After spending so much time in Thailand I have to admit that the Thai’s, many of whom are Buddhist and don’t eat meat, have a knack for creating tasty plant-based dishes at very reasonable prices. This is no exception with a huge variety on the menu. Try the lunch special, a Vietnamese Noodle Dish with a choice of veggie-chicken, veggie-beef, veggie-shrimp or tofu, stir-fried with spicy rice noodles, bean sprouts, scallions, carrots, and onions with ground peanuts and the house speciality sweet-and-sour sauce, Fresh bean sprouts and sliced lime are served on the side – all for $7.95. The vegan cake selection ($6 per choice) includes a chocolate frosted layer cake, and a carrot cake with a creamy vegan frosting. Then a favorite Thai dessert of sticky rice cooked in coconut milk with mango slices, may not sound that appetizing but once you have tried it you will probably be hooked!
When: Open Sunday to Thursday from 11:00 am to 10:00 pm, Friday and Saturday from 11:00 am to 11:00 pm.
Where: 3 Beach St, Boston, MA 02111
Cost: $ – $$
The Friendly Toast is, well, different, with its retro-kitsch décor and its homemade and innovative meals. Kids will enjoy the visual appeal of the surroundings and the Egg-In-A-Hole two pieces of crispy, buttery grilled bread with an egg in the middle at $8. Not all dishes are vegetarian, but there are lots of vegetarian and some vegan options available. The Breakfast Enchiladas at $12.00 makes for a hearty meal with two corn tortillas filled with scrambled eggs, onions, peppers, jalapeno jack cheese, topped with more cheese, salsa verde, pickled onion slaw, and served with home fries.
When: Open Monday to Thursday from 7:00 am to 9:00 pm, Friday 7:00 am to 10:00 pm, Saturday 8:00 am to 10:00 pm, and Sunday 8:00 am to 8:00 pm.
Cost: $ – $$
The style may be old-school diner with comfort food but that is where it ends – this eatery specializes in made from-scratch vegetarian dishes with the option to make dishes vegan. Try the Pearl Street Redhead omelet at $10.95with portobellos, caramelized onion, feta, and roasted red pepper sauce. Kids may find it hard to resist the mac n’ cheese and there are kids’ pancakes at $4.95 and kids’ French toasts also at $4.95. The bakery is 100% vegan and for a special occasion the Coconut Citrus Layer Cake serves 12-16 at $46. This elegant cake has layers of yellow cake with house-made lemon passionfruit curd, and finished with an airy coconut frosting and large shreds of coconut, toasted to perfection. There are also a variety of cheesecakes and chocolate cakes as well as the famous Boston Cream Pie.
When: Open Sunday to Thursday from 9:00 am to 10:00 pm, Friday and Saturday from 9:00 am to 11:00 pm.
Oasis Vegan Veggie Parlor
The place is renowned for its vegan soul food, with staff who make you feel welcome. The food is super tasty and even if you are not a vegetarian or vegan do give it a try – you may just be converted! Try the Ethiopian red lentils (Misir Wot) – the flavor is just right. They have lots of smoothie options too.
When: Open Monday to Friday from 8:00 am to 9:00 pm, Saturday from 11:00 am to 9:00 pm and closed on Sundays.
Cost: $ – $$
This café serves Asian-inspired, plant-focused fare, and bubble teas flavored with tropical fruits. Since the Buddhist tradition dominant in South East Asia advocates causing no harm through taking life, there is a long-standing tradition of vegetarian fare. South East Asians rely on herbs, spices and vegetables to create flavorsome dishes that will leave a person satisfied and feeling energized. Try the Thai Mango Salad at $7 with shredded mango and veggie-chicken, hot chili garlic, and sweet basil. It comes on a bed of delicate mixed greens topped with ground peanuts and a house-made sweet-and-sour sauce is served on the side. For dessert try the lemon frosted poppyseed cake, or the chocolate layered cake that is light and airy ($6 each).
When: Daily from 10:30 am to 6:00 pm.
Cost: $ – $$