Slate Restaurant and Bakery

  • Veg-options Veg-options
    ( 5 reviews )

163 Water St, Hallowell, Maine, USA, 04347

Serves meat, vegan options available. Uses locally sourced produce. In the evenings tofu is available and kitchen staff will accommodate. Open Mon-Thu 11:00am-8:00pm, Fri-Sat 11:00am-9:30pm, Sun 10:00am-9:30pm.

Categories: Lacto, Ovo, American, Organic, Beer/Wine, Bakery, Non-veg

5 Reviews

First Review by AllanBarger

Cozy spot, decent food - Edit

This is a cool place with funky decor. The have a small bar and a cozy dining area. Overall a really cute place.

I had the portobello sandwich on rye with quinoa on the side. The food is pretty good, as was the drink special that I got.

Updated from previous review on 2015-11-30

Pros: Cute

Cons: few vegan options on menu

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indeed disappointing - Edit

I have eaten at Slates over its decades of iterations. Long ago I used to find excellent vegan choices on the menu and specials board. Even reading the previous review I wanted to try it again after several years away. We went in for lunch, and there was nothing vegan-suitable on the menu. I asked about the "vegan surprise", and the host/ server had no idea what I was talking about. He checked with the kitchen and found out that is available only at dinner, and left it at that as far as assistance trying to find something vegan on the menu. The host was super friendly and nice, it was just clear that there is no orientation toward vegan items at the restaurant, which I also find surprising for that particular venue.

We didn't stay to eat since there was nothing worth ordering to try to make a vegan meal. We stopped in the Chinese restaurant on the way out of town and found huge, inexpensive, satisfying meals with vegetables, tofu and brown rice, with a gorgeous view of the river.

Pros: nice vibe, friendly staff

Cons: not vegan-friendly at all, expensive, no effort/ apparent interest to be vegan-friendly

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Really disappointing... - Edit

Slate's has a strong reputation as an up-scale hippie bistro, and I remember delicious food from a visit or two years ago before I was a vegetarian. Thus, I was really disappointed by our recent dinner there.

To start I was almost shocked by the lack of vegetarian offerings, considering Slate's "hippie" roots. Out of 16 entrees, only two were vegetarian: Cashew tofu over rice (yawn for something one can easily make at home especially at the price point of $18!) and Fresh Tomato & Basil Fettucini. We tried the fettucini. It was tepid with a scattering of uninspired tomato cubes and some scraps of basil. Has anyone from the kitchen actually tried that recently?!

We were excited that the stuffed mushroom cap special was vegetarian that night, only to be disappointed by lack of flavor and, that's right, a single mushroom cap. The Grilled Eggplant Rollatini was, again, a single piece, of crunchy undercooked eggplant. Yuck! After a gloriously succulent, melt-in-your mouth eggplant rollatini at Aurora Provisions in Portland recently, that rollatini was especially heart breaking.

Not only was our visit uninspiring, it was border-line terrible, and definitely felt like a ripoff for the price. Next time we're in Hallowell we'll go to Thai food or have a home-made veggie burger or sweet potato fries and salad at the Liberal Cup!

Pros: Funky atmosphere

Cons: Everything else , Food - terrible, poor selection, Price - high

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Meat based menu BUT... - Edit

Great people and they offer a "Vegan Suprise!" Option..

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Very accommodating - Edit

First, this is actually two places, both highly recommended by locals. There is Slate bakery/deli open during the day and a full restaurant/bar open for lunch/dinner. I was in Augusta, ME (10 minutes away) on business and ate at the restaurant on a very busy night. I had checked earlier in the day and been told a vegan meal would be no problem. I returned in the evening with a non-vegan co-worker. It was Saturday night before Halloween and the place was packed. We had no reservation but the host told us to wait if we didn't mind sitting at the bar where there is full menu service. He was about to seat a couple sitting there. We snagged those two seats and despite the place being packed, we were served quickly. When I explained I was vegan they suggested a couple of items on the menu the chef would slightly alter. I selected an item and was asked "Would you like tofu with that?" (This was not on option on the menu.) I was pleasantly surprised and agreed and was served a very good salad and entree. There are vegetarian but no specifically vegan items on the menu, but ask. They were more than willing to help and seemed used to such requests. I was impressed this was all done with a great attitude on a truly crazy night. (We were surrounded by a pack of "zombies" in the bar and a "zombie crawl" was headed down the street outside.) It was fun, the servers were very friendly, the food was delicious, and the whole atmosphere made me want to return when the place was calmer and I could get a table. Plus, this is the only actual restaurant currently listed on Happy Cow for the entire Augusta, ME area. I was referred here by vegan and non-vegan locals. I'll be back.

Pros: good food, good service, very friendly

Cons: have to ask for vegan

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