• Fenton River Grill

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Serves meat, vegan options available. New American grill offering tofu salad, curry udon bowls and shepherds pie. Open Mon-Thu 11:30am-10:00pm, Fri-Sat 11:30am-11:00pm, Sun 11:30am-10:00pm.

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3 Reviews

First Review by emilyy_wells

Sarah P

Points +8480

04 Jul 2022

Delicious vegan shepherd’s pie

We are in the area for a bit and needing to eat out a bunch, and while our top choice places were unexpectedly closed for the long Fourth of July weekend, we ended up here. The vegan shepherd’s pie was definitely excellent, and $21. It was filling and delicious, but I am glad I also ordered the garlicky greens side in addition. They were made vegan upon my request but otherwise have added butter. I tend to agree with the other reviewers that this place could do vegan a lot better, but at least you can ask to specify vegan needs than can be accommodated if possible. The service was pretty slow on a day where there were three tables including us and two servers. I’m glad I had the shepherd’s pie the one time. My non-vegan family who lives in the area doesn’t care for this place but said a lot of people they know like it.

Pros: Great vegan shepherd’s pie

Cons: Expensive, Only one vegan option, Slow service


mark m braunstein

Points +436

12 Aug 2021

V for Vegetarian labeled on the printed menu

The printed menu, not the online menu, clearly marks Vegetarian dishes with a V. Be aware that dishes such as Brussels sprouts and the Tofu & Vegetables Rice Bowl lack a V for a reason. I learned from a hostess who happens to be a vegetarian that the Brussels sprouts are made with fish sauce, so one can assume the same for the Rice Bowl. You'd expect as much in a Thai restaurant, but not in a restaurant that serves standard American fare. While the fried potatoes are labeled with a V, are they fried in the same oil as the meat and fish?

In any case, the one outstanding dish that is clearly named Vegan is the Vegan Shepherd's Pie. I would describe it more as very interesting than as very good. Connecticut Magazine happened to highlight this vegan dish in its July 2021 issue, including its complete recipe, at: https://www.connecticutmag.com/food-drink/recipes/recipe-this-vegan-shepherd-s-pie-is-a-delightful-departure/article_c2ee6500-e683-11eb-a4c7-8394be0782e2.html

Its spacious, bright, and beautiful interior looks more like one big bar than a restaurant, so if you frequent bars you will feel at home here.

Pros: spacious, bright, and beautiful interior, easy parking

Cons: fish sauce in unlikely dishes


Points +173

13 Aug 2020

some vegan options

sister restaurant of dog lane in uconn, but i find that i prefer the latter over fenton! my non-veg family loves this place, but i’ve had difficulty finding good vegan menu options. would def recommend the brussels sprouts app though!!

Cons: few decent options

mark m braunstein

16 Dec 2020

Emily - It is wise to question any menu item not specifically listed as vegetarian or vegan, and the Brussels sprouts are listed as neither because ... they are made with fish sauce.

I learned this upon questioning the very well informed and helpful waitress who herself happened to be vegetarian, and so appropriately in the know.

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