Vegetarian Journal's Guide to Natural Foods Restaurants in the U.S. and Canada

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Connecticut

Avon

Garden of Light

395 W. Main St., Avon, CT 06001

(860) 409-2196

Natural foods store/deli. Award-winning vegan chef Ken Bergeron supervises this store's deli. Organic ingredients are used whenever possible. Enjoy a full salad bar, fresh baked goods, and hot dishes sold mostly by the pound.

Open daily
Counter service
vegan options
take-out, catering, fresh juices
VISA/MC, $$

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Branford

·G-Zen

2 E. Main St., Branford, CT 06405

(203) 208-0443

Vegetarian/natural foods/organic. Treat your body as a temple at G-Zen, an elegant, inviting sanctuary where you'll find amazingly delicious vegetarian (mostly vegan) cuisine featuring fresh and organic ingredients. G-Zen uses no refined sugars, high fructose corn syrup, trans fats, table salt, or GMO corn or soy products. They cater to people who are dairy intolerant and those with gluten sensitivities. You'll love the Pan-Fried Spinach and Potato Pierogi with organic apple butter and tofu sour cream (sinfully delicious!) and the Raw Zucchini Tri-colored Pasta with Organic Sun-Dried Tomato. Choose to eat at a booth, a private table, the communal table, or out in the garden. Private party space is also available. The restaurant is located on the CT shoreline in downtown Branford, a short walk from the Green. Reservations are highly recommended.

Open Tuesday through Saturday for dinner. Closed Sunday and Monday
Full service
vegan options
take-out, catering, fresh juices, smoothies, espresso/cappuccino, soymilk, beer/wine/alcohol, non-alcoholic beer, special beverages
VISA/MC/AMEX/DISC, $$-$$$

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Bridgeport

(For restaurant listings in the surrounding areas, see Fairfield and Norwalk.)

§·Bloodroot

85 Ferris St., Bridgeport, CT 06605

(203) 576-9168

Vegetarian/organic. Situated on an inlet in Long Island Sound, Bloodroot is a feminist restaurant and bookstore with a seasonal vegetarian menu. Their menu changes every three to four weeks to take advantage of what is freshest and in season. Enjoy your meal outside on the herb terrace in warm weather. Bloodroot is closed between lunch and dinner, so please call ahead for hours.

Open Tuesday for lunch and dinner. Open Wednesday for dinner. Open Thursday through Saturday for lunch and dinner. Open Sunday for brunch. Closed Monday
Limited service
vegan options
wine/beer
VISA/MC, $$

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Chester

·Six Main

6 Main St., Chester, CT 06412

(860) 322-4212

Vegetarian/natural foods/gourmet. Six Main Restaurant offers gourmet plant-based cuisine featuring produce from their own farm in Old Lyme, Connecticut. They offer a unique, seasonal menu of vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, and raw foods. Try Seitan Steak Au Poivre, Asparagus Risotto, or Raw Spicy Summer Noodles. Six Main offers fine dining on the Connecticut shoreline. The restaurant is closed between lunch and dinner, so please call ahead for hours. Reservations are accepted.

Open daily for lunch and dinner
Full service
vegan options
take-out, beer/wine
VISA/MC/AMEX/DISC, $$-$$$

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Cos Cob

··Green & Tonic

7 Strickland Road, Cos Cob, CT 06807

(855) 464-2638

Vegan/juice bar. Green & Tonic features a wide selection of juices, smoothies, and snacks. Juice choices range from classic combinations like the Green Monster to exotic blends like the Turmeric Tonic. The menu also has a seasonal selection of salads, wraps, and soups. Choose from hearty options like the Baked Falafel Salad or the Vegan “Tuna” Wrap. There are several locations of this juice bar in Connecticut.

Open Monday through Friday for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Open Saturday and Sunday for breakfast, lunch, and early dinner
Limited service
vegan options
fresh juices, smoothies, espresso, cappuccino, take-out
VISA/MC/DISC, $-$$

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Danbury

Hanna's

72 Lake Ave., Danbury, CT 06810

(203) 748-5713

Middle Eastern. Hanna's offers a vegetarian combination platter with falafel, grape leaves, hummus, and tabbouleh. They also have a falafel sandwich, spinach pies, and vegetarian grape leaves. The restaurant is closed between lunch and dinner, so please call ahead for hours.

Open Monday for lunch. Open Tuesday through Saturday for lunch and dinner. Closed Sunday
Full service
vegan options
take-out, delivery, catering, beer/wine
VISA/MC/AMEX/DISC, $-$$

Sesame Seed Restaurant

68 W. Wooster St., Danbury, CT 06810

(203) 743-9850

Natural foods. Middle Eastern dishes, broccoli strudel, spinach dumplings, and vegetable pie are featured at the Sesame Seed.

Open Monday through Saturday. Closed Sunday
Full service
take-out, non-alcoholic beer, wine/beer
$-$$

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Danielson

Heirloom Food Company

630 N. Main St., Danielson, CT 06239

(860) 779-3373

Natural foods/organic. Heirloom serves foods made with local, fresh, and organic ingredients. Customers enjoy flavorful meals surrounded by local art and a relaxing atmosphere. Choose from veggie menu items like the Avocado Kick Start, Hummus Sandwich (with vegan pesto), or the Mock Chick Wrap (faux chicken salad). Free Wi-Fi and outdoor seating are available.

Open Tuesday through Saturday for breakfast and late lunch. Closed Sunday and Monday
Limited service
vegan options
take-out, catering, fresh juices, smoothies, soymilk, espresso/cappuccino
VISA/MC/AMEX/DISC, $-$$

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Darien

··Green & Tonic

1098 Boston Post Road, Darien, CT 06820

(203) 656-1036

Vegan/juice bar.

Open daily for breakfast, lunch, and early dinner.

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Durham

··GMonkey Mobile

423 Haddam Quarter Rd., Durham, CT 06422

(860) 759-8880

Vegan/food truck/organic. GMonkey Mobile is a vegan mobile food truck serving the Greater Hartford and New Haven areas. Their eco truck runs on bio diesel for less impact on the environment. They use organic and local ingredients in their "Farm 2 Street" foods. Enjoy homemade soups and salads along with desserts, take-away meals, and daily specials. Make sure to check their online calendar to find out when and where they are going to be. You can also have GMonkey cater your party or private event.

Hours vary
Take-out
delivery, catering, fresh juices, smoothies
VISA/MC, $

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Fairfield

·Catch A Healthy Habit Café

39 Unquowa Rd., Fairfield, CT 06824

(203) 292-8190

Vegetarian/raw foods/organic. Offering superfood smoothies, organic juices, nut & hemp burgers, and dairy & sugar-free ice cream, Catch A Healthy Habit makes eating raw, wholesome foods easy.

Open Monday and Tuesday for breakfast and lunch. Open Wednesday through Saturday for three meals. Open Sunday for brunch
Limited service
vegan options
take-out, catering, fresh juices, smoothies, special beverages
VISA/MC, $$

Mrs. Green's Natural Market

1916 Post Rd., Fairfield, CT 06430

(203) 255-4333

Natural foods store. A wide range of organic vegetarian, vegan, and fat-free dishes, as well as a bakery, are available at Mrs. Green's.

Open daily
Limited service
vegan options
take-out, fresh juices
VISA/MC/AMEX/DISC, $

··The Stand Juice Company

87 Mill Plain Rd., Fairfield, CT 06824

(203) 873-0414

Vegan/organic/juice bar/café. The Stand offers an all-vegan menu of salads, soups, sandwiches, and baked goods including many raw foods items. Organic ingredients are used whenever possible. They also feature an extensive smoothie and juice selection.

Open Monday through Saturday for three meals. Closed Sunday
Limited service
take-out, fresh juices, smoothies, soymilk, special beverages
VISA/MC/AMEX, $-$$

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Greenwich

··Green & Tonic

85 Railroad Ave., Greenwich, CT 06830

(855) 464-2638

Vegan/juice bar. See description under Cos Cob, CT.

vegan options

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Guilford

Shoreline Diner & Vegetarian Enclave

345 Boston Post Rd., Guilford, CT 06437

(203) 458-7380

Diner. Shoreline Diner & Vegetarian Enclave truly offers something for everyone, including vegetarians! Enjoy vegan dishes like Tempeh Reuben, Grilled Tofu, Mock "Chicken" Salad, and Southwestern Frittata. They even offer vegan desserts -- Chocolate Drift (chocolate banana cake) and Napoleon. Shoreline Diner is located near Exit 59, off I-95.

Open daily for three meals
Full service
vegan options
take-out, delivery, fresh juices, espresso/cappuccino, soymilk, special beverages, beer/wine/alcohol
VISA/MC/AMEX/DISC, $$

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Hartford

(For restaurant listings in the surrounding areas, see East Hartford, Glastonbury, Middletown, Rocky Hill, and West Hartford.)

··Fire & Spice Vegan Restaurant

248 Sisson Ave., Hartford, CT 06105

(888) 367-7970

Vegan/Jamaican. Fire & Spice Vegan Restaurant offers delicious dishes such as Barbecue Tempeh, Seitan Stroganoff, Ital Stew, Plantains, and Jerk Tofu. Many raw foods items are available as well. Finish off your meal with a frozen smoothie like Papaya Don't Preach.

Open Monday through Saturday for lunch and dinner. Closed Sunday
Full service
take-out, delivery, catering, fresh juices, smoothies
VISA/MC/DISC, $-$$

Lion's Den Vegetarian Restaurant

3347 Main St., Hartford, CT 06120

(860) 241-0220

Caribbean. Lion's Den Vegetarian Restaurant is actually not completely vegetarian -- they do serve fish. However, the menu of delicious Caribbean cuisine is mostly veggie. Munch on ackee, rice and beans, Ital stew, okra, veggie burgers, curried tofu, steamed vegetables, and plantains. The Curried Chunks are extremely popular. The food is well seasoned and the portions are quite generous. Seating is limited but the owner is very friendly and accommodating. Lion's Den is located in the North Meadows area of Hartford. Cash only.

Open Monday through Saturday for three meals. Closed Sunday
Counter service
vegan options
take-out, catering
$-$$

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Middletown

·It's Only Natural Restaurant

606 Main St., Middletown, CT 06457

(860) 346-9210

Vegetarian/natural foods/organic. It's Only Natural, or ION, serves a fresh, seasonal, and ever-changing menu of mostly vegan cuisine. Their international selections include Tempeh 'Crab' Cakes, Southern Fried Tofu, and a Sweet Potato Enchilada. ION offers a comfortable atmosphere, delicious food, and local artwork; it's no wonder they have been around for over 30 years! Outdoor seating is available.

Open Monday for dinner. Open Tuesday through Saturday for lunch and dinner. Open Sunday for brunch
Full service
vegan options
take-out, catering, fresh juices, smoothies, beer/wine
VISA/MC/AMEX/DISC, $$

·Udupi Bhavan

749 Saybrook Rd., Middletown, CT 06457

(860) 346-3355

Vegetarian/Indian. This South Indian restaurant offers curries, crepes, rice dishes, and much more. They are very accommodating and will gladly make most dishes vegan upon request. Located in Trade Wind Plaza. Udupi Bhavan is closed between lunch and dinner on weekdays so please call ahead for hours.

Open Tuesday through Sunday for lunch and dinner. Closed Monday
Full service
vegan options
take-out, catering, special beverages
VISA/MC, $-$$

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New Haven

(For restaurant listings in the surrounding areas, see Fairfield, Guilford, Killingworth, Old Saybrook, and Southington.)

·Claire's Corner Copia

1000 Chapel St., New Haven, CT 06510

(203) 562-3888

Vegetarian/organic/kosher. Described as one of "America's Oldest Vegetarian Restaurants," Claire's Corner Copia is a warm and cozy café. Visitors to New Haven should stop by and check out the BBQ Tofu, Soy Beef Fajitas, risotto, and soups that Claire's has to offer. The website also has updates on special events and recipes.

Open daily for three meals
Limited service
vegan options
take-out, catering, soymilk, smoothies
$$

·Edge of the Woods Natural Market

379 Whalley Ave., New Haven, CT 06511

(203) 787-1055

Vegetarian/natural foods store. Partake of vegetarian fare with some vegan choices at Edge of the Woods Natural Market. They have an on-site bakery.

Open daily
Cafeteria
vegan options
take-out, catering, fresh juices, smoothies
VISA/MC, $

House of Chao

898 Whalley Ave., New Haven, CT 06515

(203) 389-6624

Chinese. House of Chao offers many vegan options and is accustomed to adjusting the menu for vegetarians.

Open Tuesday through Saturday for lunch and dinner. Open Sunday for dinner. Closed Monday
Full service
vegan options
take-out
VISA/MC, $-$$

India Palace

65 Howe St., New Haven, CT 06511

(203) 776-9010

Indian. There's a vegetarian menu section to choose from, plus vegetable pakora, samosas, soup, breads, and desserts.

Open daily for lunch and dinner
Full service
vegan options
take-out, wine/beer
$$

Mamoun's Falafel Restaurant

85 Howe St., New Haven, CT 06511

(203) 562-8444

Middle Eastern. Mamoun's has an informal atmosphere with Middle Eastern décor. Located just a few blocks from the Connecticut River, this restaurant makes everything fresh daily, including favorites such as Tabbouleh, Stuffed Grape Leaves, and Baba Ghanouj, as well as specialties such as Moujedrha, Ful Mudammas, and Kibbeh without meat.

Open daily for lunch and dinner through late night
Counter service
vegan options
take-out
$

Sitar Indian Restaurant

45 Grove St., New Haven, CT 06510

(203) 777-3234

Indian. Enjoy vegetarian dishes such as Aloo Chole and Bhindi Masala. Don't miss their weekday lunch specials. Sitar is closed between lunch and dinner, so please call ahead for hours.

Open daily for lunch and dinner
Full service
vegan options
take-out, delivery, catering
VISA/MC/AMEX/DISC, $-$$

·Thali Too

65 Broadway, New Haven, CT 06511

(203) 776-1600

Vegetarian/Indian. Thali Too offers delicious and healthy all-vegetarian Indian cuisine served in a fun and friendly atmosphere. Someone who enjoys spicier dishes should try the Sabji Manchurian (cabbage, cauliflower & carrot fritters in hot cilantro garlic sauce). Some dishes contain milk products (paneer especially), so vegans should ask the staff what is appropriate to eat. This is a great place to catch dinner after a movie since they are open late on weekends. Thali Too is closed between lunch and dinner so please call ahead for hours.

Open Sunday through Thursday for lunch and dinner. Open Friday and Saturday for lunch and dinner through late night
Full service
vegan options
take-out, catering, beer/wine, special beverages
VISA/MC/AMEX, $$

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New London

Mangetout Organic Café

140 State St., New London, CT 06320

(860) 444-2066

Café/organic. Mangetout's wholesome, organic offerings aim to please a variety of palates. Whether you are in the mood for crisp coleslaw or a spot of tea and cookies, Mangetout offers a relaxing environment to savor new dishes. While mostly vegetarian and vegan, they also serve tuna and chicken dishes. There are several tofu and tempeh items, and vegan dairy substitutes and gluten-free options are available. They have a bit of everything, from Falafels to Tofu Asian Slaw, and bakery items. They focus on the fresh, organic quality of their offerings rather than on a specific cuisine. Check their website for special events such as Wine Tasting Dinners.

Open Tuesday through Thursday for breakfast and lunch. Open Friday for three meals. Open Saturday for lunch and dinner. Open Sunday for brunch. Closed Monday
Full service
vegan options
take-out, delivery, catering, espresso/cappuccino, soymilk
VISA/MC/AMEX/DISC, $

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Norwalk

The Lime Restaurant

168 Main Ave., Norwalk, CT 06851

(203) 846-9240

Natural foods. The Lime Restaurant has been a mainstay in Norwalk for over 30 years. They serve an eclectic menu of dishes from around the world, including Tofu in Oriental Orange Sauce, Soy-Carrot Loaf, and Black Bean Burritos. Reservations are recommended.

Open Monday through Saturday for lunch and dinner. Open Sunday for dinner
Full service
vegan options
take-out, catering, fresh juices, beer/wine
VISA/MC/AMEX, $$-$$$

··The Stand Juice Company

31 Wall St., Norwalk, CT 06850

(203) 956-5670

Vegan/organic/juice bar/café. See description under Fairfield, CT.

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Old Saybrook

Saigon City

1315 Boston Post Rd., Old Saybrook, CT 06475

(860) 388-6888

Vietnamese/Thai. When you want authentic Vietnamese or Thai cuisine, the only road to travel leads to Saigon City in Old Saybrook. The menu has a full page of vegetarian options, including Thai Coconut Tofu with Veggies and Pad Thai.

Open Tuesday through Sunday for lunch and dinner. Closed Monday
Full service
take-out
VISA/MC/AMEX, $$

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Prospect

Señor Pancho's Mexican Restaurante

280 Chesire Rd., Prospect, CT 06712

(203) 758-7788

Mexican. A separate vegetarian menu includes chimichangas, black bean soup, vegetable fajitas, as well as several other vegetarian items.

Open daily for lunch and dinner
Full service
take-out, catering, beer/wine/alcohol, non-alcoholic beer
VISA/MC/AMEX, $$

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Rocky Hill

Priya Indian Cuisine

1860 Silas Deane Hwy., Rocky Hill, CT 06067

(860) 529-5252

Indian/Pakistani. Priya Indian Cuisine offers both North and South Indian food including a variety of vegetarian favorites. The restaurant, located in the Hartford area, is quite elegant. They feature an extensive daily lunch buffet that shouldn't be missed. Priya is closed between lunch and dinner, so please call ahead for hours. Reservations are accepted.

Open daily for lunch and dinner
Full service
vegan options
take-out, delivery, catering, beer/wine/alcohol
VISA/MC/AMEX/DISC, $-$$

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Simsbury

·Alchemy Juice Bar Café

554 Hopmeadow Ave., Simsbury, CT 06070

(860) 408-0989

Vegetarian café/organic/juice bar. See description under Hartford, CT.

Open Monday through Saturday for breakfast, lunch, and early dinner. Closed Sunday

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Southbury

Señor Pancho's Mexican Restaurante

Union Square Mall, Southbury, CT 06488

(203) 262-6988

Mexican. See description under Prospect, CT.

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Southington

El Sombrero

Oak Hill Mall, Southington, CT 06489

(203) 621-9474

Mexican. A separate vegetarian menu includes chimichangas, black bean soup, vegetable fajitas as well as several other vegetarian items.

Open daily for lunch and dinner
Full service
take-out, catering, smoothies, espresso/cappuccino
VISA/MC/AMEX/DC, $-$$

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Stamford

Mrs. Green's Natural Market

950 High Ridge Rd., Stamford, CT 06905

(203) 329-1313

Natural foods store. See description under Fairfield, CT.

·Navaratna

133 Atlantic St., Stamford, CT 06901

(203) 348-1070

Vegetarian/Indian/Kosher. Navaratna is a Kosher-certified and completely vegetarian restaurant that specializes in authentic Indian cuisine, rich in spices and herbs. They make a mild curry called Navaratna Korma, which is very popular as well as their Mulligatawny Soup, Rava Masala Dosas, and Vegetable Korma. Their menu is quite extensive and largely vegan. Prices are quite reasonable as well. Outdoor seating is available.

Open daily for lunch and dinner
Full service
vegan options
take-out, delivery, catering, beer/wine/alcohol
VISA/MC, $

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West Hartford

Tapas

1150 New Britain Ave., West Hartford, CT 06040

(860) 521-4609

Mediterranean. Tapas offers platters, eclectic pizzas, side orders, salads, and daily specials for lunch and dinner. Patio dining is available in good weather.

Open daily
Full service
vegan options
wine/beer, take-out
VISA/MC/AMEX, $$

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West Haven

Georgie's Diner

427 Elm St., West Haven, CT 06516

(203) 933-1000

Diner. Georgie’s Diner serves comfort food, fresh fruit, and vegetarian and vegan dishes. Their fries are vegan and gluten-free. Tofu or Tempeh can be substituted for meat in many dishes. Savor vegan selections like the Tempeh Reuben (grilled tempeh, wild rice cake, sauerkraut and maple mustard on grilled rye, served with vegan fries or bean chili), Mock Chicken Salad (featuring tempeh and vegan mayo on a mini baguette served with pasta salad), or Chili (hot and spicy, made with 7 beans and fresh diced vegetables, served over a bed of couscous). And for a sweet finish, get the vegan Chocolate Drift (chocolate banana cake layered with creamy chocolate filling). Mmmm!

Open daily for three meals
Full service
vegan options
take-out, delivery, fresh juices, soymilk, beer/wine/alcohol, special beverages
VISA/MC/AMEX/DISC, $-$$

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