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veganism and vegetarianism

  Restaurant Guide 
  to Eastern Connecticut  
 (east of the Quinnipiac & Connecticut Rivers)
dedicated to keeping the RANT in restauRANT

This is a restaurant guide to vegan and vegetarian options in carnivorous restaurants and to actual vegan and vegetarian restaurants in eastern Connecticut as far west as New Haven and Hartford. These are not merely short, snarky ratings, instead these are full-length and in-depth reviews dedicated to keeping the RANT in restauRANT.


This downloadable directory of 40 pages in intended to provide a compact guide to vegheads, while asking them to forgive my own rhetoric that ranges from hyperbole to calumny. 

VEGAN & VEGETARIAN Restaurant Options in Connecticut

EASTERN HALF of the state, mostly east of the Quinnipiac & Connecticut Rivers, while also including Middletown, Hartford, and New Haven

Keeping the RANT in RestauRANT

(42-page PDF,  1MB)

Updated June 2024


Published on the web also, but usually in shorter versions, 

at:    where you must click "Photos & Reviews,"

while as one single document it is published HERE.


While we're here, I include eulogies for my dearly beloved but now deceased all-vegan or all-vegetarian restaurants: Right Path Organic Cafe in New London, Ahimsa Restaurant in New Haven, Kong Foo Restaurant in Norwich, Kate's Cafe in Mystic, 21 Oak in Manchester, Six Main in Chester and Cafe Live (now Cafe Dead) in Willimantic, among many others. All vegetarian or all vegan, no wonder they withered and died in the vast nutritional wasteland of eastern CT.


From among the still living in eastern CT, the PDF lists and reviews these and few more not listed :


Darbar India – Carnivore but Vegetarian-Friendly


Heirloom Food Company – almost all-Vegetarian, very Vegan-Friendly


Mei's Kitchen -- Carnivore but Veg-Friendly



Chipolte – Carnivore

Mirch Masala – Carnivore

Thai Sawasdee – Carnivore

Pokemoto – Carnivore but very Veg-Friendly


Foodworks (food store) -- Carnivore but Veg-Friendly

Shoreline Diner & Vegetarian Enclave – Carnivore but separate small Vegan menu

Three Girls Vegan Creamery Vegan


Fire-N-Spice Restaurant – Vegan

Lion's Den "Vegetarian" Restaurant -- almost all-Vegetarian


Life Bowl – Vegetarian


It’s Only Natural (ION) – Vegan

Aroy Thai Garden – Vegan

It's Only Natural Market (food store) -- Carnivore but Veg-Friendly

Udupi Bhavan – Vegetaran


Karma Kitchen Mystic – almost Vegetarian

S & P Oyster Company – Carnivore but separate small Vegan menu

Mystic Salad Co. – Carnivore but very Veg-Friendly

New Haven:

Claire’s Cornercopia – Vegetarian

Edge of the Woods – Vegetarian

Ninth Square Market Caribbean Style – Vegan

New London:

Fiddleheads Foods Coop – Carnivore but Veg-Friendly

Jasmine Thai – Carnivore

Saeed’s – Carnivore

The Social Bar + Kitchen – Carnivore but allegedly Veg-Friendly (really not)

Spice Palette Carnivore but very Vegan-Friendly with Vegan & Vegetarian side menus


Illiano's -- Carnivore but very Vegan-Friendly

Old Saybrook:

Foodworks (food store) -- Carnivore but Veg-Friendly

Shakahari – Vegetarian


Stonington Village Farmers Market – Carnivore but Veg-Friendly

Storrs / Mansfield:

Chang’s Garden – Carnivore but Vegan-Friendly

Fenton River Grill – Carnivore but Vegan-Friendly


Shayna B's by the Sea  – Vegan


Willimantic Food Coop – Carnivore but Veg-Friendly

Trigo Wood Fired Pizza – Carnivore but Vegan-Friendly


Wendy's – Carnivore but offers a Vegan (and wholesome!) Baked Potato

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