On a recent trip to Asheville, North Carolina, we were pleasantly surprised to run into another restaurant that did gluten free extremely well. The Green Sage is a restaurant that creates healthy options using natural, local, and organic ingredients. They provide meals for those who are gluten-free, vegan, and vegetarian. The Husband I were thrilled to come across this sign while milling through the streets of Asheville.
We had no idea just how many gluten-free, vegetarian options there would be. Every wrap can be made gluten free with a brown rice wrap, and every sandwich can be made on gluten-free bread. Vegetarians are provided for as well, as every meat item can be substituted with tempeh. And on top of it all, they will work with you to make vegetarian choices vegan.
The Green Sage is more than just a coffeehouse and cafe. In fact, they serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner. In addition to wraps, sandwiches, and burgers, they also serve fresh pressed juices, smoothies, rice bowls, soups, salads, burritos, and organic beer and wine.
I had to try the Sunshine Juice made from juiced carrots and oranges. It was a perfect refresher on a hot summer day.
I chose the Curry Cashew Salad Wrap with grilled tempeh, cashews, raisins, apples, and lettuce on a brown rice tortilla. This sounds a little pompous, but it was so incredible that I couldn’t believe I was eating this in a restaurant and not in my own kitchen. The Husband even commented on the fact that I was excited about eating something I would make for myself at home. EXACTLY! They key is that I didn’t have to make it!
The Husband enjoyed his sweet potato fries as well as the Chipotle Jack on a gluten-free bun with tempeh, lettuce, red onion, roasted peppers, serrano peppers, pepper jack, guacamole, and chipotle sauce. He was in heaven.
The dessert case held too many gluten-free treats for me to photograph. I wish I could have ordered a single bite of each one. Here is a sampling of their gluten-free desserts.
I didn’t sample any of these, but I did come back later for a Double Chocolate Walnut Cookie the size of a dessert plate. It didn’t last long enough to photograph, but it was incredible. It tasted more like a soft, rich brownie with crispy edges than a cookie, and I was perfectly okay with that.
I would highly recommend The Green Sage to anyone looking for a gluten-free, vegetarian, or vegan meal. They have two locations. I tried the downtown location and was extremely pleased.
5 Broadway Street
Asheville, NC. 28801 828.252.4450 SOUTH ASHEVILLE
1800 Hendersonville Road
Asheville, NC. 28803 828.274.4450 Readers, dish!
- Have you ever been to The Green Sage?
- What is your favorite gluten-free, vegetarian restaurant?