Waistlines aside, there are delicious reasons to take a walk on the vegetarian side. From veggie appetizers to full on entrees, you’d be surprised just how tasty going meat-free can be.
Instead of diving into buffalo wings, we dove into Buffalo Cauliflower from Mia’s Prime Time Café. Our buffalo craving was satisfied as the al dente cauliflower was generously tossed in the spicy sauce. There was also plenty of blue cheese to counter the heat. 1 West Broad Street, Pawcatuck. 860-599-3840, www.MiasPT.com
The Black Bean Burger from Mary Murphy’s left us craving more of this vegetarian delight. Accompanied with melted sharp cheddar cheese, the traditional burger fixings and a side of perfectly done French fries, we would order this again any time. 333 Main Street, Wakefield. 788-9400, www.MaryMurphys.com
Crazy Burger hooked us up with two meat-free options: the Luna-Sea Burger and the Just Plain Nuts Burger. The Luna-Sea satisfied our seafood craving with a freshly-ground salmon patty with pistachio pesto baked in a phyllo shell, while the Just Plain Nuts was a nutty mix of toasted walnuts and cashews, lentils and zucchini on naan bread. 144 Boon Street, Narragansett. 783-1810, www.CrazyBurger.com
Say Artichoke and Veg Uttapam three times fast… or just eat it, like we did. This vegan appetizer from Rasa was hearty enough for a few people to nosh on. The rice pancake with corn, carrots, red onion, cilantro and of course artichokes was super fresh and highlighted the best of seasonal veggies. 149 Main Street, East Greenwich. 398-2822, www.IndianRestaurantsRI.com/Rasa