Living Kitchen

  • Vegetarian Vegetarian
    ( 9 reviews )

201 S Elliot Rd, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA, 27514

One of a few locations in NC serving contemporary vegan and mostly raw food cuisine with has smoothie and juice bar, nut and seed milks. Everything is vegan except for bee products (ask). Est. 2017. Open Mon-Sat 8:00am-9:00pm, Sun 12:00pm-8:00pm.

Categories: Vegan-friendly, American, Organic, Raw, Juice bar, Take-out, Fusion, Gluten-free

9 Reviews

First Review by KeliKeach

Vegan Heaven in Chapel Hill - Edit

I had a late lunch at Living Kitchen after a vegan dessert class at Southern Season nearby. The Rawco Taco was just the ticket to restore my vitality after a *lot* of chocolate. The salad bowl looked inviting and had an excellent mix of flavors and textures. Other good picks on the menu include the Tomatica Tart, the Tricolor Hummus, the Lemon Berry Cheesecake (vegan - no worries!), and the Turtle Cake. I'd pick these over the burger and sandwich options. The desserts may seem expensive, but they are so good and quite difficult to make. Pleasant seating indoors and out, with plentiful free parking and big trees nearby. Friendly and efficient service.

Pros: all vegan and all healthy, delicious food that delights everyone, pleasant dining experience

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Expensive, but tasty - Edit

I've had the fire and brimstone burger and my friend ordered a collard wrap. Don't waste your money on the coffee drinks(bland and not sweet at all), but desserts look appetizing. Good, but not the best to be had in Chapel Hill, it is probably the closest 100% plant based restaurant, however.

If I want to spend less I'll just go to Whole Foods. Keep in mind that they don't sell lunch items mid-morning.

I eat a balanced diet, but I'm not a 'health vegan' sometimes I wish that vegan restaurants would serve some fried food that has not shared the oil with meat! It's guilt free, but I really want a more 'junk food' vegan place in the area.

Pros: Lots of options, 100% plant based, different tastes and textures

Cons: Very expensive, Spicy burger was not spicy, Almost too health conscious

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Amazing, Wonderful ... Eat Here!! - Edit

First of all the restaurant has wonderful ambiance ... Bright, open, chic, and elegant.
Secondly the food is amazing and is a full plant based organic menu. Most of it is raw.
The servings are huge! You will be full from their entrees but I recommend the soup or appetizers as they are a taste treat. We got the tricolored hummus with sesame crackers.
Come here and rejoice!

Pros: organic, vegan, oil free possible, raw, amazing ta

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awesome! - Edit

We love the Living Kitchen. :). Our server was Brandy and she was great!! We started with the sweet potato sushi rolls and I'm so glad we did! I had the fire and brimstone burger (as always) and the African peanut soup.. sooo good! My sweet husband had the BBQ sliders which, as a meatatarian, liked very much. :)))

We will be back. :)

Pros: creative, delicious, vegan food!!, next to Whole Foods, fasssssssst service

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Never Disappoints! - Edit

I LOVE living kitchen! I usually go to the one in Raleigh, but was in the area so went to this one. Super friendly and very fast service! Got the Caesar side salad (ah-mazing!) with Ezekiel bread and turtle cake for dessert. Yum!

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A new option in Chapel Hill - Edit

Since parking near the university is always a hassle, I searched for "vegan" on my phone map and found this listing, walking distance to the Whole Foods market. I had the Fire and Brimstone Burger with a vegan Ceaser and the Charlie Brown smoothie. With tax and tip, $25. Not cheap, but quite good. Friendly staff. I am usually only in this area while traveling for work and passing through RDU. This was worth the detour.

Pros: Food quality, Friendly staff, Easy parking

Cons: A little pricey

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Not worth the money - Edit

Personally, I was not impressed by the food, and felt like it was a waste of money.
We ordered the sliders, the Pad Thai and a side of Caesar salad. The Pad Thai was essentially a glorified salad that was bland. I get that it's raw food, but nothing about the flavor profile resembled Pad Thai or even Asian food. Honestly, it was an insult to call it Pad Thai. Even for a salad, it was underwhelming, and definitely not worth the $13. The sliders were nice and delivered on what they promised. They didn't blow me away, but for a healthier version for BBQ, it was good. The Caesar salad was again underwhelming. It was bland and under-dressed, and the dressing lacked the tangy flavored recognized with this salad.
We finished the meal with a chai and a tiramisu. The tiramisu was excellent. The chai was delicious, and had a special quality to it because it wasn't brewed the traditional way. We also sampled the soup (I can't remember what it was, besides that it was yellow) which was delicious. We paid $50 for a Pad Thai, side salad, sliders, tiramisu and chai, which seems steep. The portions were small, and we didn't have left overs. The bottom line was that the quality of the food didn't justify the price.
This is a great place for dessert, drinks and soups, but I would stay away from the main dishes. They are bland and over priced.

Updated from previous review on 2017-05-09

Pros: Good desserts, Delicious drinks, Soup was good

Cons: Main courses were bland and underwhelming, Food was overpriced

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100% Vegan and Many Gluten Free Options! - Edit

I just happened on this place because (lucky for me) I had a conference across the street. I'm not from the area and never thought is have a vegan place that close for lunch! I had the fire and brimstone burger on gluten free bread! It was delicious! I sat at the bar.. and a perk for sitting at the bar is you get to sample any smoothie they make while you're sitting there! All three that I got to sample were amazing, my favorite being the pina coloda!

Pros: Gluten free options, 100% Vegan, 100% Organic

Cons: I can't think of a single thing!

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Amazingly tasty and fresh vegan food - Edit

They are several locations in Eastern North Carolina and it's one of my favorite restaurants to experience when I'm traveling. They have unique raw dishes, hardy smoothies, and great juices to fuel your day. The atmosphere is light, airy, and welcoming. Check it out, you won't be disappointed!

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