Luna’s Living Kitchen

I am on co-op in Charlotte, NC and one of the best decisions I’ve made while

on this co-op was to eat at Luna’s Living Kitchen. Luna’s is the Holy Grail for anyone

interested in Slow Food principles; it is the perfect place for vegetarians, vegans, and

those interested in live and raw foods to eat. It is a “living” kitchen since their food is

prepared fresh daily and the menu is constantly evolving based on what is in season,

the food is prepared without refined sugars, preservatives, eggs, dairy, or animal

products, AND the food is bought from local organic farmers. Can you get any more

awesome than this??

As you might expect, Luna’s prices reflect the love and healthiness of the food

they serve. If you go for lunch, expect to spend $20 – $25 without a tip. But don’t let the

fear of spending lots of money prevent you from going to this restaurant – it is too tasty

to miss out on!

I ordered a kale lemonade, which was made with kale juice, lemonade, ginger

juice, apple juice, and celery juice. It was SO COOL. For someone who normally just

sticks with water when at a restaurant, it was such a nice treat. I loved the drink right off

the bat because of its awesome color, but it tasted even better than it looked. Luna’s

has a lot of organic juice and smoothie options on the menu, and you can even buy

some juices to go (if you’re interested in more about juice cleanses, there are some blog

posts on Luna’s website).Image

For my entrée, I went with their “Lunasagna” mostly because I loved the play on

words. Since it is vegan, it is made with zucchini noodles and a cashew-basil cheese

(made in house!) that was so, so tasty. The noodles and cheese were covered in sundried tomato sauce and mushrooms, and a local green salad on the side. This was such

an innovative dish and I am really glad I got it. The zucchini noodles were crunchy and

the cheese velvety.Image

To round off the great meal, I went with some house-made cookies. I got Monkey

Bites and my lunch partner got Lemon Bites. All the ingredients are still organic and still

delicious, and in case that didn’t appeal to you enough, then maybe knowing that no

wheat flour, chemicals, soy, GMO’s, preservatives, artificial colors or flavors are used in

the cookies will pique your interest. I prefer the Lemon Bites to the Monkey Bites (since

I’m always a sucker for anything lemon flavored), and my lunch partner thought the

opposite – so it all worked out! It took all my willpower not to go back and buy six more

packs of Lemon Bites.Image

The service was really great as well. I ate there on a Tuesday during lunchtime

and it was busy. We were fortunate not to have to wait for a table, but there were some

folks who did need to wait a little bit. It is possible to get takeout, so quite a few people

were stopping by and picking up their orders. The waitress was very attentive and

knowledgeable about everything on the menu – where it was from, how it was prepared.

I will definitely be coming back, and recommend that if you’re in the Charlotte

area, you check it out! Be sure to check out their website, and visit them in-person at

2102 South Boulevard, Suite 150, Charlotte, NC 28203. They’re open Monday through

Saturday from 8:00 am to 9:00 pm.

Rating: 5 of 5.

-Mara Scallon

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