Where to go for in-the-know Herbivores
Coastal Connecticut is best known for its seafood, but those who follow vegetarian and vegan diets will find plenty of meatless options here, too.
Over the years, some vegan and vegetarian restaurants have struggled in this area. The Shoreline Diner in Guilford is a glowing exception. The diner has been serving seasonal fare to vegetarians, vegans and carnivores alike since 1986. Meat or no meat, the chefs at Shoreline Diner are picky about their ingredients, swapping processed ingredients for natural alternatives, and training and monitoring their kitchen staff to avoid cross contamination.
In addition to their lunch and dinner menus, the diner serves up breakfast food all day long. They also deliver across Guilford, Madison and parts of Branford, so you can have your tofu breakfast burrito delivered straight to your door any time of day.
While the Shoreline Diner has you covered for low-key, meat-free fare, G-Zen in Branford offers customers a high-end vegan and vegetarian dining experience. Opened in 2011, G-Zen has already gained national recognition, being named among the best vegetarian restaurants the United States by Travel + Leisure magazine, and among the top ten upscale vegan restaurants in the U.S. by Shape magazine. G-Zen is also a zero waste restaurant, recycling and composting anything that can be recycled or composted.
Health-focused grocery stores are also plentiful available along Connecticut’s I-95 corridor, providing both vegan and vegetarian-friendly groceries as well as ready-to-eat snacks for the herbivore on-the-go.
With locations in Branford, Old Saybrook and Cheshire, FoodWorks Natural Markets offers a wide variety of organic produce, bulk products and other natural products across its grocery store, making shopping for alternative diets easy. Their delis and juice bars offer quick and delicious veggie options including green juices, wraps, sandwiches, salads, fruit smoothies and desserts.
While more grocery store than to-go counter, Fiddlehead’s Food Cooperative in New London puts an emphasis on all things local. Over 100 products throughout the store are sourced from local farmers and artisans, including cheese, eggs, beer, wine and seasonal produce. While Fiddlehead’s has a modest offering of ready-to-eat food, a cafe-style seating area in the front of the store makes for a welcoming community space, complete with children’s toys, books and even a piano.
The Shoreline Diner
345 Boston Post Road, Guilford, CT, 06437
2 East Main Street, Branford, CT 06405
FoodWorks Natural Markets
940 Boston Post Road, Old Saybrook, CT 06475
450 Boston Post Road, Guilford, CT 06437
Fiddlehead’s Food Cooperative
13 Broad Street, New London, CT 06320
Open Daily 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.