Eating vegan on Cape Cod can be a challenge. One of my close friends (we’ll call her ‘S’) is vegan and every time she visits (her father lives in the mid-Cape area), I witness her struggle to find solid, vegan options for herself and her children. She usually has to carefully plan her day to make sure she can hit up a vegan spot for lunch. Luckily, S would feel downright pampered with the number of vegan choices in Ptown. From breakfast to dinner to snacks, desserts, and basic grocery needs (for a longer stay)–you can find it all here. While I am not vegan, I love variety and I try to eat healthy, so vegan dishes are a regular feature of home cooked meals at my house. I am always on the lookout for restaurants and cafes that go beyond typical Cape Cod fare of fish ‘n chips and clam chowder. I have noticed that those establishments that cater to vegans often are also pretty innovative in the rest of their menu offerings (an added bonus!). Below are some of my favs but it is by no means a complete list.
Grab n Go Health Bar
Ask around and you will quickly discover that this small juice bar is every vegan’s first stop. It has a selection of juices, bottled beverages, smoothies, sandwiches, and snacks. Staff is friendly and knowledgeable. But by far, the highlight of this place is the vegan soft serve ice cream. 212 Commercial Street, 508-487-1827.
141 Market (Bradford Natural Market)
The folks behind 141 Market believe in the importance of supporting organic farming methods, sustainable agriculture and ecologically sound land management. You’ll find a wide variety of wheat-free, gluten-free and other options for those with special dietary needs. The kitchen cooks up ready-to-eat veggie foods for their hot bar as well as sandwiches, soups and home-baked goods with an assortment of GF and vegan desserts. 141 Bradford Street, 508-487-9784.
Fresh off a makeover for 2016 season, Devon’s is a great spot, with vegan options on the dinner, lunch, and breakfast menus. Highlight are the breakfasts–think vegan French toast, fresh fruit, and granola. 31 Bradford Street, 508-487-4773.
While specializing in local seafood, the Pointe’s focus on fresh ingredients and great taste extends to every offering on their menu. Vegans in your party will enjoy their seared tofu dish with brown rice and fresh veggies. 82 Bradford Street, 508-487-2365
Bring the vegans, the meat lovers, and even the dog to this place! There’s plenty of herbivore-friendly fare and gluten-free choices. Their signature vegan dish is a saucy tofu burrito; filled with greens, carrots, rice and pan seared marinated organic tofu, with a choice of 4 sumptuous sauces. The carnitas are popular with the carnivores and for the canines, they have the PAWrito™ (a veterinarian-approved dish deemed safe for dogs accustomed to eating human food). Aquarium Marketplace, 205-9 Commercial Street, 508-487-4432.
Headed down to the West End of Commercial Street? You can’t pass up Relish with their delicious offering of home baked goods and sandwiches. Oh and they just happen to offer a number of mouth watering vegan, gluten-free and organic options to quench your hunger. 93 Commercial Street, 508-487-8077