• The Thirsty Pig

  • (15)
  • White Veg-options
Fast food

Serves meat, vegan options available. Makes sausages and offers Maine beers. Vegan choices are labeled, including a bean chili and vegan sausage/bratwurst. Could build-your-own veggie dog. Pub atmosphere. Open Mon-Thu 11:00am-10:00pm, Fri-Sat 11:00am-1:00am, Sun 12:00pm-8:00pm.

Venue map for The Thirsty Pig
© OpenStreetMap contributors

15 Reviews

First Review by iamrunningthis


Points +24

06 Oct 2022

Vegan option wasn’t great

I had the vegan Hot Dog and didn’t like the taste of their vegan meat replacement. It was way too mushy. The onions and mustard were good, so this may be a good place for non vegans. But since this site is vegan focused, can give this more than one star.

Pros: Mustard, Browned onions

Cons: Vegan meat replacement



Points +1091

30 Dec 2021

Fun place

I did really like this place overall, two stars for the lack of options but thank you for having something at all! The beers on tap were great and we loved sitting outside in the covered manger things so we could get away from the crowd even in the middle of winter.

Cons: One vegan option, Pricey


Points +163

22 Nov 2021

Great vegan kielbasa

They have a vegan kielbasa on the menu that comes topped with caramelized onions and spicy mustard, but you can also order it like a hot dog and get whatever condiments you want (they have at least a dozen condiments that are vegan: banana peppers, sourkraut, grilled peppers, sweet pickles, etc). IMPORTANT: If you order the "build your own", one of the choices is a veggie hot dog, but the veggie hot dog is VEGETARIAN not VEGAN. If you want a vegan dog, you have to specifically order the vegan kielbasa. It costs a lot more but if you are with a non-vegan group that wants to go there, at least you know you will something delicious. There is both indoor and outdoor seating but you may prefer the outdoor seating because this place has the vibe of a serious meat restaurant, you will smell the hot dogs cooking and the name of the restaurant itself may be a turnoff once you are in there. Or, just order ahead and get it to go while walking around Portland (there are places to sit all over the place, parks, etc.) In any case, you can get a delicious vegan menu item - you will not be disappointed in that.

Pros: excellent vegan kielbasa with all the fixings, also has vegetarian hot dog

Cons: Big upcharge for the vegan kielbasa


Points +157

06 Nov 2021

Not good

They have one vegan brat. She asked if I wanted a bun and I said is it vegan? She said she didn’t think so. She was nice enough to bring me the bag of buns so I could look at the ingredients. It was vegan. The brat had waaaaaay too much turmeric in it and it was inedible.


Points +69

04 Oct 2021

Suprisingly Vegan-Friendly

Their menu changes often, and while there aren't many vegan options, the few that they have are delicious. I had the vegan notwurst and the vegan tacos, plus a side of the coleslaw, which was also vegan. Everything was really tasty, but I think the notwurst was the standout item--yum! For some reason, there are at least 5 boxes of Trivial Pursuit cards available, and we enjoyed quizzing each other while we enjoyed our drinks. Overall a great spot to eat and drink with nonvegans or just to try out some fun vegan bar food. Definitely check out their toasttab page (linked from their website) to see what they're currently serving and if anything is out of stock.

Pros: Excellent food, Relaxed bar atmosphere, Good value

Cons: Few vegan options


Points +70

22 Sep 2021

Avoid if you’re vegan

Five of us ordered the vegan notwurst and all five of us felt it tasted off (none of us took more than a bite or two it was so bad). Another reviewer mentioned too much turmeric and that may very have been the issue. The staff at the restaurant was unconcerned which was very disappointing. On top of the vegan sausage being inedible, the bun (sold separately) is not vegan (egg wash), so what you’re paying for is a poor reproduction of a Field Roast sausage that tastes overwhelming of turmeric and is served by a staff that doesn’t seem to care. They were perfectly pleasant, just not at all responsive to our concerns(responding with “heard” when we returned to re-voice our concerns). We all left hungry.

Again, five people all tell you your food is inedible and the response is “heard”.

Stay away.

Cons: Notwurst is terrible , Service is not responsive


Points +18

09 Aug 2021


Waited forever to get food. They have a vegan brat but it has so much turmeric that’s all you taste. Wouldn’t go back.

Pros: Vegan brat, Great customer service, Great location and ambiance

Cons: Expensive , Food subpar , Not filling for the price


Points +440

15 Jun 2021

Good limited selection

The vegan not worst was really great. How ever the bun is pretty basic. You may just want to skip it.
The chef is A super nice guy as are the rest of the staff. Really nice outdoor seating area. I don’t know if public transportation goes there. There is public transportation in Portland. there is paid street parking.

Updated from previous review on 2021-06-15

Pros: Vegan sausage is tasty , Good beer selection , Yummy coleslaw and pickles

Cons: Limited menu , Not very spicy


Points +306

09 Jun 2021

Great vegan “notwurst”

Well labeled vegan notwurst and sides. Great atmosphere and outdoor seating. Will definitely be back!

Pros: Clearly labeled vegan options, Good atmosphere, Reasonable prices

Cons: Limited options


Points +50

09 Oct 2020


I had the vegan chili, which was surprisingly delicious. Good place to watch a game.


Points +160

18 Feb 2019

Surprised by Vegan Options

With a name like "The Thirsty Pig," it's hard to imagine that their are vegan options here. While the choices are minimal, they are marked on the menu and are quite tasty. I had the vegan sausage with mustard and caramelized onions and a side of the vegan pasta salad. We ate outside on the deck and enjoyed a beer with our meal. A pub atmosphere with friendly employees and vegan options? I'll take it!

Pros: labeled vegan options, delicious food, outdoor seating


Points +1570

18 Feb 2019

Decent independent, little pricey

A solid option if in need of a hot snack alongside meat eaters. Nice set of options and a great pub meets coffee shop feel; very easy going. Food is solid, but pricey for the portion size. If it was 25% cheaper I’d have give 4*.

Pros: Vegan options, Warm pub meets coffee shop vibe

Cons: Not cheap, little over the odds


Points +91

19 Sep 2018

Fabulous vegan sausage

Everything very clearly marked on menu plus vegan specials. Hummus and vegan chilli starters available. I had the homemade Seitan vegan sausage in a roll which was huge with caramelised onions and mustard. It comes with a side, the vinegar coleslaw is vegan but I had a special of chickpea pineapple relish which was really tasty. The owners are lovely people and really support vegan options alongside their usual fare ‘so everyone can eat together’ so I don’t think menu adaptations would be a problem. Gf also marked. Most innovative vegan food Ive had in 2 weeks in Maine.

Pros: Lovely vegan friendly owners Alison and Dave., Vegan options clearly marked.


Points +156

12 Oct 2017

If you like it salty.

I don't drink so I cannot tell you anything about the alcohol. The food is great but wicked salty ( which is to not surprise to me) because it is mostly beer food. Still a great place though quite expensive.

Pros: delicious food, a few vegan options that aren't sa

Cons: salty, expensive


Points +177

14 Oct 2016

House-made vegan sausage & veggie dogs

Good selection of craft beer on tap, cozy booths, and clearly labeled vegan options on the menu. The vegan sausage sandwich with sauerkraut was delicious. Would be curious to try the veggie dog - starting at $6 for a build your own makes that a good deal. In warmer weather months, the back patio with outdoor seating is a nice atmosphere next to a beautiful ivy-covered brick wall. If you want a beer and some vegan pub food, this is a great spot. Order at the counter and grab your beers, then food is brought to your seat.

Pros: good value, craft beer, cozy vibe

Cons: lots of meat on menu, small menu selection

This page has been viewed 4499 times.