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San Francisco chowhound heading to Boston with mixed group. My wife is a vegetarian. Looking for a few nice lunch/dinner choices to appeal to vegetatians and meat/fish eaters. Not looking for anything too pricey or fancy. Asian restaurants not a priority as we come from SF.

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  1. I'd hit Oleana, Ten Tables (prefer JP location to Cambridge), Erbaluce, or Sportello - all terrific mid-range restaurants at which you're likely to have more than just a single pasta option. Highly recommend the four-course veg tasting at Oleana and the Tuesday night wine dinner (available vegetarian or not) at Ten Tables.

    Also, for a more casual option, get a chickpea fritter at the Clover food truck near MIT or on the Greenway.

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    Oleana
    134 Hampshire St., Cambridge, MA 02139

    Sportello
    348 Congress Street, Boston, MA 02110

    Ten Tables
    5 Craigie Circle, Cambridge, MA 02138

    Erbaluce
    69 Church Street, Boston, MA 02116

    1. The Otherside Cafe on Newbury has the best vegetarian chili I've ever had (and I'm not a vegetarian).

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      Other Side Cafe
      407 Newbury St, Boston, MA 02115

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      1. re: ihor26

        Yeah, Other Side is a good call for lunch as is Ula Cafe in Jamaica Plain (a veg friend visiting from L.A. proclaimed their sweet potato sandwich her favorite ever). Other great casual lunch spots with good meatless options are Mike and Patty's and Scup's in the Harbor (the latter has a great view of Boston Harbor and is a cool spot for tourists anyway).

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        Other Side Cafe
        407 Newbury St, Boston, MA 02115

      2. I'm not a vegetarian but love vegetables (and, therefore, vegetarian options). Many restaurants serve plenty vegetarian options, especially in the summer (I've had a number of great soups and appetizers), so find a place that looks appealing and then scour the menu a bit.

        Helmand in Cambridge has terrific lamb dishes and yummy vegetarian options (the eggplant and the pumpkin are standouts); nice restaurant and not too pricey (by Boston standards).

        I will say that I've had trouble finding good vegetarian sandwiches in Boston (but maybe I'm just picky). Flour bakery (3 locations) actually has 3 very different vegetarian sandwich options plus specials (soup, pizza, quiche) that are sometimes vegetarian, and their non-veg sandwiches are quite good as well, so that might be interesting to try for lunch.

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        1. re: yanz

          most indian restaurants serve vegetarian food, and my favorite in the Boston area is Tamarind Bay. I would not recommend the brunch, but I recommend dinner, and I like the okra and i like the shrimp in fenugreek.

          I am only familiar with the T.B. in Harvard Square, which, by the way, is close to the Harvard Square red line "T" stop.

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          Tamarind Bay
          75 Winthrop St, Cambridge, MA 02138

          1. re: yanz

            For vegetarian sandwiches, I'd recommend either the Clover Food Truck (at Dewey Sq and MIT) or Crema Cafe (Harvard Square). Crema Cafe has a sweet potato, avocado, and green apple sandwich that is really amazing. There is also the vegetarian cubano at Chez Henri, but that is unfortunately not open for lunch.

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            Chez Henri
            1 Shepard Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

            Crema Cafe
            27 Brattle St, Cambridge, MA 02138

            Clover Food Truck
            Dewey Square (at the South Station T-stop exit), Boston, MA

            1. re: greenzebra

              Darwins is another good spot in Harvard for vegetarian and regular sandwiches.

              Might want to look into The Gallows. Im heading there tonight for the Farmer's Platter and vegetarian poutine.

              Silvertone is also a good option for a inexpensive but delicous menu that is great for vegetarians and meat eaters alike. Great downtown location as well.

              1. re: greenzebra

                thanks for the suggestions, though I'm looking for something in Boston, since that's where I live/work.

            2. Helmand is an Afghan restaurant with terrific vegetarian options as well as great carnivorous ones. It's in Cambridge a few blocks from the Lechmere T stop. Dinner only, reservations a good idea. I am also a fan of Oleana but will caveat that not everyone loves it and I think that it is because the flavors there are on the subtle side.

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              Oleana
              134 Hampshire St., Cambridge, MA 02139

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              1. re: GretchenS

                I just posted these on another but they would also be good dinner options for you...South End Buttery, Franklin Cafe, The Beehive, Bin 26. Also, Cafe Jaffa has amazing falafel, greek salad, etc...great lunch option. Paramount in Beacon Hill is another good lunch spot. Also, head to the North End and you can stumble into any number of decent italian restaurants for pastas, eggplant parm, etc...I highly rec trying Panza for Eggplant Parm.

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                Cafe Jaffa
                48 Gloucester St, Boston, MA 02115

              2. If you happen to be in Watertown, there is a small restaurant on Spring St called Molana Restaurant. They have the best eggplant dish over basmati rice I have ever eaten. And I don't even like eggplant.

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                Molana Restaurants
                5 Spring St, Watertown, MA 02472

                1. vee vee in jamaica plain would fit the criteria pretty well. very deft hand with vegetables & fish, mid-range & casual.

                  http://www.veeveejp.com/menu.html