Vegetarian Journal's Guide to Natural Foods Restaurants in the U.S. and Canada
§ Reviewer's choice
395 W. Main St., Avon, CT 06001
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.
2 E. Main St., Branford, CT 06405
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.
(For restaurant listings in the surrounding areas, see Fairfield and Norwalk.)
85 Ferris St., Bridgeport, CT 06605
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.
6 Main St., Chester, CT 06412
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.
72 Lake Ave., Danbury, CT 06810
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.
68 W. Wooster St., Danbury, CT 06810
Natural foods. Middle Eastern dishes, broccoli strudel, spinach dumplings, and vegetable pie are featured at the Sesame Seed.
630 N. Main St., Danielson, CT 06239
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.
423 Haddam Quarter Rd., Durham, CT 06422
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.
39 Unquowa Rd., Fairfield, CT 06824
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.
1916 Post Rd., Fairfield, CT 06430
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.
87 Mill Plain Rd., Fairfield, CT 06824
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.
345 Boston Post Rd., Guilford, CT 06437
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.
(For restaurant listings in the surrounding areas, see East Hartford, Glastonbury, Middletown, Rocky Hill, and West Hartford.)
248 Sisson Ave., Hartford, CT 06105
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.
3347 Main St., Hartford, CT 06120
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.
606 Main St., Middletown, CT 06457
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.
749 Saybrook Rd., Middletown, CT 06457
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.
(For restaurant listings in the surrounding areas, see Fairfield, Guilford, Killingworth, Old Saybrook, and Southington.)
1000 Chapel St., New Haven, CT 06510
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.
379 Whalley Ave., New Haven, CT 06511
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.
898 Whalley Ave., New Haven, CT 06515
Chinese. House of Chao offers many vegan options and is accustomed to adjusting the menu for vegetarians.
65 Howe St., New Haven, CT 06511
Indian. There's a vegetarian menu section to choose from, plus vegetable pakora, samosas, soup, breads, and desserts.
85 Howe St., New Haven, CT 06511
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.
45 Grove St., New Haven, CT 06510
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.
65 Broadway, New Haven, CT 06511
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.
140 State St., New London, CT 06320
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.
168 Main Ave., Norwalk, CT 06851
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.
31 Wall St., Norwalk, CT 06850
Vegan/organic/juice bar/café. See description under Fairfield, CT.
1315 Boston Post Rd., Old Saybrook, CT 06475
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.
280 Chesire Rd., Prospect, CT 06712
Mexican. A separate vegetarian menu includes chimichangas, black bean soup, vegetable fajitas, as well as several other vegetarian items.
109 Danbury Rd., Ridgefield, CT 06877
Vegan/café. Enjoy foods like Tempura Cauliflower, BBQ Bowl, Vietnamese Banh Mi, and vegan Grilled Cheese. Be sure to try their desserts. Menu items are noted as gluten-free, nut-free, and/or soy-free. The café is located in The Marketplace at Copps Hill.
1860 Silas Deane Hwy., Rocky Hill, CT 06067
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.
554 Hopmeadow Ave., Simsbury, CT 06070
Vegetarian café/organic/juice bar. See description under Hartford, CT.
Union Square Mall, Southbury, CT 06488
Mexican. See description under Prospect, CT.
Oak Hill Mall, Southington, CT 06489
Mexican. A separate vegetarian menu includes chimichangas, black bean soup, vegetable fajitas as well as several other vegetarian items.
950 High Ridge Rd., Stamford, CT 06905
Natural foods store. See description under Fairfield, CT.
133 Atlantic St., Stamford, CT 06901
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.
1150 New Britain Ave., West Hartford, CT 06040
Mediterranean. Tapas offers platters, eclectic pizzas, side orders, salads, and daily specials for lunch and dinner. Patio dining is available in good weather.
427 Elm St., West Haven, CT 06516
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!