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. Open daily for breakfast and lunch. Counter service, vegan options, take-out, fresh juices, smoothies, VISA/MC, $-$$.
26 Dodge St., Block Island, RI 02807
Vegetarian/juice bar/café. Froozies is an all-vegetarian juice bar and café; most menu items can be made vegan. Tasty foods include their Lentil Nut burger, falafel, veggie chili, and sweet potato fries. Both indoor and outdoor seating are available. Froozies is located on the back porch of the National Hotel in Old Harbor, across from the ferry. Cash only. Open daily for breakfast, lunch, and early dinner from May through October. Closed November through April. Counter service, vegan options, take-out, catering, fresh juices, smoothies, soymilk, BYOB, $.
500 Main St., East Greenwich, RI 02818
Natural foods store/organic. Specializing in gluten-free, dairy-free, and wheat-free, Back to Basics is a very large natural foods market. With over 10,000 products, it's quite likely that you will find what you are looking for here. Among their offerings are organic produce, bulk foods, herbs, coffee and tea, and personal care items. Additionally, they have in-store computers with access to their Wellness Reference Library. Open daily. Take-out, vegan options, VISA/MC/AMEX/DISC, $-$$$.
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. Open daily for three meals. Full service, vegan options, take-out, fresh juices, smoothies, espresso/cappuccino, BYOB, VISA/MC/AMEX/DISC, $$.
181 Bellevue Ave., Newport, RI 02840
Natural foods store. A-Market carries health food, nutritional products, and more. They are located in the Bellevue Gardens Shopping Plaza. Open daily. Limited service, take-out, catering, VISA/MC/AMEX/DISC, $-$$.
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. Open Thursday for dinner. Open Friday through Sunday for lunch and dinner. Open Monday and Tuesday for dinner. Closed Wednesday. Full service, vegan options, take-out, catering, wine/beer, VISA/MC, $$.
727 East Ave., Pawtucket, RI 02860
Vegetarian café. Garden Grille Café is an all-vegetarian restaurant with a wide range of selections. Menu items include Black Bean Cakes, Udon Noodle Hot Pot, Vegan Macaroni & Cheese (gluten-free), Roasted Butternut Squash Quesadilla, and the Tempeh Reuben. They offer a great and inexpensive daily lunch special of soup, salad, and bread. The Vegan Chocolate Chip Pancakes at Sunday's brunch are not to be missed! Open Monday through Saturday for lunch and dinner. Open Sunday for brunch and dinner. Full service, vegan options, take-out, catering, fresh juices, soymilk, smoothies, beer/wine, VISA/MC/AMEX, $$.
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. Open daily for lunch and dinner. Full service, vegan options, take-out, delivery, catering, fresh juices, espresso, special beverages, beer/wine/alcohol, non-alcoholic beer, VISA/MC/AMEX/DISC, $$.
727 East Ave., Pawtucket, RI 02860
Vegan/bakery/café/juice bar. Wildflour strives to provide healthy and delicious food to the community. They use organic ingredients and unrefined sweeteners as much as possible, as well as local ingredients and recycled packaging. Try the variety of pastries, cakes, cupcakes, and breads, which include gluten-free and raw options. Or go for one of their juices or smoothies with an organic herbal add-in. If you're looking for a hot beverage, order a vegan hot chocolate, or try the lavender lemonade on a hot summer day. Open daily for three meals. Limited service, take-out, catering, fresh juices, espresso/cappuccino, smoothies, VISA/MC, $.
934 E. Main Rd., Portsmouth, RI 02871
Natural foods store/organic. The Green Grocer is all about eating naturally and offers many vegetarian and vegan foods. They have a great, small-town feel with a personable and knowledgeable staff that is passionate about what they do. They offer organic produce as well as prepared foods and soups. Check out their Indian hot food bar. The Green Grocer supports causes like advocating for non-GMOs and shares information about current environmental and political farming or food-related actions. Open daily. Take-out, vegan options, delivery, VISA/MC, $$.
(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. Open Monday through Saturday for lunch and dinner through late night. Open Sunday for lunch and dinner. Counter service, vegan options, take-out, VISA/MC/AMEX/DISC, $.
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! Open Monday through Friday for lunch and dinner. Open Saturday and Sunday for brunch and dinner. Full service, vegan options, take-out, delivery, catering, special beverages, beer/wine/alcohol, VISA/MC/AMEX/DISC, $$.
261 Thayer St., Providence, RI 02906
Indian. Kabob and Curry serves a range of classic Indian dishes, with a number of vegetarian items. Choose from baigan bharta (eggplant with onions and tomatoes), tandoori vegetable kabobs, veggie pakoras (fritters), and more. Those who can't decide can order the Maharani, the big vegetarian combination plate! They are happy to accommodate those with food allergies. Open daily for lunch and dinner. Lunch buffet on Sunday. Full service, vegan options, take-out, delivery, catering, wine/beer/alcohol, VISA/MC/AMEX/DISC, $$.
N/A, Providence, RI 02903
Vegan/ice cream/food truck. Like No Udder is a vegan soft serve ice cream truck! Serving various locations and events in Providence and beyond, visit their website to track them in (almost) real time and to view their calendar of events. In addition to non-dairy soft serve, they offer vegan treats including shakes, floats, frozen slushies, and candy bars. During day-long events or festivals, they offer hot food items such as vegan hot dogs and vegan meatball subs. No hydrogenated ingredients are ever used. Cash only. Hours vary. Take-out, catering, special beverages, $.
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. Open daily for lunch and dinner through late night service. Counter service, vegan options, take-out, delivery, VISA/MC/AMEX/DISC, $-$$.
1088 Chalkstone Ave., Providence, RI 02908
Thai. Located near the intersection of Chalkstone and Academy Avenues, Thai Star has a variety of appetizers, like fried tofu, and main courses, such as Pad Thai. Practically every entrée can be prepared with tofu, including four different curries. Don't forget to ask that the fish sauce be left off. Open Monday through Saturday for lunch and dinner. Closed Sunday. Full service, vegan options, take-out, VISA/MC, $-$$.
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! Open daily for lunch and dinner. Full service, take-out, delivery, special beverages, VISA/MC/AMEX/DISC, $-$$.
231 Old Tower Hill Rd., Wakefield, RI 02879
Middle Eastern. Dine on vegetarian options including falafel, hummus, tabbouleh, baba ghanouj, stuffed grape leaves, and other dishes at Pick Pockets Deli. Open Monday through Saturday for lunch and dinner. Open Sunday for lunch. Limited service, vegan options, take-out, catering, VISA/MC, $.
357 Main St., Wakefield, RI 02879
Natural foods store. The Alternative Food Cooperative is organic and mostly vegetarian. They offer fresh, local, and organic produce along with staples like nuts, flours, and spices in bulk. The store is small, but they do have a few tables and a back deck to dine on. Enjoy tofu salad, veggie wraps, and vegan soups. The atmosphere has a great community feel to it and is open to the public. Open daily. Counter service, vegan options, take-out, VISA/MC, $-$$.