The Shoreline Diner And Vegetarian Enclave

New Haven Area, Connecticut

2.6 / 4 votes

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Diner with labeled Vegan Food

The menu at the Shoreline Diner has a large vegetarian selection, including a number of vegan dishes (and vegetarian dishes that can be made vegan with soy cheese and vegan mayonnaise). This place serves sandwiches, salads and other typical ¨diner¨ fare.

Options include grilled tofu sandwiches, falafel, stuffed peppers, mock chicken salad and more.

Added by Eric Purdy on Sep 8 04 (last updated Jun 21 10)

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For an American diner in the middle of Connecticut, Shoreline has an unusual array of vegan options, including desserts. That said, the food here is pricey and not particularly memorable.

I got the stuffed bell peppers ($14) which were two hollowed-out bell peppers filled with wild rice, tomatoes and some other diced vegetables. The dish suffered for lack of seasoning and salt; I think it could have marinated or sauteed the vegetable and wild rice stuffing with some kind of a soy base, or maybe some Indian spices (cumin, turmeric, garlic, onions, curry leaves, etc.).

For dessert I had a slice of vegan Napoleon cake ($7) which was a huge slice of layered cream and thin pastry slices. I wish the pastry had been flakier (it had gone slightly soft and chewy), but that might have been a function of how long the cake had been sitting out. All that said, it still tasted good and it's rare to see such a complicated vegan dessert pretty much anywhere, let alone a retro diner again, in the middle of Connecticut.

While the food here is competent on a whole, it didn't feel like a great value, as I paid nearly $30 for a meal for one, including tax and tip. While Shoreline (and its sister restaurant Georgie's) is to be lauded for offering vegan dishes and desserts, it could stand to improve the quality of its food.

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The vegetarian selections are more exotic than usual diner fare (tempeh, etc., though no TVP), but it's not especially good. The service was unbelievably slow, the manager was incredibly rude, and parts of our meal were inedible (not just "it ain't good," but "there's a woody piece of zucchini tip in that wrap"). Took us an hour to get a simple tempeh reuben and a veggie wrap. Oh, and they were out of tofu (which we learned 20 minutes after initially ordering). Went once, won't go back.

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Just outside of New Haven in Guilford on Route 1 (the Boston Post Road).


No Reservations

Wheelchair Accessible


$ - inexpensive


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  • American


  • Brunch



7am - 10pm

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