EastSide Local Profiled by Queen City Nerve
"Tucked into an east Charlotte strip mall, at the end of a long sunlit patio, is perhaps Charlotte’s best-kept vegan secret. Visitors to the hip yet unpretentious café EastSide Local Eatery in the Eastway Crossing shopping center are in for some of the city’s best vegan and vegetarian fare, though that comes with a side order of apparent contradictions.
The café specializes in meat-free dishes, but the owners didn’t plan on serving food in the first place, setting their sights instead on opening a juice bar. Discerning diners trek across the country to hang out here, but many locals are still surprised that the eatery has been their neighbor for almost two years. The popular Impossible Burger — done up Carolina style with veggie chili, mustard, slaw and a choice of cheese or vegan cheese — is prepared in this tiny, 600-square-foot café at the end of the patio. But to get one, or anything else on EastSide Local’s extensive menu, you first have to find the place."
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