Monday, March 10, 2014

Rhode Island Vegan Dining Guide

RHODE ISLAND YOGA FESTIVAL 
Saturday, April 5, 2014
Providence, RI
Celebrate RI Yoga!
 


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
Veggie Fun
123 Dorrance St. (Dorrance & Pine)
Providence, RI  02903
401.270.4700
Completely vegetarian pan Asian cuisine.  Mostly vegan!

Abyssinia Ethiopian & Eritrean Comfort Food & Cafe
333 Wickenden St.
Providence, RI  02903
401.454.1412
http://www.abyssinia-restaurant.com/
Vegetarian entrees are vegan.  Also has a food cart that serves around the Brown campus - call the restaurant to see if they are out!


Blaze East Side
776 Hope St. 
Providence, RI  02906
401.277.2529
www.blazerestaurants.com
Semi-upscale with several clearly marked vegan items on the menu.


Fertile Underground
1577 Westminster St.
Providence, RI  02909
401.365.4384
http://www.fertileunderground.com/
A very vegan friendly worker owned natural foods coop - offers several clearly marked vegan desserts, sandwiches and salads. 

FOO(d) at AS220
115 Empire St.
Providence 02903
401.831.3663
Extensive Vegan selection.  Menu changes with the seasons.

The Grange 
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.

Gordito Burrito
258 Thayer St.
Providence, RI  02906
401.455.3666
Several Vegan options.

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.

Like No Udder
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.


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.  

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

PAWTUCKET


Doherty's East Ave. Irish Pub
342 East Ave.
Pawtucket, RI
401.725.1800
http://www.dohertys.com/
Plenty of vegan brunch items on Saturdays and Sundays - Pancakes, French Toast, Benedicts, Scrambles...  Dinner/Lunch menus are not so veg. friendly

Garden Grille
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 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.

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

Alternative Food Coop
357 Main St.
Wakefield, RI  02879
401.789.2240
Natural foods coop, featuring pre-made fresh vegan sandwiches, soups and desserts.

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.


WAKEFIELD

Alternative Food Coop
(see dining listings)