They say that traveling broadens the mind. In my experience, it’s also been known to expand the waistband. One of my favorite things to do when I’m visiting a new city is enjoy the local cuisine!
As INBOUND23 approaches, thousands of attendees will head to Boston for a feast of learning, networking, and exploration. Yet, amidst the hunger for knowledge, another kind of hunger will emerge – the craving for a satisfying meal after a day of engaging sessions.
Boston boasts an impressive vegan and vegetarian scene, offering diverse flavors and experiences. From hidden gems in historic quarters to stylish establishments with city vistas, these eateries cater to every palate.
Since Boston is Growth Spurt’s home, we thought we’d provide you with a list of our favorite vegan and vegetarian restaurants in Boston.
Searching for classic comfort food? Head to Veggie Galaxy for a step back in time – this imaginative twist on an old-school diner specializes in scratch-made vegan and vegetarian options!
Nestled in Cambridge, their all-vegetarian menu boasts delicious burgers, sandwiches, breakfast delights, and even vegan desserts!
Some of our favorites include the Buffalo Mac and Cheese, Reuben Sandwich, Mozzarella Sticks and of course the Boston Cream Pie for dessert – all vegan.
Location: 450 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA.
Experience vegan indulgence at PlantPub – vegan pub-style food. Their creative menu spans from juicy plant-based burgers to mouthwatering mac ‘n’ cheese, all crafted with sustainable ingredients.
From inventive recipes by the Kimchi Burger with Sweet Potato Fries, to pub staples, like the Chicken Sandwich, PlantPub’s selection has something for everyone.
If you have room for dessert, consider checking out PlantPub’s vegan Soft Serve.
Location: 29 Temple Pl, Boston, MA.
Craving a taste of Egypt? Koshari Mama is your go-to spot! Delight in flavorful vegan Egyptian street food, featuring their signature dish, Koshari. A mix of rice, lentils, pasta, and sauces. Taste the authenticity at this family owned and run treasure.
Location: 25 Kingston St, Boston, MA
My Thai Cafe
Embark on a Thai culinary journey at My Thai Cafe. Their extensive vegan menu features aromatic curries, stir-fries, and noodle dishes bursting with flavors. Discover Thai cuisine at its finest!
My Thai Cafe is also well-known for its wide range of bubble teas!
Some of our favorite menu items include the Mango Curry with Chicken and the “Bird’s Nest” – a fried taro-root nest filled with a combo of veggie-chicken and veggie-beef together with red peppers, zucchini, string beans, broccoli, onion, pineapple chunks, and walnuts, seasons with a hot curry sauce!
Location: 3 Beach St, Boston, MA
For those looking to get outside the Seaport and venture out to Allston, roughly 6 miles from the BCEC, Grasshopper just can’t be beaten.
If you were to stop anyone on the street in the neighborhood of Allston and ask them what they think about Grasshopper, you’ll either be told that the “No Name” vegan chicken makes up a significant portion of their diet or that the vegan buffet that takes place on the third Sunday of every month is the most significant social event on their calendars.
Make no mistake about this local favorite; the place is a dive. But what they lack in charming aesthetic, they make up for by serving up some of the best vegan Chinese and Vietnamese food anywhere.
The No Name chicken, which is battered gluten in a sweet and sour sauce, is a must. I’m also fond of the Spicy Black Pepper and Garlic Beef-Style Seitan.
Location: 1 N Beacon St. Allston, MA 02134
Life Alive Organic Cafe
Life Alive’s bold mission is “to renew your energy and connection to life by soulfully serving you the most fantastic, vibrant, organic, therapeutic, whole food you could ever imagine in an inspiring environment that honors local artisans, the community, and our global ecology.” If that isn’t clear enough for you, they have an item on the menu called “the Crunchy Hippie.”
Life Alive is an organic café with an all-vegetarian menu. If you’re the type that likes to stay healthy while traveling for work, Life Alive makes it easy to do so with its menu.
They’re best known for their delicious vegan smoothies and fresh juices. To eat, they have a variety of salads, warm grain bowls, and grilled wraps. Some menu items do have cheese or eggs but can be made without.
My typical order is the Hot & Healthy Bachelor, which is a grilled whole-wheat tortilla filled with melted cheddar cheese, hardboiled eggs, broccoli, kale, Braggs & nutritional flakes. I like to pair it with a Lust Alive smoothie, which is made with strawberries, bananas, fresh ginger, cinnamon, raw cacao, gelato, and coconut milk.
Location: 431 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02116
For those looking for some closer to BCEC, make sure to check out sweetgreen! Their mission says it all, “Building healthier communities by connecting people to real food.”
Known for its Innovative cold and hot salads mixing sweet and savory ingredients with different textures.
Location: 47 Northern Ave, Boston, MA 02210
Room for Dessert?
If you’re like me, you just can’t end a night on a savory meal – you need some sweets in your life. So, for the others in the house with a sweet tooth, I’ve included a good close option for dessert.
FoMu Ice Cream
FoMu Ice Cream is Boston’s vegan dessert company serving up creative and classic ice cream flavors and novelties.
Made from scratch using coconut milk and a blend of organic, natural sweeteners – FoMu Ice Cream is creamy and delicious.
Location: 155 Seaport Blvd, Boston, MA 02210
As you can see from this list, Boston’s vegan and vegetarian scene is bustling. From PlantPub’s tempting vegan offerings to Grasshopper’s celebrated vegan Chinese and Vietnamese dishes, and the health-conscious options at Life Alive Organic Cafe, the choices are diverse. For those looking to stay close to BCEC, sweetgreen’s innovative salads await.
If you’re looking for company, make sure to reach out at Tony@growthspurtagency.com – there’s nothing better than good food paired with good conversation!