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Vegetarian Gourmet Restaurants?

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Is anyone aware of any gourmet vegetarian (or natural foods) restaurants in the Boston area? I'm looking for something akin to the Moosewood Restaurant in Ithaca, NY, with creative, healthy cuisine, but without any specific ethnic focus. I like The Five Seasons in Brookline, but it would be nice to have some other choices. Any recommendations?

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  1. You might want to try Grasshopper, in Brighton. It's all vegetarian Asian food, good enough that even this unrepentant meat-eater liked it.

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    1. re: Seth Ditchik

      Grasshopper, for sure. One of the better SE Asian places, not to mention the veggie angle. The cooks can do alchemic things. What else? Centre Street Cafe in JP does a fine job, too. Real Berkeley, Cal vibe, great stir-fries and creative stews, veggie burgers. The Blue Room in Cambridge does great Veggie entrees. L'Espalier has a vegetarian tatsing menu that is often better than the meat-inclusive one.

      But my fave is Baraka Cafe, a tiny French-Noth African lace in Central with first-apartment charm and first-rate cooking. Lots of mezze (tapas from that region, veggie couscous, and other edibles where meat never enters the picture and neither does dissatisfaction.

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        Justin Kerber

        There is a place on Harvard Ave. in Brookline called "Buddha's Delight," or something like that, that bills itself, "exclusively vegetarian." Interesting niche marketing - this place is in the little Tel Aviv corridor, so they may be angling for Kosher diners. anyway, has anyone eaten there? is it any good?

        1. re: Justin Kerber

          Yeah, it's great, and really cheap too. You'd swear you were eating meat. Their "beef" dishes taste just like grilled sirloin tips. Give 'em a try!

    2. Try Five Seasons at 1634 Beacon Street in Brookline. Non-vegetarian options are available as well.