Vegetarian Journal's Guide to Natural Foods Restaurants in the U.S. and Canada
§ Reviewer's choice
33 Central St., Bangor, ME 04401
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.
1 Central St., Bangor, ME 04401
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.
(For restaurant listings in the surrounding areas, see Ellsworth.)
130 Cottage St., Bar Harbor, ME 04609
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.
14 1/2 Mt. Desert St., Bar Harbor, ME 04609
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.
33 Cottage St., Bar Harbor, ME 04609
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.
321 Main St., Bar Harbor, ME 04609
Vegan/organic/gourmet. Eden Vegetarian Café is a vegan restaurant featuring organic ingredients and produce from local farms. Their elegant menu changes with the seasons, but previous offerings have included Fire Cracker BBQ Tempeh, Garden Vegetable Stuffed Tofu Pockets, Spring Asparagus & Leek Bisque, and Thai Drunken Noodles. The restaurant is located on the corner of Edgewood and Main. Please note that Eden is open from May through October. Reservations are accepted.
30 Rodick St., Bar Harbor, ME 04609
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.
123 High St., Belfast, ME 04915
Natural foods. Belfast Co-op serves three vegetarian entrées daily, as well as salads and breads.
96 Main St., Belfast, ME 04915
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.
155 High St., Belfast, ME 04915
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.
125 Main St., Bethel, ME 04217
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.
230 Main St., Biddeford, ME 04005
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.
61 Maine St., Brunswick, ME 04011
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.
329 Maine St., Brunswick, ME 04011
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.
Tontine Mall, 149 Maine St., Brunswick, ME 04011
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.
151 Main St., Ellsworth, ME 04605
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.
443 US Route 1, Freeport, ME 04032
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.
9 Mechanic St., Freeport, ME 04032
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.
3 York St., Kennebunk, ME 04043
Natural foods store/organic. See description under Biddeford, ME.
115 Middle St., Lewiston, ME 04240
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.
791 Lisbon St., Lewiston, ME 04240
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.
238 Main St., Norway, ME 04268
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.
(For restaurant listings in the surrounding areas, see Biddeford and Freeport.)
608 Congress St., Portland, ME 04101
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.
482 Congress St., Portland, ME 04101
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.
78 Middle St., Portland, ME 04101
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.
11 Free St., Portland, ME 04101
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.
40 Washington Ave., Portland, ME 04101
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.
15 Temple St., Portland, ME 04101
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.
2 Somerset St., Portland, ME 04101
Natural foods store/deli. A wide variety of vegetarian and vegan foods are offered in the deli and on the salad bar.