cheap vegetarian (which is not Asian)
I saw this topic posted about five years back so I am hoping that half a decade is enough time to produce some additions to that rather meager list. I am going out to dinner with a visiting friend who is a vegetarian and I not being a vegetarian do no know much about finding places like this and so far my search has been rather fruitless (no pun intended). Our main restriction is that she is not a fan of Asian food in general and also that we are impoverished college students, so while I would give an arm and a leg to get the vegetarian tasting menu at Orleana, they only accept money-- something I do not have much of.
Bottom line, what is a cheap place to get some good non-Asian vegetarian fare?
The Clover food truck is the best and most affordable vegetarian option around the city. You can't go wrong for $5 a sandwich! You can find a truck at 20 Carleton Street in Cambridge and at the corner of Summer Street and Atlantic Ave in Boston. Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner, Yum!
You can do well as a vegetarian at many Middle Eastern / eastern Mediterranean places: I've enjoyed Cafe Barada (Lebanese, North Cambridge), Greek Corner (Greek, North Cambridge), Falafel Corner (pan-Middle Eastern, but I think the owners are Egyptian; the foul medammas is quite good and probably a better vegetarian option than the falafel, Harvard Square), and Istanbul'lu (Turkish, Teele Square). Fordee's in Watertown is generally regarded as having the best falafel, although I have sadly not made it there yet.
Miracle of Science does a nice veggie burger, and Christopher's does a decent one. Many people rave about the veggie burger at the Druid, but again I have sadly not been yet so can't comment from personal experience.
Many pizza places are of course good options for vegetarians as well. Some of my favorites include: Posto in Davis Square (a little pricier, but you can eat for under $20 pp if you share an appetizer or two and split a pizza), Cambridge 1 in Harvard Square, and Zing in Porter Square.
I'd also second Red Lentil and Helmand (which is a bit pricier) as good options.
Flatbread in Davis Square is another vegetarian friendly pizza place. In addition to the on-menu items, they have at least 1 veggie special each night. It's definitely our go-to pizza place now. Great drink selections as well, both alcoholic and non-alcoholic. Our bill is typically a little over $20 when I get a beer.
The above all have multiple vegetaran choices and aren't expensive. The vegetarian special at Helmand is one of the best dishes in town, veggie or not, and at $15 is a great deal.
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