A Vegetarian’s Guide to eating on Cape Cod

Veggie Burger with a side salad
Veggie Burger from Karma Foods in Brewster
We love talking about food to our guests, especially when they are sourcing out where to dine. We recently had a lovely couple staying with us from North Carolina who were both vegetarian and on the lookout for good vegetarian dining. I knew we could offer them plenty of options for breakfast since we always serve the protein on the side, and we had a few good dining spots to recommend, but as allows, we love hearing about new spots to recommend.  It always tickles me to watch  how young folks source out adventures and dining in new places (I am dating myself I guess:) Each morning we heard about their wonderful adventures, including their dining which they were very pleased to find many good vegetarian options on the Cape. I asked if they would share their experiences which are highlighted below: (thanks Casey)
Night One: We ate at Spinnakers and it was delicious. Our favorite were the brussels, and the eggplant pasta was yummy also.
Day 2: We had lunch in Chatham at Wild Goose Tavern. We had a veggie flatbread and a beyond burger. Both wonderful. Dinner was in Hyannis at Common Ground. They were very veggie friendly, as you can substitute tofu on any sandwich they offer. It also has a unique, rustic atmosphere.
Day 3: We wanted to have lunch at Karma Foods in Brewster but they were closed. (check out a previous blog for details about this healthy lunch spot in Brewster)  They seemed very veggie friendly. We ended up snacking and having a light lunch before the spa. We had dinner at Karoo, South African and World Cuisine. They had so many choices for vegetarians as well. We had a hard time deciding. Their vegetarian sampler appetizer was wonderful. It had samosas, falafel, stuffed grape leaves, etc. Our entree was a curry tofu and rice dish.
Day 4: We headed to Provincetown. Lunch was at Box Lunch. They have a meatless menu with soups, sandwiches and salads. It is a great grab-n-go place with healthy choices. We also indulged in the Portuguese Bakery which was delicious. The only problem was we were too full for dinner. Napi’s would’ve been a great choice for a vegetarian sit down dinner there.
Day 5: We were off to Nantucket. Lunch was at Provisions Sandwiches. They had egg salad, tofu and veggie sandwich options. Even with veggie, they pile it on. BIG and yummy sandwiches. We grabbed a quick dinner before catching the ferry back at Oath pizza, which is right by the ferry loading area. It is made to order and delicious. They can take the meat off of any style they make.
Day 6: We had lunch in Yarmouth Port at The Optimist Cafe. They had many vegetarian options from veggie sub to comfort food like a hearty mac-n-cheese. They also had a gluten free menu and an afternoon tea. Dinner was in Brewster at The Flats. We had veggie chili and a russet potato. Our favorite, by far, for this meal was the au gratin cauliflower side. They had a lot of options, but we felt they were a little over priced for the meal we got, if I am being honest.
Vegetarian platter including beets and Sweet Potatoes
We are so fortunate to have so many innovative and talented chefs on Cape Cod- many who cater to the Clean Food Initiative. And while we have many seafood shacks on our peninsula, we also have many restaurants that cater to vegetarians and vegans. Here are a few more options to consider for your vegetarian dining on Cape Cod:
 Green Lotus Café in Hyannis has so many healthy options to choose from that are vegan and vegetarian with plenty of gluten-free options too. Here you can enjoy fresh pressed juices, yummy vegan burritos, hearty soups, creative sandwiches and salads. There’s also an extensive coffee and tea menu.
Pizza Barbone in Hyannis is a favorite pizza eatery with a wood-fired Neapolitan pizzas. The majority of the pizzas, which are cooked in an imported oven, can be made vegan, and everything is made from scratch. They even harvest their own vegetable pizza toppings from their rooftop garden, including greens, carrots, beets, radishes, scallions, onions and a wide variety of herbs.
Sunbird Kitchen & Cafe in Orleans is a blast from the past with a relaxing bird-themed twist. They use seasonal and local ingredients wherever possible with many vegetarian and vegan dishes including great salads, soups and a grain and seeds bowl.
Guapo’s Tortilla Shack in Brewster and Orleans serves up an awesome Baja-style taco. Their menu also includes freshly prepared finger food boasting  many healthy veggies. The Root Veggie Burro is a great choice, as well as the house-made guacamole and Mexican Street Corn (roasted corn on the cob char-grilled and served with a signature cheese spread). They also have a large margarita menu to wash it all down with.

Inaho Japanese Restaurant in Yarmouth Port has been serving fresh traditional sushi for years. They also have a wonderful selection of veggie-based dishes prepared vegan and vegetarian. The crispy vegetable tempura, boiled edamame, vegetable sushi rolls and eggplant miso are wonderful choices.

The Canteen in Provincetown is best known for New England favorites like lobster rolls and fresh oysters, but they also boast creative vegetarian options, including a daily vegan soup, a Falafel entree and  fried mushroom & chips plate.

The Red Nun in  Chatham and Dennis Port always has a buzzing bar in summer months with plenty of vegetarian-friendly option. All of their burgers can be made vegetarian or vegan by switching the meat patty with their house-made vegan burger. In addition to large salad list, their famous Buddha Bowl is a crowd favorite—a hearty helping of quinoa, roasted veggies, and beans topped with homemade tahini dressing- YUM!

Tropical Smoothie Cafe in Hyannis is a fun stop, regardless of the weather. They offer a wide selection of made-to-order smoothies ranging from mango turmeric to strawberry lime. They also offer a great selection of wraps, sandwiches, and bowls, with plenty of vegetarian dishes, like their Hummus Veggie Wrap and Veggie Bowl.

Van Rensselaer’s Restaurant in South Wellfleet is known for their seafood but they are also known for their signature Noodle Bowl, a warm and comforting vegetarian option that’s also available as vegan. The other veggie standouts on the menu include Oven Roasted Organic Tofu Provencal and assorted flatbreads. The family-owned restaurant is open April through October.
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Happy summer everyone and thanks again Casey and Jeremy for staying with us and sharing all of your great vegetarian dining experiences on Cape Cod. We will be sure to share that with our new Vegetarian guests.

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