People planning to visit Vermont frequently call the Vermont Vegetarian Society to find out where to eat. We who live here are also looking for restaurants that serve creative, delicious vegetarian meals. To respond to these concerns, the Vermont Vegetarian Society initiated our ongoing Restaurant Project, which gathers information on vegetarian dining in the state. We ask our participants to share their experiences in finding restaurant meals free of meat, poultry, and fish.
The reports we have received to date are summarized here. Unfortunately, much of the information in the list of restaurants is badly out of date. We are hoping to update this Guide in the coming months. If you try an unlisted restaurant or have comments to add, you can help make future editions of this guide more useful by contacting the webmaster at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Given the volatility of the restaurant business, many things may have changed since the VVS received a report on a listed restaurant. You may want to call ahead to confirm the continued availability of vegetarian options before you make a trip. Also, the VVS is unable to verify most of the reports we receive. Sometimes seemingly vegetarian dishes contain ingredients made from animal flesh that may not be apparent from the menu, such as fish sauce in Thai food, oyster sauce in Chinese food, or chicken broth in rice pilaf.
We do not know if the people who sent in reports checked for such hidden ingredients. If you find that a restaurant is not as vegetarian-friendly as it seems in a listing below, please let the VVS know so we can correct the information in future editions of this guide.
Restaurants classified as vegetarian-friendly either offer several vegetarian selections on the menu or received an enthusiastic recommendation from the person making the report. The restaurants listed as accommodating vegetarians appeared to have a smaller selection of vegetarian foods, or we did not receive enough information to know the extent of their meatless offerings. Words in quotes came from reports we received.
Many restaurants not listed here may offer good choices for vegetarians; we simply did not receive a report. Even when there is nothing vegetarian on the menu, you may be able to assemble a full meal if the restaurant has a good salad bar; many offer an excellent selection of fresh fruits and vegetables, marinated beans, mushrooms, and artichoke hearts, vegetarian deli salads, nuts, and fresh breads. Vegetarian appetizers can also be combined to create a satisfying meal.
Be sure to let restaurants know you want vegetarian choices; if there is demand, restaurants will meet it.
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