best bets for vegetarian omnivore couple
What do people recommend for a vegetarian and an omnivore vacationing in Boston? We like especially like Chinese, Ethipoian, Indian, Italian, French; mostly casual/inexpensive, but we also like to splurge once a trip. Transportation wise we try not to drive once we reach Boston, but we are willing to walk long distances.
EAST COAST GRILL!!!!! Located in Inman Sq, in Cambridge, this classic Boston/American restaurant serves serves local seafood and bbq'd meats. They also have an amazing, massive veg plate with all of their sides. The staff is also very knowledgeable about the ingredients in their dishes. Did I mention the great margaritas?
I agree with ECG, though Breadpuddin didn't say where he'll be staying. Anoher couple of places that veggie hubby and I haven't had trouble with omnivore companions are the Helmand and Oleana, both excellent, interesting food and plenty of veggie options.
As the veg 1/2 of one of those same couplings, I would recommend Addis Red Sea in the South End for Ethiopian. You can get a 'combo' with meat items on 1/2 the tray & veggies on the other. Or even full-on veggies - the lentils, etc are really filling, even for the meat eaters... Pretty good food, and a casual, fun place. Not too expensive, especially considering the neighborhood.
We have also had a great meal at Red Fez, also in the South End. There are varying opinions on this board about it, but I think the management is new & so our experience about a month ago was perfect. Middle Eastern/Med, lots of hot & cold mezze... Fair pricing.
I'd strongly recommend Oleana - great food and they do a pretty interesting multi-course vegetarian tasting menu. It's also fairly casual but still "nice" - probably right up your alley.
While I heartily endorse the ECG, Taiwan Cafe, Oleana and Helmand recommendations, you might also consider searching the board for Indian and Italian recommendations. Both cuisines offer many vegetarian options. While there are many options and you might ultimately choose by location, I would recommend Tamarind Bay in Harvard Square for Indian, Prezza, Pomodoro, and Pizzeria Regina in the North End, Sorellina in the South End, or the Grotto on Beacon Hill, all for Italian.
Shanghai Gate or New Shanghai for Shanghainese.
Brookline Family Turkish Restaurant for Turkish.
Royal Bengal for Bengali.
Namaskar for Gujarati.
All with a good number of vegetarian dishes that are typical of the cuisine.
I'm also in a veg/omnivore relationship! We like Casablanca in Harvard square, which has a reasonable selection of veggie apps (usually just one entree selection, but you can assemble a selection of their very good appetizers anyway)
For Indian, Rangoli in Allson has tons of veg options (or, secondarily, Tanjore in Harvard square, though not as good imho). As mentioned, Tamarind Bay is also good, though my experiences there have been rather variable.
I have to admit that I've never found the East Coast Grill "all vegetable extravaganza" (or whatever they call it) all that exciting, but with a scotch bonnet martini, everything's better :)
If you're wandering around downtown and looking for a lunch spot, Chacerero at downtown crossing has an interesting veg sandwich with cheese and green beans (ask for extra hot sauce if you like it spicy!), or tofu banh mi in Chinatown.