Laughing

Seed

Café

Vegetarian with an International Flair

Welcome to The Laughing Seed Cafe, Asheville's original downtown vegetarian restaurant. We've provided the finest organic, local, and farm-to-table vegetarian cuisine with an international flair for twenty years and counting.

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Reservations

We generally seat on a first-come, first-serve basis; however, in order to better accommodate large parties, we will accept reservations for groups of 6 or more. For smaller parties, we recommend taking advantage of our call-ahead seating option. Simply call the restaurant 15-20 minutes prior to your anticipated arrival time. Our host will be happy to add your name to our wait list in advance in order to reduce your wait time.

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Join Us for the Holidays!

Laughing Seed Cafe has plenty of room for your holiday party.

Please give us a call to schedule your event!

Order amazing desserts from us!

We're taking orders until December 23rd at noon.

 

Vegan Apple Streusel Pie - $20 (+ $2 with Vegan Coconut Whipped Cream)

Gluten Free Bourbon Fudge Pie - $20

Giant Vegan Cookies - 6 for $18 (Chocolate Chip, Coconut, Oatmeal, Walnut Raisin, Double Chocolate)

Click here to order $125 in gift cards for only $100!  Available in $25 increments.

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Our Menu

Lunch

appetizers

HUMMUS TRIO (V, GFI option)  $9

Spicy black bean dip, traditional chickpea hummus, and a grilled vegetable hummus.
Served with our freshly baked whole wheat pita, and organic blue corn chips.

PAKORAS (V option, GFI)   $6/$9

Your choice of two or four of our popular Indian style fritters made with chickpea batter and seasonal vegetables.
Served with our delicious Punjabi sauce and plain yogurt for dipping.

MAKIZUSHI  $9

Our veggie filled nori rolls change daily.  Please ask your server about today’s selection.
Served with house-made pickled ginger and wasabi.

HOUSE “FAUX”CUTERIE PLATE  (V option, GFI option)  $12

A vegan “charcuterie” board with house-cured, pickled, and smoked vegetables.
Served with savory condiments, our house-baked crackers, and crostini. Ask your server about today’s selection.

JALAPENO ONION FRIES (V, GFI)  $6.5

Hand cut russet potatoes fried with jalapeños and onions. Served with organic ketchup.
For our insanely good vegan chipotle ranch dressing add .75.

LOCAL CHEESE PLATE   market value

Please ask your server for today’s options from Blue Ridge Mountain Creamery. Served with our
ginger-date chutney, house-baked crackers, and our current toast selection.

SOUP of the DAY

Ask your server about today’s creation.

salads

Dressings (V, GFI) – Champagne Dijon Vinaigrette, Asian Fusion, Chipotle Ranch,
Lemon Tahini, Sesame Ginger, Green Goddess, and Raw Tangy Tahini

Additions:  Avocado $2, Hummus $3, Grilled Tofu $2, Grilled Tempeh $3, Kraut $2, Kimchee $2

SIMPLE SALAD (V, GFI)  $6

Mixed greens, grated carrots, red cabbage, red bell pepper, red onion, tomato, and cucumber.

LAUGHING SEED SALAD   (V, GFI)  $11

Organic spring mix, romaine lettuce, grated carrot, red cabbage, cherry tomatoes, red bell peppers, cucumber, red onion,
blanched broccoli, mung bean, and clover sprouts, topped with sunflower and pumpkin seeds.

LOTUS BOWL (V, GFI)  $14

A Laughing Seed salad on a bed of brown rice, topped with avocado and our purple sauerkraut.

CHEF’S SALAD  (V option, GFI)  $14

Our spin on the traditional favorite.  Mixed lettuces, and assorted salad veggies topped with grilled dry rubbed tempeh,
cured portabella mushrooms, Swiss and cheddar/jack cheese, and hard boiled egg.

FIRESIDE SALAD (V option, GFI)   $13

Kale and frisée salad with smoked sweet onion, pickled apples, sage roasted pecans,
chèvre, shiitake mushroom “bacon,” and sherry vinaigrette.

ASIAN FANTASIAN (V, GFI)  $13

Thin rice noodles, bokchoy, mixed greens, shiitake mushrooms, mung bean sprouts, bell peppers,
grated carrot, blanched broccoli, cilantro, and pumpkin seeds tossed with sweet chili-peanut dressing.

TICO TACO SALAD (V option, GFI option)  $13

A fried tortilla bowl layered with romaine lettuce and mixed greens, black beans, rice, cheddar/jack cheese,
spiced chorizo-style tofu, salsa, guacamole, cherry tomatoes, red onion, and fresh jalapeños.
Dressed with chipotle ranch.

MEDITERRANEAN (V option, GFI option)  $12

Romaine lettuce, mixed greens, cherry tomatoes, cucumber, red onion, and red bell pepper tossed in
champagne-Dijon vinaigrette and topped with feta cheese, house-cured olives, and pepperoncini. Served with freshly baked whole wheat pita.

sandwiches

Sandwiches are served with a house-made pickle, and your choice of our side of the day or blue corn chips.
Add fries or a small salad for $2. Vegan Daiya cheese or gluten free bread/buns are also available.

THE SEED BURGER (V, GFI option) $11

A black bean, beet, carrot and onion burger seasoned with roasted garlic and Worcestershire.
Served on a vegan bun with horseradish sauce, lettuce, tomato, red onion, and pickles.

Add: Swiss, Cheddar/Jack, Chèvre or Feta $1 Avocado $2

PAV BHAJI (V, GFI option)  $12

An Indian spiced curry of potato, spinach, cauliflower, tomato, peas, peppers, and cilantro scooped onto
open faced grilled buns with avocado and Punjabi chutney. Served with a small salad.

REUBEN (V option, GFI option)  $12

Grilled and marinated “pastrami” style dry rubbed tempeh, Swiss cheese, grilled onions,
house made purple kraut, and Thousand Island dressing on grilled marble rye.

SLOPPY JO (V, GFI option)  $10

A tangy tofu barbecue served on a bun with lettuce, southern slaw, and tahini mustard sauce.

SEVEN SEAS FILET (V, GFI option)  $11

Toasted nori folded around a filling of quinoa and oyster mushrooms, then tempura battered and fried.
Served on a house made bun with lettuce, tomato, onion, and tartar sauce.

CUBAN GRILLED CHEESE (V option, GFI option) $10

Swiss cheese, caramelized onions, cured portobello mushrooms, habanero dill pickles,
and mustard, grilled on sourdough bread.

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BAHN MI JACKFRUIT TACOS (V option, GFI)  $11

Two corn tortillas filled with marinated shredded jackfruit, house made kimchee,
spicy aioli, and cilantro.  Served with a side of black beans and rice.

HARMONY BOWL (V, GFI)  small $10/ large $14

Layers of organic brown rice, organic black beans, grilled and marinated organic tofu or tempeh,
steamed seasonal veggies and our addictive sesame ginger sauce.

SOUTH BY SOUTHWEST BURRITO (V option )  $13

Spicy “chorizo” tofu, grilled peppers and onions, spinach, black beans, brown rice, and spinach, tossed in chipotle
barbecue sauce and topped with cheddar/jack cheese, avocado crema, and salsa.

Served with a small salad and blue corn chips.

LOW COUNTRY ROLLUPS $12

Our sweet and tangy tofu barbecue wrapped in whole wheat flour tortillas and topped with cheddar/jack cheese
and tahini mustard sauce.  Served with blue corn chips and southern slaw.

Or for something a little different, try one rollup with a side of brown rice and steamed veggies.  $11

raw entrées

SPINACH PESTO MANICOTTI (V, GFI) $15

Zucchini “noodles” stuffed with cashew ricotta and sunflower seed-spinach pesto.
Served over sundried tomato marinara with house-marinated olives and a drizzle of lemon basil olive oil

DRAGON BOWL (V, GFI) $14

Layers of arugula, cauliflower “rice,” seasonal raw veggies, house made purple kraut and kimchee,
avocado, and sunflower-beet pâté, topped with pumpkin and sunflower seeds.

Dinner

appetizers

HUMMUS TRIO (V, GFI option)  $9

Spicy black bean dip, traditional chickpea hummus, and a grilled vegetable hummus.
Served with freshly baked whole wheat pita and organic blue corn chips.

PAKORAS (V option, GFI)   $6/$9

Your choice of two or four of our popular Indian style fritters made with chickpea batter and seasonal vegetables. 
Served with our delicious Punjabi sauce and plain yogurt for dipping.

MAKIZUSHI  $9

Our veggie filled nori rolls change daily.  Please ask your server about today’s selection.
Served with house made pickled ginger and wasabi.

HOUSE “FAUX”CUTERIE PLATE  (V option, GFI option)  $12

A board of house-cured, brined, or smoked vegetables, which changes seasonally.  Served with savory condiments,
house-baked crackers, and crostini.

JALAPENO ONION FRIES (V, GFI)  $6.5

Hand cut russet potatoes fried with jalapeños and onions. Served with organic ketchup.
Add chipotle ranch dressing .75

LOCAL CHEESE PLATE (GFI option)  market

Please ask your server about today’s options from predominantly regional producers.
Served with our chutney, house-baked crackers, and our current toast selection.

SOUP of the DAY

Ask your server about today’s offering.

small plates

SMOKED PIMENTO CHEESE  $6

Served on a cornbread crostini with cranberry/hard cider relish.

CAULIFLOWER CRUST PIZZA (GFI)  $9

A soft crust pizza made of cauliflower and parmesan cheese with the chef’s choice of toppings.

FRENCH ONION SOUP $8 (GFI option)

A robust mushroom based broth, buttery caramelized onions and a house made
focaccia crouton topped with melted Gruyere cheese.

PIEROGIS (2 for $8, 4 for $12)

Traditional potato filled pastry with local porter béchamel, candied shallots, and wilted kale.

BEET TARTARE (V, GFI option) $7

Grated beets blended with capers, Dijon mustard, onion, parsley, and spices, served on crostini with cashew ricotta.

salads

Dressings (V, GFI) – Champagne Dijon Vinaigrette, Asian Fusion, Chipotle Ranch,
 Raw Lemon Tahini, Thousand Island, Sesame Ginger, and Sherry Vinaigrette

Additions: Kraut $2, Avocado $2, hummus $3, Grilled Tofu $2, Grilled Tempeh $3, Kimchi $2

SIMPLE SALAD (V, GFI)  $6

Mixed greens, grated carrots, red cabbage, red bell peppers, cherry tomatoes, red onion, and cucumber.

LAUGHING SEED SALAD   (V, GFI)  $11

Organic spring mix, romaine lettuce, grated carrot, red cabbage, cherry tomatoes, red bell peppers, cucumber,
red onion, blanched broccoli, mung bean, and clover sprouts, sprinkled with sunflower and pumpkin seeds.

LOTUS BOWL (V, GFI) $14

A Laughing Seed Salad on a layer of brown rice, topped with our red cabbage kraut and avocado.

CHORIZO TACO SALAD  (V option, GFI option)  $13

A fried tortilla bowl layered with romaine lettuce and mixed greens, black beans, rice,
shredded cheddar/jack, spiced “chorizo” style tofu, salsa, guacamole, cherry tomatoes, red onion, and fresh jalapeños. 

Dressed with chipotle ranch.

FIRESIDE SALAD (V option, GFI)  $13

Kale and frisée salad with smoked sweet onions, pickled apples, cured portobello mushrooms,
chèvre, sage roasted pecans, and sherry vinaigrette

CHEF’S SALAD – (V option, GFI)  $14

Our spin on the traditional favorite. Romaine lettuce, mixed greens, and assorted salad veggies topped with
“pastrami” rubbed tempeh, cured portabella mushrooms,” Swiss and cheddar/jack cheese, and hard boiled egg.

ASIAN FANTASIAN (V, GFI)  $13

Thin rice noodles, bokchoy, mixed greens, shiitake mushrooms, mung bean sprouts, bell peppers, grated carrot,
blanched broccoli, pumpkin seeds, and cilantro, tossed with sweet chili-peanut dressing.

MEDITERRANEAN (V option, GFI option)  $12

Romaine lettuce, mixed greens, cherry tomatoes, cucumber, red onion, and red bell pepper tossed in
champagne-Dijon vinaigrette and topped with feta cheese, house-cured olives and pepperoncini.  Served with whole wheat pita.

sandwiches

Served with a house-made pickle and either blue corn chips or our side of the day.  For a small salad or fries add $2. 
Vegan Daiya cheese can be substituted.  For locally made Eat More Bakery gluten free vegan bread or buns add $1.00  

THE SEED BURGER (V, GFI option) $11

A beet, black bean, carrot and onion burger seasoned with roasted garlic and vegan Worcestershire.
Served on our house made bun with horseradish aioli, lettuce, tomato, red onion, and pickles. 

Add: Swiss, cheddar/jack, goat or feta $1 Avocado $2 Shiitake Bacon $1

REUBEN (V option, GFI option)  $12

Grilled and marinated “pastrami” rubbed organic tempeh, Swiss cheese, grilled onions, house made purple kraut, and
Thousand Island dressing on grilled marble rye.

SLOPPY JO (V, GFI option)  $10

A sweet and tangy tofu barbecue served on a bun with lettuce, southern slaw, and tahini mustard sauce.

entrées

HARMONY BOWL (V, GFI)  small $10/ large $14

Layers of organic brown rice, organic black beans, grilled and marinated organic tofu or tempeh,
steamed seasonal veggies and our addictive sesame ginger sauce.

SOUTH BY SOUTHWEST BURRITO (V option)  $13

A whole wheat flour tortilla filled with our “chorizo” style tofu, grilled peppers and onions, spinach, black beans,
and rice and tossed with our chipotle barbecue sauce. Topped with cheddar/jack cheese, avocado crema and salsa.

Served with blue corn chips and a small salad.  

LOW COUNTRY ROLLUPS (V option)  $12

Our tangy tofu barbecue wrapped in flour tortillas and baked with cheddar cheese.
Topped with tahini mustard sauce and served with blue corn chips and southern slaw.

THAI PANANG CURRY (V, GFI option)  $16

Sautéed seasonal vegetables with oyster mushrooms and bok choy in a mild coconut milk based curry sauce.
Served over jasmine rice with strips of crispy fried seitan or tofu, and a lentil papadam.

CAULIFLOWER PICADILLO (V, GFI)  $16

A tangy cauliflower hash with currants and olives, accompanied by coconut rice,
Cuban black beans, marinated onions, tostones, and fried corn tortilla strips.

PORTOBELLO ROULADEN (GFI)  $16

Thinly sliced and grilled Portobello caps rolled around pickled vegetables and served with creamy
mashed potatoes, smoked tomato gravy, and local microgreens.

STROGANOFF  $16

Egg noodles, grilled seitan, grilled Portobello mushrooms and wilted spinach in a velvety sour cream sauce.
Topped with tempura fried cremini mushrooms

raw entrées

SPINACH PESTO MANICOTTI (V, GFI) $15

Zucchini “noodles” stuffed with cashew ricotta and sunflower seed-spinach pesto. Served over sundried tomato marinara
with house-marinated olives, and lemon basil oil.

DRAGON BOWL (V, GFI) $14

Layers of arugula, cauliflower “rice,” seasonal veggies, house made kraut and kimchee, avocado,
sunflower and pumpkin seeds, and sunflower-beet pâté.

The Legend of the Laughing Seed

birdOn the Indonesian island of Bouton there is the legend of the Laughing Seed. This plant was sacred to the people of the Spice Islands for centuries. When the seeds of this plant were consumed, the people were intoxicated with laughter and able to communicate with the gods. It is said that this wondrous food satisfied the appetite and created a sense of fullness and well-being which lasted for many days… read more

 

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Hours

Monday 11:30 - 9  •  Tuesday Closed  •  Wednesday 11:30 - 9  •  Thursday 11:30 - 9  •  Friday 11:30 - 10  •  Saturday 11:30 - 10  •  Sunday 11 - 9