Portland excels in vegetarian cuisine

In recent years, vegetarian cuisine has become a respected cooking art form. Gone are the days when vegetarians had to settle for a salad when dining out. Now, even hybrid restaurants (those with meat and non-meat based dishes) have discovered the appetizing varieties of going vegetarian. Portland has done much to ride the crest of this meatless wave. Not only does it feature a welcome offering of vegetarian restaurants, but many of these eateries also specializes in specific traditions such as Asian, Mexican, Middle Eastern and even Ethiopian meal preparations. Each of these restaurants has something special to offer when it comes to going without meat. So go ahead, put down that steak knife, and enjoy your own taste of going vegetarian in Portland.

Whole Foods
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Natural foods retail giant Whole Foods also features a comfortable, casual cafe that features creative vegetarian and vegan cuisine. The cafe's Mexican grill menu frequently gets high marks for its fun and festive approach to non-meat fare with...  Read More

The Works Bakery Cafe
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The Works Bakery Cafe has quickly become a favorite with Portland's breakfast and lunch time crowd. This restaurant features a diverse array of hot, grilled sandwiches with a vegetarian focus. Menu standouts include its Fresh Mozzarella sandwich...  Read More

Silly's is an above average burger joint that has a surprising number of offerings for vegetarian diners. This favorite neighborhood eatery has two offerings, in particular, which are a consistent big hit with those who favor meat-free diets....  Read More

Local Sprouts Cafe
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Local Sprouts Cafe is part of a food cooperative that specializes in fresh, organic fare utilizing local Maine ingredients. The cafe is relaxed, intimate and funky. A nice place to relax and enjoy a variety of creatively prepared dishes. A...  Read More

Photo courtesy of Boda

Boda takes its inspiration from the lively food vendors that offer tasty and inexpensive fare on the streets of Bangkok. While this eatery's menu does have meat dishes, their specialty is vegetarian fare with a zesty flare. Try their Kee Mao...  Read More

Photo courtesy of Asmara Restaurant

Asmara should be high on any vegetarian diner's list among choice restaurants in Portland. This intimate restaurant focuses on East African food traditions and, as such, offers an expansive menu of dishes featuring healthy grains and vegetables....  Read More

Green Elephant Vegetarian Bistro
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The Green Elephant Bistro specializes in Asian cuisine where vegetarian dishes are an art form. Even die-hard meat eaters will willingly take a break to indulge in the exotic, expertly prepared dishes offered by this distinctive eatery. The...  Read More


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