If I’m being honest, as much as I love cooking, I also love to eat out. It’s a bad habit, because it’s expensive, but there are some days when I just don’t want to cook or do the dishes or… anything, really. Luckily (or maybe unluckily, for my budget), there are tons of vegan restaurants in Providence, and even more with vegan options for yours truly.
Several people have asked me to post some of my vegan restaurant recommendations, so I’m finally doing that here!
These are in no particular order; I love all of these restaurants and frequent them as often as my budget allows. I highly recommend every single one on this list!
166 Broadway, Providence RI 02903 | (401) 831-0600 | Sunday—Thursday, 9AM—10PM; Friday—Saturday, 9AM—11PM
I love The Grange. They recently opened every day for brunch, which is the best thing ever, and they’re located right on Broadway which is super convenient! Their menu changes seasonally, but their tacos and pommes frites are staples that I have to try not to order every time I go in so that I can try new things! Recently I’ve been especially obsessed with their kim chi burrito, reuben sandwich, and chicken fried seitan & waffles plate. But basically everything I’ve ever eaten here has been amazing.
In addition, The Grange boasts a full bar and a built-in cafe where you can get food to go! They also offer a full range of coffee beverages, teas, sodas, juices and smoothies, and some truly incredible pastries. If you want delicious vegan fare and a rustic, cozy environment, definitely hit up The Grange.
Blackstone Place, 727 East Ave., Pawtucket, RI 02860 | (401) 475-4718 | Monday—Thursday, 7AM—9PM; Friday 7AM—10PM; Saturday 8AM—10PM; Sunday 8AM—9PM
Wildflour is actually in Pawtucket, not Providence, but it’s right up Blackstone Blvd. and not that far from the East Side, so I’m counting it on this list. (You can’t tell me what to do!) Wildflour is a vegan bakery, cafe and juice bar that offers some of the best smoothies I have ever had, as well as a constantly changing selection of baked goods that will blow your mind. I love every single tart, muffin, and cake I’ve ever had from this place, and I’m always torn on what to order because it all looks so delectable.
In addition, Wildflour offers lunch options (including a vegan chili that I’ve heard rave reviews about) and packaged foods so that you can grab and go. It has outdoor seating when the weather is nice and day-old baked goodies to bring home, or to the office, or wherever. I love this place for breakfast and for when I’m craving a little something sweet!
123 Dorrance St, Providence RI 02903 | (401) 270-4700 | Monday—Thursday 11:30AM—10PM; Friday 11:30AM—11PM; Saturday 12PM—11pm; Sunday 12PM—10PM
Veggie Fun has all-vegan pan-Asian cuisine and literally everything on the menu is delicious. I have no criticism of this place whatsoever. The actual restaurant is intimate and cute, the service is great, and the food is always incredible. I love that this place offer pan-Asian cuisine that tastes and has the texture of the Asian takeout I used to love pre-veganism! My go-to favorite is the orange seitan, which is hot without making my eyes water, and I love the roll sampler appetizer. And they have edamame! And cocktails the size of my head.
In addition, Veggie Fun offers some truly spectacular deals with its daily lunch special! Plus, their dessert menu features things I didn’t know it was possible to veganize, like fried banana spring rolls and deep-fried soy ice cream. Yum.
170 Ives St, Providence RI 02906 | (401) 419-8869 | Wednesday—Saturday, 1PM—9PM; Sunday 2PM—9PM *
* The events-based Betsy Loo food truck serves Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Connecticut — call to find out where she is, April through October!
Like No Udder opened its storefront last year, but the truck was around long before that. Since I moved to Providence, Like No Udder has been one of my absolute favorite things about the city. The truck is usually at Movies on the Block in the summer and offers a bunch of vegan snacks aside from ice cream, too! The milkshakes are heavenly and the candy and vegan jerky selection is A+.
The storefront is even better. Cute animal videos constantly play on the in-store TV and there’s a ton of flavor options, as well as soft serve, baked goodies, hard-to-find vegan foodstuffs, and more. On Free Cone Day last week, the store gave out cones to hundreds of people. The only stipulation to get one was that you had to bring a non-vegan friend to introduce them to the deliciousness! I love this place. So much.
Truthfully, there are a ton of restaurants in Providence that are veg-friendly, even if they aren’t explicitly vegan or vegetarian. There are also a lot of great veg-friendly places throughout Rhode Island and the surrounding states. I just haven’t had the chance to visit all of them (or take pictures of the delicious food)!
So, these are some honorable mentions of places that offer vegan options but serve omnivores as well. Truth be told, I’m grouping them here partially because of that and partially because I don’t have photos of their food. I’m a chronic foodstagrammer, so keep an eye on my Instagram in case that changes!
967 Westminster St, Providence RI 02903 | (401) 632-0555 | Sunday—Thursday, 12PM—11PM; Friday—Saturday 12PM—12AM
Pizza J has the most incredible seitan wings I have ever had, as well as vegan sandwich options and delicious vegan pizza. They have a housemade vegan cheese that’s super melty and tons of veggie toppings, as well as vegan sausage! We’re big fans of veganizing the Strutter. We also almost always get an order of the garlic knot fries, sans cheese and aioli. This place is amazing. (And they deliver!)
318 Broadway, Providence RI 02909 | (401) 861-1770 | Brunch and Dinner hours available on their website
Julian’s is a Providence classic. They offer vegan breakfast and lunch options, as well as dinner and usually dessert! We love this place because there are so many dining options and the atmosphere is so fun. The vegan steak ‘n cheese wrap is amazing and I’ve never had a tofu scram as good as the ones I’ve ordered here. Their vegan benedict is also mouthwatering. And at dinner they offer a vegan appetizer plate! You can’t go wrong at Julian’s, especially if you’re trying to eat somewhere with an omnivore!
129 Weybosset St, Providence RI 02903 | (401) 383-6732 | Monday—Friday, 10AM—10PM; Saturday, 11AM—10PM; Sunday, 11AM—9PM
I’m normally not a fan of Daiya cheese, but in grilled cheese, I love it. UMelt offers a veggie grilled cheese with sliced Daiya that is incredible. As far as I know, you can substitute vegan cheese and oil on any of their sandwiches, but the one with sauteed kale, onions and tomato jam on wheat is by far my fave. Call ahead to confirm they have vegan cheese before you go. I’ve ordered a handful of times online and had to get a refund because they had run out!
Luxe Burger Bar
5 Memorial Blvd, Providence RI 02903 | (401) 621-5893 | Sunday—Thursday, 11:30AM—11PM; Friday—Saturday, 11:30AM—12AM
Luxe offers a housemade vegan veggie burger made with all kinds of goodies. It’s a little complicated to order it completely vegan — aside from skipping cheese and guacamole (they add sour cream to it), you also have to ask them not to toast the bun in butter (and double check which bun you’re ordering for egg content). But the staff is all super friendly and helpful, which is great. Just be sure to communicate food allergies/dietary needs and you’ll be sure to have an awesome, awesome burger!
Hudson Street Deli
68 Hudson St, Providence RI 02909 | (401) 228-8555 | Monday—Saturday, 6:30AM—5PM; Sunday, 9AM—4:30PM
Hudson Street Deli is tucked away in a quiet residential neighborhood, which makes it an ideal breakfast spot any time of year. You can build your own sandwich with a selection of vegan meats, cheeses, and condiments, as well as a bunch of yummy veggies. And you can pair it with a delicious coffee, tea, or other beverage! I’ve only been here once, but I loved the experience so much. I definitely plan to go more now that it’s warming up outside and I can swing through for a snack on my bike!