If the usual restaurant side salad of lettuce, cucumber, and tomato with a vinaigrette dressing leaves you stone cold then just remember this type of salad is a poor taste comparison to a proper vegetarian salad. When people start complaining that vegetarian food is expensive, just remember the ingredients can get quite pricey when nuts, seeds, and exotic vegetables like artichoke hearts, and avocado are included. Even if you are not a vegetarian or vegan, do give these spots a try – the food is so delicious you probably won’t even notice the fact that there is no meat.
Just 12 minutes or so from Downtown Boston is True Bistro a vegetarian spot that welcomes everyone with their tasty takes on food that demonstrates their compassion for animals and the environment. Breakfast and brunch are a good option with kids and they are quite renowned for their desserts. Try the waffles or crepes with various topping and fillings, the all-vegan blueberry crepes accompanied by lavender ice cream might be a good place to start. The Chocolate For Life Dessert involves a mocha mousse cake, chocolate chip and walnut cookie and coconut whip. Sweet potato ravioli is a tasty choice, as are the fried oyster mushrooms. Dishes vary between from around $11 to $30.
When: Open Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm, Saturday 10:00 am to 3:00 pm and 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm, and Sunday 10:00 am to 3:00 pm and 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Closed Monday and Tuesday.
A bit further out from central Boston, Life Alive may be a good choice to take kids on a morning out when viewing fall foliage, finding Halloween pumpkins or on a summer day out, as it is around a 33-minute drive. Chef Leah Dubois is responsible for the culinary vision, sourcing and creation of plant-based dishes that are ethical and delicious at this vegetarian/vegan spot. She earned rave reviews at Grezzo, Boston fine dining raw vegan spot and has co-authored a cookbook Raw Food for Everyone. By using high-vibrational ingredients patrons report feeling energized – the Goddess Bowl is very popular. Kids are catered for with the Kiddy Quesadilla at $5.25 – a soft whole-wheat tortilla folded around melted cheese and nutritional flakes. The Feisty Child involved peanut butter, strawberry jam, honey and banana inside a warm whole-wheat tortilla at $6.95. The range of smoothies leaves a person spoilt for choice!
When: Open daily from 9:00 am to 10:00 pm.
Cost: $ – $$
Chef Rebecca Arnold and James Di Sabatino offer veggie-centric dishes suited to people on vegan and gluten-free diets. Inspired by street food the dishes are boldly flavored, the vibe is casual, and the taste is moreish! The seared avocado comes highly recommended, and the falafels are very tasty. The owners make sure you have a choice of proteins and that you can customize your choices. No bland dishes here – the plates burst with fresh color. New on the menu is the Levant Bowl at $11.25 containing smashed cucumber, Japanese eggplant, tomato, red cabbage slaw, pickled cauliflower, tahini, harass, crispy chickpeas, sesame and falafel. Kids may enjoy the street corn at $4.50 served with mayo and lime – for kids perhaps ask them to hold on the chili flakes. Pricing is very reasonable.
When: Open 11:00 am to 9:00 pm Monday to Thursday, 11:00 am to 10:00 pm on Friday and Saturday, and on Sundays 10:00 am to 9:00 pm.
Cost: $ – $$
This popular NYC founded chain is dishing up the goods with delightful vegetarian and vegan food at the Boston Seaport. Patrons agree that the dishes have lots of sauce; that one has to watch the carbs when ordering (they do have gluten free options though); and that the price can be a little high, but that the food is innovative and full of flavour – plus they can relax knowing they are eating plant-based food. Try the Guam Burger, the Thai salad and perhaps the purple rain smoothed. Kids may enjoy the daily pancake with whipped maple butter and coconut whipped cream to finish off on a sweet note.
When: Monday to Friday from 11:00 am to 9:00 pm, and Saturdays and Sundays from 10:00 am to 9:00 pm.
Expect counter serve organic salads, soups and bowls. Their core values include making sustainable choices, sweetening people lives – not with sugar – but with compassion, and making an impact by leaving people healthier after connecting with their food. Not all the dishes are vegetarian –so check when ordering as some contain chicken. The Spicy Thai Salad has roasted sesame tofu, raw corn, cucumbers, shredded cabbage, basil, cilantro, spicy sunflower seeds, organic arugula, chopped romaine, lime squeeze, and a spicy cashew dressing. What is helpful for diners on calorie-restricted diets is that each dish contains the approximate amount of calories – for the Thai Salad it’s 440.
When: Open daily from 10:30 am to 10:30 pm.