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Vegetarian banh mi at Portland's Green Elephant
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12 Essential Vegetarian Restaurants in Maine

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Vegetarian banh mi at Portland's Green Elephant
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While Maine has its fair share of farm-to-table restaurants that feature local animal proteins, vegans and vegetarians needn’t look very far for a good vegetable-based meal. Dining out with dietary restrictions shouldn’t be a chore in this day and age, so here’s 12 restaurants across the state that serve up delicious meals without meat.

Note: map points are ordered south to north.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Misto!

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436 U.S. 1
Kittery, ME

This cafe, bar and bistro offers two different dining experiences with its casual cafe and dinner bistro menu. Vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free dishes are marked as such on the menu, where meat-free diners will find dishes like grilled portobello cap stacked with summer squash, peppers, and pesto and the elusive vegetarian Caesar salad.

2. Bandaloop

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2 Ocean Ave
Kennebunkport, ME 04046
(207) 967-4994
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This bistro in Kennebunkport’s Dock Square offers plenty of organic vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options. Standouts include the kale salad with shaved golden beets, candied pecans, and a sesame-tahini dressing and the Vermont cheddar and cavatappi—a rich dish with roasted tomatoes, broccoli and basil. Several vegan dessert options are always available.

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  • 3. Green Elephant Bistro

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    608 Congress St
    Portland, ME 04101
    (207) 347-3111
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    Craving Thai? Head to Green Elephant, where veg-lovers can enjoy meat-free curries, noodles, and stir fries. Many dishes are vegan, a rarity in Thai cuisine, while soy meat and tofu are available to add to your entrees.

    4. Local Sprouts Cafe

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    649 Congress St
    Portland, ME 04101
    (207) 899-3529
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    This employee-owned cooperative is dedicated to countering the stereotype of health food, with veggie burgers, tofu scrambles, tacos, and rice bowls packed with flavor. The cafe uses local produce, so the veggie selections change with the seasons. A number of beverage options, including coffee, beer, wine and kombucha make this a popular hangout any time of day.

    5. Kamasouptra

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    28 Monument Sq
    Portland, ME 04101
    (207) 415-6692
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    This popular soup spot in the Public Market House (with another location at the Maine Mall) offers many vegetarian flavors like grilled cheese and tomato soup soup, chili, beer cheddar and jalapeno, and white bean and kale. With a cup of soup and a roll coming in at just over $5, these filling soups are also a bargain.

    6. Frontier

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    14 Maine St
    Brunswick, ME 04011
    (207) 725-5222
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    A combination of a gallery, theater, and cafe, Frontier’s global cuisine offers many options for vegans and vegetarians. A falafel wrap, veggie tacos, mushroom risotto, and even vegan nachos are just the beginning of meat-free fare at Frontier.

    7. Guthrie's

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    115 Middle St
    Lewiston, ME 04240
    (207) 376-3344
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    This funky, bohemian cafe in downtown Lewiston has a menu to match. Vegetarian options abound with the selection of soups, salads, paninis, and burritos. Try the quirky Surfer Rosa quesadilla with kale, pineapple, cilantro, peppers, feta cheese, and jalapeño peppers. There's also live music on many nights.

    8. Taste of Eden Bakery & Cafe

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    238 Main St
    Norway, ME 04268
    (207) 739-6090
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    This earnest cafe in Western Maine is all about the health aspects of a vegan diet, but that doesn't mean they skimp on flavor. Try comfort foods like vegetable pot pie and spinach lasagna or the intriguing harvest nut roast, a meatloaf substitute.

    9. A1 Diner

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    3 Bridge St
    Gardiner, ME 04345
    (207) 582-4804
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    With its gorgonzola risotto cakes with grilled baby bellas, vegan hummus wraps, and red coconut curry with tofu, A1 Diner isn’t your typical greasy spoon. Perched over the river in Gardiner, this antique diner car is a fun stop for vegetarians and omnivores alike.

    10. Thrive Juice Bar & Kitchen

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    47 Rodick St
    Bar Harbor, ME 04609
    (207) 801-9340
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    This new juice bar is bringing the juice lifestyle to downtown Bar Harbor. Smoothie bowls, a salad, bar, and vegan and gluten-free baked goods offer a healthy pick-me-up before or after some hiking in Acadia.

    11. Chase's Daily

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    96 Main St
    Belfast, ME 04915
    (207) 338-0555
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    One of Maine’s most renowned vegetarian restaurants, Chase’s Daily in Belfast also serves as a farmers’ market, illustrating the owners’ commitment to local vegetables. Between the cherry tarts and tofu scrambles at brunch, the banh mis and curried fried rice at lunch and dinner, no one is missing the meat at Chase’s.

    12. Fork & Spoon

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    76 Main St.
    Bangor, ME 04401
    (207) 433-7646
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    This cafe on Bangor’s Main Street offers creative and filling vegetarian and gluten-free options, as well as an extension juice, smoothie, and coffee menu. Grab a flavor-packed West Meets West salad, with roasted cauliflower, green peas, toasted hazelnuts, chopped dates, and red pepper to go or relax with a BLT made with tempeh bacon.

    1. Misto!

    436 U.S. 1, Kittery, ME

    This cafe, bar and bistro offers two different dining experiences with its casual cafe and dinner bistro menu. Vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free dishes are marked as such on the menu, where meat-free diners will find dishes like grilled portobello cap stacked with summer squash, peppers, and pesto and the elusive vegetarian Caesar salad.

    436 U.S. 1
    Kittery, ME

    2. Bandaloop

    2 Ocean Ave, Kennebunkport, ME 04046

    3. Green Elephant Bistro

    608 Congress St, Portland, ME 04101

    Craving Thai? Head to Green Elephant, where veg-lovers can enjoy meat-free curries, noodles, and stir fries. Many dishes are vegan, a rarity in Thai cuisine, while soy meat and tofu are available to add to your entrees.

    608 Congress St
    Portland, ME 04101

    4. Local Sprouts Cafe

    649 Congress St, Portland, ME 04101

    This employee-owned cooperative is dedicated to countering the stereotype of health food, with veggie burgers, tofu scrambles, tacos, and rice bowls packed with flavor. The cafe uses local produce, so the veggie selections change with the seasons. A number of beverage options, including coffee, beer, wine and kombucha make this a popular hangout any time of day.

    649 Congress St
    Portland, ME 04101

    5. Kamasouptra

    28 Monument Sq, Portland, ME 04101

    This popular soup spot in the Public Market House (with another location at the Maine Mall) offers many vegetarian flavors like grilled cheese and tomato soup soup, chili, beer cheddar and jalapeno, and white bean and kale. With a cup of soup and a roll coming in at just over $5, these filling soups are also a bargain.

    28 Monument Sq
    Portland, ME 04101

    6. Frontier

    14 Maine St, Brunswick, ME 04011

    A combination of a gallery, theater, and cafe, Frontier’s global cuisine offers many options for vegans and vegetarians. A falafel wrap, veggie tacos, mushroom risotto, and even vegan nachos are just the beginning of meat-free fare at Frontier.

    14 Maine St
    Brunswick, ME 04011

    7. Guthrie's

    115 Middle St, Lewiston, ME 04240

    This funky, bohemian cafe in downtown Lewiston has a menu to match. Vegetarian options abound with the selection of soups, salads, paninis, and burritos. Try the quirky Surfer Rosa quesadilla with kale, pineapple, cilantro, peppers, feta cheese, and jalapeño peppers. There's also live music on many nights.

    115 Middle St
    Lewiston, ME 04240

    8. Taste of Eden Bakery & Cafe

    238 Main St, Norway, ME 04268

    This earnest cafe in Western Maine is all about the health aspects of a vegan diet, but that doesn't mean they skimp on flavor. Try comfort foods like vegetable pot pie and spinach lasagna or the intriguing harvest nut roast, a meatloaf substitute.

    238 Main St
    Norway, ME 04268

    9. A1 Diner

    3 Bridge St, Gardiner, ME 04345

    With its gorgonzola risotto cakes with grilled baby bellas, vegan hummus wraps, and red coconut curry with tofu, A1 Diner isn’t your typical greasy spoon. Perched over the river in Gardiner, this antique diner car is a fun stop for vegetarians and omnivores alike.

    3 Bridge St
    Gardiner, ME 04345

    10. Thrive Juice Bar & Kitchen

    47 Rodick St, Bar Harbor, ME 04609

    This new juice bar is bringing the juice lifestyle to downtown Bar Harbor. Smoothie bowls, a salad, bar, and vegan and gluten-free baked goods offer a healthy pick-me-up before or after some hiking in Acadia.

    47 Rodick St
    Bar Harbor, ME 04609

    11. Chase's Daily

    96 Main St, Belfast, ME 04915

    One of Maine’s most renowned vegetarian restaurants, Chase’s Daily in Belfast also serves as a farmers’ market, illustrating the owners’ commitment to local vegetables. Between the cherry tarts and tofu scrambles at brunch, the banh mis and curried fried rice at lunch and dinner, no one is missing the meat at Chase’s.

    96 Main St
    Belfast, ME 04915

    12. Fork & Spoon

    76 Main St., Bangor, ME 04401

    This cafe on Bangor’s Main Street offers creative and filling vegetarian and gluten-free options, as well as an extension juice, smoothie, and coffee menu. Grab a flavor-packed West Meets West salad, with roasted cauliflower, green peas, toasted hazelnuts, chopped dates, and red pepper to go or relax with a BLT made with tempeh bacon.

    76 Main St.
    Bangor, ME 04401