Growler Haus. 🏖
POP of Color: Trunk Show with Laura Wood | Fri., June 17-Sat., June 18 | Friday: 12-7 p.m.; Saturday: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. | MAKE MADE, 241 N. Main St., Ste. C (lower level) | Free | Guests can see colorful sculptural jewelry designs by Laura Wood + learn about her design process.*
Fireforge 4th Anniversary Weekend | Fri., June 17 -Sun., June 19 | 12-8 p.m. | Fireforge Crafted Beer, 311 E. Washington St. | Free | Celebrate all things Fireforge at this mini music festival, ft. special food launches + new rare beers, including “The Fresh,” a Paloma cocktail-inspired gose ale. 🍻*
Southernside Summer Luau & Pig Roast | Sat., June 18 | 11 a.m.-11 p.m. | Southernside Brewing Co., 25 Delano Dr. | Free entry | Celebrate summer with live music, beer specials, island punch, a pig roast + flame dancers at Southernside’s first summer luau.🍹
Southeast Punk Flea Market | Sat., June 18-Sun., June 19 | 11 a.m.-7 p.m. | Greenville Shrine Club, 119 Beverly Rd. | $5 | Browse vintage clothing, comic books, retro video games, vinyl records + all kinds of oddities at this unique flea market. 👩🏼🎤
Juneteenth Freedom Day Celebration | Sun., June 19 | 2-8 p.m. | TD Stage at the Peace Center | Free entry | Celebrate Juneteenth on this day full of musical performance, a blood drive, and shopping + eats from local vendors.
3 Strand Trade Braiding Camp | Sun., June 19 | Times vary | Hilton Greenville, 45 W. Orchard Park Dr. | $85+ | Learn all about three strand braiding from a licensed cosmetologist + network with others in the beauty community.
We have amonthly guide filled with events + activities you can plan for in advance. Click the button below to bookmark ideas for upcoming date nights, family outings, and time with friends.
National Drink Up Week is July 25-31. | Photo by GVLtoday
Raise your glasses. This toast is dedicated to Greenville’s beverage industry, from morning iced lattes to afternoon power smoothies and evening specialty cocktails. We appreciate what makes our local drink scene unique.
And to kick off our National Drink Up Week, July 25-31, we want to partner with local coffee shops, wineries, bars, restaurants, distilleries + more to shine a spotlight on our local beverage tastemakers. Find out more below.
The splash pad at Unity Park will be closed from Mon., June 20 until Fourth of July weekend for repairs. Contractors identified issues with the pump house, drainage + jet heads. The playgrounds and grassy areas around the splash pad will remain open. 💦
If Chipotle is your lifeeee, you’ll want to hear this. A new location is opening in the Cherrydale neighborhood near the movie theater(3116 N. Pleasantburg Dr.) today, Thurs., June 16. The restaurant even has a drive-thru Chipotlane for digital pick-up orders. 🌯 (FOX Carolina)
Fall for Greenville is 120 days away, not that we’re counting or anything. Food vendor applications are now open + close Fri., June 24. The three-day festival — taking place Fri., Oct. 14-Sun., Oct. 16 — will highlight 40+ Greenville dining options to ~150,000 people.
Liability Brewing Company is the first B Corp certified breweryin South Carolina, and one of only 18 in the country. The certification means Liability meets high standards for social + environmental responsibility. You can find us on the patio with an eco-conscious craft brew in hand. 🍺
The Carolina Ballet Theatre raised the barre+ $40,000 at its Spring Guild Galalast month. The funds will support the Boys Ballet Program, create more dance programs for local children + provide 200+complimentary tickets to local charities. 🩰
Furman University students took their studies off-campus to Walt Disney World — the most mathical place on earth. For three weeks, students studied how Disney World is a giant, never-ending math problem. The course — titled “Math & The Mouse” — focuses on the mathematics of decision-making + how to deal with uncertainty mathematically. (Florida Politics)
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It’s tall, but not that tall. Yesterday when letting you know about Unity Park’s Honor Tower getting final approval, we said the tower will be 125 stories when it will only be 125 feet, which will still be tall enough for panoramic views of our city.
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In an update to a Post of the Day from earlier this week, The Children’s Museum of the Upstatewon first place in The Big Dog Show’s “Best in Show Artistic Collar Contest” with its colorful foam collars fit for a dog, the cat on its back + the bird on its tail.
See all the entries at The Big Dog Show while you can, with the collars on display at the Cleveland Park Stables through Sun., June 19.
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Editor’s Pick: It’s been a big week in my house. We welcomed home a new dog, a 2-year-old Alaskan Malamute named Tucker. We’re working to get him trained up quickly so we can meet up with City Editor Kyle + her good boy Pinto to enjoy some summer days at GVL’s dog-friendly destinations. We hope to see you there soon. 🐾
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