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Whether someone is visiting on business or vacation, is a student or local resident, it’s always handy to know where to find a quick bite to eat in Orono, Maine — especially one that is quick and easy on the wallet. For those with dietary restrictions, there is no shortage of restaurants that cater to those who are vegan, vegetarian and dairy and gluten free.

Subway

This restaurant has two locations in Orono. Both locations offer takeout and delivery options for customers. The location on Stillwater Avenue is open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. The Main Street location is open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and open on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Given the menu incorporates a ‘build your own’ style type of meal, this chain restaurant can easily accommodate those who are vegan, vegetarian and dairy or gluten free. 

Tacorita

This authentic Mexican restaurant is at the corner of Main Street and Mill Street. It is open for delivery everyday except for Sunday, unless one orders through the DoorDash app. The restaurant takes delivery orders from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. during all other days of the week. Tacorita is open every day of the week from 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. The restaurant is also currently open for dine-in. Tacorita has select menu items that can accommodate dietary restrictions.

Nest

The Nest is open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Delivery is available through the DoorDash app. Take note, though, that Nest has limited indoor cafe seating, so ordering online or to-go is recommended. The restaurant is committed to providing sustainable cafe beverages, in addition to health conscious breakfast and lunch menu options. Nest is known for their cozy atmosphere and friendly staff members. 

The Family Dog

The Family Dog is located on Main Street in Orono. The restaurant offers dine-in, takeout and delivery. For those who choose to dine-in, the restaurant offers outdoor seating and is a pet-friendly environment. Their open hours are from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday and from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Sunday. The Family Dog offers both impossible and veggie burgers as a menu item for those adhering to a vegetarian or vegan diet. The menu has a “build your own” style as an option, so it can be dairy-free as well. 

Harvest Moon Deli

Harvest Moon Deli, located on Mill Street in Orono, is open from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. every day of the week. The restaurant offers dine-in, takeout and delivery options. The restaurant chain also offers vegetarian sandwiches and vegetarian salads. Additionally, “BYO,” or build your own, is an option on the menu, which means the restaurant accommodates other restrictive diets as well. 

This Orono ‘Quick Bite’ guide is a testament to the excellent variety of cheap, quick and delicious food options that the small town of Orono has to offer.