Fork & Spoon

  • Veg-options Veg-options
    ( 7 reviews )

76 Main St, Bangor, Maine, USA, 04401

Serves meat, vegan options available. Juice, smoothies, sandwiches, soups, made-to-order salads. Vegan and vegetarian options are marked on the menu. Originally known as The Juice Cellar and was veg, then added meat in 2016. Open Mon-Fri 7:00am-6:00pm, Sat 8:00am-6:00pm, Sun 10:00am-3:00pm.

Categories: Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Ovo, American, Juice bar, Take-out, Non-veg

7 Reviews

First Review by tab

Don't bother - Edit

They used to be amazing for vegan options, but now they use dairy and eggs in everything. So disappointed. It used to be my fave place, now the service is terrible and the food is stale and not even vegan most likely

Pros: none

Cons: Not vegan anymore, terrible service

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Bad Experience - Edit

The BBQ Jackfruit Sandwich and Chickpea Salad sandwich are not mad anymore, but are still on the menu. It was a waste of my time coming here. So I decided to order a juice and was told the juicer was taken apart for cleaning. This was over an hour before they closed.

Cons: No Vegan options, NO Juice

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The only vegan option is salad and smoothies, but you'll still need to clarify. - Edit

I have eaten here twice. The first time I went here I asked about Vegan options, and they made me a chickpea salad sandwich that was awesome. I later found out that the bread they use all contains honey. I don't consider honey vegan in the least so I was a bit upset about that, but since it happened several months ago I let it slide. The second and final time that I went there I ordered the beet salad. It was disgusting. Bland, zero flavor, the beets were alright, but yeah.. I made it about 4 bites in and tossed it. Never again. This place looks to be amazing if you're a vegetarian, but it is definitely NOT any more of a vegan experience than getting a garden salad at a gas station.

Pros: Vegetarian Friendly, Awesome place if you aren't Vegan.

Cons: They don't have anything on the menu that is Vegan

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Bgeezy 09 Aug 2017 - WOW. Had no idea about the honey in the bread  

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Cute spot - Edit

Update: I went a second time and had to drop a star because of my experience there. I asked for food for there, she gave it to go. Asked for a small, she charged me a large but still gave me a small. Wasn't polite. The smoothie was way too much cashew milk and not enough fruit. The chickpea tuna melt however was really really good.

I am going to update this review once I go for a second time and try something else. I got the jack fruit sandwich which wasn't my favorite but there are a few other vegan options that I want to check out. The vibe here is really awesome and they have lots of things for vegans from smoothies, to baked goods, to meals. They stop serving the jack fruit sandwich & chickpea sandwich at 4 since their chef leaves. Also just a two minute walk from pickering square which I recommend checking out. Its a little spot where if you stand in the middle of the box and clap your hands, instead of hearing the normal sound of your hands clapping you hear an odd squeak.

Updated from previous review on 2017-05-30

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Not vegan, not a great experience - Edit

I went to Fork & Spoon today since it was the only vegan spot listed in Bangor. It may have once been vegan, but it is not anymore. I was not terribly happy with my overall experience either. I don't want to negatively affect a business that is (I think?) vegetarian, particularly in a town with not many options, but I do want to comment on my experience as a general "heads up" to other vegans visiting the restaurant.

I went in and immediately saw a sign listing flavors of ice cream they had, and one of them was marked with a (v). Strange, I thought, since this was listed as a vegan restaurant on Happy Cow. So then I saw some stuff on the board that said "cheese" and so I figured I'd ask for clarification. I got to the register and asked what items were vegan. The woman at the register said "everything on the board."

Looking at the heavily-stocked baked goods rack against the wall, I said "So none of that is vegan?" The woman replied, "No. You can't get croissants like that without butter." I thought that was a weird thing to say, especially since I've had AMAZING vegan croissants. In the interests of letting her know that you can, in fact, make vegan croissants and baked goods, I said "Oh, well I get them in CA all the time." So she said "Really, like from where? Tell me who." So I said "You mean you want names?" She said "yeah" and pulled out a pen and paper. Although I think her initial reason for doing it was like ... yeah right, prove it... I thought it was great, cool! Maybe she'll contact them and ask them how to make vegan goods! So I said "Some of the best vegan croissants I've ever had came from Sweat Pea Baking Co. in Portland, Oregon."

I'm not sure if she actually wrote it down or not because she then went in to this weird, abrupt tangent about how the rent is really high for the space and she'd make no money on vegan food and no one will eat vegan food. Then she said "My daughter won't even eat here because it's vegan food."
I'm not sure why me asking if things were vegan garnered a response about how no one likes vegan food and her rent is high and her daughter has been raised to believe vegan food is weird and gross (hint, hint... that's a reflection on you, not vegan food). Anyway, I had my son with me and he's allergic to soy, so I asked if any menu items were soy-free. She looked confused and got into dismissive mode. She said "well, you can get the salads made soy-free." So I clarified, (since my son is 18 months old and not yet a salad-eater) "I was wondering if there might be something for him." So then she said the bread is gluten-free. I said, "So, soy, as in tofu, soy cheese, things like that." So then she says "Yeah, we've got that. We've got soy cheese." The woman working with her said "No, she was asking for things WITHOUT soy." The woman just sort-of stared blankly ahead like she was confused and wanted out of the conversation. So I said, "Okay, thanks!" and I decided to eat elsewhere (great burrito place with vegan options across the street).

So. My takeaway is that the woman who (I'm assuming) is manager/owner doesn't actually know much of anything about vegan food, and be careful of allergens like soy. In terms of being vegan, it is not. To its credit, the menu actually looked like it had some tasty options for vegans and vegetarians. She did mention they have a cashew-based cheese, so that's an option.

Honestly, give this place a try. I appreciate that there is a vegetarian option in town. However, if management or the owners happen upon this review, I would definitely give more thought to being welcoming to your vegetarian AND vegan clientele. We vegans have money to spend, I promise! As I mentioned to the woman, you don't have to use the word vegan when advertising if people are afraid of that word. Also, I don't need to know about rent costs and your daughter's food aversions... it felt defensive and unnecessary.

Pros: Vegetarian options, Great location, Vegan options

Cons: Not vegan, as advertised, Unknowledgeable staff, Dismissive about vegan/soy-free options

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Great food! - Edit

The food here was absolutely phenomenal! I got a chickpea quinoa salad and it was amazing! The smoothie I got I wasn't crazy over but that was my fault as it said it had ginger in it and I don't really like ginger. My only complaint would be that there aren't many smoothie options without agave, also the smoothies were a tad pricey for the size.

Pros: Delicious Food, Food Good Value, Extremely Friendly Staff

Cons: Too Much Agave, Smoothies Too Small

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Kahlan 31 May 2016 - You could probably ask for the smoothie without agave. I'm sure they'd be happy to accommodate you.  

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Finally a vegan place in Bangor! - Edit

The meals are filling and tasty, and the space is open and inviting.

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