Vegetarian Journal's Guide to Natural Foods Restaurants in the U.S. and Canada
§ Reviewer's choice
74 W. Side Rd., Block Island, RI 02807
Vegetarian/living foods/juice bar. Elevations Café features vegetarian living foods. They are vegan-friendly and offer bagels, snacks, fresh juices, and smoothies. The café is located inside Elevation Studio, a yoga and pilates studio.
500 Main St., East Greenwich, RI 02818
Natural foods store/organic. Specializing in gluten-free, dairy-free, and wheat-free, Back to Basics is a very large natural foods market. With over 10,000 products, it's quite likely that you will find what you are looking for here. Among their offerings are organic produce, bulk foods, herbs, coffee and tea, and personal care items. Additionally, they have in-store computers with access to their Wellness Reference Library.
144 Boon St., Narragansett, RI 02882
Eclectic. The décor at Crazy Burger is predictably fun, with pale-green walls, paper lanterns, and ornaments hanging from the ceiling. Among the offerings here are veggie soups, sandwiches, veggie burgers, and a vegan tofu scramble.
181 Bellevue Ave., Newport, RI 02840
Natural foods store. A-Market carries health food, nutritional products, and more. They are located in the Bellevue Gardens Shopping Plaza.
186B - 190B Thames St., Newport, RI 02840
Italian/pizza. Lucia's offers meat substitutes in meals and delicious vegetarian pasta dishes. Their separate vegetarian menu includes Seitan Saporito and Fusilli all'Arrabbiata. Reservations are accepted.
727 East Ave., Pawtucket, RI 02860
Vegetarian café. Garden Grille Café is an all-vegetarian restaurant with a wide range of selections. Menu items include Black Bean Cakes, Udon Noodle Hot Pot, Vegan Macaroni & Cheese (gluten-free), Roasted Butternut Squash Quesadilla, and the Tempeh Reuben. They offer a great and inexpensive daily lunch special of soup, salad, and bread. The Vegan Chocolate Chip Pancakes at Sunday's brunch are not to be missed!
727 East Ave., Pawtucket, RI 02860
Indian. As its name suggests, Rasoi: Regional Cuisines of India serves dishes from various Indian cuisines, with coastal steamed meals alongside southern dosa. The menu has a section dedicated to vegetarian meals, and dishes with cheese can be substituted with tofu. Rasoi offers vegetarian, dairy-free, and gluten-free buffets on certain days. The restaurant is located in the Blackstone Place Mall.
934 E. Main Rd., Portsmouth, RI 02871
Natural foods store/organic. The Green Grocer is all about eating naturally and offers many vegetarian and vegan foods. They have a great, small-town feel with a personable and knowledgeable staff that is passionate about what they do. They offer organic produce as well as prepared foods and soups. Check out their Indian hot food bar. The Green Grocer supports causes like advocating for non-GMOs and shares information about current environmental and political farming or food-related actions.
(For restaurant listings in the surrounding areas, see East Greenwich and Pawtucket.)
278 Thayer St., Providence, RI 02906
Middle Eastern. East Side Pockets is a fast food Middle Eastern restaurant with many vegetarian items (clearly marked on the menu). Options include hummus, grape leaves, falafel, and vegetarian lentil soup. This is a family-owned restaurant with a lot of history; the original owners were immigrants from Syria.
1577 Westminster St., Providence, RI 02909
Vegetarian/café. This café and juice bar is located in a co-op grocery store. They offer dishes that you pay for by the weight and also have soups, as well as prepared salads, sandwiches, and other items in a deli case.
1060 Hope St., Providence, RI 02906
Indian. India Restaurant promises to "add spice to your life." They cook all their dishes with canola oil rather than butter and serve a wide range of vegetarian & vegan menu items. Some of the most popular vegan choices include Aloo Tikki, the Naan Basket, Vegetable Samosas, Papri Chaat, and Chana Masala. Enjoy dining by the fireplace or outside on the front patio or back courtyard. India Restaurant is also pet-friendly! They welcome you and your dog to dine on their outdoor patio (equipped with special pegs to attach the leash). They make water and treats available along with a special canine menu, too!
261 Thayer St., Providence, RI 02906
Indian. Kabob and Curry serves a range of classic Indian dishes, with a number of vegetarian items. Choose from baigan bharta (eggplant with onions and tomatoes), tandoori vegetable kabobs, veggie pakoras (fritters), and more. Those who can't decide can order the Maharani, the big vegetarian combination plate! They are happy to accommodate those with food allergies.
170 Ives St., Providence, RI 02906
Vegan/ice cream parlor. Like No Udder is a vegan ice cream shop! In addition to non-dairy soft serve and hard ice cream, they offer vegan treats including shakes, floats, and candy bars. They also have a food truck.
267 Thayer St., Providence, RI 02906
Pizzeria/eclectic. Nice Slice is a hip pizzeria with a separate vegan menu. The eatery has a casual atmosphere and trendy art decor, priding itself for being a pizza place for hipsters, intellectuals, pseudo-intellectuals, and everyone in between. The thin, New York-style pizza is unrivaled by reputation, with vegan options and an extensive selection of creative toppings. Outdoor seating is available. Nice Slice is in the College Hill area.
1088 Chalkstone Ave., Providence, RI 02908
Thai. Located near the intersection of Chalkstone and Academy Avenues, Thai Star has a variety of appetizers, like fried tofu, and main courses, such as Pad Thai. Practically every entrée can be prepared with tofu, including four different curries. Don't forget to ask that the fish sauce be left off.
166 Broadway, Providence, RI 02909
Vegetarian/natural foods/organic. The Grange features organic, local, and seasonal foods. Enjoy Korean BBQ Seitan Tacos, Tempeh Fritters, or the Hearts of Palm Sandwich. Don't miss their terrific weekend brunch. Outdoor seating is available.
123 Dorrance St., Providence, RI 02903
Vegan/Asian Fusion. Veggie Fun serves an all-vegan menu of Asian delights. Try dishes like Orange Veggie Beef, Sweet Citrus Soy Chicken, Malaysian Curry Stew, or Tofu Teriyaki Sizzling Platter. Don't miss their weekday lunch specials!
231 Old Tower Hill Rd., Wakefield, RI 02879
Middle Eastern. Dine on vegetarian options including falafel, hummus, tabbouleh, baba ghanouj, stuffed grape leaves, and other dishes at Pick Pockets Deli.
344 Main St., Wakefield, RI 02879
Natural foods store. The South County Food Cooperative is organic and mostly vegetarian. They offer fresh, local, and organic produce along with staples like nuts, flours, and spices in bulk. Enjoy tofu salad, veggie wraps, and vegan soups. The atmosphere has a great community feel to it and is open to the public.