After moving away 10 years ago, I've been returning for visits to Wilmington for years now. This was the place that I 'took home' with me to tell my friends. Now that I live in Wilmington again and only a short walk away, I eat there several times a week.
As a vegetarian of 19 years, I take my food choices seriously. I do not eat off grills where meat is prepared, nor do I eat deep fried foods that share the same oil with meat. I will assume that like most non-vegetarian restaurants that all grilling is done on a shared surface. On the positive side, they make their own tortilla chips which are fried in their own oil and not touched by meat.
Regardless of my requirements, Amy's has a lot of options available. Basically, if the menu items aren't of interest, you can create a burrito with a variety of items. A unique option is the Jerk Tofu, beside the standard Marinated Tofu.
The highlight in my book is the salsa bar. I've not seen one before, but this really is a strong point. Which any burrito, you get a helping of freshly made tortilla chips. From there, journey to the center for 8 fresh salsas which are constantly being turned around. These do not sit around all day, not that they would last that long!
The salsas available are:
Fresh Tomato Salsa, Pineapple Jalapeno Salsa, Black Bean & Corn Salsa, Flaming Hot Salsa, Green Tomatillo Salsa, Chipotle Tomatillo Salsa, Cucumber Salsa, Avocado Wasabi Salsa, and Ginger Peach Salsa.
The environment is colorful, fun, and 'punky' - most of the staff have tattoos. There are a plenty of tables available, and there is also outside seating. There isn't table service, just an ordering line. The music played differs from day to day. One night, the XM radio was playing some of my favorites such as Siouxsie & The Banshees, the Smiths, and Love & Rockets.
Things I would like to see would be perhaps some jalapeno cornbread added to the menu and a full liquor license so that one could have a margarita. In North Carolina, you need a separate license for anything harder than beer and wine, so the last wish of mine probably won't come true.
All in all a great place, and probably the best of the handful of restaurants that a vegetarian/vegan can feel comfortable in. I highly recommend this to both veggies and non-veggie.
Fresh Salsa Bar, Variety, Cheap!