Newport is often acclaimed as a can't-miss retreat for seafood lovers (have we mentioned we love a lobster roll?) That doesn't change the fact that it's a really good time to be vegan in Newport right now. Plant-based restaurants and cafes have been popping up in large numbers over the last few years with offerings good enough to convert even the most die-hard meat eaters.
When you're ready, we can't wait to welcome you back to The Classic Coast. Rest assured, the safety and well-being of both visitors and locals remains our top priority. The mask mandate requiring face coverings in Rhode Island has been lifted, however local businesses may ask you to wear a mask when visiting their establishments. Please be prepared for individual business mask policies. Additionally, shops, attractions and tours are monitoring the number of guests at any given time and may ask you to socially distance to enter.
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PLANT CITY X
Middletown's newest fast-food, drive-thru eatery is totally plant-based and the first of its kind in the Northeast. The sister restaurant to Providence's Plant City Food Hall opened in March of 2020 and offers indoor counter service and covid-safe seating in their airy and spacious dining area, alongside outdoor patio seating and drive-thru service. As for the menu, think: burgers made from beans, vegetables and grains; "chik" sandwiches and nuggets made from crispy fried tofu; salad bowls, sweet potato and regular French fries with unique dipping sauces; shakes; gluten-free mac and cheese, and more.
Welcome to the place where the food has just as much character as the atmosphere, laden with string lights, Day of the Dead skulls, and a Buddha or two strewn about. Located in the heart of downtown on Bowen's Wharf, Diego's offers an entirely vegan menu in addition to their standard menu. Highlights include vegan nachos, the vegan sausage quesadilla, fried tofu tacos, Cali burrito made with vegan cheese, tostadas and more.
The plant-based juice bar and eatery on Broadway is the brainchild of owners Paul Webber and Kate Moran, and according to the couple, offers something for everyone. The menu includes breakfast bowls like the chocolate "pudding" bowl, açaí bowl and the steel cut oatmeal bowl; a selection of toasts including avocado toast, peanut butter almond joy toast and the coconut bacon BLT; nourishing grain bowls; juices and smoothies; and a variety of coffee and tea options.
LUCIA'S ITALIAN RESTAURANT
If you're craving really, really good Italian food, this is your spot. Lucia's, located on upper Thames above Panini Grill, offers a full vegetarian menu loaded with plenty of vegan options, as well as items that can be made vegan with slight modifications.
Pro tip: the Penne all'Arrabbiata has never disappointed.
Kaffeology opened on lower Thames Street in 2017 as a small cafe offering over-the-top milkshakes alongside coffee and teas. Since then, their location and menu have expanded with a second spot on West Main Road in Portsmouth and new offerings including breakfast sandwiches, salads, bowls and more. There are some vegan offerings, like the sweet potato bowl and the vegan Cobb, and some items that can be made vegan with slight modifications, like the avocado toast and the rise + shine breakfast sandwich.
DIEGO'S BARRIO CANTINA
The sister restaurant of the downtown Diego's location, Diego's Barrio Cantina in Middletown serves up classic favorites from the original location including a variety of vegan offerings like the vegan nachos, vegan burrito, vegan tacos, a kale and peptic salad, and a vegan quesadilla.
The decor isn't the only thing eclectic about this casual eatery located in Newport's Broadway district. Salvation Cafe's outdoor patio is equipped with a full bar, cozy seating and features an expansive menu with select vegan dishes like their beloved pad thai and grilled tempeh curry.
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