so many great vegan options! loved everything i have eaten here.
so many great vegan options! loved everything i have eaten here.
Ate here on a weeknight and it was busy, but didn't have to wait for a table. My server was really nice and helpful. To start I ordered the Bread + Spread with vegan pimento cheese. It was quite tasty, along with the onion jam. Next, I had the vegan Grilled Romaine Salad. For some reason I felt intimidated by it, but once I started eating it I fell in love! For the main course I ordered the BBQ Pulled Pork Dinner. It was unlike anything I had tasted in a long time, and I enjoyed it, along with all its accompaniments. Finally, had the vegan peanut butter cheesecake and it was amazingly delicious. First cheesecake I've had since being vegan and this experience was not a let down! This was just way too much food for me but I wanted to try so many different things on the menu.
I've been to this restaurant twice, once for breakfast and once for dinner. The breakfast was good, although the serving size was a little too large for me. I had to put my pancakes in a to go box.
Dinner was pretty disappointing. This restaurant needs to get a chef who knows how to prepare mushrooms.
I got the soup with chicken of the woods. The chicken of the woods was dry and bad. It tasted like they may have used the core part of the mushroom that is tough. Even if that was not the case, the preparation needed to be improved somehow.
I also got the fried oyster mushrooms. There was something off about them that made them less than enjoyable. The breading that was used to fry them did not have a good consistency. It seemed like the mushrooms may have been dipped in breadcrumbs. In any case, the breading was grainy and hard while the mushrooms inside were not fully cooked. The oyster mushrooms were also grey, when usually they are white. I don't know if this was a result of the frying or what.
I went here on Mother's Day earlier this year, and ate here a couple other times. It's almost always crowded here. I've had brunch here before which was alright--I had pancakes here which had too much cinnamon in them. The vegan / gluten-free quiche here wasn't the best either, it kind of had a funky taste..but everyone has different taste buds, so don't write this place off just because I personally didn't like some of their food options. Their food is pretty good overall. They'd pretty much be an all vegan restaurant if they didn't carry eggs , milk, etc. as options for brunch/ breakfast foods. I don't like how they're trying to cater to people who are still contributing to cruelty at a restaurant that is mostly veg to begin with. At least the majority of their food is vegan so that's a plus if you want to look at the positive side of things. They also have a pretty large variety of gluten-free foods as well. I like the set-up of this restaurant-- the art on the walls mainly depicts non-human animals / has something to do with animal liberation which is fitting. It can be noisy if there's a large crowd of people together, since the tables are pretty close together and the restaurant is very spaced out, but all places have 'noise' / get noisy with large crowds so that's to be expected. It is a little on the pricey side--I wouldn't say expensive, but moderate. All in all, I'd check this place out--the food is pretty good (mostly vegan) with variety on their menu, and the set-up is pretty neat.
I have to start off by saying that I've loved every single thing I've eaten here. My favorite has to be the chicken and waffles - I never had it before I went veg, but all my friends who've gone with me (veg and omni alike) have tried it and loved it, too. This is really the best thing about Fiction Kitchen - there's something for everyone!
While I love the food, and the service is wonderful, I'm not a huge fan of overcrowded spaces, which describes Fiction Kitchen to a tee. Sure, long waits mean that the food is just that good, but the noise level and the bustling atmosphere just isn't my scene. If I'm craving their food, I'll brave the line, I'll even sit at the bar, but it's enough of a bother to me that I don't go there as often as I might otherwise.
I'm a college student in North Carolina, and a vegan. After a month of eating cafeteria food, I was so excited for parents weekend and a trip outside of the small area my school is in. I found out about this restaurant here on HappyCow, and was excited to try, although a bit nervous because I had never been to an all vegan restaurant before. This place was amazing. The vegetables were perfect, fresh, and not too heavily dressed, and the tofu was filled with flavor. The chocolate ganache dessert was indescribable. It was the first dessert I've had as a vegan that was so rich and so delicious. As someone tired of trying to find good vegan options on regular menu's, this restaurant was a refreshing change in ease and taste.
I have dined st The Fiction Kitchen on three separate occasions during overnight visits to Raleigh. My first visit was for the Sunday brunch with two relatives and my daughter, the second visit was dinner with my wife and daughter, and the third visit was dinner as take out for my wife and I. The brunch was absolutely amazing, and everyone was happy. The second visit was equally great. We arrived a little after 5pm on a Friday. My wife has celiac disease, and my daughter is four years old, and my wife and I are both vegan. Our server was very accommodating with all of this, including offering to make a half-order of waffles for our daughter (it would be great to see one or two kids meal type items on their menu, the waffles were cool but my daughter rejected two side dishes we got in hopes to add some variety to her meal). I called ahead for my third visit to take out dinner for my wife and I. I was initially disappointed to be told that the kitchen wasn't accepting carry out orders and that an exception wouldn't be made. I decided to call back and ask for a recommendation for another restaurant that could accommodate my vegan/celiac wife and my own vegan diet. I was very happy that my request for a recommendation prompted the server to make a special appeal to the kitchen to make an exception for my wife and I (the server let me know she couldn't think of a restaurant in Raleigh that she could recommend for my wife in particular). Our meals were once again delicious. We were so happy that the restaurant worked us in on a busy night. Several reviewers say the prices seem a little steep. However, I disagree. The meals are so well presented and so delicious that I find the prices reasonable. I agree with another reviewer that it would be awesome if the brunch menu was offered more frequently. My wife and I have dined in vegan restaurants up and down the east coast from Athens Georgia to Portland Maine and numerous points in between, and I've dined in quite a few vegan restaurants elsewhere in the USA, and I have to say this has been my favorite vegan dining experience of them all. Not to be missed if you are in Raleigh and appreciate vegan/vegetarian dining. Worth a detour off of I-95 too!
Updated from previous review on Friday June 19, 2015
Updated from previous review on Friday June 19, 2015
Updated from previous review on Friday June 19, 2015
I was thrilled to find a restaurant that had so many vegan options. I really love the vegan tasting plate, curry bowl, homemade root beer, and vegan peanut butter cheesecake. The place is noisy and quite open-- I do wish they had a quieter place with perhaps more booths for a little more privacy. It is a very busy place and hard to hear, and you can expect a fairly long wait. But the food is great. Would love to see more oil-free vegan options. Would love to see their brunch items offered at other times of the day/night. But overall I enjoyed it and will definitely go again. I wish they'd open a restaurant in Apex!
I have been here twice and, both times, I have thoroughly enjoyed my visit. I first came for brunch with a good friend of mine. The dish I ordered, which was grits topped with sauteed greens, mushrooms, various other veggies, and seitan bacon. They also had special champagne drinks that they were serving. Both the meal and the drink were incredible. Being new to the South, I hadn't tried grits before. It was nice to be able to have a vegan southern meal, especially considering the typical ingredients in that meal.
The second time I visited here, my boyfriend and I shared several appetizers, including the vegan cheese plate. I don't remember what cheese actually tastes like, but my cheese-loving partner was a fan, as was I. I will definitely be returning here. The staff is personable and the food is delicious. I would say that the prices are a tad steep, but I do understand that vegan food is expensive.
The menu items were all vegan, but there were "add dairy cheese" options. Umm… I would love if they just kept it all vegan. Why bother? All the items on the menu were marked as vegan, and many of them were gluten free.
As you walk in, don't be surprised for this place to be packed full. Part of the reasoning is the choice of space allocation. There is such a large ratio of open floor space to seating, that it creates its own dilemma. If they had more seating, they would need more staff, but they would have more diners… Just typing out loud - just seems like if they could fit in more tables, it would benefit their business and the customers might be happier?
Anyhow, the menu items are incredible choices and represent the best cooked veg options in the Raleigh area. The menu is creative, diverse and local. If you love a selection of wine and liquor with your meal, this place delivers royally - more so than most other veg establishments. The items are clearly marked for gluten free concerns. Also, they have specials on a blackboard right above the kitchen.
The staff are friendly, knowledgeable and helpful. No attitude served up, which is nice, considering how this place is probably the highest level for fine veg dining in the Raleigh area.
The prices can be overwhelming, I think, compared to other joints around town, but I found them reasonable considering the amazing food choices. The appetizers and salads were interesting, but the entrees were more appealing by far. All of them had elements of protein, grain and vegetable. No raw entrees though, for those looking. The entrees were mouthwateringly described, cooked and presented, so by the time you can eat your entree, it's a finale worth the wait. The food was well seasoned, fresh, local and well-portioned. Also, I appreciated the proportions of veggies! Some places go over the top with grain or protein and sacrifice veggies, not here!
Save room after grits, pulled "pork," chik'n and waffles or a curry bowl for dessert. Happy stomachs if you like chocolate, but limited choices (1) if you want gluten-free. This place was awesome though, from start to finish. Great emphasis on local offerings and seasonal produce - check the board, ask your server. Awesome!
The only issue: parking. Beware!
I'm a vegan...so it was exciting to have so many food choices on the menu. I brought my two non~veg family members to join me based on the glowing reviews of Fiction Kitchen. As warned...we had to wait 25 minutes for a table (not a big deal)...after being seated...we immediately ordered appetizers and our meals (we had plenty of time to review the menu before being seated)....a LONG time passed and we were beginning to wonder if our order was lost or never put in...so much for ordering appetizers...the waitress never stopped by to update us or check on us...FINALLY the appetizers arrived...and after another LONG wait...our meals arrived. In between...we had to flag down our waitress for drinks refills (bad service). I ordered the Braised Tempeh and NC Grits and I tasted the Pulled Pork...basically I would call it vegan greasy southern comfort food. The place was so loud that we had to scream to talk to each other. The peanut butter cheesecake was good.I wouldn't go back.
Fiction Kitchen advertises it self as a Restaurant and Bar. Check them out on Facebook before heading over. https://www.facebook.com/TheFictionKitchen
You can often find a pic of their menu and get an idea of the specials for food and beverages. You will also find posts about near by Red Hat Amphitheater events which is a nice touch, especially for the out-of-towners.
I recently became vegan and for my first restaurant, The Fiction Kitchen is it. The food was delicious, I really enjoyed it.
I'm not one of those vegetarians who typically go for fake meats, but I will say that fiction kitchen has really great selection. I really love the fried chicken because it's very flaky and delicious. I would stay away from the egg dishes because they are not unique here.
I followed Fiction Kitchen around the Triangle area for their brunches. They have great, inspired menus and sincerely care about using local ingredients and involving & catering to the local community.
Their food is amazing. If you don't want overly processed food (to each his/her own!), ask if what they make is made with fake meat (e.g. the chicken and waffles that are vegan use Delight Soy, a local fake-meat production company). I recommend the grilled romaine salad, vegan cheese plate, any of their seitan, locavore dishes, and their alcoholic drinks!
Vegans, this is your must-visit restaurant in Raleigh! When they first opened, they were definitely more on the vegetarian side, but the menu has evolved quickly to include vegan options on everything (even the cheese plate appetizer). For dinner, I recommend the farmer's plate with seitan after the spring roll appetizer. If you go for Sunday brunch, get the vegan quiche with root vegetables, tempeh bacon, and a side of biscuits. I absolutely love this place; the only detractor is that everyone else does, too, so the waits can be long. Try to get there early. I wonder if they can put tables on the roof. ;)
We had heard great things about FK and tried to call ahead for a reservation. We were told that it was first come, first served. We made the journey to Raleigh and were not disappointed! It seemed like everyone got the memo about how great it was too- the place was full up and we saw a couple of groups have to wait a bit for a table. They also had sold out of a few of their specials! When the food came, it was very apparent why. From the appetizer (the tasting plate- wow tempeh pate and cashew cheese? yes!) to the main courses (I had the pulled "pork" and it was succulent and well spiced) to the dessert (all three choices were vegan- blueberry donuts, chocolate ganache pie, cheesecake with oreo crust and strawberry sauce), everything was WONDERFUL. After we ate, we all planned our next trip back asap.
The main drawback is it is fairly loud in the restaurant and the seating is pretty limited. Don't let that hold you back from having some of the greatest vegan food in the area!
This menu is creative and takes you around the world. From the dirty South ("chicken" and waffles) to Asia, it is spicy, sweet and all other great flavors in between. Oh and the cocktails! Yes please.
Quirky and fun decorations abound and the staff is always awesome. Huge windows for awesome people watching in downtown Raleigh.
For those of us who live in a town with only one vegetarian-only and no vegan-only restaurant(s), traveling, even a short distance to experience new veg-friendly places is always a treat.
When we went to Fiction Kitchen, we were just happy to be there. But what we found was a truly unique, inspiring meal. I have only been interested in veg culture for 5 years or so, but in all the years before I had never encountered chicken and waffles. I had the vegan version at FK and it was so awesome I want to go back, just thinking about them. Everything we had was superb! Sashimi Tofu, BBQ pulled “pork” with potatoes and seasonal vegetables, even the salad was incredible. Plus they have a great beer selection.
I must have arrived here at just the right time. We found parking around the corner right away, and the restaurant was not very busy yet. The staff were all very friendly. We started with the house soda, ginger for me and orange for J. The ginger was a strong, true ginger soda, just the way I like it. We had the tofu sashimi appetizer, which was good. For entrees, I had the chicken &waffles, and J had the BBQ pulled pork. J, a meat eater, said the BBQ had a real North Carolina BBQ flavor. The idea of chicken & waffles always seemed odd, but it was quite tasty. The sliced strawberries really made the dish. Then there was dessert. Truffle Pie with salted caramel. OMG, it was good. J had berry shortcake w coconut whipped cream. Also delish! Overall excellent meal.
I've been to FK a few times now. Each time was pretty crowded due to limited seating, not good for serious conversations since you're pretty much sitting on top of each other and parking can be difficult.
Those negatives being said, i love this place!
Very good combinations and pairings. If you ask for a substitute they all do a good job of accommodating you.
Friendly staff. I like that they try to buy all locally and can't wait for the spring and summer menu.
I wanted so bad for the only vegetarian restaurant in Raleigh to be good. The owners even went to Plant restaurant in Asheville for advice. (Plant is one of the best restaurants I have ever been to in my life.) I wish the advice they took from Plant was how to make delicious food because I can cook better meals in my own kitchen than this place. The food was alright, but they have not yet committed to using vegan sugar. I did not like the menu, it was as if they could not decide on a theme to their restaurant so they did a bit of everything. I would rather have less choices of food that is very good, rather than a bunch of choices that are just okay. The staff was great. The place is decorated well, with a full bar (yeah!). I would prefer a better location with more/any parking. My husband loved the tacos. The tempeh was not good at all. The tasting plate was pretty good. The biscuits and gravy soup was amazing! Pricing was fair, and serving size was fair also. I will be back, but I hope they continue to work on their menu.
I am in love with Fiction Kitchen. They have excellent vegan food at mostly reasonable prices. I took my non-vegan family and they were all very pleased with their dishes and want to return. The staff is friendly and knowledgeable. I look forward to eating there as much as possible.
As other reviewers have mentioned, the menu at Fiction Kitchen is vegan by default, with some dairy items optional. It's nice to not have to be the one to ask for substitutes for a change!
The food is awesome - haven't had a single "dud" menu item there, and I've tried a large percentage of the items available. My favorite is still the soy chicken and waffles; I get cravings for it pretty often now!
They also source as much as they can locally, so you can feel good about supporting a local business that supports local businesses. For example, they have a daily "Farmers' Plate" special that is made of items they find at the Raleigh Farmers' Market. It usually changes once or twice a week, so you know they're getting everything fresh from the market.
The owners are very sweet and the staff is very nice and attentive (maybe a skosh overly so, but maybe I'm just a curmudgeon -- that's highly possible).
Couldn't recommend this place enough! Just keep in mind that it's a small restaurant with limited seating, and can get very busy during peak times (6-8pm or so Friday and Saturday), and they don't accept reservations, so you should be ready to wait or go early or later than the dinner rush.
They are also a tiny bit pricey - not overly so, but the portions are smaller (read: reasonable) and the bill can add up very quickly if you're on a budget. Even so, I understand why they charge what they do, since they are so careful about their ingredients and are a small, local-oriented place. Very worth the price, just something to keep in mind so you don't get caught off guard.
The food was great! I was pleasantly surprised.
Although labeled "vegetarian", FK is really a great vegan restaurant (with a full vegan menu) that allows lacto-ovo vegetarians to add or substitute ingredients in a few instances.
My teen age daughter and I enjoyed all vegan fare, including jalapeno cornbread apetizer (delicious; not too spicy), waffles (a first for us at a restarurant) with fried soy chik'n fillets (tastier than store bought), and N.C. style pulled soy bbq (which was just amazing) and chocolage ganache dessert with salted caramel sauce (a great combination of flavors).
The food, atmosphere, and service were all flawless, and the prices were very reasonable. I look forward to coming back next time I'm in town.
My only negative about FK is that there is the possibility of cross-contamination in the kitchen from the dairy. I hope to see the place go all vegan once it is established longer and word gets around how great it is.
One word. A.MA.ZING. I went with a Meetup group (Triangle Vegan Social Club), and I think another reviewer (on Yelp) was spot on when she said that this is great food that happens to be vegan/vegetarian.
The good thing about going with a group is having the opportunity to taste a variety of dishes. For appetizers, we had the spring rolls and the cornbread. Both were incredible. The rolls were served with a terrific spicy peanut sauce, and the cornbread had a nice kick from the fresh jalapenos. The spread for the cornbread was slightly sweet, providing a nice contrast to the spice of the peppers.
As far as entrees, I had the pulled "pork," and it was better than the Lexington barbecue that I ate as a child. The dish had a lovely smoky flavor, and just the right amount of spice. The "chicken" and waffles were tasty - a beautiful combination of sweet and savory. The sweet potato sushi and tofu sashimi - fabulous. And surprising...I didn't expect to like it as much as I did! The tofu sashimi was the star of the dish. Whatever the tofu is marinated in is absolutely divine. The Tinga tacos were also delish - the flavors of chipotle and cumin were discernible, and the crunch from the cabbage was lovely.
For dessert, I tried a couple of bites of the chocolate ganache pie with salted caramel sauce. It made me weak in the knees. Really.
MUST GO BACK AND TRY EVERYTHING ON THE MENU. Seriously. LOVE this place!
Updated from previous review on Saturday February 23, 2013
I attended approximately half a dozen Fiction Kitchen Brunches in Durham. I excitedly awaited the opening of their new "permanent" home. I was slightly apprehensive because of my misunderstanding that the menu would be 100% vegetarian and partially vegan. As it turned out the menu is 100% vegan with the option on some selections to add cheese to convert the vegan offering to a vegetarian one. What a unique idea. It was evident that the staff had been well trained, were very knowledgeable of the menu and were very friendly and accommodating. No one even "freaked" out when I walked in the door and ordered a hamburger. They all even seemed happy when I "Remembered" that I was a Vegan.
I had the FARMERS MARKET PLATE. On the day I was there the plate was a lentil stew topped with battered and fried portabella mushroom slices. The dish was so delicious and plentiful I unfortunately did not leave room for desert. I will do better next time.
Parking may be a little difficult if one tries to get street parking. However, a public parking deck is located on W.Cabarrus Street about 1/2 block to the east. I think it would be helpful if this information was addressed directly on the Fiction Kitchen website.
Updated from previous review on Saturday February 02, 2013
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