Let’s Eat! And Celebrate 40 Years Of Bloodroot

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Noel Furie, left, and Selma Miriam front Bloodroot in Black Rock. Photo by Gabriela Herman for The New York Times.

Restaurants come and go, then there’s Bloodroot in Black Rock whose reputation for touching the pleasure center of diners, with good taste in books too, extends far beyond the city limits. Congrats to Noel Furie, Selma Miriam and all those who make the vegetarian restaurant and feminist bookstore a special place. Anniversary celebrations this week. For more on this see here.

Tejal Rao profiles Bloodroot for The New York Times.

Four decades is a long time for any restaurant or bookstore to endure, and Bloodroot, which is both, is filled with history: vintage photographs, old movie posters and handwritten notes from fans, including the writers Audre Lorde and Adrienne Rich.

>But the feminist enterprise–housed in a converted machine shop by the water, with gnarled pear trees and epazote growing wild out back–is no museum.

As Bloodroot celebrates its 40th anniversary this month, new fiction and zines pepper the shelves, and the vegetarian menu is alive and shifting, driven by its owners’ love for food and their joyful experimentation in the kitchen.

Business partners and friends, Selma Miriam, 82, and Noel Furie, 72, find inspiration from a network of bloggers and chefs, and in a vast cookbook collection–the pages of their favorites rough with ancient, crystallized splatters.

Full story here.

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From left: whipped coconut butter on house-made rye; jerk tofu and seitan; and vegan banoffee pie. Gabriela Herman for The New York Times.


  1. First time I went here was 1979 with Bill Finch.

    I think lately more people and business as the trend toward healthy and authentic continues. I always feel healthy after eating there. The most creative food around. My favorite.
    Good Luck Selma and Noel. I’ll never forget when I won the Super Bowl Norden Club Chili Contest with your recipe for cashew chili, haha!

  2. I was a guest of someone a few times a number of years ago at Bloodroot, now don’t what I had eaten but I was more interested in looking at the books. I found it very friendly and everyone seemed to truly enjoyed just being there. I’m not a vegetarian and I really didn’t want to go but after I was told about the history of Bloodroot I decided to go.

  3. I remember when I first went there, they expected me to clear my table. They do not wait on you. I have been there many many times since especially in the summer for brunch. Their soups and breads are always a favorite. Vegetarian heaven. Best wishes for another few decades. 🙂 This is definitely a Bridgeport landmark.

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