Health food stores and natural foods groceries, along with Asian, Indian, and Mexican restaurants, are the usual go-tos for on-the-road vegetarians and vegans. While many of Maine’s restaurants, especially those specializing in farm-to-table fare, offer at least one vegetarian entree, only a handful of restaurants in the state deliver menus catering to vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free diets.
“Food that loves you back” is the slogan for Frankie and Johnny’s Natural Foods (1594 Route 1, Cape Neddick, 207-363-1909, frankie-johnnys.com, $23-$36). Inside the shingled restaurant, wood floors and pine-colored walls provide the background for Culinary Institute of America-trained chef John Shaw’s vibrant, internationally seasoned fare. Vegetarian and vegan choices are always on the menu, along with fish, seafood, and chicken options, and many dishes can be modified for the gluten-sensitive. Portions are generous, breads and pastas are made in house, and everything is cooked to order, so plan on a leisurely meal. All entrees come with a soup or salad. Bring your own booze, but leave your credit cards behind since “plastic is not natural.”