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

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Maine

Bangor

Bagel Central

33 Central St., Bangor, ME 04401

(207) 947-1654

Café/bakery. Located in the heart of downtown Bangor, Bagel Central offers a wide variety of bagels and spreads, including a house-made vegan tofu cream cheese. This eatery also carries some vegan dessert pastries. The atmosphere is friendly and vibrant, featuring paintings from local artists on the walls. Bagel Central is a great place to go for a quick and delicious bagel, soup, sandwich, or sweet treat.

Open Sunday through Friday for breakfast and lunch. Closed Saturday
Counter service
vegan options
take-out, catering
VISA/MC/AMEX/DISC, $

Giacomo's

1 Central St., Bangor, ME 04401

(207) 947-3702

Café/coffeehouse. Giacomo's serves a variety of Panini sandwiches, each of which is available grilled or ungrilled on your choice of bread, wrap, or served as a salad or pizza. There are several vegetarian selections, noted with a heart on the menu, and the majority of those can be made vegan. Examples of such Panini sandwiches include Vegetable Antipasto, Caprese, and Grilled Vegetable. They also carry a selection of vegan Whoopie pies, a Maine tradition, and vegan breakfast scones. Enjoy outdoor seating, free Wi-Fi, and great music. The café is located in the heart of downtown Bangor. Giacomo's is closed on Fridays and Saturdays between lunch and late night service, so please call ahead for hours.

Open Monday through Thursday for breakfast and lunch. Open Friday and Saturday for breakfast, lunch, and late night service. Open Sunday for brunch
Limited service
vegan options
take-out, catering, soymilk, espresso/cappuccino, wine/beer
VISA/MC/AMEX/DISC, $-$$

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Bar Harbor

(For restaurant listings in the surrounding areas, see Ellsworth.)

2 Cats

130 Cottage St., Bar Harbor, ME 04609

(207) 288-2808

Café. 2 Cats is a cozy café, coffeehouse, and inn known far-and-wide for its wonderful breakfasts. Enjoy coffee, juices, and baked goodies made fresh on-site each day. 2 Cats is a place to unwind and relax, especially on their outdoor patio where you can dine in nice weather.

Open daily for breakfast and lunch
Full service
vegan options
take-out, smoothies, fresh juices, espresso/cappuccino
VISA/MC, $$

Café This Way

14 1/2 Mt. Desert St., Bar Harbor, ME 04609

(207) 288-4483

American. Café This Way has an extravagant breakfast menu, nearly all of which can be made vegetarian (if it's not already) with mockmeats like veggie sausage. They have a few vegan breakfast items as well. Dinner has slightly less options, but there are vegetarian appetizers to choose from as well as a variety of salads and two entrées (Southwest Tempeh Steak and Cashew-Crusted Tofu). Enjoy dining on the outdoor deck in nice weather. Please note that Café This Way is closed between breakfast and dinner so call ahead for hours.

Open daily for breakfast and dinner from May through October
Full service
vegan options
take-out, espresso/cappuccino, beer/wine/alcohol
VISA/MC, $$-$$$

CASA on Cottage

33 Cottage St., Bar Harbor, ME 04609

(207) 801-2285

Mexican/Tex-Mex. CASA on Cottage offers regional Mexican and Tex-Mex cuisine with many vegetarian and vegan options. Enjoy vegan versions of tacos, burritos, and quesadillas made with tofu or marinated chickpeas and vegan cheese. Rotating specials include tempeh and green pepper mole poblano, eggplant in Veracruz sauce, and eggplant, tofu, or tempeh in a green pumpkin seed mole. For dessert, try the vegan fruit crumble with soy ice cream (make sure to request the soy ice cream instead of dairy ice cream). CASA is located across from Rite Aid. Hours vary seasonally so please call ahead. Reservations are recommended.

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

Gringo's

30 Rodick St., Bar Harbor, ME 04609

(207) 288-2326

Mexican. Gringo's is a vegan-friendly restaurant serving Mexican dishes with optional tofu in place of meat. They also offer many vegetarian burritos. Gringo's is a local favorite in the beautiful town of Bar Harbor and is open seasonally.

Open daily for lunch and dinner from May through October
Full service
vegan options
take-out, delivery, catering, soymilk, smoothies, beer, special beverages
VISA/MC/DISC, $-$$

The Looking Glass

50 Eden St., Bar Harbor, ME 04609

(207) 288-3348

Natural foods. This restaurant is located next to two hotels overlooking Frenchman Bay in Bar Harbor. They offer a separate vegan/gluten-free menu including items such as Coconut Crusted Tofu, Roasted Eggplant Quinoa Salad, Braised Fennel, Tomato, and Mushroom Stew, and Potato and Cabbage Croquettes. The menu is available to hotel guests as well as the general public.

Seasonal hours. Open daily for Breakfast and Dinner late April through early November
Full service
vegan options
catering
VISA/MC/DISC, $$

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Belfast

Belfast Co-op Deli

123 High St., Belfast, ME 04915

(207) 338-2532

Natural foods. Belfast Co-op serves three vegetarian entrées daily, as well as salads and breads.

Open daily for breakfast and lunch
Limited service
take-out, fresh juices
$

·Chase's Daily

96 Main St., Belfast, ME 04915

(207) 338-0555

Vegetarian/American. Chase's Daily is a vegetarian restaurant with creative dishes. They use fresh produce gathered from their own farm. Popular dishes include Soba Noodles with Spicy Grilled Tofu, Napa Cabbage Salad, and the Black Beans and Rice Burrito. They also feature a daily soup.

Open Tuesday through Thursday for breakfast and lunch. Open Friday for three meals. Open Saturday and Sunday for brunch. Closed Monday
Full service
vegan options
take-out, beer/wine
VISA/MC/DISC, $$

Darby's Restaurant & Pub

155 High St., Belfast, ME 04915

(207) 338-2339

International. Darby's Restaurant & Pub has operated continuously since 1865 with the original walls, tin ceiling, and antique bar. There are some vegetarian items offered including the Fiesta Salad (available with vegetarian black beans), portobello sandwich, Pad Thai (available with tofu), and Bombay Curry (available with tofu). Darby's is located in the historic downtown of Belfast, just two doors down from the Colonial Theatre (movie theater). Reservations are recommended.

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

··The Juice Cellar

9 Beaver St., Belfast, ME 04915

(207) 226-3656

Vegan/juice bar. The Juice Cellar has a wide selection of creative juices and smoothies. Choose from popular items like the Bold as Love (juice made from beets, apple, and ginger) or the Hello World (a smoothie containing spinach, mango, banana, and pineapple). Be sure to check out the salad menu or any interesting snacks they may be offering. Occasional treats include anything from vegan cheese to macaroons.

Open daily for breakfast and lunch.
Counter service
vegan options
fresh juices, take-out
VISA/MC/DISC, $

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Bethel

·Café DiCocoa

125 Main St., Bethel, ME 04217

(207) 824-5282

Vegetarian. Café DiCocoa is a self-proclaimed "funky and hip natural foods eatery." Located in an 1880s Victorian farmhouse, this café has a full bakery and holds cooking and baking classes. They are kid-friendly and do vegetarian catering.

Open year-round with seasonal hours
Full service
vegan options
catering, fresh juices, smoothies, espresso/cappucino, soymilk
VISA/MC/DISC/DC, $-$$

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Biddeford

New Morning Natural Foods

230 Main St., Biddeford, ME 04005

(207) 282-1434

Natural foods store/organic/café. New Morning Natural Foods is a family-run labor of love. They offer whole, organic foods, bulk items, organic produce, and more! They have a café in the back of the store with an ever-changing selection of creative entrées, a wide variety of sandwiches, and homemade soups and chili. Please note that only the Biddeford location contains a café.

Open Monday through Saturday. Closed Sunday
Counter service
vegan options
take-out
$

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Brunswick

Henry and Marty Restaurant

61 Maine St., Brunswick, ME 04011

(207) 721-9141

Organic/natural foods. Henry and Marty Restaurant uses the best local ingredients available to create food that celebrates the season. They offer a few vegan options, and almost every dish is gluten-free or can be prepared gluten-free. Try dishes such as the awesome Pasta with Henry's Red Sauce (made with vegan soy meatballs), the Roasted Delicata Squash (with Maine maple syrup, stuffed with red and white Quinoa, topped with a drizzle of roasted butternut squash seed oil), or the Tempeh Sauté (organic soy tempeh with caramelized leeks and toasted pumpkin seeds, topped with a slow roasted heirloom tomato sauce, and served with Himalayan Red rice and a vegetable). Hours may change seasonally, so please call ahead or check online.

Open Tuesday through Sunday for dinner. Closed Monday
Full service
vegan options
take-out, catering, espresso/cappuccino, soymilk, beer/wine/alcohol, special beverages
VISA/MC/AMEX, $$-$$$

·Parkview Adventist Medical Center Café

329 Maine St., Brunswick, ME 04011

(207) 373-2248

Vegetarian/cafeteria. This hospital café is open to both staff and visitors and is completely vegetarian. They use mostly organic ingredients and locally-sourced foods whenever possible. Each day the café features a different cuisine, such as American or Asian. Cash only.

Open Monday through Friday for breakfast and lunch. Closed on Saturday and Sunday
Cafeteria
vegan options
$

Wild Oats Bakery & Café

Tontine Mall, 149 Maine St., Brunswick, ME 04011

(207) 725-6287

Bakery/café/deli. Wild Oats is a from-scratch bakery, café, and deli in the heart of downtown Brunswick. They have a revolving selection of deli salads, many of which are vegan, and they usually have at least one vegan soup. They don't offer vegan bakery items. Have a refreshing fruit salad or a cup of coffee while surfing the Internet. Free Wi-Fi is available. Check out each day's menu online or sign-up to receive it by email. Wild Oats is located in the Tontine Mall, across from Pleasant Street, and within easy walking distance of Bowdoin College.

Open daily for breakfast and lunch
Cafeteria
vegan options
take-out, delivery, catering, smoothies, espresso/cappuccino, soymilk, non-alcoholic beer, special beverages
VISA/MC/AMEX/DISC, $

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Ellsworth

Riverside Café

151 Main St., Ellsworth, ME 04605

(207) 667-7220

American. Enjoy breakfast or lunch in the relaxing environment of the Riverside Café. The restaurant offers a separate vegetarian menu, including The Illusive Tofu Scramble, The TLT, and 151 Main, a vegan French toast dish.

Open daily for breakfast and lunch
Full service
vegan options
take-out, fresh juices, espresso/cappuccino, soymilk, smoothies
VISA/MC, $-$$

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Freeport

Royal River Natural Foods

443 US Route 1, Freeport, ME 04032

(207) 865-0046

Natural foods store/organic. Royal River Natural Foods is a health market specializing in local and organic foods. They offer tofu cheeses, meat substitutes, and other vegan items; local organic produce; fresh-baked bread; special dietary products; organic and specialty wines; local and micro-brewed beer; gourmet treats; cruelty-free body care items; and eco-friendly household goods. Royal River also offers delicious take-out foods such as sandwiches, soups, muffins, and salads. Table seating is available. Check their website for daily hot deli choices, fresh organic juice schedule, and upcoming seminars and other events. The store is located in downtown Freeport near L.L. Bean.

Open daily
Cafeteria
vegan options
take-out, delivery, fresh juices, soymilk, special beverages
VISA/MC/AMEX/DISC, $

The Corsican Restaurant

9 Mechanic St., Freeport, ME 04032

(207) 865-9421

Natural foods. Homemade vegetarian soups, unique whole-wheat pizza, calzones, and fresh baked breads are offered daily. Delicious pies and cakes are also available for dessert. No smoking is allowed.

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

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Kennebunk

New Morning Natural Foods

3 York St., Kennebunk, ME 04043

(207) 985-6774

Natural foods store/organic. See description under Biddeford, ME.

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Lewiston

She Doesn't Like Guthries

115 Middle St., Lewiston, ME 04240

(207) 376-3344

American/eclectic. She Doesn't Like Guthries is an inviting restaurant filled with local art and live music. They offer many vegetarian and vegan selections such as their Vegan Burrito or Marquee Moon Panini (request the turkey be replaced with Tofurky). They make every effort to be eco-conscious and have been certified as a Green Restaurant by the Maine Department of Environmental Protection. Free Wi-Fi is available.

Open Monday through Friday for three meals. Closed Saturday and Sunday
Full service
vegan options
take-out, catering, espresso/cappuccino, soymilk, smoothies, beer/wine
VISA/MC/AMEX/DISC, $

··The Ark

791 Lisbon St., Lewiston, ME 04240

(207) 333-3668

Vegan/café. The Ark is a vegan café offering tasty plant-based cuisine for lunch. Try sandwiches like the Ark Club, Chick-less Salad, or Hummus Vedge. Cooking classes are available. The Ark is closed between lunch and dinner, so please call ahead for hours.

Open Sunday through Tuesday for lunch. Open Wednesday and Thursday for lunch and dinner. Open Friday for lunch. Closed Saturday
Limited service
take-out
VISA/MC, $

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Norway

··Taste of Eden Vegan Café

238 Main St., Norway, ME 04268

(207) 739-6090

Vegan/café. The Taste of Eden Vegan Café, located in the center of Main Street, is committed to promoting a healthy, vegan lifestyle for its customers. Some of their weekly specials include vegetable pot pie, chickpea alfredo, and spinach lasagna. They also occasionally offer small group vegan cooking classes, and the restaurant includes a small vegan store with ingredients and cookbooks.

Open Sunday for brunch and dinner. Open Monday through Thursday for three meals. Closed Friday and Saturday
Full service
take-out, catering
VISA/MC/AMEX/DISC, $

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Portland

(For restaurant listings in the surrounding areas, see Biddeford and Freeport.)

·Green Elephant Vegetarian Bistro

608 Congress St., Portland, ME 04101

(207) 347-3111

Vegetarian/Asian. Asian-inspired vegetarian cuisine is the focus at Green Elephant. Most items are vegan (and are noted as such on the menu) or can be made vegan. All "meats" are vegetarian soy. The menu offers a good variety and includes entrées such as Watercress Veggie-Duck, Organic Green Tea Noodle, and Veggie Citrus Spare Ribs. Green Elephant is closed between lunch and dinner so please call for hours.

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

··Little Lad's Bakery & Café

482 Congress St., Portland, ME 04101

(207) 871-1636

Vegan/café/bakery/kosher. Little Lad’s Bakery & Café offers an all-vegan menu that is easy on the wallet. Stop in for breakfast or their very popular lunch buffet. The buffet includes a salad bar, soups, bread, dessert, sandwiches, and entrées. While the buffet menu rotates regularly, previous items have included Shepherd’s Pie, Corn Pone Pie, Spoon Bread, and Sweet Peas. Cash only.

Open Monday through Friday for breakfast and lunch. Closed Saturday and Sunday
Buffet
take-out, catering
$

Pepperclub/Good Egg Café

78 Middle St., Portland, ME 04101

(207) 772-0531

American. Pepperclub/Good Egg Café are two local favorite restaurants in one location. They offer many vegetarian and vegan selections including at least one vegan entrée daily. The restaurant is closed between lunch and dinner, so please call ahead for hours. Reservations are accepted. Outdoor seating is available.

Open Tuesday and Wednesday for dinner. Open Thursday and Friday for breakfast and dinner. Open Saturday for three meals. Open Sunday for breakfast and lunch. Closed Monday
Full service
vegan options
take-out, catering, soymilk, beer/wine/alcohol
VISA/MC/AMEX/DISC, $$

··ROOST House of Juice

11 Free St., Portland, ME 04101

(207) 899-4275

Vegan/organic/juice bar. ROOST House of Juice is an artisan juice and smoothie bar with a cozy yet chic atmosphere. You can order straight at the bar and sit down with some friends, or make yourself comfortable on the pillow-lined window seats. The majority of their menu items are prepared with local, organic, and sustainably-grown produce, and they offer specials utilizing fruits and veggies that are in season at local farms. A section of their freshly-pressed juices are based on cocktails, such as the Arugulita, omitting the tequila in favor of flavor-packed arugula (salt around the rim is optional). ROOST is located just east of the Portland Public Library and the Maine Historical Society in the Old Port neighborhood.

Open Tuesday through Friday for three meals. Open Saturday for lunch and dinner. Closed Sunday and Monday
Full service
take-out, fresh juices, smoothies, wine
VISA/MC, $-$$

Silly's Restaurant

40 Washington Ave., Portland, ME 04101

(207) 772-0360

Natural foods/eclectic. Silly's is a small eatery with a colorful atmosphere and delicious food. Their extensive menu offers a variety of choices including hummus, falafel, sesame noodles, pizza, Jamaican beans and rice, and sandwiches. Silly's is very veg-friendly; its menu notes what is vegetarian and vegan and they have a dedicated vegan fryer. The outdoor garden patio is open for summer dining. Silly's is located in the East End.

Open Tuesday through Friday for lunch and dinner. Open Saturday and Sunday for brunch and dinner. Closed Monday
Full service
vegan options
take-out, catering, espresso/cappuccino, soymilk, beer/wine/alcohol, special beverages
VISA/MC, $-$$

The Works Bakery Café

15 Temple St., Portland, ME 04101

(207) 879-2425

Bagel deli. More than 16 varieties of bagels are offered with various topping options, including cream cheeses, Tofutti spreads, salads, and other vegetarian combinations. Only natural ingredients without preservatives are used. The Works Bakery Café is environmentally conscious and socially active in its community.

Open daily for breakfast and lunch
Counter service
vegan options
take-out, catering, fresh juices, smoothies, espresso/cappuccino
$

Whole Foods Market

2 Somerset St., Portland, ME 04101

(207) 774-7711

Natural foods store/deli. A wide variety of vegetarian and vegan foods are offered in the deli and on the salad bar.

Open daily
Cafeteria
vegan options
take-out, wine/beer
VISA/MC, $-$$

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Woolwich

Taste Of Maine

161 Main St., Woolwich, ME 04579

(207) 443-4554

American. This seafood restaurant overlooking Pleasant Cove has a separate vegan menu. They serve vegan nachos and potato skins as appetizers, sandwiches, pizza, as well as vegan main dishes such as stroganoff with mushrooms and stuffed ravioli. Weather permitting, you can also dine outside on their deck.

Open daily for lunch and dinner during the summer. Hours vary rest of year.
Full service
vegan options
take-out
VISA/MC/DISC, $-$$

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