Boston’s Best Vegetarian Restaurants

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Veggie lasagna at Grezzo in Boston

Veggie lasagna at Grezzo in Boston

Last night the boyfriend and I ate dinner at Ten Tables in Jamaica Plain. This cozy, intimate restaurant (it actually has eleven tables) has been on our to do list for awhile, but we don’t often get to JP for dinner. Well, it was definitely worth the drive. Service was polite and attentive. In fact, when I stepped away to the lady’s room, the waiter asked my boyfriend if we were celebrating a birthday or anniversary.

But the food is the real reason to go. It’s a small menu filled with local produce and fresh seasonal ingredients prepared to perfection. I ordered the four course vegetarian tasting menu, which at $28, is one of the best values I’ve seen. Each course was small so I didn’t feel stuffed at the end of the night. The dessert, a simple but sublime angel food cake with three different sauces for topping, was a sweet complement to the more savory dishes (and though my boyfriend is decidedly not a vegetarian, he made an exception for dessert).

Boston has many other vegan and vegetarian-friendly restaurants, so here are a few more options.

Grezzo: This North End restaurant is not just vegetarian, it’s vegan and raw. Instead of making lasagna (pictured above) or ravioli from pasta, Grezzo uses thinly sliced vegetables paired with fruits and nuts. They even make very convincing cheeses out of nut cream sauces (absolutely no dairy or other animal products). The effect is surprisingly filling, though it isn’t cheap.

Grasshopper: Located in hipster Allston, Grasshopper is another vegan dining option. It’s reasonably priced (most dishes are under $10) and features Asian specialties like curry, pork-style tofu, and fried rice. The cheesecake probably wouldn’t be mistaken for the real thing, but it’s delicious in its own right.

Veggie Planet: Tucked away on a quiet side street in Harvard Square, Veggie Planet serves cheap, unpretentious vegetarian grub, most of it under $10. Staples include pizza, pasta, soups, and their vegan “oddlet.” Veggie Planet also shares space with Club Passim, so if there’s a world music concert, you can enjoy live music while you eat.

Other Side Café: Aptly named for its location on the “other side” of Newbury Street, this café is not exclusively vegetarian but offers lots of veggie and vegan options, including a vegan cashew chili and a vegan BLT with veganaise and fakin’ Bacon (it’s tastier than it sounds). They also host art events and screen movies on Sunday nights.

Oleanna Restaurant: This Inman Square favorite is another restaurant that’s not entirely vegetarian, but thanks to its Arab-Mediterranean roots, it serves plenty of hummus, tahini, and vegetables. Oleanna’s vegetarian tasting menu is five mezze and dessert for $42. If ordering ala carte, be sure to try the Baked Alaska, which features coconut ice cream topped with passion fruit caramel for a sophisticated twist on the classic dish.

Your turn! What are some of your favorite places for vegetarian fare? And what types of restaurants or activities would you like to read about in the future?

Flickr photo courtesy of Nodame

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A contributing writer/blogger for DirectoryofBoston.com, Susan Johnston lives and writes near Fenway Park. She loves exploring the city and has also contributed to The Boston Globe, DailyCandy.com, and many other places.

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  1. Melanie says:

    Thanks for the post. I’ve been wanting to try Ten Tables for a while and this just reminded me.

    I love Grasshopper, but recently realized that they use msg, so if you have a sensitivity, remember to ask for no msg. Some of the apps are premade with it, so we endure since we LOVE the assorted appetizer plates 🙂

    Melanie’s last blog post..Fiddleheads Are Here

  2. Thanks for the information – I will defenitely pay a visit to the places you described when I’m in Boston.

    Anastacia Sabriel

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