Shoreline Diner and Vegetarian Enclave

Guilford, Connecticut

3.9 / 1 vote

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a conventional American diner with an entire vegan (not just vegetarian) menu

Inexpensive "American diner food" with extensive vegan organic options. Open 7am to 11pm, and conveniently located one-half mile off an exit of I-95. Note that the online menu is only the takeout menu, whereas the eat-in menu offers far more vegan entrees.

Added by mark mathew braunstein on Jan 21 15 (last updated Jan 21 15)

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I offer them a dozen thank you’s for advertising the word VEGETARIAN in their name's subtitle and VEGAN on its billboards, and for having done so for as more than 25 years. And I offer them a hundred thank you’s for an entire column on the menu labeled vegan, not merely vegetarian. So far, so good, until you find that the menu offers many (but not solely) conventional white and greasy American diner fare. But some new as of 2014 and wholesome vegan dishes which I recommend are the spaghetti squash with “meatballs” (they would do well to rename those balls) and the vegan frittata (though its size and quality are beholden to the cook on duty).

The previous owner was a vegetarian, but the present owner is not, so you must be VERY vigilant. That whole wheat pita on one occasion in 2008 was warmed on a grill that cooked meat and so absorbed its smell, if not its grease. The waitress defensively denied the possibility, impugning my olfactory nerves, until she smelled the pita too. Beware also the whole grain vegan pancakes served with packs of calf milk butter on the side, which makes me wonder with what the pancakes were grilled. While I do not go out of my way to eat here, I do stop here late night (open every night until 11pm) after a long haul from NYC or even only New Haven on i-95, as it is just off the easy off/on exit.

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Exit 59 (Goose Lane) off Interstate 95.
Turn left at Route 1.
Diner is one-half mile on left, just before the water tower and cellphone tower.


$ - inexpensive



7am - 11pm

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