Vegetarian Journal's Guide to Natural Foods Restaurants in the U.S. and Canada
§ Reviewer's choice
2 Main St., Brookside Plaza, Brattleboro, VT 05301
Natural foods. The co-op has a salad bar stocked with organic ingredients. There is also an eat-in café serving fruit smoothies, organic juices, soups, and stews. Open daily for breakfast and lunch. Limited service, take-out, macrobiotic options, fresh juices, smoothies, MC/DISC, $.
118 Main St., Brattleboro, VT 05301
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, $.
(For restaurant listings in the surrounding areas, see South Burlington.)
133 Bank St., Burlington, VT 05401
Chinese. This Chinese restaurant offers great gourmet dishes, including many vegan options. Recommendations include their Hot & Sour Soup, Napa Cabbage, Buddha's Sesame Beef, and the highly popular Mock Eel. Also, they are willing to replace the meat in any dish with tofu. A Single Pebble is closed between lunch and dinner, so please call ahead for hours. Reservations are recommended. Open daily for lunch and dinner. Full service, vegan options, wine/beer, VISA/MC/AMEX, $$-$$$.
213 College St., Burlington, VT 05401
Mexican. Bueno Y Saño translates as "Good and Healthy" and this small restaurant lives up to its name. The menu mainly features burritos including fillings like seitan, grilled zucchini, and fresh spinach, as well as the standard beans and rice. Burritos can be ordered without cheese or sour cream. Open daily for lunch and dinner. Counter service, vegan options, take-out, delivery, VISA/MC, $.
82 S. Winooski Ave., Burlington, VT 05401
Natural foods store/café. The City Market/Onion River Co-op is a natural foods store with café. They strive to use local and organic products as often as possible. Their café menu changes weekly. Open daily. Take-out, vegan options, VISA/MC, $-$$.
169 Church St., Burlington, VT 05401
Asian. This restaurant specializes in Thai, Vietnamese, and Chinese foods, all of which are available at different times. It is known for its fantastic sushi, and one of the area's most well-known chefs prepares the Vietnamese cuisine. The restaurant is around the corner from Flynn Theatre. Open Monday through Saturday for lunch and dinner. Open Sunday for lunch only. Full service, non-smoking, reservations recommended, alcohol, non-alcoholic beer/wine, special drinks, VISA/MC/AMEX/DISC/DC, $-$$$.
211 College St., Burlington, VT 05401
Natural foods café. A mostly vegetarian café, Zabby and Elf's Stone Soup features a salad bar, soups, creative sandwiches, a hot and cold deli case, fresh breads, and vegan desserts. Menu items include potatoes masala, artichoke heart salad, seitan burritos, vegan pancakes, and pierogies. Open Monday through Saturday for three meals. Closed Sunday. Full service, vegan options, take-out, catering, beer/wine, special beverages, VISA/MC, $-$$.
Routes 11 & 30, Manchester, VT 05255
Bagel deli. See description under Brattleboro, VT.
(For restaurant listings in the surrounding areas, see Stowe.)
83 Main St., Montpelier, VT 05602
Diner. This is a good, old-fashioned American diner with several vegetarian selections on the menu. The California Reuben--grilled tofu, sauerkraut, and provolone topped with Russian dressing on grilled rye--is a vegetarian favorite! Other options include a veggie burger, ratatouille, and a grilled eggplant sandwich. The staff is willing to fulfill special menu requests if possible. Open daily for breakfast and lunch. Full service, vegan options, take-out, delivery, $.
623 Stone Cutters Way, Montpelier, VT 05602
Vegetarian. With a riverside setting, this informal, family-style cooperative offers a self-serve food bar that includes vegan baked goods. Sunday brunch is also available. Open daily for three meals. Counter service, vegan options, beer/wine, VISA/MC, $-$$$.
52 State St., Montpelier, VT 05602
Natural foods/organic. Kismet goes to great lengths to obtain local and organic ingredients and to accommodate wheat, gluten, and dairy-free diets. Try the 'I Am Graceful,' a vegan buckwheat crepe filled with grilled tempeh, chives, diced tomatoes & jalapeno. They also brew up a 'Dandelion Latte,' a roasted organic dandelion coffee alternative, sweetened with maple syrup, and served with your choice of milk. Cash only. Open Wednesday through Saturday for breakfast and lunch. Open Sunday for brunch. Closed Monday and Tuesday. Full service, vegan options, take-out, catering, fresh juices, soymilk, special beverages, $$.
34 Elm St., Montpelier, VT 05602
Vegetarian/teahouse/café. Tulsi Tea Room is completely vegetarian and specializes in fine teas, herbal teas, authentic Indian cuisine, and healing whole foods. They share their space with Green Mountain Medicinals Herb Shop and Apothecary. Open Wednesday through Saturday for lunch and early dinner. Closed Sunday through Tuesday. Full service, vegan options, take-out, special beverages, $$.
194 Main St., Ste. 104, Newport, VT 05855
Natural foods store/café. Several hot soups are available daily, plus sandwiches, salads, and freshly-baked goods. Located near Lake Memphremagog, Newport's chalkboard menu changes daily. Open Monday through Saturday. Closed Sunday. Cafeteria, vegan options, take-out, catering, VISA/MC, $.
222 Dorset St., South Burlington, VT 05403
Natural foods café. This café within a natural foods store has an all-organic salad and hot entrée bar. Among its eclectic offerings from around the world are West African Yam & Peanut Stew, Seitan Stroganoff, Tempeh Cacciatore, and Hungarian Roasted Cauliflower. It also offers sandwiches, tofu dishes, and desserts that are made daily. Open Monday through Saturday for lunch and dinner. Open Sunday for brunch and dinner. Cafeteria, vegan options, non-smoking, fresh juices, smoothies, take-out, VISA/MC/AMEX/DISC, $$.
4403 Main St., Waitsfield, VT 05673
Vegetarian/organic/tea lounge. MINT is a vegetarian restaurant, tea lounge, and tea store with a focus on organic, natural foods. Everything is made from scratch and the menu notes what is vegan, gluten-free, and/or garlic and onion free. Enjoy such dishes as Fennel and Tofu Bowl, Cranberry Greens and Tempeh, or Mint Salad. Shop from their extensive tea selection in-store, online, or better yet, relax with a cup of tea in the warm and cozy atmosphere of MINT. Reservations are accepted. MINT is closed between lunch and dinner, so please call ahead for hours. Open Wednesday through Sunday for lunch and dinner. Closed Monday and Tuesday. Full service, vegan options, take-out, espresso, soymilk, special beverages, wine, VISA/MC, $$-$$$.
5031 Main St., Waitsfield, VT 05673
Natural foods store/organic/café. Sweet Pea Natural Market & Café is a natural foods store with a vegetarian/vegan-friendly café. They offer deli sandwiches as well as a hot bar and a salad bar. Their emphasis is on locally-grown, organic, and sustainable products. Sweet Pea is located in the Village Square Shopping Center in the ski resort town of Waitsfield. Open Monday through Saturday for lunch and dinner. Closed Sunday. Buffet, vegan options, take-out, catering, fresh juices, smoothies, VISA/MC, $$.
193 N. Main St., White River Junction, VT 05001
Natural foods. This co-op has a deli and food bar that offers mostly vegetarian soups, salads, sandwiches, and plate dishes. Offerings include rice and pecan salad, an organic tempeh salad, baked tofu, and organic roasted root vegetables. Open Monday through Saturday for three meals. Open Sunday for brunch. Deli-style, vegan options, take-out, $.
61 Pleasant St., Woodstock, VT 05091
Asian Fusion. Angkor Wat offers authentic Cambodian and Thai cuisine. Vegetarian items include Stir-Fried Noodles, Red or Green Curry, and Lemon Grass (all come with mixed vegetables). The chef is very accommodating of special dietary needs; tofu can be used in place of meat for many dishes, and the complete menu can be prepared gluten-free. Open Monday through Saturday for lunch and dinner. Open Sunday for dinner. Full service, vegan options, take-out, VISA/MC, $$.