Travelling makes me hungry! One of my favorite things to do when I’m in a new city is check out the local cuisine. As a vegetarian or vegan, going out to dinner can require tiresome research. Boston has a reputation for having great restaurants. As a Bostonian and vegetarian of 6 years, allow me to be your guide to some of the city’s best vegan-friendly spots while you’re in town for INBOUND 2015.
Let’s start with what’s around the Boston Convention Center and work our way out.
1. Sweetgreen (http://www.sweetgreen.com) – salads, soups, crazy beverages
372 Congress St, Boston, MA 02210
If you’re looking to eat healthy while in town, Sweetgreen is the place for you. Located a short 10-minute walk from the convention center, Sweetgreen serves salads and soups made from organic and locally-sourced ingredients.
My go-to dish: Hummus Tahina with a Cucumber Ginger Limeade to drink
Mon – Fri 10:30am – 9pm
Sat – Sun 11:30am – 9pm
2. Boloco (http://www.boloco.com) – Boston’s answer to Chipotle
133 Federal St, Boston, MA 02110
Boloco refers to their menu offerings as “globally inspired burritos.” Really what they’ve done is take the idea of what a burrito is and stand it on its head with some really creative flavor combinations. You can get your traditional bean, rice, and fajita veggie burrito here but if you’re feeling adventurous you may want to try the Bangkok Thai (peanut sauce, Asian slaw, cucumbers, and brown rice).
There are Boloco’s all over the city, including one that’s a convenient 15-minute walk from the convention center. All menu items can be made vegetarian or vegan. Organic tofu is available as a meat substitute.
While you’re there…
You may as well walk another 10 minutes to the New England Aquarium and say hi to the Harbor Seals in the outside tank.
Mon – Fri 7am – 4pm
Feeling adventurous? Hop on the T (that’s what we call our subway system) and check out some of my favorite vegan spots around the city.
3. Veggie Galaxy (http://www.veggiegalaxy.com) – Vegetarian diner and vegan bakery
450 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02139
This is my absolute favorite restaurant on this list. Veggie Galaxy is the vegan’s answer to the grease bucket diner. If it’s comfort food you crave, look no further. Every item on the menu is vegetarian or can be made vegan.
For those of you with a sweet tooth, they have a vegan bakery with cakes and cookies that will turn you diabetic.
Sun – Thurs 9AM – 10PM
Fri – Sat 9AM – 11PM
How to get there from the Convention Center: Walk to South Station. Take the Red Line to the Central stop.
4. Grasshopper (http://www.grasshoppervegan.com) – Vegan Chinese
1 N Beacon St. Allston, MA 02134
Grasshopper is a can’t miss local favorite. Stop anyone on the street in the Allston neighborhood and 9 out of 10 will tell you to order the “No Name” vegan chicken. It is out of this world.
Bonus tip: If you’re still hungry after dinner, FoMu is a vegan ice cream place located right next door.
If you’re looking to get a taste of the Boston nightlife, Allston is sort of the Brooklyn-esque part of Boston. If ironic mustaches and way-too-cool bars is your thing, you’ll have a fun time in Allston.
Where to get a drink after dinner: The Model is the popular bar in this neighborhood and a short walk from the restaurant.
Mon – Thurs: 11AM – 10PM
Fri – Sat: 11AM – 11PM
Sunday: 12PM – 10PM
How to get there from the Convention Center: Walk to South Station, take the Red Line to the Central stop, walk to the corner of Green St and Magazine St, take the 64 Bus to the corner of N Beacon St and Cambridge St (10 stops).
If you get a chance to eat at one of these spots while you’re in town for INBOUND 2015, make sure to leave a comment and let me know what you thought. Do you have a recommendation not listed?