Though the name might not imply it, Viva Chicken, a Peruvian place in the struggling-thriving-struggling-thriving again Elizabeth neighborhood, is home to some pretty substantial vegetarian fare making it a GO in our dueling lifestyle home. Nick eats chicken and I do not, but I can still eat well at Viva Chicken.
Step 1: Order the sangria.
I don’t drink much, if at all, these days but if presented with a Big Gulp of this homemade sangria layered with mango pulp, I would chug it.
Step 2: Pick from an assortment of meat-free options, including the quinoa-stuffed avocado (crowd favorite), the Inca Wrap (to which most people would add meat but you don’t have to), Tallarin Saltado (an interesting fusion pasta dish with tomatoes, ginger and Peruvian soy sauce) or my favorite the Viva Taku Bowl.
Step 3: Yes, fries.
The Charlotte restaurant scene is getting to be really good about having multiple meat-free options on every menu and I dig it.