fave veggie eats Boston area
Life Alive–Urban Oasis & Organic Cafe See and be seen bohemian eatery in Central Square, Cambridge, where you can find an array or unique salads with cooked and live veggies as well as smoothies made with home-made almond milk. The raw juice bar is the best anywhere around this area. Life Alive is a bustling place with all types of likable characters whom you will stand next to in a long line stretching outside the door during lunchtime. Reach for the creamy hot sauce bottles making their way around the tables. And how many restaurants with prime real estate give up space for a kids area? This one. Check it out.
Red Lentil Vegetarian & Vegan Restaurant Creative veggie cuisine on Auburn St. in Watertown. The dishes are everywhere as good as a top vegan eatery in NYC with plates that include beet-potato latkes, pistachio and herb encrusted tofu with corn cake and desserts that are are every finger licking good. Best thing is that they usually have at least one gluten-free dessert per day. Lunch menu includes sandwiches, wraps and entrees. Dinner has other interesting options that change seasonally.
India Castle Awesome and inexpensive buffet lunch in Cambridge between Harvard and Central Square. Vegetarian items on the daily buffet range from vegetable pakoras to Aloo Chole to Vegetable Jalfrazi. Some days are better than others but you will always come out satisfied. Staff is friendly to both adults and children. Dinner is also reasonably priced.
Rangzen Tibetan Restaurant Hidden gem located on Pearl St. in the heart of Central Square smack in the center between Harvard and MIT. The asian luncheon buffet is reasonably priced and has plenty of delicious veggie options. The apple, onion and mango salad adds a nice side to the meal. Daily vegetarian soup and salad. Restaurant is small and generally packed during lunch, especially while MIT and Harvard are in session. Turnover is generally quick unless patrons decide to browse one of the many books from the shelves on Buddhism or Tibet. Don’t expect anything fancy just really good food.
Veggie Planet Vegetarian restaurant in Harvard Square offering an array of pizzas, rice dishes, salads and daily soup and dessert. The basil tofu mash is good on anything. Low key environment where the restaurant turns into Club Passim in the evenings, home to indie musicians. Serving lunch and dinner, but lunch may be a wiser choice since the club gets full for music events in during some evenings.
Veggie Galaxy Diner and Vegan Bakery Vegetarian diner in Central Square offering breakfast, lunch, dinner, super desserts and a kids menu. Veggie Galaxy is the sister of Veggie Planet in Harvard Square. If you don’t have to time to eat at least stop by the vegan bakery and get a piece of Boston cream pie or Lemon merengue. Hard to believe the desserts are vegan!
Clover Food Lab Vegetarian restaurants and trucks around town with seasonal veggie menu. Clover Food Lab originally operated out of food truck by the MIT area and have recently exploded into numerous locations including Harvard Square, Kendall Square, Inman Square, Brookline Village and Burlington. Check out the food truck locations on their site. High tech menu and order taker welcome you as you walk in and food comes out fairly quickly. Enjoy healthy, inexpensive and quick food anytime. Try the rosemary infused french fries. Simple but nice kiddie menu choices.
FoMu Alternative Ice Cream & Cafe When you walk into this contemporary ice cream shop your mouth begins to salivate and the big surprise is that all the ice-cream is non-dairy and not your typical vanilla or strawberry after thought. The owners have put a lot of consideration into the concept and into the production of this superb ice cream. The excitement is too much as your eyes scan anxiously over the plethora of flavors including avocado, bourbon maple walnut and bananas foster among many others. Eat in or take home.
Grasshopper Restaurant Vegan/Asian restaurant in Allston with extensive vegan menu. Enjoy dishes such as veggie “pork chop,” sautéed kale with wild mushrooms, fried vegetable wonton, and house specials to include ginger and scallion “lobster” watercress, and braised spicy tofu in a hot pot. Also available are an array of noodle, rice and seitan dishes. Dessert you ask? Think strawberry cheese cake and chocolate cake among others. As one of my readers so astutely pointed, “we are a family of 6 and some are meat eaters and this is a place we love to go!” Eat in, take home and option to order online.