RESTAURANT GUIDE

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100 % Vegan

21 Oak – 21 Oak Street, Manchester 860.533.9218 – NEW! Casual sit-down restaurant features housemade vegan cheeses, soups, salads, and entrees. Inventive appetizers and desserts. Gluten-free options available. BYOB.

Catch a Healthy Habit Cafe – 39 Unquowa Road, Fairfield 203.292.8190 – Vegan and raw organic light fare, fresh juices and smoothies. Soups, salads, sandwiches and wraps, with vegan cheeses, nut pates, and superfood ingredients. Large menu of freshly-pressed juices and smoothies with organic produce (may use honey – ask for coconut palm sugar). GF, nut-free and soy-free options available.

Fire & Spice –  248 Sisson Avenue, Hartford 860.367.7970 – Casual ethnic, vegan, and raw dining. Order soups, salads, sandwiches and raw items a la carte, or choose mix-and-match entrees from the changing buffet menu. Entree choices include jerk tofu, red lentil dal, curry, african potatoes and more.  Pizza, kid’s menu, fresh juices and smoothies also available. GF, nut-free and soy-free options available. (See our review!)

Green & Tonic – Locations in Cos Cob, Greenwich, New Canaan, and Darien. See map for location information. – Grab-and-go spot for healthy fare like grain bowls, salads, smoothies, cold-pressed juices and wraps.

G-Zen – 2 East Main Street, Branford 203.208.0443 – Upscale vegan and raw dining. Run by acclaimed chef Mark Shadle and wife and nutritionist Ami Beach Shadle, G-Zen was rated “worth it” by the New York Times. Many ingredients are organic and locally produced (some even comes from the Shadles’ own organic farm). Seasonal specials, salads, burgers, entrees and raw items. Full drinks and dessert menus, Saturday “Buddha Brunch.” GF, nut-free and soy-free options available.

ION Restaurant – 606 Main Street, Middletown 860.346.9210 – Chic new location with seasonal menu of new American cuisine. Lunch and dinner, desserts, full bar, salads, sandwiches, burgers, daily specials and cocktails. Sweet potato fries with roasted tomato ketchup and Southern Fried Tofu are delicious menu staples. Sunday brunch. Outdoor dining on patio. Daily, house-made vegan and GF desserts.  GF, nut-free and soy-free options available.

Right Path Organic Cafe – 140 State Street, New London 860.437.9700 – NEW! Restaurant offering organic, plant-based, gluten-free and raw cuisine. Menu items include warm bowls with brown rice, quinoa, kale, and veggies and sauces in a variety of flavors, salads, wraps, soups, juices, smoothies, and a vegan burger plate.

Shandal’s Vegetarian Cafe – 520 Capitol Ave, Bridgeport 203.345.8903 – Casual cafeteria-style set up featuring Jamaican cuisine using wheat gluten, soy, and veggies. Offer dishes like “rasta pasta”. Usually approximately 15 dishes from which to choose, generous portions. Has 5 small tables for dine-in. (from HappyCow)

The Stand Juice Company – Locations in Fairfield and Norwalk – Vegan and raw juices and smoothies. Small menu of sandwiches, salads, soups, muffins and desserts. Holiday catering orders available.

The Sweet Beet – 498 Salmon Brook Street, Granby 860.653.2338 – Casual market with meals to-go, bakery, and small cafe area. Soups and salads available for dine-in daily. Meals-to-go include Mac No Cheese, Cottage Pie, 3-Bean Chili, and more. Bakery features “sweeties” mini-cupcakes. All items also gluten-free. Check facebook page for daily specials.

Vegetarian and Vegan

Bloodroot – 85 Ferris Street, Bridgeport 203.576.9168 – Ethnic vegetarian and vegan. Soups, salads, sandwiches, entrees and desserts with Indian, Caribbean, Italian, Asian influences. Vegan options noted on menu. Open for lunch, dinner, and Sunday brunch. Wine list.

Claire’s Corner Copia – 1000 Chapel Street, New Haven 203.562.3888 – Vegetarian and vegan, organic, sustainable and kosher. A New Haven institution for more than 30 years. Large diner-style menu with vegan and gluten free choices noted. Breakfast with certain items available all day. Soups, salads, sandwiches, entrees, pizzas, burritos, quesadillas,  desserts. Weekend brunch. Catering and take-out available. Offers separate GF menu.

Fuel Coffee Shop – 516 Chapel Street, New Haven 203.772.0330 – Word on the street is that this spot has the best coffee in New Haven (not a small feat!) and has a pretty tasty veg*n breakfast and lunch menu to boot! There’s no website or menu online, however, from the Facebook page, people are loving the tofu scramble wrap, “b”lt, grilled cheese, soups, and vegan cupcakes. All fancy coffee drinks can be made with almond or soy milk. (See our review!)

Pure Alchemy – 236 N. Colony Road (Rt 5), Wallingford 203.265.5000 – Juice bar and cafe serving fresh-pressed juices, smoothies, hot and cold tonics, salads, rice bowls, wraps and desserts. Large selection of raw and gluten-free options. Menu is fully dairy-free, only non-vegan ingredient is honey. Eat in or to-go.

Thali Too – 65 Broadway, New Haven 203.776.1600 – Casual vegetarian Indian cuisine. Classic indian dishes available for lunch and dinner, dine-in or take-out. Light “tiffin” menu features small portions for mixing and matching. Lassi bar and build-your-own rice bowl. Menu is mainly vegan – non-vegan options are clearly marked.

Udupi Bhavan – 749 Saybrook Road, Middletown 860.346.3355 – Casual,vegetarian, Southern Indian. Large menu is fully vegetarian – for vegan, ask which options are made without ghee. Lunch buffet, order to-go. Place order at counter and pick up when ready. Catering available. Open Tuesday – Sunday. GF, nut-free and soy-free options available.

Veg-Friendly! 

(we realize that many restaurants offer vegetarian options – we have restricted this section to restaurants offering a separate vegetarian/vegan menu, or that specifically cater to veg*ns)

Backstage Pizza Cafe – 968 1/2 Farmington Avenue, West Hartford 860.232.2228 – Backstage’s menu includes vegan pizza like it was just another thing! Order a pizza with vegan cheese, veggies, and veg pepperoni, sausage and chicken. They eve make vegan cookies! Casual, full wine and beer list. GF options available (may not be vegan).

Black Bamboo – 844 Farmington Ave, Hartford 860.236.8888 – Chinese take-out with separate vegan menu and organic produce. Limited in-house seating. Vegan choices include general tso’s chicken, sesame tofu, vegan spare ribs, and more. GF items available.

China Pan –  1600 South East Road, Farmington 860.674.1311 – Chinese with extensive vegan menu. Vegan citrus spare ribs, vegan chicken and broccoli, general tso’s “chicken,” have received rave reviews, among others. Dine in or take-out. Full drink menu and sushi.

Chipotle – Various locations, see map – Casual, quick mexican food. Any meal can be made vegan by requesting black beans (pinto beans are not vegetarian) and no cheese or sour cream. Salads, burritos and bowls, fresh chips. We like.

Da Legna – 858 State Street, New Haven 203.495.9999 – Finally, a New Haven pizza place for the dairy-free!! Indulge in the city’s famous pies with not one, but SEVEN options on the special vegan menu, including wild mushroom, (veg) sausage, onion, vegan mozzarella, basil, garlic and olive oil, buffalo tofu, vegan chickn and meatballs, and tons of veggies. customize a pie however you like. Several vegan appetizers also available. Gluten-free crust available (may not be vegan). Full bar and craft beers.

Dog Lane Cafe – One Dog Lane, Storrs 860.429.4900 – Large, diner-style menu for breakfast lunch and dinner. Vegan dishes are noted, with many veg-friendly options available. Soy and almond milk available for hot drinks and smoothies, and vegan protein powder. Some baked goods may be vegan – changes daily, please ask. See our review here!

Freshii – 1 Main Street, Westport 203-222-3599 – This Canadian chain’s only location in Connecticut is an easy, fast place to go for a veg meal. Options include salads, bowls, burritos and wraps with quinoa, fresh veggies, tofu or falafel, all fully customizeable. Soups, smoothies and juices also found on a large menu. Catering and online ordering available.

Forbidden City Bistro – 335 Main St., Middletown 860.343.8288 – Upscale Asian fusion dining with a full vegetarian and vegan menu. Large bar area,  private rooms for entertaining. Open for lunch and dinner.

Georgie’s Diner – 27 Elm Street, West Haven  203.933.1000 – Casual, classic diner with separate vegan  menu. Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily. Vegan choices include tofu frittata, buckwheat pancakes, lasagna, “fish” cakes, tofu picatta, and more. GF menu also available.

Heirloom Food Company – 630 North Main Street, Danielson 860.779.3373 – Newly opened cafe offering sandwiches, salads, wraps and organic and fair trade coffee. Interior is a gallery of local artists. This spot only makes veg-friendly due to the presence of turkey and tuna on the menu.. otherwise, sandwiches include spicy tofu wrap, mock chicken salad, and a house-made veggie burger. Kids menu and GF items available. See our review here!

Hidden Valley Eatery – 88 Bee Brook Rd. Washington, CT 860.619.0660 – Cafe and bakery serving breakfast, lunch and dinner with veg options like tofu scramble, chili, a vegan veggie burger, and Daiya cheese available on sandwiches and pizzas, and vegan whoopie pie! Daily fresh-baked muffins, breads, and desserts (ask if vegan). Reservations available.

Ibiza Tapas – 93 Mill Plain Rd, Danbury 203.616.5731 – Traditional and modern Spanish tapas and wine bar. Large menu of hot and cold tapas with vegetarian choices clearly noted. Many options are already vegan or easily veganizeable. Gluten-free options also noted. Large wine list.

Mamoun’s Falafel Restaurant – 85 Howe Street, New Haven – We would be remiss if we did not include Mamoun’s, the venerable New Haven falafel spot and go-to for late-night Yale students. Mamoun’s has a large vegetarian menu, including falafel (duh), baba ganouj, grape leaves, stuffed eggplant, and more. Great hummus, and the veg combo plate is a filling dinner choice. Casual.

Miya’s Sushi – 68 Howe Street, New Haven 203.777.9760 – Popular fusion sushi restaurant specializing in sustainable, wholesome and organic ingredients in fun, interesting flavor combinations created by beloved chef Bun Lai. Large selection of veggie rolls and veg*n items in an extensive menu. Appetizers, soups, salads and original drinks. Gluten-free, soy-free options available.

Passiflora – 526 Main Street, New Hartford 860.379.8327 – Tea room and cafe open for breakfast and lunch, serving local, organic, minimally-processed and healthful dishes, such as sandwiches, salads, smoothies and baked goods. Vegan options are clearly marked and include tempeh ruben, veggie burger (allegedly the “best in town”), and vegan cupcakes and brownies. Soy, coconut and almond milks available for all drinks, coconut yogurt available in smoothies. Gluten-free items available.

Perk on Main – 6 Main St, Durham 860.349.5335 – Cafe and coffee shop offering full menu of breakfast and lunch items, salads, sandwiches, crepes and baked goods. Tofu scramble is an available substitute for egg dishes. Soy milk available for coffee drinks, and daily selection of vegan baked goods offered. Large indoor and outdoor dining area.

Pho75 – 209 Ella Grasso Turnpike, Windsor Locks 860.627.7575 – This hidden gem Vietnamese restaurant has a full, separate vegan menu! Vegan pho can be hard to find, but vegan pot stickers, crispy rolls, pad thai, and entrees? Jackpot. Dine-in and take out with wine and beer menu.

Pizzetta – 7 Water Street, Mystic (860) 536-4443 –  Pizzetta has a typical pizza place menu – salads, garlic bread, wings. But, wait.. does that say “vegan” wings?! This spot boasts a full menu of pizzas made with a vegan crust (vegan/gluten free also available) topped with Daiya, with other topping options including Lightlife Fakin Bacon and Gardein Chicken. Vegan buffalo wings and paninis. Outdoor seating available in warmer months. Full wine and beer list.

Savor Healthy Pizza – 430 Main Avenue, Norwalk – 203.939.1666 – Pizza restaurant uses natural and organic ingredients. Dairy-free cheese option available, as well as gluten-free crusts. Dine in or take out.

Shoreline Diner – 345 Boston Post Rd, Guilford 203.458.7380 – Casual, classic diner with separate vegan  menu (same menu and owners as Georgie’s Diner, above). Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily. Vegan choices include tofu frittata, buckwheat pancakes, lasagna, “fish” cakes, tofu picatta, and more. GF menu also available. (see our review!)

Tangier’s International Food Market – 550 Farmington Avenue, Hartford 860.233.8168 – A grocery and market with a small cafe area, Tangiers specializes in Middle Eastern and Eastern European products, and so stocks a variety of prepared vegan goods, including house-made mejadarra, an amazing hummus, tabouli, grape leaves, and more. The cafe’s falafel is fantastic. Outdoor seating. GF items available.

The Lime – 168 Main Avenue, Norwalk 203.846.9240 – Casual, eclectic dining, open for lunch and dinner daily, and take-out. Soups, wraps, sandwiches, salads and entrees. Many veg*n options available.

The Coffee Pedaler – 605 East Street, New Haven (203) 777-2460 – Coffee shop offering a full line of vegan pastries (!) including croissants, danishes, and scones, soy and almond milk coffee drinks, and vegan yogurt and granola.

Tisane – 537 Farmington Avenue, Hartford 860.523.5417 – Restaurant, bar and cafe with several vegetarian and vegan options on full lunch and dinner menu. Tofu is an available substitute for many dishes; soy milk available for coffee drinks. Many specialty coffee and teas offered. Sunday brunch menu includes a tofu scramble dish.

Two Wives Brick Oven Pizza -45 Huntington Street, New London 860.447.9337 – Simply put – Two Wives will put vegan cheese on anything! Lots of veggie pizzas to choose from, or create your own. Whole wheat and GF crusts available (may not be vegan). Full menu also includes, paninis, salads, pastas and appetizers. Eat-in or take out.

Grocery/Bakery/Other

Bunnoli – 97 Main Street, New Canaan email: thebunnoli@gmail.com – Bakery specializing in vegan cannoli with hundreds of flavor combinations available. Options range from bunnoli bites to giant bunnoli and cakes. By pre-order only. Percentage of profits benefit rabbit rescue and sanctuary.

Dee’s One Smart Cookie – 398 Hebron Ave, Glastonbury 860.633.8000 – Gluten-free bakery featuring many dairy- and egg-free items, including cookies, cupcakes, muffins, and others.  Vegan pizzas available Wednesdays and Fridays. Vegan offerings change daily, call for info.

Divine Treasures European Chocolates – 404 West Middle Turnpike, Manchester 860.643.2552 – Chocolatier specializing in vegan, gluten-free treats made without refined sugars using local and organic ingredients. Online ordering available. Baked goods and vegan ice cream also available.

Edge of the Woods – 379 Whalley Avenue, New Haven – 203.787.1055 – Health and natural food market. Large bulk, frozen foods, gluten-free, and grocery departments. Juice bar and veg*n deli, hot bar and salad bar available daily. Substantial produce selection.

Get Baked – 25 Central Street, Windsor 860.688.0420 – Bakery featuring several vegan items each day, including muffins, cinnamon rolls, brownies, oat bars, and more. Vegan cakes also available by order. Coffee and (non-vegan) ice cream.

It’s Only Natural Market – 575 Main Street, Middletown 860.346.1786 – Natural food market with substantial bulk section, vitamins and other health products. Good selection of vegan products, frozen foods, teas, cereals, baking supplies, soups, and prepared foods. Separate gluten-free section. Pre-made salads, sandwiches and soups offered daily. Fresh bread delivered daily. Limited produce selection.

Nature’s Grocer – 81 East Street, Vernon 860.870.0020 – Grocery store, gluten-free bakery and cafe featuring a wide selection of vegan products. Cafe menu offers several vegan-friendly sandwich and salad options, daily soups, pancakes, and vegan and GF baked goods, including doughnuts, muffins, and scones. Daily selection of house-baked GF bread may not be vegan – be sure to ask! Small seating area and take-out. Brunch (vegan and non-vegan) served Saturday and Sunday. Pizza with vegan option served on Fridays.

New Morning Natural & Organic – 129 Main St N, Woodbury 203.263.4868 – Grocery with large produce department, prepared foods, and vegan staples. Juice and java bar and cafe with wifi offers many vegan and veganizeable options, like sandwiches, soups, salads and smoothies (the 4 S’s?).

NoRa Cupcake Company – 700 Main Street, Middletown 860.788.3150 – Cupcakes! We love NoRa for featuring at least one vegan option every day. And the flavors are awesome! Think Banana Split, Lavender Earl Grey, Peach, Mint Chocolate. Gluten-free options available. Small cafe-style sitting area with coffee and drinks.

Thyme & Season Natural Market – 3040 Whitney Avenue, Hamden 203.407.8128 – Natural grocery store. Produce, frozen, bulk, and large dry goods section. Prepared foods and small cafe with daily vegan and gluten-free offerings. Hot breakfast, soups, salads, sandwiches and hot entrees.

Trader Joe’s – Locations in West Hartford, Danbury, Orange, Darien, Fairfield and Westport, see map – Grocery chain with many veg*n options, including chickenless nuggets, veggie burgers, vegan orange chicken, dairy-free cream cheese, tofu, tempeh, and more. Large frozen and prepared foods sections.

Whole Foods Markets – Locations in West Hartford, Glastonbury, Milford, Fairfield, Westport, Darien, Greenwich (see map) – It’s Whole Foods! Vegan hot bar and pizza options daily, salad bar, soups, juices and grocery. GF, nut-free and soy-free options available.

 

37 thoughts on “RESTAURANT GUIDE

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  2. Thanks for the update on Six Main, which must be recent. No doubt the wondrous chef was compelled to expand her menu in order to expand her customer base, else she would have gone out of business, a fork in the road that ION, too, chose 13 years ago, and ION continued serving fish for 8 or 9 years thereafter.

    • Cancel what I wrote about Six Main adding fish to its menu in order to avert closing down. Today, Sept 26, is its last day open. On a brighter note, this likely will better assure the financial stability of nearby ION and G-Zen, as I suspected that this area could not support three stellar veg restaurants. And by the way, having one month ago eliminated cow cheese as an option, ION is now all vegan again. But call before you go, because ION is still temporarily closed due to a fire in its building a week ago.

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  4. Don’t forget under the “Grocery” category that Mrs. Green’s in Stamford and Fairfield has some awesome vegan prepared food in their deli area.

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  6. In your list – “Ibiza Tapas – 93 Mill Plain Rd, Danbury 203.616.5731” but when I click on the link, I m taken to a restaurant in Hamden. I am confused! Otherwise, a very enjoyable list. Thanks for putting it together. 🙂

  7. You guys should check out The Green Granary in New Milford, CT. They use local ingredients and have many vegan/vegetarian options. The food is always amazing, and they have daily specials catered to what is currently in season. It is one of my favorite places!

  8. can you add the address of the Green Granary in New Milford CT? Thank you for all your help with getting the word out with this list,and maybe start listing whether they use organic or GMO free food as time marches on and health evolves with proper ag practices and eating straight from Mother Earth?

  9. In the Vegan Friendly market section you may want to check out New Morning in Woodbury. They moved a few years ago into a new space on North main with some limited seating (but more than they had when they were on South Main).

  10. Hardcore Sweet has both vegan and gluten free cupcakes in the case everyday. They also do custome cakes that cater to both!
    Address is 20 main street, oakville, in the old pin shop! 🙂

  11. Please provide info on healthy eating establishments in the milford,ct. area. I’m most interested in eating those foods that would possibly counteract chemotherapy medications nasty unwanted side effects. Thank You,MK

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  13. There’s also Pure Alchemy Juice Bar & Cafe in Wallingford. They have juices, smoothies, tonics, fire ciders and raw desserts and now a decent sized menu. They are awesome and definitely worth a mention! 🙂

  14. The new Jordan’s furniture store restaurant located in New Haven next to Ikea have veggie pizza and vegan cheese! Lots of toppings and gluten free also.
    food markets :
    Mrs Greens: Fairfield + New Canaan
    B Fresh: Fairfield

    Fragrant basil juice bar: Norwalk

  15. The Sweet Spot in New Milford offers vegan baked goods—usually 4 different items or so. They even kept them in a separate corner of their display case at the top, and no risk of touching any non-vegan baked goods. (I find that the Whole Foods near us does a poor job with this.) Plus they do custom orders of vegan cakes, cupcakes and cake pops!

    Green Granary also has a number of vegan options on their menu, including all of their soups. They have a vegan scone, but it is not recommended. The owner is interested in expanding her vegan options, as well!

  16. Tibetan Kitchen in Middletown has several vegetarian appetizers, soups, and entrees. Some are vegan too, I think. We’ve enjoyed eating there several times.

    • Their menu is actually almost 50% vegan! most of their “vegetarian dishes” are vegan and they clearly mark the ones that contain non-vegan products like cheese or milk. Tibetan Kitchen is an awesome restaurant that definitely should be added to this list!

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