Ah, that New Year diet. We feel you. All those holiday parties will really catch up on you, with an extra cookie here, a little pie there. Right about now, if you’re not going full force on a juice cleanse, you’re probably cleaning up your diet in some sort of way. Something as simple as #MeatlessMondays for a few weeks can make you feel a lot better, so we’re sharing a few of Boston’s great vegan-friendly restaurants.
Three locations of By CHLOE quickly popped up in Boston, so we can officially say this restaurant has something good goin’ on. By CHLOE considers themselves to be a plant-loving community with a menu full of whole ingredients from our Mother Earth. In addition to the menu being 100% plant-based, all of their food is made from scratch. Even their sweets are baked fresh in-house daily. We’ve all seen a kale salad or two, but by CHLOE’s twist on their Detox Kale salad is a mix of kale, quinoa, red pepper, dried cranberries, almonds, and a sesame vinaigrette. They’ve also got several types of burgers, mac & cheese made with a cashew cheese sauce, and a variety of toasts and snacks. Make sure to save room for dessert because you’ll surely be eye-balling their cookies, cupcakes, and donuts. Got a pup at home? Grab a bag of their “pupcakes” and homemade dog bones before you head out.
A healthy diner? Yep, totally possible. And you’ll find this match made in vegetarian heaven at Veggie Galaxy. Located right in Cambridge’s Central Square, Veggie Galaxy offers traditional comfort food made from scratch. It’s all vegetarian with the option of all dishes being made vegan. They’ve also got an on-site bakery that’s 100% vegan, so bring out that sweet tooth. On the breakfast menu you’ll find classics like Buffalo Chik’n Tenders, Vegan Mozzarella Sticks, breakfast sandwiches, and waffles. For lunch or dinner, a variety of sandwiches, burgers, and mac & cheese. And again, a dessert menu you can’t ignore. A Taza Chocolate layer cake? Yes, please.
When Thai cuisine meets a vegan lifestyle, you get My Thai Vegan Cafe in Chinatown. This hidden gem has a huge menu with large portion sizes. One of their featured dishes is their Fresh Mango with Yellow Curry, a stir-fried veggie and tofu dish that served right inside a fresh-cut mango. A similar dish is their Pumpkin Curry Medley that sits inside a whole pumpkin. If anything, they’ve got a cool presentation going on. As for their lunch and dinner menu, you get plenty of traditional Thai dishes like Tom Kha soup, Pad Thai, a variety of curries, and noodle dishes. Wash it all down with a bubble tea and you’ve had yourself a day.
Newly open as of this past fall, Veggie Grill sits right in the center of Harvard Square. The menu is all over the place with things like “Cheesesteak” sandwiches, patty melts, nachos, and chopped salads. The most interesting items on the menu seem to be their bowls. Choose from a Pozole Verde Bowl, Bulgogi Beef Protein Bowl, a Masala Bowl, and a few others. Despite some of the names, everything on the menu is plant-based.
Now with five locations throughout Greater Boston, Life Alive’s culinary vision is to make tasty, high-vibrational offerings mixed with creative twists on classic dishes. They’re probably most well-known for their amazing grain bowls and juices, but their salads, wraps, and noodle dishes do not disappoint. It may be difficult to choose from all the delicious sounding items, but the extremely popular Adventurer Bowl and Green Goddess Bowl are where we’ll point you. Oh, and that Strawberry Blonde smoothie? A+.
Hope you’ve saved room for dessert because FoMu is next on our list. But rest assured, their ice cream is all vegan too. It’s made with coconut milk and a blend of organic, natural sweeteners. Each flavor is made by hand, no shortcuts. In addition to the coconut-based ice cream, some of their limited batch offerings include almond, cashew, and fruit-based blends. FoMu has classic ice cream flavors like Cookies & Cream and Chocolate Cookie Dough, but also interesting twists like Tahitian Vanilla and Sweet Lavender. You might just need two spoons.
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