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May 26, 2011 10:26 AM

Vegetarian in central Boston

I'm looking for a medium or inexpensive vegetarian or vegetarian-friendly restaurant in Boston for this friday night. A short subway or cab ride from the Waterfront district would be acceptable. I'm particularly interested in South Indian food, but any suggestions for delicious veggie options would be much appreciated.

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  1. Much of the Indian action around the greater Boston area is probably outside your desired geography. Would Chinese be okay? There are any number of excellent choices in Chinatown that would fit your price range and have a range of meatless dishes. Perhaps others on this list can make some specific suggestions if that would be a possible option for you.

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    1. re: PinchOfSalt

      Chinese can be dangerous, especially if there's a language barrier. If things like fish sauce and oyster sauce are issues, I'd be careful.

      There aren't any explicitly vegetarian indian places near downtown, but most indian restaurants have a significant variety of vegetarian dishes. My husband and I are both vegetarian and never have issues with indian restaurants around here. Many will even make dishes vegan, upon request.

      If you're willing, my recommendation would be to head out to Watertown (not too far from downtown Boston) and go to Red Lentil. It's an all-vegetarian restaurant and of very high quality.

      True Bistro in Teele Square (Somerville) is a somewhat upscale vegan restaurant and has gotten good reviews. If you want super-inexpensive, Clover Food Lab in Harvard Square has great vegetarian sandwiches. There's also Life Alive in Central Square, which is relatively inexpensive and definitely emphasizes healthy food.

      Two other options: (both upscale, non-vegetarian, but vegetarian-friendly restaurants) Ten Tables and Oleana.

      134 Hampshire St., Cambridge, MA 02139

      Ten Tables
      5 Craigie Circle, Cambridge, MA 02138

      Life Alive
      194 Middle St Apt 3R, Lowell, MA 01852

      Red Lentil
      600 Mt Auburn St, Watertown, MA 02472

      Clover Food Lab
      7 Holyoke St, Cambridge, MA 02138

      1. re: tazia

        Taxzia, I loved your recs and agree about fish and oyster sauces. Here's my question: I get to Lincoln MA fairly often. Am actually heading up tomorrow for the Mem Day Weekend. I stay with a dear friend and her family, only one of whom is veg. Do you know of any restaurants in the area (vegan, veg, veg friendly) in the Lincoln area? I really do thank you in advance!

        1. re: mrsdebdav

          AKA Bistro is super and in Lincoln; French and Japanese.

          btw, re Red Lentil : Lincoln to Watertown is only about 30 minutes (both west of boston). Also, well reviewed new restnt next to Lincoln- in Concord - 80 Thoreau:

          Red Lentil
          600 Mt Auburn St, Watertown, MA 02472

          AKA Bistro
          145 Lincoln Rd, Lincoln, MA 01773

          1. re: mrsdebdav

            I would head to Waltham (right next door to Lincoln) to Masao's kitchen on Moody Street. Great vegan/macrobiotic food, buffet style (pay by the pound). Menu varies daily but always delicious. Yummy desserts too! Open for lunch and dinner.


      2. Montien is pretty good Thai, and my wife has never had a problem requesting dishes to be vegetarian (in my experience, communication is pretty good there, but still a bit of a risk if you're very strict about things like fish sauce).

        Sportello might be another option, in Fort Point. Should be able to easily accommodate vegetarians. I have not been, but have heard good things.

        If you are willing to travel 20-30 minutes and want something very casual, Clover in Harvard Square is really good; but not close to the waterfront. Red Lentil is also quite good, but again not particularly close to the waterfront.

        1. Mantra and Tantric are both in central Boston.

          1. thanks so much for your ideas. we had a great meal at red lentil. i recommend it as long as you're not looking for a drink since they don't serve alcohol.

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            1. re: rideaugrrl

              Glad you enjoyed, although Watertown seems a lot farther to go than either Mantra or Tantric which are within walking distance from the Waterfront district.

            2. Glad you liked Red Lentil. If you ever make it back to Boston and you have a car, Meena's Kitchen in Nashua NH has by far the best So Indian food in this area. Like home cooked and many unique dishes.

              Red Lentil
              600 Mt Auburn St, Watertown, MA 02472