Plant (Asheville, NC)
Warm but not too cloying, fun but still impressive, Plant is not just one of Asheville's best vegan options; it often makes the cut in any list of the best in the city. Their menu reflects chef Jason Sellers's passion for what's savory, with hearty favorites like red basil curry and oyster mushroom adobo tamales. The Plant crew always includes something unexpected that will surprise and delight: lavender-infused olive oil in the lasagna, for example, or almond mozzarella in the bibb lettuce salad. They also offer a solid cocktail list and a nice selection of biodynamic wines and beers to round out the experience, making this a looser affair than one might expect from ethical cuisine.