Boston has a strong selection of vegan restaurants near you, but there are unique destinations elsewhere in New England worth visiting out of town. Here are five of the area’s most memorable meatless restaurants, plus one soon-to-open spot to keep in mind for later in 2022.
Some of them are completely vegan; others are vegetarian but with a plethora of vegan options. Either way, they offer a range of experiences, from evening tasting menus to a more casual counter service experience.
City of Plants
334 S. Water Street, Providence, RI
The two-story Plant City food hall in Providence, Rhode Island is home to several restaurants and bars that all serve purely vegan menus from chef and restaurateur Matthew Kenney. Kenney’s international portfolio of vegan businesses includes a variety of brands, such as pizzeria and wine bar Double Zero, which has a location in this food hall, one in Boston and a handful in other cities.
Try Mexican dishes like chile relleno with earthy poblano chiles and velvety eightlacoche — a delicious corn mushroom — in Besina; a bright and flavorful BLT with fried green tomatoes and shiitake bacon at New Burger; and almond croissants and slices of Snickers cheesecake from the bakery.
Fire-N-Spice vegan restaurant, bakery and juice shop
491 Capitol Avenue, Hartford, Connecticut
At Fire-N-Spice, a vegan gem in Connecticut’s capital, the atmosphere is casual — counter service and a small parking deck — and the food is memorable. Jamaican and African dishes, including many gluten-free and nut-free options, make up the bulk of the tasty menu, complemented by Indian dishes.
Start with flaky Jamaican patties stuffed with callaloo leaves or salted lentils; pile a combo plate with selections like aromatic chickpea chole, jerk tofu, garlic pomegranate tempeh and African potatoes seasoned with pineapple and spices; and complete the meal with a Don’t Preach Papaya Tropical Smoothie and Chocolate Banana Cupcake.
Vegetarian Restaurant and Bloodroot Bookstore
85 Ferris Street, Bridgeport, Connecticut
A collective founded Bloodroot in Bridgeport, Connecticut, in 1977; two of those members, Selma Miriam and Noel Furie, still run this beloved feminist bookstore and restaurant, which serves vegetarian and vegan cuisine that tends to change with the seasons and showcases cuisines from around the world.
Try a tasting platter of vegan cheeses – some made at the restaurant – followed by a Jamaican “chicken” with seitan, a popular dish created by an employee with Jamaican roots. For dessert, don’t miss the iconic “devastation” chocolate cake, rich with a sourdough base, and a scoop of homemade bourbon vanilla vegan ice cream. Sit on the terrace under the welcoming cherry tree or dine indoors to enjoy the sunny and warm space, lined with feminist iconography and women’s books.
9 Center St., Burlington, VT
In Burlington, Vermont, vegetarian restaurant Revolution Kitchen showcases local and organic ingredients with plenty of vegan options. Start with the Kale Caesar with Shiitake Croutons or the Bright Vietnamese Salad Rolls with Peanut Dip. Then, savor a seasonal main dish like succulent wild vegetable ravioli in a cashew-garlic Alfredo sauce, accompanied by a glass of low-intervention wine or Vermont craft beer.
For dessert, get the vegan version of Revolution’s famous banana cream pie, with lots of sweet fruit and a ginger-coconut crust. Sit by the open roll-up door in fine weather or find a cozy spot at the bar in the intimate brick-walled restaurant.
Green Elephant Vegetarian Bistro & Bar
608 Congress St., Portland, ME
Chef Dan Sriprasert’s culinary journey began in Thailand, where he cooked alongside his mother in her restaurant. Green Elephant’s all-vegetarian and vegan menu features Thai flavors from that childhood experience, but it’s also more broadly Asian-inspired, with dishes influenced by Malaysian, Japanese, Chinese and Indian cuisines.
Sample plates of king oyster mushroom tempura, Chinese broccoli with crispy soy fillet, and panang coconut milk curry at a leather stand on Portland, Maine’s bustling Congress Street, or visit Green Elephant’s stylish second location on the corner of Deer and Portwalk in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.
31 State Street, Bristol, RI
It’s not there yet, but keep an eye out for this one later in 2022: Chef Peter Carvelli recently packaged Twelve Plants – his premium meatless tasting menu – to expand the business into a restaurant. full-service called Foglia, which he hopes to open in late June.
Like its predecessor, the vegan Foglia will showcase seasonal vegetables and homemade pasta – check out one of Carvelli’s signatures, filled with mashed squash and topped with sage, cranberry and toasted pecan butter – while adding flatbreads, a more in-depth dessert menu. , and a curated menu of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. Expect the same attention to detail and flavors of Carvelli in a relaxed yet refined atmosphere in downtown Bristol, Rhode Island.