Located in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, the Garden Grill Cafe is amazing and everyone living there knows it. I have never seen a vegetarian restaurant as crowded as the Garden Grill was. Sure Red Bamboo and Vegetarians Paradise 2 are crowed in Manhattan but that is because they are as big as a bathroom (gotta love NYC real estate). Compared to those tiny places, Garden Grill is huge lol. It is a big full sized restaurant. Through out my travels many of the vegetarian restaurants have been small so to see something as big as this place and places like Green in Arizona, makes me really happy. When it comes to vegetarian dining the more the merrier is defiantly the case and this county’s smallest state sure seems to agree :)
Even though it was a Friday night and the place was jumpin, we were still seated pretty much right away which was awesome and unexpected. The menu is a huge, extensive slice of heaven for people who love food, there is something for everyone from pizzas to salads. It is a really hard place to decide what to eat, you have to come ready to nosh because you will need to sample the goods. Well at least that’s how I roll, I want to try it all, especially while traveling because who knows if I will ever be there again. We decided on a bunch of things we would share, some sweet potatoes with bbq sauce, which were amazing, a perfect side dish or appetizer. The Roasted Butternut Squash Quesadilla was also in the mix. This too was amazing, a no brainer for me since I adore butternut squash, black beans, avocado and salsa. Garden Grill was also the first time I ever tried vegan mac and cheese and it was good. This dish is also gluten-free so it is perfect for people with allergies to wheat and dairy. To round out the table there was the simple yet satisfying, grilled vegetable wrap made with rice and veggies like portabella, arugula and red peppers.
The overall experience at Garden Grill Cafe was positive on every note. The food was great, the service was great and the atmosphere was great. I only wish I lived closer so I could enjoy their food more often. Don’t forget to grab coffee and dessert at their vegan bakery a few doors down, Wildflour. That place is amazing too.
Garden Grill Cafe. 727 East Ave. Pawtucket, R.I. 02860. (401) 726-2826.
Hours: Monday-Saturday 11am-10pm. Sunday 9am-3pm. Sunday Dinner 5pm-10pm.
http://gardengrillecafe.com/ Garden Grill Cafe Homepage.