Vegan soul food cafe est. 2018. Offers Southern-inspired foods like fried drumsticks, seitan-based bbq ribz, African peanut stew, cajun shrimp, krab cakes, chic’n & waffles, mac n cheese. Red velvet cupcakes for dessert. Serves smoothies and juices. Black-owned. Relocated from 7945 N Tryon St Ste 110. Reported closed December 2022.

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41 Reviews

First Review by Silverberry


Points +172

21 Dec 2022

Wow! Great chick’n and waffles !!

I loved my meal, so good !! I’m in town visiting family and am delighted to have found this !!

Pros: Great food, Wonderful atmosphere , Love it. !



Points +20

16 Nov 2022


I ordered Rasta pasta, shrimp Poboy, greens, and mac & cheese… Yes I was hungry and yes I wanted to try everything! Everything was absolutely amazing! It’s like they cooked it especially for me. I can’t wait to go back and do it all over again. Oh wait, Did I forget dessert? Absolutely not! They had this poundcake that was every bit of life-giving. It definitely was made by somebody’s grandmother, that’s the only way it could be that good! I would absolutely recommend this restaurant to any and everyone who is in Charlotte and even if you are out of the area, go visit and eat their food I promise you will be very happy!

Pros: Great service , Beautiful , Best Mac and Cheese

Cons: N/A


Points +75

01 Sep 2022

Great sandwiches

Their shrimp po-boy is so good!! However the portion sizes were very small for the price.

Pros: Delicious , All vegan

Cons: Expensive , Small portions


Points +421

07 Jul 2022

Great food

Good service and good variety. Everything we tried was delicious. The plates all around us looked great too

Pros: Easy parking , Variety, Junk food and healthy food


Points +28

Mostly Veg
30 Jun 2022


Great customer service and good tasting food.

Pros: Looks good , Good choices

Cons: Wait time


Points +104

18 Jun 2022

Soul food!

As a born and grown southerner, this place really hits the spot. You don’t come across vegan places that know how to season often but this place is a gem. And they’re location is so cute too! Plenty of shops and non-vegan friendly restaurants for all your picky friends and family😉

Pros: Seasoning!, Taste!!!!


Points +24

07 Jun 2022

Won’t let me give a 1 star

I hate doing this! I have given this place at least 5 do overs after their relocation and they still disappoint, wasting so much money. They increased the prices to not fill the to-go containers. The Mac and cheeze is ALWAYS dry (if you’re closed on Monday I would expect the Tuesday Mac to be fresh), when I tried the Buffalo mushroom bites they tasted like straight grease and nothing else-couldn’t even taste the buffalo sauce- actually made me sick, the crab cakes taste like a box of stuffing that was balled up and pressed into a patty on the grill, the potato salad tasted like straight pickles, anything else I’ve tried to order they were out of or never had so not sure why they needed to change the menu. When they were located on Tryon in north Charlotte they were the go to vegan spot with savory food and great prices (usually $12 for a burger/ chicken sandwich, two sides and a piece of cornbread). After they moved they turned into another over priced, flavorless vegan spot I can’t bring my non-vegan friends too bc it will turn them off. Really wanted to try the brunch but after 5 disappointing experiences I can’t keep setting myself up for failure. I hope your experience is better but be prepared to be let down.

Pros: Straight Vegan restaurant , They sometimes bake

Cons: Overpriced , Overhyped , Under seasoned/ dry


Points +60

Mostly Veg
19 Apr 2022

All options are good

I enjoyed everything here. A little salty and not really "fast" casual but the options are varied and delicious and prepared fresh!! The service was excellent.
Had a large plate which easily could have fed my partner and I for lunch (2 proteins and 3 sides). My partner had a burger with fries. We definitely had leftovers.
The fries are seasoned and fried amazingly.
The fried chicken is absolutely divine.
The potato salad makes you literally say "that was vegan??"
The crab cakes werent on the nose in terms of texture but the flavor was spot on.

I cannot wait to come back!

Pros: Only vegan options, Sure to please non vegans

Cons: A little bit salty, A little slower service (not for a quick bite)


Points +129

09 Apr 2022

Decent food, not overwhelming

This is a great location for this restaurant. I ordered food for pick up (1 meal with 2 sides and an extra side of baked beans). We were 10 minutes away and when we got there waited another 10 minutes. They make their food in order of when it arrives so the wait made sense.
The food was decent, small portions though (like REALLY small main course) and could have been way better. The potato salad was yummy but filled with mostly onions.
I also got a red velvet cupcake ($5 for a very small cupcake). It is flavorful but $3-$4 would make a lot more sense. I wonder if their prices are because their rent is high…

Pros: Yummy potato salad, Great location , Nice staff

Cons: Way over priced , Kind of bland Mac and cheeze, Dry cornbread and baked beans were pinto beans


Points +907

02 Apr 2022

Quick and tasty

The order didn't take long and was delicious. Soul plate seemed to have a good variety of comfort and health foods

Pros: Plenty of parking

Cons: Can be pricey


Points +17

23 Feb 2022

Great options, awesome staff, amazing food

Chicken and waffles are so good, ‘chicken’ is tender and seasoned like actual fried chicken! It’s a family run place, and they treat you like family when you walk in the door. Try everything!

Pros: Lots of vegan options, Delicious ginger kale lemonade, Fries are so good


Points +48

19 Feb 2022

Yummy soul food 🖤

First the staff was amazing! They went above & beyond to explain dishes, chk ingredients (my sons both have food allergies) & provide wonderful service... Second the space was great. It was the first time we had eaten out at a restaurant in almost 2 yrs (since covid-19 started). We felt comfortable eating here because of how clean the space was, how large the space was & the fact masks are worn by staff & customers... And lastly the food - We ordered a lot so I'll talk about each item a bit; FRIED PICKLES 4/5 ... MAPLE BACON BURGER 5/5! Deeelicious!! ... Fries 5/5 so flavorful!! ... DRUMSTICKS 3.5/5 too salty ... CRAB CAKES 5/5 ... YAMS 5/5 ... MAC N CHEESE 2/5 two did not like the mac at all. Quite.a weird taste to it ... Cornbread 5/5 ... Also they were out of all of the subs, nachos & ribs - two of those things we went there for so that was disappointing BUT overall we were content w the experience so we will come back next trip & hopefully they'll have those options then! The burger, fries & yams alone are worth going back for 🖤


Points +18

23 Jan 2022

best vegan food in clt!!

i tried the not popeye’s chick’n sandwich with their sweet heat sauce and it was absolutely phenomenal, kind of reminded me of a chick-fil-a sandwich from my non vegan days. i also had the onion rings which were breaded to perfection. my friend had the maple bacon burger and fries which i also tried and were spot on as well. in terms of vegan food the prices are in the average ballpark of what you’d expect but they are a black, queer owned business so i don’t mind giving them all my $!

Pros: Lots of vegan options , Friendly staff, Delicious food with great texture

Cons: A little pricey , Parking can be difficult


Points +299

05 Jan 2022

Great prices and convenient

Found this place on our trip to IKEA. It has great vegan food. I had the crab cake with jams and my husband had the lasagna with collard greens. All delicious.

Updated from previous review on 2021-07-07

Pros: All vegan and great prices (meals under $12), Great location 5 mins from Ikea, Delicious food

Cons: Crab cakes were fried not baked, Yams were too sweet and greasy , Wished they cooked with less oil


Points +17

05 Dec 2021


When I first started my plant based journey, I looked for soul food restaurants and came across VelTree...their food is DELICIOUS...my favorites are the not popoyes chicken sandwich, pinto beans, candied yams, french fries and that great tasting Kale Ginger Lemonade.

Pros: They moved to Ballentyne which offwr sit down dini

Cons: The N. Tryon was location was take out


Points +28

Mostly Veg
19 Jan 2021

So Good!

I love the concept of vegan soul food! We got the drumsticks, the popeyes chicken sandwich, the cheese burger, mac and cheese, collards, and cornbread. It is rare that every vegan item was enjoyable, but it was all amazing!! I can't recommend this place enough!

Pros: everything vegan, everything delicious


Points +62

02 Jan 2021

In love

New to Charlotte and I am in love with this place. The food is amazing


Points +34

18 Oct 2020

Delicious vegan soul food!

My first time trying VelTree, I took a random road trip to Charlotte specifically for that. I’m so glad I did! I ordered the chick’n & waffles and it was sooo good. A few weeks later, I went back and tried the country fried chick’n. It was delicious as well. The yams were def on point! The food was also fresh and hot. And there was plenty of it! Will definitely be going back.


Points +22

12 Sep 2020

Good to go

This was my first vegan experience and boy did it not disappoint. Many options are popping up, but this is my old faithful


Points +70

13 Jun 2020

Good Vegan Soul Food!!

I tried Veltree for the first time a few weeks ago and the food was pretty decent. I got the vegan chicken drumsticks, collard greens, yams, mac and cheese, cornbread and some soul rolls. My dad got the vegan crab cakes and mac and cheese. It was good for the most part, but my meal was also a little pricey being over 30 dollars. I support the restaurant mainly because it’s black owned and they have good options overall. I will definitely try something different next time because they got many things to choose from!

Updated from previous review on 2020-06-13

Pros: Vegan soul food!! , Decent Service!

Cons: A little pricey for how much I got!


Points +118

28 May 2020

Pretty good food, service was amazing!

I got the sweet head sandwich, Mac and cheese, and fries. The sweet heat had good flavor, but whatever they make it out of was a little mushy... Mac and cheese was okay. Fries were good! Also came with cornbread that was amazing!


Points +81

24 May 2020

Not so good

I ordered Crab Cake Sandwich and Onion Rings.
The o ion rings were good, but the crab cake sandwich had no resemblance or taste to its description.

Pros: Onion Rings were good

Cons: Crab cake sandwich did not taste anything like it, Long wait


Points +46

10 Mar 2020

Amazing Vegan Food

Food is delicious here! Everything on menu is good!

Cons: Costly, Small portions


Points +46

16 Feb 2020

Food for the soul.

The restaurant is very small and feels like they don't really want you to eat there, but rather order to go. Very friendly people and the food was phenomenal. Best vegan mac n cheese I've ever had! I got the drumsticks and my husband got the curry that was a special of the day. Very generous sized portions.


Points +166

14 Jan 2020

Vegan Soulfood

Always a great experience at Veltree. Food and customer service.


Points +22

12 Jan 2020

Best Vegan Restaurant in Charlotte

Great energy as soon as you walk in and the food is awesome!!


Points +38

22 Nov 2019

Yummy food, sweet owners who make you feel welcome!

I am new in town and looking for vegan food in the Charlotte area. Found these folks on happy cow and I’m so glad I stopped in. I had the chick’n sandwich, Mac and cheese, and corn bread. All were fantastic and enough for 2 meals. Owners were very friendly. I wish them the best of luck serving the vegan community here in Charlotte!

Pros: All vegan , Good service , Super tasty

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