Serves meat, vegan options available. American cuisine with veg/vegan selection marked on the menu, including but not limited to mock meats. Tempeh and tofu dishes can be served vegan upon request. Located in historic downtown across from Carr Mill Mall. Has full bar and local artwork display. Open Mon-Thu 11:30am-10:00pm, Fri-Sat 11:30am-12:00am, Sun 10:00am-10:00pm.

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48 Reviews

First Review by veganrunner


Points +46

28 Oct 2023

Spot on!

Always a great experience at Spotted Dog! They actually have the best salad that is portioned for a meal of almost any restaurant anywhere. Great vegan dressings. This place is definitely an option with the salad for a raw vegan.

Pros: Service was exceptional , Superb vegan options, Great pub food for vegan vegetarians and omnivores

Cons: may need to make sure waitstaff knows diet restric, could expand whole food options



Points +226

25 Oct 2023

That buffalo chicken Mac and cheese🥹🥹

The Buffalo chicken Mac and cheese will forever hold a special place in my heart. I went for my birthday and it truly made my day. They even have a cheese dip that is just extraordinary! Just be careful about parking, apparently it is a big deal and you could get towed.

Pros: Excellent food

Cons: Parking situation is weird, especially 1st visit


Points +94

08 Jun 2023

Always a favorite

They've added more vegan options over the years, and most of their dishes can be veganized. With vegan cheeses and spreads it's so easy to order vegan here.

Pros: Variety of offerings , Clear understanding of vegan needs , Dessert

Cons: Please veganize the hush puppies!


Points +328

02 Jun 2023

Classic Carolina Cuisine

This was my first stop when I got to North Carolina and I'm so glad because most of the menu could be made vegan. I got the Carolina Burger, Nachos, Frickles, and the chocolate Torte with ice cream. Everything was delicious and I want to go back to try more.

Pros: Lots of vegan options, Cute place with lovely outdoor seating, Dogs

Cons: Sides were a little greasy for my liking


Points +21

05 Feb 2023

So Many Amazing Options

I am pleasantly surprised by ALL the options offered by this little place. Apparently, the owner is vegan. The food is amazing, very tasty and beautifully presented. The staff is wonderfully charming and very knowledgeable about the food. They gave wonderful recommendations.
I had the fried green tomato pimento cheese sandwich and my friend had the crab cakes. Both were so good, and vegan, wow. I have a new go to!

Pros: The variety of choices, The ability to customize , The amazing flavors

Cons: Please add vegan blue cheese dressing, No vegan desserts, Small space


Points +7332

29 Oct 2022

Best vegan sit down options in the Triangle

Favorite dishes:
Carolina Pub Burger
Mac and cheese (I've tried all the vegan Mac in the area, this is hands down the best)
Radical Reuben
Vegan Alfredo (add soy chicken)
Beer battered fries

Updated from previous review on 2022-10-29


Points +20

19 Sep 2022

So.Many. Vegan. Options!!!

They can make almost anything on the menu vegan. Great food. Can’t wait to return.


Points +16

28 May 2022

More options than expected

We’ve drive about 30 mins to get here and have been a handful of times and it’s always overwhelming how many options there truly are for vegans. The carne asada fries are always a hit and today I had the Buffalo mac and cheese finally. Very good. We also went with the vegan mixed berry cobbler and soy ice cream for dessert. You wouldn’t even know this place serves meat because there are so many veganizable options and the servers are expecting us plant eaters, so they even will specify for you “would you like that vegan.” It’s mind blowing how accommodating they are. Vegan ranch and blue cheese, vegan sour cream, vegan crab cakes, vegan Mayo, vegan bacon bits and all the fixings. The service is also great and if I remember correctly they also know which wines, beer and mixed drinks are vegan at the bar.

Pros: Vegan options , Great service , Atmosphere

Cons: Parking can be rough


Points +2409

07 Apr 2022

Plethora of vegetarian/vegan options

Good amount of outdoor seating and very good service when they are clearly under staffed. The amount of options on their menu for vegetarians and vegans is wonderful. Our waitress was part of the family that owns the place and gave us a little bit of history which was cool. Highly recommend!


Points +24

18 Mar 2022

best food ever

I had the vegan bbq sandwich and I could barely tell it wasn’t meat! It was incredible! I also had the vegan strawberry shortcake for dessert and it’s the best vegan dessert i’ve ever had!

Pros: lots of vegan options , absolutely delicious , good price

Cons: none it was all amazing


Points +454

15 Feb 2022

Lots of vegan options

They had a wide array of vegan options that were just okay. Maybe I ordered the wrong things, but the Alfredo I got had such a strong bitter garlic taste that I couldn’t eat it. The salad I got was just OK. The vegan chicken had a decent flavor but was pretty tough. Their cola was the worst thing I’ve ever had to drink so I had my fiancé try it (the least picky person on the planet) and he couldn’t even get it down. I had high hopes (we even killed time for 2 hours because they had a delayed opening that day) and was let down. Again, maybe I just ordered the wrong thing.. sounds like they have much better options, but I would hope that all of their food would be delicious!

Updated from previous review on 2022-02-15

Pros: Lots of vegan options, Cute interior

Cons: Disgusting cola, Bitter garlic taste in Alfredo, Just mediocre


Points +30

29 Dec 2021

Amazing food and service. Nearly everything can be made vegan.

We had 4 different vegan dishes and 2 vegan desserts and all were outstanding. Best beer battered fries around. #Veganuary

Pros: Nearly everything can be made vegan , Clearly labeled vegan or vegetarian , Service was amazing- Bobby our server was perfect


Points +138

28 Nov 2021

Many vegan options - BEST VEGAN WINGS EVER!

They have a number of good vegan options but we always get the house made wings they are amazing.
Quesadilla is also nice if you like a Smokey flavour.

Pros: Lots of vegan options, Best wings, Friendly staff

Cons: Opening hours sometimes unclear, Outside seating is not so nice next to streets


Points +25

Mostly Veg
16 Oct 2021


Try the Buffalo Mac & Cheese

Pros: Great location, Great selection

Cons: Service can be a little slow


Points +1110

25 Jul 2021

Great options!!

This place has amazing vegan options, knowledgeable staff, and awesome food!


Points +38

06 Dec 2020

Great classics- veganized

They have a great number of classic American options. Good vegan food, thoughtful about protein sources and substitutions. Plus it’s a fun building with a fun theme

Pros: Good prices, Lots of options, Really yummy


Points +5252

10 Oct 2020

Completely Burnt

We were super excited to try this restaurant based on reviews and the number of vegan options available.

We ordered curb side pickup. When we arrived home, we found that our food was burnt, overcooked and rubbery.

Vegan Faux Chicken Sandwich w fries: We were less than 15min away. When we got back the fries were completely cold. The vegan chicken sandwich had okay flavor but the soy chicken was so tough and rubbery (clearly overlooked) it was difficult to eat. The bun was very hard, close to being stale.

Vegan NC BBQ Sandwich with baked beans: The vegan BBQ was black it was so burnt! How could they sell this?!? We've literally never paid for such a horrible sandwich. It was completely inedible. The bun was also quite hard. The baked beans were over baked and gross. Just a heads up they are made with kidney beans.

Overall we had a very negative experience. We essentially threw away our money. Unacceptable.

Cons: Bunt food that was literally black


Points +40

30 Sep 2020

a staple.

i've been going to spotted dog for many years, even before they had such a large vegan/vegetarian menu.
first, the location is great - it use to be a post office! the waitstaff is always wonderful and attentive, no matter how crowded they are.
they are a little pricey - but most places in carrboro/chapel hill are.
their beer-battered french fries are a must. i'm a fan of their creamy potato soup is great (be sure to ask for some soy "bacon" on it). their vegan chicken salad and vegetarian club sandwich are also really good. my favorite salad there is their "tofudabest" which is really delicious, though i wish it came with more tofu.
my favorite thing here is their vegan "pork" bbq. it's tangy with a little bit of spice. it's good by itself or as a sandwich. their california burger is quite good, but also a little expensive.
it's a lovely place to dine, especially if you can get a table outside during the nice weather. a+

Pros: great wait staff, TONS of vegetarian and vegan options, many things are from local sources

Cons: expensive


Points +109

04 Sep 2020

lots of vegan options

Their tofu scramble and salads are really good and I also like their sandwiches. I think they're a little pricey but they have good brunch options and creative vegan dishes.


Points +53

31 Aug 2020

Good food for a passerby.

I am from Atlanta stopping through for work and found this little place. I got the black eye pea burger and the chick-feau-lay sandwich. Both were good. Given the plethora of vegan options here, I will try something else next time I stop through.

Pros: Almost every thing can be veganized. , Friendly service. , Outdoor seating.

Cons: They do a lot of things ok. Nothing is great.


Points +20

30 Jul 2020

Happy surprise!

This was such a great find! I had no idea Carrboro was such a cool town. The spotted dog gave us excellent take-our service (aka pandemic) and we are out on the patio. They brought out a bowl of water for our dog, and the food was excellent! We got the vegan Cubano and the chick-faux-lay with beer battered fries. We also got the fried green tomatoes as an appetizer and they were so incredible!!!! Wonderful little gem to find on vacation, would give 5 stars if this app wasn’t weird

Pros: Tons of vegan/ veggie ops, Pandemic- safe (masks enforced, take out only) , Tasty food!


Points +130

27 Jul 2020

always a little disappointed

I really want to love spotted dog (i’m definitely a repeat customer b/c of its location and they have some great options — the tempeh and their beer battered fries are always a hit!) but ultimately i have always been a bit disappointed either with my food or with the service. The last two times I’ve ordered (takeout bc pandemic) they’ve served me burned beans and the “vegan sour cream” with the cheese fries has an off putting, mayo-like consistency and oddly sweet flavor. for a restaurant that markets heavily to the vegan community, i’d expect food that is at least satisfying.

Pros: Many vegan options, unique to carrboro area , fries + tempeh are delish

Cons: Some vegan options are no good, poor service, expensive, esp in terms of vegan upcharges


Points +287

20 Jun 2020

Love this place

Tons of vegan options. The Chick-Faux-Lay sandwich is my favorite, and their vegan pimento cheese is to die for. So nice to find an American/pub food restaurant that has vegan options


Points +20

10 Mar 2020


Was so nice being able to order where they actually understand veganism. Our waitress had been vegetarian for 37 years and vegan for 6. The buffalo soy chicken wings (with vegan ranch) and fried green tomatoes were wonderful. The spicy rice bowl was excellent as was the vegan BBQ. Highly recommend.

Pros: Most dishes are either vegetarian or vegan. , Waitstaff is very knowledgeable , Lots of craft beers

Cons: Some of the portions are comparatively small, Ambiance is so so for the sit down restaurant, Wish they would consider going 100% vegan


Points +62

Mostly Veg
06 Nov 2019

Our Go-To Place

My fiancé and I have been going to Spotted Dog for a few years now and have rarely been disappointed. Aside from one time when the service was so awful that we left before ordering, we have usually enjoyed the food and service. I always order the chik-faux-lay sandwich tossed in buffalo sauce, and my fiancé’s fave is their pulled ‘pork’ sandwich. They even have vegan mayo and ranch, which is awesome (no dry sandwiches, yay!). The price point is a bit high but otherwise, would recommend.

Pros: Lots of vegan options, food is great , has vegan ranch and mayo

Cons: Expensive, service can be hit or miss


Points +39

13 Oct 2019

Options for all

Personally, I go to spotted dog for the veg flair as every time and am never disappointed! This is a great spot for families with varying food preferences and there is something for everyone. Highly recommend the flautas and in house baked chips


Points +86

01 Oct 2019

Spotted Dog

Get the soy chicken tinga! It’s amazing

Pros: Vegan options

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