Boston’s culture has evolved in the past decade and with it, an array of new styles, colors, and flavors have sprouted all over the city. This has given tourists and locals many great options and, for foodies who enjoy a more selective diet, a brave new meatless world. We found that the city famous for its baked beans has really spread its wings in offering top-notch restaurants for veggie fans. Here’s our list of some of the best.
Address: 659 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02116, USA
Hours: 10:30am-10:30pm Every day
Sweetgreen is a hot spot for vegetarians, vegans and pescatarians alike. Their menu is filled with locally-sourced, seasonal ingredients and has an ever-changing selection of creative concoctions. Their bowls are inventive, packed with flavor, and really hit the spot. If you’re feeling creative, you can choose to make your own dish from a staggering list of fresh fare.
My Thai Vegan Café
Address: 3 Beach St #2, Boston, MA 02111, USA
Phone: 617-451- 2395
Hours: 11am-10pm Every day
Proving that you can’t pigeonhole vegan cuisine, My Thai Café offers up an authentic Southeast Asian menu without using meat or eggs. Classics like Pad Kee Mao, Red Curry, and Pad Thai are whipped up using fresh veggies and a variety of meat alternatives. You can also quench your thirst with a selection of bubble teas and fresh juices. You’ll need it, authentic Thai food is spicy.
Clover Food Lab
Multiple locations – Hours may vary
While technically headquartered in Cambridge, their food trucks are peppered across Boston so they’re far from out of reach. Clover Food Lab couldn’t have a more fitting name because they’ve got vegan comfort food down to a science. But you don’t have to be a genius to know that fan favorites like the Chickpea Fritter Sandwich and BBQ Seitan Platter come from a respect for great food.
Address: 50 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139, USA
Hours: Sun-Thur: 9am-10pm, Fri-Sat: 9am-11pm
This Boston throwback’s diner-style setting is, well, pretty far out. The decor and the menu shout classic Americana, but their ingredients say vegan and vegetarian-friendly. Enjoy a classic Reuben or a variety of burgers made with soy-based ingredients. Family style isn’t something that’s synonymous with vegetarian, but Veggie Galaxy even has a kid’s menu.
Whole Heart Provisions
Address: 487 Cambridge St, Allston, MA 02134, USA
Hours: Mon-Thur and Sun: 11am–9pm, Fri-Sat: 11am-10pm
A heavy hitter in the urban herbivore community, Whole Heart’s menu is bold and features dishes with a unique blend of flavors and textures. Their selection of bowls and their famous Falafel Dogs have set them apart from the more pedestrian vegetarian joints, and they’ve carved themselves out a niche in the street food category without sacrificing quality or flavor.
Life Alive Oasis
Address: 765 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139, USA
Hours: Mon-Sat: 8am–10pm, Sun 8am-9pm
Life Alive is all about food therapy. They exude a sense of culinary spirituality, which is a pretty fresh take for a Boston eatery. And although their menu feels like you’re shuffling a deck of tarot cards, there’s some character in their selections. Vegan ingredient and super foods are married in interesting flavor combinations that definitely heal your hunger.
Address: 1 N Beacon St, Allston, MA 02134, USA
Hours: 11am–10pm Every Day
Another favorite with an Asia-Pacific twist, Grasshopper feeds vegans looking for more casual fare. Their expansive menu has a number of classic Asian dishes that are modified for vegan palates. Perfect for when you’re craving Asian food and when you’re looking for a great vegetarian take-out place.
Address: 166 Massachusetts Ave, Arlington, MA 02474, USA
Hours: 11:30am-10pm Every Day
Zhu manages to offer a select menu of wraps, salads and vegan Asian stir fries at rock-bottom prices. Their 9-dollar menu is filled with mouth-watering selections like Seitan Spare Ribs and Malaysian Curry Stew. Proof that eating well doesn’t have to break the bank.
Address: 600 Mt Auburn St, Watertown, MA 02472, USA
Hours: 11am-9:30pm Every Day
Red Lentil is a great place for vegans who like choices. Their varied menu contains a nice selection of soups, salads, burgers and mains without settling on any particular nationality for their inspiration. If you’re unsure what you’re in the mood for, this is the place for you. Simple, tasty classics like beet and potato Latkes, Mac ‘C Yease, 3-Bean Burrito and Indonesian Stir-Fry are never a bad choice.
Address: 1153 Broadway, Somerville, MA 02144, USA
Hours: Wed-Thu: 5am-9pm
Sat: 10AM-3PM and 5PM-10PM
Sun: 10AM-3PM and 5PM 9PM
Few vegan restaurants dare to step away from the casual dining scene, and True Bistro does it with a classic style that’s elegant but not overbearing. Their menu has a simple flair, filled with playful mains and a few fan favorites like their Seitan Skewers. A must-visit if you’re looking for a slightly more intimate atmosphere or a terrific place for weekend brunch.