I'm taking friend out for a late holiday/early birthday gift, and I need some recommendations. She's a vegetarian, I am not although I love to do the vegetarian tastings ... I've checked out the Oleana website and that looks fantastic to me, but does anyone have other recommendations? Price doesn't matter, but I do want to go somewhere that does a fantastic vegetarian meal. And preferably not brunch; I'm the only human being who hates going to brunch.
I'm a vegetarian and have become a big fan of Craigie on Main, but it is worth noting that they typically have only one vegetarian entree, a salad, and a soup that can sometimes be vegetarianized by dropping some of the good bits as options. For a weekday/ neighborhood dinner, lack of choice may not be a problem, provided that the non-choices are good (and at CoM they typically are), but for a birthday or special dinner I wouldn't take a vegetarian as making a choice is often part of the fun.
A place I've seen recommended on the boards is Garden at the Cellar. Though I haven't tried it yesterday, I walked by just yesterday and can confirm that they do have a very vegetarian friendly menu. Again, I haven't dined there yet, but the place seemed to lack some of the atmosphere that I would want for a festive dinner.
Martsa's on Elm (Tibetan) in Davis Square, Somerville, has excellent vegetarian selections.
Elephant Walk (French/Cambodian) has Boston, Cambridge (Porter Sq) and Waltham locations and tasty veg options. If you want to go farther afield there's Organic Garden in Beverly or Life Alive in Lowell.
Although I'm not particularly a fan of the East Coast Grill, they do have a vegetarian entree that several veg friends have raved about. (I've several times wished I'd ordered it, when I see it next to whatever I've ordered!) Part of what makes it good is that they use whatever is fresh and in season at the moment, though, so I'm not sure that this is a very good time of year for it....
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