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vegan in providence

When I moved to Providence from Oakland, I was very concerned about my new city’s vegan-friendliness. Internet searches brought up a handful of names, but without any familiarity with the city I didn’t know what to look for. The websites I found listed restaurants that, for all my knowledge, might have been as far away as Maine – two in Pawtucket, another in Naragansett – and listed diners and meat-heavy burrito joints next to snack shops and one restaurant that had already shut down. The yelp page offered different listings from HappyCow, which were different still from urbanspoon and VegGuide. Needless to say, my optimism dwindled. I couldn’t even find a discussion of how easy it is or isn’t to make vegan requests at “vegetarian friendly” restaurants. I wanted a comprehensive list of what was available, a list that included personal reviews and photos as well as offering details on atmosphere and accessibility. I couldn’t find one, so I’ve decided to make one myself. Over the past few months I’ve come to realize that Providence (and the immediately surrounding area) is chock full of vegan food, and I want to help make it easier for my fellow vegans to feed themselves.

I’ve started by listing known vegan-friendly restaurants, diners, fast food joints and coffee shops. I’ll link the names to my own reviews as I post them, and I’ll add to the list whenever I find something new. Please feel free to make recommendations!

  • Food at AS220
  • Julian’s: here
  • Louis Family Restaurant
  • United BBQ
  • Brickway: here
  • Crazy Burger Cafe & Juice Bar (in Narragansett)
  • Madhouse Cafe (in Pawtucket)
  • Garden Grille (in Pawtucket): here
  • Kafe Lila (in Pawtucket)
  • Gordito Burrito
  • Nice Slice
  • East Side Pocket
  • Blue State Coffee
  • White Electric Coffee

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