Monday, April 25, 2016

Rhode Island Vegan Dining Guide

UPDATED APRIL 25 , 2016

Welcome to the Rhode Island Vegan Dining Guide, the most comprehensive and up to date listing of truly vegan friendly dining options in Rhode Island.  This list will always be a work in progress and is not complete or perfect ~ we hope it will continually grow.  We are open to suggestions and additions; please do not feel slighted if we do not add or implement your suggestions. We will not add a listing without checking it out for ourselves.  Our goal is not to endorse or review restaurants, but to simply list places that “get it” – restaurants that make the extra effort to make vegetarians feel like they have a choice and are welcome.  The list features places with separate vegetarian/vegan menus, menus with more than one clearly marked vegan item or offer vegan specials.  So, places that offer the token pasta primavera, salad, veggie burger, or portabella sandwich are not going to make it to this list.  This is the 21st century.  Vegetarians/Vegans should not be an afterthought ~ we do not live on lettuce, pasta, frozen burgers and mushrooms.  Many places say they will change ingredients or whip something up for a vegetarian – this is great, but again will not make the cut. 

A few places, specifically Middle Eastern restaurants are included, even though they do not necessarily promote themselves as veg friendly.  With that being said, we will not list every corner pizza or Chinese place in the state – only the ones that go out of their way to accommodate vegans.  Sorry to say, but the reason some of the popular places with the RI veg crowd are not listed here is because they aren't as veg friendly as you think.  Many things you may think of as being vegetarian are not even close to being vegetarian.  Tomato sauce (even Marinara) sometimes has cheese mixed in and occasionally has chicken, veal or beef broth.  Chinese & Thai restaurants very often have meat broth, oyster sauce and shrimp paste in their food – even if the item is on the “vegetarian menu.”    Note that most Asian restaurants feature a "vegetable" menu section, not a "vegetarian" menu section. The curators of this page are long time vegans and committed to making life easier for our fellow vegetarians while supporting local vegan friendly establishments.

We can be contacted at veganri@live.com

Listings start in Providence and expand out...
Remember: Call first to check hours...

Providence

Like No Udder (VEGAN SOFT SERVE!)
Full service vegan ice cream shop coming in 2016!
Various Locations & Events in Providence and beyond.
401.419.8869
http://www.like-no-udder.com/
The world's first vegan soft serve ice cream truck.

Veggie Fun (vegan)
123 Dorrance St. (Dorrance & Pine)
Providence, RI  02903
401.270.4700
www.veggiefunri.com
Vegan pan Asian cuisine.  They removed the non-vegan items in January 2016!

Fertile Underground
1577 Westminster St.
Providence, RI  02909
401.365.4384
http://www.fertileunderground.com/
Call first to see if they are open and confirm their offerings.  On our last visit, they only had bagels and vegan chili (with honey in it) available self serve.  

The Grange (all vegetarian)
166 Broadway
Providence, RI  02903
401.831.0600
www.providencegrange.com
Fully vegetarian - several vegan options.  Has a small take-away space for coffee & pastries.

Julian’s
318 Broadway
Providence, RI  02909
401.861.1770
Vegan brunch menu & several vegan menu items.

Kabob & Curry
261 Thayer St.
Providence, RI  02906
401.273.8844
http://www.kabobandcurry.com/
Indian, vegan items are clearly noted.

Nice Slice
267 Thayer St.
Providence, RI  02906
401.451.6423
Virtually every pizza and sandwich has a vegan equivalent.

P.F. Changs
Providence Place Mall
111 Providence Place
Providence, RI  02903
401.270.4665
http://www.pfchangs.com/Locations/LocationDetail.aspx?sid=9879&checked=1
Vegetarian Items are clearly marked and have a menu section.  Confirm vegan status with your server.  Large chain.  

Pizza J
967 Westminster St.
Providence, RI 02903
401.632.0555
www.facebook.com/pizzajprovidence
Funky pizza place featuring housemade vegan cashew cheese seitan wings, vegan sandwiches and more!

Taste of India
230 Wickenden St.
Providence, RI  02903
401.421.4355
Several Vegan selections are clearly marked.

PAWTUCKET

Blaze Village Kitchen
999 Main St. #1113 in the Hope Artiste Village
Pawtucket, RI  02860
401.727.2529
www.blazerestaurants.com
Plenty of vegan options - clearly labeled!  New ownership in Spring 2016 - you may want to confirm the menu before going as there were rumors that the menu would be changing.

Garden Grille (all vegetarian)
727 East Ave. #7
Pawtucket, RI  02860
401.726.2829
www.gardengrillecafe.com

Rasoi
727 East Ave. #6
Pawtucket, RI  02860
401.728.5500
www.rasoi-restaurant.com
Vegan & Gluten free Indian buffet every Saturday.  Vegan menu items are clearly marked.

Shish Kabob
Lebanese & Middle Eastern Foods
555 Smithfield Ave.
Pawtucket, RI  02860
401.725.9505
Known for meat, but over 1/2 the menu is vegetarian.  Owners wife is vegetarian.

Wildflour Vegan Bakery 
727 East Ave.
Pawtucket, RI  02860
401.475.4718

CRANSTON


A & J Bakery 
1458 Park Ave. Unit 5
Cranston, RI  02920
401.228.8696 
www.AandJBakery.net 
Known to be a nut free bakery - however, there is a line of vegan baked goods (listed as egg & dairy free rather than vegan.)  Call first to make sure they have vegan stuff available.
 
The Juice Bar at Raffa Yoga
19 Sharpe Drive
Cranston, RI  02920
401.463.3335
http://www.raffayoga.com/
Juice & cleanse bar.  Fresh juice in the center of RI!  This is counter in the lobby of a yoga center - the cooler is usually stocked with juices and raw items.  Call to check availability or see if they are open.


Lil Rhody Pizza
1860 Broad St. 
Cranston, RI  02905
401.432.6367
www.lilrhodypizza.comNeighborhood pizza place with vegan cheese and toppings.  But... they also make their own homemade vegan meatball parm grinders!

BARRINGTON

Tong D
156 County Rd.
Barrington, RI  02806
401.289.2998
www.tongdrestaurant.com
Thai - Vegan section on the menu.
*as of 12/8/11  They still have vegan items on the menu - however, you need to ask for the separate menu (kept in hiding) listing which items are vegan.  We'll keep them on the list for now... Question them hard!

EAST GREENWICH

Rasa
149 Main St.
East Greenwich, RI  02818
401.398.2822
http://indianrestaurantsri.com/rasa/
A sister restaurant to Kabob & Curry and Rasoi...  Many vegan option that are clearly marked with a V vegan logo.

Raw Bob's Organic Juicery
249 Main St.
East Greenwich, RI  02818
401.884.1491
www.facebook.com/RawBobsOrganicJuicery
All vegan juice bar (does use bee pollen) featuring fresh made juices and smoothies and some packaged raw snacks.

NARRAGANSETT

Crazy Burger
144 Boon St.
Narragansett, RI  02882
401.783.1810
Unique Vegan burgers, soup, entrée & dessert menu.

Markos Kabob
126 Boon St.
Narragansett, RI  02882
401.783.9083
Lebanese fair with clearly marked vegan items

Ocean View Chinese
140 Point Judith Rd. (rt. 108)
Narragansett, RI  02882
401.783.9070
www.oceanviewchinese.com
Separate, extensive vegetarian menu.


NEWPORT


Ristorante Lucia
186B-190B Thames St.
Newport, RI  02840
401.846.4477
Features some vegan items, including seitan, on the “Menu Vegitariano.”  Refreshing alternative in seafoodville.



WAKEFIELD

South County Food Coop
344 Main St.
Wakefield, RI  02879
401.789.2240
Natural foods coop, featuring pre-made fresh vegan sandwiches, soups and desserts.  They don't seem to be as vegan friendly or consistent with vegan options since the move to the new location. 

Newport
Raw Power Juice Bar & Kitchen (All vegan, except for honey)
6 Broadway
Newport, RI  02842
401.847.2727
www.rawpowerjuice.com
Don't let the name fool you!  In addition to juices and raw items, there's plenty of soups and other cooked stuff!

WESTERLY

Maize N Manna
40 High St. 
Westerly, RI
401.596.1680
www.maizenmanna.com
Vegan foods - dairy for drinks.  Soups, Salads, Muffins
STORES

PROVIDENCE

East Side Marketplace
165 Pitman St.
Providence, RI  02906
401.831.7771
Large vegan selection.

Whole Foods ~ University Heights
601 North Main St.
Providence, RI  02904
401.621.5990
All sorts of vegan goodies.

Whole Foods ~ Waterman
261 Waterman St.
Providence, RI  02906
401.272.1690
All sorts of vegan goodies.

CRANSTON

Whole Foods ~ Garden City
151 Sockanosset Cross Road
Cranston, RI  02920
401.942.7600
All sorts of vegan goodies.

EAST GREENWICH

Back to Basics
500 Main St.
East Greenwich, RI  02818
401.885.2679
http://www.backtobasicsnaturalfoods.com
Natural foods store known for large gluten free offering.  The owners are open to tacking a chance on new and interesting vegan products - you'll often find some unique vegan item when going in.  Here's the thing... if they're willing to do this, you gotta support them!

WAKEFIELD

South County Food Coop
(see dining listings)