Poll: Help the Vegetarians!
I've got a lot of favorites....
Oleana in Cambridge - http://www.oleanarestaurant.com/ They have a vegetarian tasting menu that is what ever the chef feels like but you can't go wrong with anything they serve it is a must. The Spinach Falafel, Tahini, Yogurt with Beets & Mâche are the out of this world.
Based on this post I went to Oleana on Friday night for a special occasion dinner with the boyfriend. WOW! It was AMAZING from beginning to end. Not only was the food spectacular, but the space and service were also fabulous. Before dinner I got the white port cocktail with mint and grapes. The BF got sangria. Both excellent. We did the vegetarian tasting menu with wine pairings. All courses were timed just right and the wine pairings were perfect. Started with 4 items from the pret a manger area of the menu. My favorite was the Spicy Carrot Puree & Egyptian Spice Mix with Nuts & Olive Oil, the BF loved the Whipped Feta with Sweet & Hot Peppers - but all were certainly worth ordering again. Other standouts from the next 4 courses were the spinach falafel, manchego cheese cakes with green chard, Ricotta & Bread Dumplings with Red Wine, Porcini and Kale, beet salad. There was more - all great - dessert was also a winner. A small chocolate cake, and ice cream with candied fruit. Considering we did a 6 course tasting menu with wine pairings with each course (and also got 2 additional cocktails to start), I think the $200 price tag was very reasonable. I can't wait to go back!
At Addis, you don't even need to worry about narrowing down your choices. The "Winnie Mandela Special" is a sample of all of their vegetarian dishes.
Probably one of the first places I think of when someone asks for good vegetarian.
My personal favorite is either the Nemeser Wot or Mittin Shuro Wot. I keep forgeting which wot is wot.
My favorite is the herb broth with a variety of tofu and vegetables (I get cravings for the watercress) at Little Q Mongolian Hot Pot on Hancock Street in Quincy.
Most of the outstanding broths are vegetarian. and the scallion pancakes are some of the best in the region. It is definitely worth a detour for some of the most delicious broth and food without any worry about chicken stock. Just ask to be sure - five out of the six broths are vegetarian, if I remember correctly.
My carnivorous family choose beef, and love the vegetarian broths.
I eat great vegetarian dishes all the time so to me that seems like an very broad question.
I second Rami's falafel sandwich with hot sauce (which I think is much better than Shwarama King).
How about a veggie kibbee platter from either Boston Shwarma or Reef Cafe? Delicious.
I would say a curry tofu plate from Rod Dee, but that surely has shrimp paste. I don't know if shrimp paste in a curry sauce qualifies as animal flesh. Brown Sugar/The Similans has a good curry that definitely is vegan.
There are so many Indian dishes that fit the bill that it's impossible to pick one. I would just say do a search for good Indian restaurants and try the buffet or dinner. Namaskar's buffet is particularly good for vegetarians. Kebab Factory is great too.
Malaysian Buddhist delight at Aneka Rasa, with coconut rice, is excellent.
I can think of so many Asian dishes that it's basically impossible to narrow them down. All I can say is...I used to be a vegetarian, for like 15 years. I didn't want to trouble anyone and would eat wherever. But don't take me to some completely Western meat-centric place with one boring token vegetarian dish on the menu (or even worse, they are able to throw together some vegetables in the kitchen) and expect me to be pleased.
Hard to put a top 3, as it's like comparing apples and oranges, but here are some that I like.
Gluten puffs with edamame/mao2 dou3 and tofu skin/bai2 ye4 at New Shanghai in Chinatown. Also the appetizers like kao3 fu1 (gluten with pieces, lily stems in a dark sweet anise flavoured sauce), ma3 lan2 tou2 (chopped wild Shanghainese vegetables and tofu).
Similar dishes at Shanghai Gate in Allston.
Seaweed with garlic at Chung Shin Yuan in Newton.
Mezze plate at Sultan's Kitchen.
The mucver (zuchinni pancakes/fritters) at Brookline Family Turkish Restaurant (the yogurt's excellent).
Ultimate veggie platter at Cafe Baraka.
Gujarati Thali at Namaskar.
Daikon dumplings at O Ya.
9 East Street, Boston, MA 02111
80 Pearl St, Cambridge, MA 02139
New Shanghai Restaurant
21 Hudson St, Boston, MA 02111
204 Harvard Ave, Allston, MA 02134
Chung Shin Yuan
183 California St, Newtonville, MA 02458
Brookline Family Restaurant
305 Washington St, Brookline, MA 02445
Namaskar Fine Indian Cuisine
236 Elm St, Somerville, MA 02144
116 State St, Boston, MA 02109
I can't wait to try some of these. I could go for a big dose of those noodles with tofu and peanut sauce right now. Yes, The Helmand is great, esp. the Kaddo. I didn't know Sabur had a whole vegetarian menu. (A respite from the usual menu jerk, "Ooh, that sounds--nope, shrimp; oh, this sounds pretty--nope, pancetta.") It looks great, and I drive by there all the time, for some reason without stopping, but now I know better. And I'll dream of spinach and mascarpone ravioli tonight.... And maybe eat some tomorrow. Thanks for all the great ideas.
The mujeddara and the ful mudammus at Cafe Barada on Mass. Ave. near Porter are terrific, and they always have one vegetarian special from a list of rotating specials. We usually start off with hummus and olives, then either the mujeddara or the special with a side of buttery rice, and sometimes try to manage a piece of very good baklava. Yum!
We also love the masala dosa at Bombay in Arlington Center, especially when you eat in so it's nice and crispy and light.
The white bean gazpacho I recently had at Salts was amazing.
Veggie cuban at Chez Henri
Bread at the Helmand.
Bread and garlic oil at Sabur.
The greek pizza and the vegetable ravioli at Croma
Malai kofta at Tanjore
Vegetable platter at Cafe Baraka
Corn and cheese platter at Macchu Picchu
Tons of favorites as well, but here's my top 3 (at least today):
Veggie platter at East Coast Grill. Sounds boring, but damn I crave that all the time. Vegan or vegetarian option - either rocks.
Veggie chef's whim at Craigie Street Bistrot (I know, it's not a dish, but I've never had anything less than an amazing meal there).
Homemade veggie burger at Christophers. (The ones at Publick House and Atwood's are quite tasty too).
Weathermasta, you're reading my mind. Ditto on the Christopher's burger. It's important to get the housemade one, not to other one -- it can get confusing if you don't know better, and I equally love the Publick House's version, also made on premises.
And to ChrisVR upthread, god that kaddo is to die for, isn't it?
Weathermasta, can you remember some of the items on the Veggie Platter at ECG? I have a friend who loves that place, but I never go with him because the menu doesn't look too good to a vegetarian. If there were something I craved there, it would make his day!
And I've heard talk of this legendary veggie burger at Christophers, but, like the veggie cubano at Chez Henri, I keep forgetting it's there. Now I'll have this great thread as a constant reference/reminder.
I've been working my way through this entire post, and finally had a chance to do the Chef's Whim at Craigie Street (I did a 6 course tasting menu). It is now firmly in my top three vegetarian dishes. If I have to pick just ONE thing from that menu that was truly a standout, that would be the polenta dish included in last night's whim. I've always liked polenta, but after trying this I thought I'd gone to heaven! Other standouts from the tasting menu were the celery root soup and Olive Oil-Taza Chcolate Mousse - however, it was all fantastic and I can't wait to go back. The service was impeccable and chef Tony Maws came out to speak with us which I thought was a really nice touch.
All casual places - I have not done high-end veggie in Boston.
-Bean veggie burger at Audubon Circle
-Veggie burger at Atwood's
-Veggie tasting platter at Enormous Room (although I haven't done that in like 3-4 years).
-(I cheat with one more) Luke Park's Veggie handrolls at Rivergods - mmm mmm good.
• Masala Dosas from Namaskar.
• Florentine benedict from Sound Bites.
• Royal Tofu from East Asia.
• the daily veggie special at EVOO. Last night I had parsnip cannoli, and they were amazing.
• Veggie ramen from Sapporo.
• the Dolmen Veggie Burger from The Burren.. it's a sort of curry patty.
This is an old thread, but one that I fully support resurrecting. I know a lot of fantastic veggie food has popped up in Boston over the last couple of years.
My additions (we're a bit Camberville-centric):
-Clover Food Lab: BLT
-Pizzeria Regina: magherita pizza
-Lemon Thai: cashew stir fry or anything with peanut sauce + brown rice and tofu (these prolly have fish sauce)
-Taipei Tokyo: peanut avocado rolls with brown rice
-Cafe Barada: hummus and mujaddara
-Ten Tables: veggie tasting menu--spectacular and reasonably priced
-Veggie Planet: Henry's Dinner (butternut squash, goat cheese pizza)
-Solea: Buٌnuelos de Alcachofas y Espinacas (Artichoke & Spinach Fritters)
-Za: lots of the seasonal pizzas + their Black bean avocado & roasted beet salads
-Yak & Yeti: palak kofta
Just 3 is tough. We like various different dishes at Life Alive. We've eaten at the Lowell location and see that the Central Square, Cambridge location is opening soon! Various dishes at Martsa on Elm (Tibetan, Davis Square, Camb), the veg plate at Asmara (Eritrean, Central Sq, Camb), Pulse near Davis Sq has great food. We're vegan and I'm gluten-free and we find food we like, even more choices for others.
194 Middle St Apt 3R, Lowell, MA 01852
Lalla Mussa Dal - Black lentil simmered overnight in spices offered at Tamarind Bay, Harvard Sq.
Tofu pad thai at Thai Moon, Arlington.
Pie Tee (A.K.A. Top Hats) shredded jicama, cucumber, carrot, and tofu cake in a crispy hat shape shell, topped with fragrant fried shallots at Island Hopper, Back Bay.
75 Winthrop St, Cambridge, MA 02138
663 Massachusetts Ave, Arlington, MA 02476
91 Massachusetts Ave, Boston, MA 02115
just want to caution some people that this thread goes back many years and some of the restos mentioned no longer exist.
ginger deep fried bean curd at Mary Chung's, Central Sq, Cambridge.served in a unique slightly sweeet sauce w/ julienned ginger. also GREAT and refreshing if eaten as a take-out or leftover lunch.
rice stuffed baby eggplant at Eastern Lamejun Bakery, Watertown (take out only)
eggplant salad - Toro, South End ; could eat this for my entire meal.
Mary Chung Restaurant
460 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139
1704 Washington St, Boston, MA 02118
Top three tofu dishes:
homestyle tofu from Qingdao
yu hsiang tofu from Mary Chung
pad kee mao with tofu from Rod Dee
Top three non-tofu vegetarian dishes:
fried eggplant from Red Lentil
falafel from Rami's
dry fried green beans from Qingdao or Mary Chung
Mary Chung Restaurant
460 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139
600 Mt Auburn St, Watertown, MA 02472
good post bringback! Are there ANY faves from North of Boston??
My minds a blank right now..all i can think of are a couple favorite ordinary comfort dishes.. Spinach pie (does have feta though) with greek green beans and roasted potato and the greek salad at Brothers Kouzina Peabody, avocado rolls and veggie tempura at Sushi Island, and the homemade angel hair with vegetables at Calitris Danvers. Just make sure to ask for no chicken broth, as it is questionable as to whether its used in their seasoning.. might depend on the chef that day, but they make sure its not if you ask.
25 Newbury St, Peabody, MA 01960