Vegetarian Journal's Guide to Natural Foods Restaurants in the U.S. and Canada
§ Reviewer's choice
263 Main St., Acton, MA 01720
Mexican. Bueno Y Saño translates as "Good and Healthy" and this small restaurant lives up to its name. The menu mainly features burritos including fillings like seitan, grilled zucchini, and fresh spinach, as well as the standard beans and rice. Burritos can be ordered without cheese or sour cream.
481 Cambridge St., Allston, MA 02134
Vegan/ice cream parlor. FoMu offers a wide variety of vegan ice creams, toppings, sorbets, baked goods, coffees, and teas. The menu includes traditional flavors such as Cookies and Cream to more experimental flavors like Avocado and Thai Peanut. FoMu offers an ever-changing menu of dairy-free, natural, and locally-made items. They do not use refined sugar and their frozen treats are coconut-based. FoMu is located between Beacon and Hano Streets in the Allston/Brighton area.
1 N. Beacon St., Allston, MA 02134
Vegan/Asian. Grasshopper's menu offers a wide variety of mock meat entrées and imaginative vegetable dishes, attractively served. Appetizers, Vietnamese pizza, and monthly specials are especially recommended. Grasshopper is located in Union Square.
487 Cambridge St., Allston, MA 02135
Vegan. Enjoy a wide variety of bowls including Viet Style, Seoul Style, and Miso Style.
(For restaurant listings in the surrounding areas, see Greenfield, Hadley, and Northampton.)
62 Main St., Amherst, MA 01002
Chinese. Amherst Chinese grows their own organic vegetables on their own farm. Reservations are accepted.
1 Boltwood Walk, Amherst, MA 01002
Mexican. See description under Acton, MA.
41 Campus Center Way, 310 Student Union, Amherst, MA 01003
Vegetarian café. Earthfoods Café is a student-run vegetarian collective at the University of Massachusetts. They operate like a co-op, and offer a daily dish that is usually vegan. Meals include Thai Style Tofu, Spinach Lasagna, Roasted Veggies, and Tofu Broccoli Peanut Stir-Fry. They are open to everyone not just university students, however, they are only open when school is in session. Cash only.
39 S. Pleasant St., Amherst, MA 01002
Asian. Fresh Side's menu features great tea rolls, rice and noodle dishes, salads, soups, and other dishes. Outdoor seating is available.
87 Main St., Amherst, MA 01002
Indian. There are some very good veggie options at Paradise of India. Try one of their Vegetable Curries like Mushroom Mattar or Biagan Bharta. Or bring a friend and enjoy the "Vegetarian Dinner for Two." Terrific lunch specials are available daily.
63 Main St., Amherst, MA 01002
Eclectic. The Lone Wolf offers many delicious vegan menu items. For breakfast, enjoy a Vegan Omelette, Tofu Veggie Scramble, Tofu Southwest Scramble, Vegan Benedict, French Toast, or Pancakes -- all vegan! The Lone Wolf is located next door to The Black Sheep.
166 Massachusetts Ave., Arlington, MA 02474
Vegan/Asian. Start your meal with Miso Mushroom Soup or Lemongrass Hot & Sour Soup. Follow this with a choice of salad including Avocado Salad, Mango Salad, and Seaweed Salad. You'll also find a variety of noodle and rice dishes, as well as main dishes such as Black Pepper Seitan, Malaysian Curry Stew, Kung Pao Eggplant, Lettuce Wraps, and Soy Cutlet Sizzling Platter. For dessert try Brown Rice Pudding, Banana Spring Roll, or vegan ice cream. They do not use MSG!
59 Pond St., Ashland, MA 01721
Vegetarian/Indian. Dosa Temple offers authentic South Indian vegetarian cuisine at great prices. Their extensive menu includes curries, dosas, uthappam, and Indo-Chinese selections. Formerly Chennai Woodland, Dosa Temple is located in Ponds Plaza (near Market Basket) on Route 126. The restaurant is closed on weekdays between lunch and dinner, so please call ahead for hours.
294 Cabot St., Beverly, MA 01915
Vegan/café/juice bar/organic. Organic Garden Café offers many living foods, including salads, soups, wraps, entrées, and desserts. Try the Ole Guacomole Burrito with wild rice, BBQ sauce, and creamy vegan "cheese," or the Mongolian with shiitake mushrooms and sun-dried tomatoes. Outdoor seating is available.
(For restaurant listings in the surrounding areas, see Allston, Arlington, Beverly, Billerica, Braintree, Brookline, Burlington, Cambridge, Concord, Dorchester, Framingham, Jamaica Plain, Lexington, Marblehead, Somerville, and Waltham.)
544 Tremont St., Boston, MA 02116
Ethiopian. Sample authentic Ethiopian cuisine from the vegetarian appetizer and entrée selections on the menu.
642 Beacon St., Boston, MA 02215
Vegetarian. See description under Sommerville, MA entry.
Dewey Square, Boston, MA 02111
City Hall Plaza, Boston, MA 02108
460 Harrison Ave., Boston, MA 02118
Boston University Bridge, 807 Commonwealth Ave., Boston, MA 02446
Longwood Medical Area, Blackfan St., Boston, MA 02115
Vegetarian/food truck. Clover Food Truck has five separate locations throughout the Boston and Cambridge area. They communicate from each location via Twitter, and their interactive blog allows customers to comment on service and get personal replies. This unique fast food dining experience allows you to get vegan and vegetarian food quick and on the go. Menu offerings include Chickpea Fritters, Barbeque Seitan, and Oatmeal with Rhubarb Compote. The Dewey Square location is near Summer Street and Atlantic Avenue. The City Hall Plaza location is only open on weekdays for breakfast and lunch. The Harrison Avenue location is at the SoWa Market on Sundays from May through October for breakfast and lunch. The location at the Boston University Bridge is open weekdays for breakfast and lunch only.
100 City Hall Plaza, Boston, MA 02108
Vegan/juice bar. Cocobeet is located in downtown Boston right next to City Hall. They specialize in making cold pressed juices and smoothies with local and organic ingredients. The extensive menu features fun choices like the Spice-C (orange, ginger, and jalapeno) and the Minty Matcha. They also have a wide variety of grab-and-go meals and snacks.
2 Beach St., Boston, MA 02111
Vegan/sandwich shop. Cuong’s Vegan Sandwiches is a take-out restaurant in Boston! It is the perfect stop if you are in a rush and need an inexpensive meal to go! You can choose from a variety of sandwiches including Massaman Curry, which is stir-fried veggie beef with peppers, mushrooms, coconut milk, and more! They offer other sandwich options in addition to salads, spring rolls, desserts, and bubble teas. Cash only!
484 Commonwealth Ave., Boston, MA 02215
Indian. Half of the menu is vegetarian. Special breads baked freshly in clay ovens accompany their extensive vegetarian menu.
279 Newbury St., Boston, MA 02116
Indian. Vegetable Samosas, Aloo Palak, and several other vegetarian options are available at this Indian restaurant.
50 Milk St., Boston, MA 02109
Kosher. Milk Street Café features many kosher-style vegetarian and vegan meals, including soups, salads, burritos, a Mediterranean platter, and hot entrées. The menu includes some fish dishes, but meat and poultry are not served.
3 Beach St., Boston, MA 02111
Vegan/Thai. My Thai Vegan Café offers Thai cuisine that is delicious and all-vegan. Their extensive menu consists of inventive mock meat and mock seafood dishes made from tofu and gluten. A vegan dessert or some bubble tea is the perfect ending to your meal. Located in Chinatown, My Thai Vegan Café is a local favorite; stop by to find out why.
150 Huntington Ave., Boston, MA 02115
Vegan/juice bar. Revolution Juice’s specialty is serving plant-based drinks to promote a nutritious and environmentally-friendly diet. Try their Carrot Ginger Curry, Vanilla Date-orade, or their Ginger Juice Shot from an expansive menu of juices, juice shots, smoothies, sorbets, coffees, teas, soups, snacks, and more at this juice bar which is located right between Newton and Belvidere Street.
66A Cross St., Boston, MA 02113
Vegan/juice bar. Enjoy a wide variety of fresh juices as well as Acai bowls.
338 Newbury St., Boston, MA 02115
Café. This hip but comfy café and bookstore features a daily vegetarian special and many creative vegetarian dishes on the menu, such as cashew chili and Tibetan momos (dumplings).
326 Harvard St., Brookline, MA 02446
Vegetarian/juice bar. Pure Cold Press is located directly next to Rami’s in Brookline. It is is a mix between a juice bar and a Jewish cafe. The streamlined modern rustic decor gives the Massachusetts juice bar a west coast, L.A. vibe, and the fresh pressed juices and salad bar have drawn in vegans from all over the area. Try the salad jars, customizable layered salads served in mason jars. The restaurant is down the road from Amory Playground.
207E Cambridge St., Burlington, MA 01803
Vegetarian/Indian. Ritu Ki Rasoi is a family-owned restaurant that serves all-vegetarian Indian fare along with cuisines from around the world (Italian, Mexican & Chinese) with an Indian twist. They pride themselves on using fresh, high-quality ingredients. Their menu is extensive and includes daily lunch specials. Please note that the restaurant is not visible from the road; they are located behind Burlington Auto Supply. Ritu Ki Rasoi is closed between lunch and dinner, so please call ahead for hours.
1920 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02140
American/pub. Christopher's has combined mainstream American and Mexican fare with a variety of vegetarian dishes and a dedication to wholesome and healthful food. (The owner is a long-time vegetarian!) The restaurant uses ingredients that are free of preservatives and artificial colors. All sauces, dressings, salsa, and guacamole are homemade. Even the brewed decaf is prepared "Swiss water processed," and there are no dioxins in the coffee filters.
7 Holyoke St., Cambridge, MA 02138
Vegetarian/American. Clover Food Lab operates several food trucks in Boston and Cambridge, however, this location in Harvard Square is an actual restaurant. Enjoy vegetarian and vegan fast food offerings such as Chickpea Fritters, Barbeque Seitan, and Oatmeal with Rhubarb Compote. Open 24 hours a day.
20 Carleton St., Cambridge, MA 02142
Vegetarian/food truck. Clover Food Truck has five separate locations throughout the Boston and Cambridge area. They communicate from each location via Twitter, and their interactive blog allows customers to comment on service and get personal replies. This unique fast food dining experience allows you to get vegan and vegetarian food quick and on the go. Menu offerings include Chickpea Fritters, Barbeque Seitan, and Oatmeal with Rhubarb Compote. The Carleton Street location is near Kendall Square and MIT.
89 Winthrop St., Cambridge, MA 02138
American/pub. Located in an old fraternity house, Grendel's serves eclectic vegetarian meals, like spinach lasagne, burritos, quesadillas, and a veggie burger. Grendel's is located in Harvard Square.
143 1st St., Cambridge, MA 02142
Afghan. Check under the vegetarian section of the menu for appetizers and entrées, including Kaddo Borawni (pan-fried then baked seasoned baby pumpkin), Sabzi Challo (spinach sautéed with Afghan seasoning), or one of the many other traditional vegetarian Afghan meals. Reservations are recommended.
765 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02139
Vegetarian/organic/juice bar. Life Alive is an organic café with a creative all-vegetarian menu. Munch on The Mystic Mountain Salad, full of greens, seeds, & veggies, or enjoy the Vegan Corn Chowdah. Life Alive in Cambridge is located in Central Square. Life Alive in Lowell is located in downtown Lowell's historic arts district, right across from the Quilt Museum.
1440 Massachusetts Ave., Harvard Square, Cambridge, MA 10003
Vegetarian/juice bar. Besides a huge selection of fresh juices, like organic carrot or cantaloupe, the menu offers a vegetarian sandwich menu with items like Chickenless Chicken, Hummus, and Nori Rolls.
625 West Kendall St., Cambridge, MA 02142
Vegetarian/juice bar. Enjoy their cold-pressed, organic juices, smoothies, and raw vegan snacks at both their indoor seating and outdoor seating in the large courtyard. They also have bowls and salads. Most items are vegan; however, some have honey in them.
450 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02139
Vegetarian/American. Veggie Galaxy is a vegetarian diner that is out of this world! Enjoy delicious comfort foods including breakfast which is available all day. Veggie Galaxy is located in Central Square.
1001 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02130
Vegan. The chef and owner runs a yoga studio and wanted to add a vegan restaurant and smoothie shop on location too! The menu includes breakfast and lunch items, and they are open late into the afternoon if you want an early dinner. Almost all menu items are made from scratch in-house such as pesto, nacho cheeze, veggie burgers, and eggless salad. They also have coffee, tea, and smoothies made to order. Don't forget to check out the selection of packaged vegan snacks and desserts to take home with you.
115 Prospect St., Cambridge, MA 02139
200 Alewife Brook Pkwy., Fresh Pond Mall, Cambridge, MA 02139
340 River St., Cambridge, MA 02139
Natural foods store/deli. A wide variety of vegetarian and vegan foods are offered in the deli and on the salad bar.
1600 Falmouth Rd., Ste. 27, Bell Tower Mall, Centerville, MA 02632
Natural foods café. Lunches feature many vegetarian sandwiches, plus soups and salads.
98 Commonwealth Ave., Concord, MA 01742
Natural foods deli. This deli serves many vegetarian and vegan items. Choose from soups; exotic salads, such as Taboulie with hemp seed and a Raw Kale Salad; vegetarian chili, vegan cookies, and much more.
48 Shaker Rd., East Longmeadow, MA 01028
Vegetarian/juice bar. All the juices are made from organic produce and are cold pressed. My Main Squeeze also offers snacks like quinoa salad and kale chips.
42 Cottage St., Easthampton, MA 01027
Café/juice bar. Enjoy a veggie wrap, Tempeh Reuben, salad, soup, and more. They also have specials.
200 Lunenburg St., Fitchburg, MA 01420
Indian. Bombay Tandoor Grill features exotic flavors of authentic Indian cuisine with delicacies from north and south India. Vegetarian menu items include vegetable pakoras and samosas, a mixed vegetable platter, palak paneer (chopped spinach with homemade cheese), Navratan Korma (nine mixed vegetables cooked in gravy with yogurt), and of course, a wide variety of Indian breads. The menu also includes a vegetarian luncheon special and an all-you-can-eat lunch buffet. Reservations are recommended.
22 Chestnut St., Florence, MA 01062
Vegan/organic/natural foods. Café Evolution offers tasty vegan food at great prices all in a comfortable and relaxing atmosphere. Enjoy such menu items as Fakin' Bacon BLT, Sunshine Burger, Chili Burrito, or the Soup of the Day. Look for terrific daily specials on the board. Their vegan desserts are simply delectable. Evolution features live music on Saturday nights, outdoor seating, and a not-to-be-missed Sunday brunch.
369 Central St., Foxborough, MA 02035
Thai. This café offers a wide selection of vegetarian Thai dishes, including appetizers, soups, salads, and entrées, several of which contain tofu.
665 Cochituate Rd., Framingham, MA 01701
Vegetarian. Their weekend brunch menu includes various soups and salads, tofu scramble, Yukon Gold Frittata, a Tofu Omelet, French Toast, and more. For lunch enjoy soups, salads, and appetizers, as well as main dishes such as BBQ Tempeph Sandwich, Millet Crumble Wrap, and numerous side dishes. For dinner enjoy soups, salads, appetizers, and main dishes such as Lentil Walnut Loaf, Seitan Picatta, and Black Bean and Sweet Potatoe Enchiladas. Kid's menu also available. Casual and comfortable sit-down restaurant with lots of parking and easy access. Near major shopping areas. Closed between lunch and dinner.
144 Main St., Greenfield, MA 01301
Natural foods store/deli. Green Fields Market is part of the Franklin Community Co-op. They offer organic produce, bulk foods, natural groceries, and wellness items. Their full service deli and artisan bakery features homemade soups, baked goods, made-to-order sandwiches, fresh salads and a hot bar. Green Fields is located in the heart of downtown Greenfield.
99 Russell St., Hadley, MA 01035
Café/coffeehouse. Esselon Café offers several veggie items; the menu notes what can be made vegan or gluten-free. Some of the delicious selections include Falafel Pita, Pasta Pomodoro, Veggie Burger, Tofu Scramble, and Vegan Benedict (their own version of Eggs Benedict made with tofu & vegan Hollandaise sauce). Esselon is also an artisan coffee roasting company so make sure to grab a freshly-brewed cup o' Joe. Live music is often featured, and outdoor dining in the gardens is available in warmer weather. Esselon Café is located on the Hadley Common on Route 9.
327 Russell St., Hadley, MA 01035
Natural foods store/deli. See description under Cambridge, MA.
35 Station St., Hingham, MA 02043
Vegan/juice bar. Enjoy a variety of juices and smoothies including Crimson Sunset and What's Up Doc.
349 Main St., Hyannis, MA 02601
Vegetarian/natural foods. Everything is vegetarian at the Green Lotus Café, but all dishes can be made vegan upon request. Both vegan mayo and Daiya vegan cheese are available. Daily specials rotate each day. Outdoor seating is available.
511 Main St., Hyannis, MA 02601
Indian. This restaurant offers several vegetarian entrées, including a mixed vegetable dish and a lentil dish.
304 Main St., Hyannis, MA 02601
Thai. Thai House offers authentic Thai cuisine with some vegetarian menu items. Dishes include Tofu Curry, Vegetarian Pad Thai, and Tofu Tamarind. For meals with a choice of meat, tofu & vegetable is an offered selection.
701 Centre St., Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
Indian. Bukhara Indian Bistro offers both vegetarian and vegan dishes. Enjoy vegan meals such as Tofu Saag or Mushroom Samosas.
617 Centre St., Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
Vegan/ice cream parlor. See description under Allston, MA.
674 Centre St., Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
Mexican. The Purple Cactus offers Tofu Teriyaki Wraps and many other tasty vegetarian plates, including their own creation, Tofu Hummus.
1710 Massachusetts Ave., Lexington, MA 02421
Thai. When dining at Lemon Grass, try the Tofu Pad Thai or the Vegetable Curry. They do not use fish sauce in the vegetarian entrées.
194 Middle St., Lowell, MA 01852
Vegetarian/organic/juice bar. See description under Cambridge, MA.
1717 Middlesex St., Lowell, MA 01851
Vegetarian/Indian. Offering South Indian all-vegetarian cuisine, Udupi Bhavan specializes in Dosas and Uthappams. They have an extensive menu and give you a lot of food for not a lot of money. They are closed between lunch and dinner on weekdays so please call ahead for hours.
472 High St., Medford, MA 02155
Vegan/café/eclectic. The eclectic menu at Fruition Vegan Kitchen is sure to have a dish to please everyone. Dishes range from classic like the Greek Salad to inspired like the Jerk Seitan Bowl. Be sure to check out the rotating selection of desserts. Closed between lunch and dinner, so call ahead for hours.
(For restaurant listings in the surrounding areas, see East Sandwich, Hyannis, Provincetown, Sandwich, and Woods Hole.)
50 Cliff Rd., Nantucket, MA 02554
Bakery/sandwich shop. Something Natural offers 20 varieties fresh-baked breads daily. Large sandwiches are made to order, and garden seating is available.
990 Great Plain Ave., Needham, MA 02492
Indian. Masala Art has a wide selection of vegetarian dishes which are noted as such on the menu. Try their Vegetable Lollipop (minced vegetables wrapped around a bread stick and served with spicy red chili sauce) or Jeera Aloo (cumin-scented, sautéed diced potatoes). Don't miss their special weekend brunch.
Tannery Marketplace, 50 Water St., Newburyport, MA 01950
Vegan/raw foods/organic. Revitalive Café, housed within the Tannery Marketplace, offers an all-vegan menu of raw foods. They use organic and local ingredients as much as possible. Enjoy salads, sandwiches, smoothies, and desserts. The whole menu is gluten-free as well.
45 Union St., Newton Center, MA 02159
Middle Eastern. Sabra's offers falafel, hummus, baba ghanouj, and meatless grape leaves, as well as six vegetarian salads.
1203 Walnut St., Newton Highlands, MA 02461
Vegetarian/natural foods/eclectic. Walnut Grille features unique and seasonally-inspired dishes using local and organic ingredients. The menu is largely vegan, and all items can be made vegan upon request. Try the Cajun Seitan Sandwich, the Vegan Benedict Florentine, or the Tuscan Fig & Oyster Mushroom Pizza. They also serve smoothies and juices with fun names like "Pink Dolphin" and "First Kiss." Walnut Grille is located one block off Route 9 and has a free parking lot in back. The restaurant is closed on weekends between brunch and dinner, so please call ahead for hours.
20 Marshall St., North Adams, MA 01247
Coffeehouse/café. Located right across the street from the Massachusetts MoCA, brewhaha offers a variety of vegetarian and some vegan options. Sandwiches and wraps include vegan avocado and portabello spinach wraps as well as garden burgers with soy cheese. There is also a wide selection of fresh baked goods, including muffins baked on-site. brewhaha often displays local art on the walls, and includes free WiFi.
68 Masonic St., Northampton, MA 01060
Vegetarian/natural foods. Their chalkboard menu of affordable international and eclectic vegetarian cuisine changes every one to two days. Many listed are dairy-free entrées. Desserts include honey- and sugar-sweetened, dairy and dairy-free. Outdoor seating available when weather permits. They also allow local women to display their artwork in the restaurant. Cash only.
134 Main St., Northampton, MA 01060
Mexican. See description under Acton, MA.
185 Main St., Northampton, MA 01060
Vegetarian. At Haymarket, all food is vegetarian, several items are vegan, and many menu items can be altered to be vegan. The restaurant downstairs serves soups, sandwiches, salads, and Middle Eastern dishes. Upstairs, you'll find a café featuring a juice bar, bakery, and coffee.
45 State St., Northampton, MA 01060
Indian. Enjoy authentic North Indian cuisine and fine dining at the elegant India House. Orders are prepared from family recipes using only the freshest ingredients. There are many vegetarian selections and an extensive portion of the menu can be prepared vegan. Everything is cooked to order and they are happy to add or delete an ingredient to suit your palate. Many dishes are gluten-free and no MSG, preservatives, sugar, or flour is used. Enjoy "the spice of life" at India House!
10 Bridge St., Northampton, MA 01060
Thornes Marketplace, 150 Main St., Northampton, MA 01060
Vegetarian/juice bar. They offer organic juices and smoothies and support local farmers and businesses. The “Buddha Bowl” is a top seller in the Bridge St. location. Occupying a kiosk inside the Thornes Marketplace, they provide a full range of juices and smoothies, as well as “nourishing bites” (vegan snacks). Most popular is the “Go Green,” made from kale, cucumber, celery, apple, and lemon. “Daily Greens” is the top smoothie choice, made from kale, banana, almond butter, lemon, apple juice, and coconut milk. Snacks include cashew “cheese” on flax crackers
150 Main St., Northampton, MA 01060
Natural foods/macrobiotic. Paul & Elizabeth's, which is located downtown, offers food that is excellent, generously portioned, and reasonably priced. Some of their entrées contain dairy, but these are clearly labeled. The menu includes many vegan options.
261 King St., Northampton, MA 01060
Vegan/Asian. Vegan Palate is committed to providing dishes prepared in a strictly vegan kitchen using organic produce and soy proteins. Along with a full bar, Vegan Palate has a menu filled with Asian-inspired dishes such as Malaysian curry stew, tom yum soup, and mango salad. Finish off your evening with a slice of vegan chocolate cake or a scoop of vegan ice cream in this restaurant’s cozy and casual atmosphere.
261 North St, Pittsfield, MA 01201
Indian. Many traditional vegetarian Indian dishes are available in the House of India.
7 Freeman St., Provincetown, MA 02657
International. Carousel horses, stained glass, and artwork decorate this restaurant, where you can enjoy Coconut Curry Stir-Fry, Syrian Falafel Melt, or one of the other international vegetarian options.
336 Commercial St., Provincetown, MA 02657
Natural foods/American. Tinys Local Food is focused on sustainability and conscious eating. By building relationships with family farms on Cape Cod and the surrounding areas, they are able to offer the freshest, locally-grown food. The menu changes seasonally but vegetarian and vegan options are always offered. Tinys is a relaxed eatery located upstairs with dining on the deck. The restaurant is closed between breakfast/lunch and dinner, so please call ahead for hours.
Museum Place Mall #110, Salem, MA 01970
Vegetarian/fast food. 3 Potato 4 is a small franchise offering potato-based (only organic potatoes are used) fast food. Choose your potato (russet, redskin, or sweet), pick your size, add a sauce (like bbq or curry ketchup), and then, if you'd like, add an extra such as vegan bacon bits. Their fries are baked not fried or cooked in oil, and they only use sea salt. 3 Potato 4 Salem is completely vegetarian and mostly vegan. The eatery is located in the Museum Mall, around the corner from Cinema Salem. Cash only.
281 Essex St., Salem, MA 01970
Vegetarian/organic/juice bar. Life Alive is an organic café with a creative all-vegetarian menu. Munch on The Mystic Mountain Salad, full of greens, seeds, & veggies, or enjoy the Vegan Corn Chowdah.
3 State St., Shelburne Falls, MA 01370
Natural foods store/deli. McCusker's Market is part of the Franklin Community Co-op. They offer organic produce, bulk foods, natural groceries, and wellness items. Their full service deli and artisan bakery features homemade soups, baked goods, made-to-order sandwiches, fresh salads and a hot bar. Dine indoors or enjoy outdoor seating with a view of the "Bridge of Flowers."
378 Maple Ave., Shrewsbury, MA 01545
Vegetarian/Indian. Udupi Bhavan specializes in South Indian vegetarian cuisine. Their extensive menu includes traditional dishes like dosai, uthappam, curries, breads, and rice specialties. The restaurant is closed on weekdays between lunch and dinner, so please call ahead for hours.
248 Elm St., Somerville, MA 02144
Vegetarian/Middle Eastern. he Amsterdam Falafelshop is an experience that no falafel lover should miss! It is a fun, casual way to enjoy popular Middle Eastern food. Just order your sandwich and get creative with the wide variety of toppings available at the salad bar. Some of the sauces contain dairy, so be sure to ask if you are unsure. Don't miss out on the true Amsterdam experience by forgetting to order a cone of fries!
447 Somerville Ave., Somerville, MA 02143
Vegetarian. North and South Indian and Indo-Chinese vegetarian dishes plus gourmet pizza. Vegan items are clearly marked on menu.
23 Union Sq., Somerville, MA 02143
Indian. Dine on breads, vegetable samosas, and numerous vegetarian and vegan Indian entrées at India Palace.
1153 Broadway, Somerville, MA 02144
Vegan/contemporary. True Bistro is an upscale restaurant that serves vegan food and drink. Using fresh, local, and seasonal ingredients, their international menu includes gluten-free items, and for those with mild tree nut allergies, nut-free options are available. Enjoy fine dining with selections such as Black Bean & Plantain Torte, Waffles (topped with berry compote and warm maple syrup), or the Grilled Seitan Sausage Sandwich (with lettuce, cherry tomato, mustard, and aioli on toasted sourdough). True Bistro is in Somerville's Teele Square neighborhood, next to Tufts University, and near the Davis Square subway stop on the Red Line. The restaurant is closed between lunch/brunch and dinner, so please call ahead for hours.
880 Sumner Ave., Springfield, MA 01108
Mexican. See description under Acton, MA.
582 Moody St., Waltham, MA 02453
Vegan/macrobiotic. Masao's Kitchen uses organic and fresh ingredients to prepare their all-vegan menu based on macrobiotic teachings. They do not use refined sugar, MSG, preservatives, irradiated or genetically-modified foods. Their self-service hot table and salad bar (sold by the pound) offers seitan, tofu, and tempeh. Each day highlights a different organic bean. End your meal with one of their sweets like blueberry cake with almonds or a chocolate chip cookie.
600 Mount Auburn St., Watertown, MA 02472
Vegetarian/international/organic. The Red Lentil Vegetarian & Vegan Restaurant truly offers something for everyone. The menu includes Zen Veggie Burger, Butternut Squash Polenta, Tempeh Reuben, Eggless Salad Wrap, and Pistachio & Herb Encrusted Tofu with Corn Cake. Most dishes are already vegan, but all can be prepared so by request. There are several gluten-free items, and they are noted on the menu. The Red Lentil is closed between brunch and dinner on Sunday, so please call ahead for hours.
71 Elm St., Watertown, MA 02472
Vegan/international. Run by Chef Pankaj Pradhan, Boston’s Wild Rice Café is the place to go if you are looking for gourmet-style vegan food, in a small well-lit restaurant with a community feeling. Their menu, available online, features high-quality photographs and mouthwatering descriptions. Most of the dishes seem to be classy twists on traditional American or International dishes. For breakfast, for example, a “crepe suzette” is described as “a whole wheat crepe filled with sliced banana and toasted walnuts. Topped with Cointreau-infused orange reduction and chocolate drizzle.” You can also try some Uppma--south-Indian inspired stone grits. For lunch, options include Tempeh “crab” cakes, a Texmex enchilada, or a “Mantra wrap,” bundled in South Indian Roti flatbread. Their menu also includes a number of gluten-free options.
3 Harris St., West Stockbridge, MA 01266
Vietnamese. Truc Orient Express offers a separate vegetarian menu that includes Marinated Tofu over Fine Rice Noodles, Tofu with Lemon Grass, Sweet and Sour Mushrooms, Vegetarian Fried Rice, soups, salads, and more! Reservations are accepted.
23 Spring St., Williamstown, MA 01267
Indian. Spice Root Modern Indian Cuisine offers many vegetarian and vegan items and they are noted as such on the menu. Enjoy vegan dishes like Tofu Sag, Aloo Gobi, or Chana Masala. They also have a great weekday luncheon buffet that always includes vegetarian items. Spice Root is adjacent to the Williams College campus, in the heart of downtown Williamstown. The restauratn is closed between lunch and dinner, so please call ahead for hours.
157 Belmont St., Worcester, MA 01608
Vegan/Jamaican/American. Belmont Vegetarian Restaurant offers delicious Jamaican and American cuisine that is completely vegan. The menu is always changing but may include Vegetable Stew, Curry 'Chicken,' or Pea Soup. Make sure to try the very popular Macaroni & Soy Cheese. Prices are hard to beat at this mostly take-out restaurant. Belmont Vegetarian is located at the corner of Eastern Avenue.
589B Park Ave., Worcester, MA 01603
Vegan. If you have a craving for delicious food, check out Chickpea Cafe, a vegan sandwich and ice cream shop that donates 100% of its profit to animal rights organizations. Their Mediterranean sandwich sounds delectable, as it is made with mushrooms, hummus, artichoke, peppers, sun dried tomatoes, olive tapenade, pepperoncini, capers, baby spinach, and fresh tomato on ciabatta. Pair that with some Sweet Date Vegan Ice Cream and you have a meal that’s good for you and satisfies your sweet tooth!
234 Chandler St., Worcester, MA 01609
American. EVO Dining offers American cuisine using organic and local ingredients. Vegan options are extensive and the menu notes what is vegan and what can be made vegan. For their weekend breakfast, enjoy Tofu Scramble, Veggie Sausage, and Fake Bacon.
56 Hamilton St., Worcester, MA 01604
415 Chandler St., Worcester, MA 01602
Vegan/Asian/American. Loving Hut is an international vegan restaurant chain with the slogan, "Be Veg. Go Green. Save the Planet." They offer gourmet vegan cuisine "for those making the noble transition to a plant-based diet." Although the menu varies by location, it typically includes appetizers, soups, salads, entrées, desserts, and special beverages. Both Asian and American meals are served including mock meat and vegetable dishes. Loving Hut was created with a vision that all beings could live in peace, love, and harmony with each other and the planet.
232 Chandler St., Worcester, MA 01609
Natural foods store. Although not strictly vegetarian, there is a large selection of fine natural vegetarian and vegan dishes, and they offer several dairy-free desserts.