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Jul 4, 2013 02:23 PM

help me make vegetarian daughter happy!

Hi Chowhounds,

Visiting Boston in a couple of weeks for a few days. Will be staying at the Colonnade Hotel. We've never taken our 11 year daughter to Boston, so we want her to fall in love with the city. She is an adventurous vegetarian, so the more delicious and interesting the restaurants, the more excited that she will be. Even if it is not a veggie restaurant, if it has some good dishes and a memorable vibe, we're game! Please advise!

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  1. Oleana in Cambridge - make an early rez and get seated in the back patio. This will accomplish your goal completely.

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    1. re: Bob Dobalina

      you can't get a rez for the patio, so get the earliest rez possible and show up before they open.

      1. re: Madrid

        Bob and Madrid: this place is PERFECT. Absolutely perfect. One restaurant down: 5:30 rez at Oleana, 5:15 arrival. Can't thank you enough.

        1. re: evanorth

          hoping you enjoy it and for good weather! all of the mezze are amazing.

    2. All these recs are in Cambridge, not Boston per se, but we pretty much consider Cambridge a part of Boston since the only thing that separates the two is a river.

      Cuchi Cuchi has very good international small plates served by waitresses dressed as flappers in a shabby-chic room. The eggplant napoleon is particularly good, and there are plenty of other good vegetarian plates.

      Tupelo has "comfort food with a southern drawl" in a cute and cozy room. They've got good salads, a vegetarian gumbo, jalepeno mac & cheese, crepes, and best of all, amazing pies and cakes for dessert, made by Petsi, known for her two area bakeries.

      The Helmand is an Afgan restaurant known for its delicious vegetarian offerings.

      Veggie Galaxy is an all-vegetarian diner, which looks fun. It's the only one of these I haven't been to, so can't personally vouch for.

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      1. re: pollystyrene

        My best friend and her boys (9 and 7) are huge fans of Veggie Galaxy - I'm pretty sure they've eaten most of the menu and are always going back there! Can't wait to try it for the first time when I'm back in Boston in September.

        1. re: pollystyrene

          Veggie Galaxy is a lot of fun! It's definitely a diner feel - but all the food is vegetarian, and fairly inventive too. Highly recommended! Their veggie burgers are amazing - and they make the buns themselves so that they're vegan - and they're delicious too!

          Another casual place in that area is Life Alive - more of a lunch spot than dinner, but absolutely delicious.

        2. Oleana is an excellent choice. In the same area I'd also back Tupelo, either for dinner or for their killer Sunday brunch (where their legendary vegetarian gumbo is always on the menu).

          For less event-y meals, I would also recommend Lucy Ethiopian on the corner of Mass. Ave. and Huntington St., and My Thai in Chinatown (it's not strictly Thai, but it is strictly veg/vegan). You can also try any of the banh mi shops that are always hotly debated here - quick, easy, portable, and delicious for veggies and omnivores.

          I'd say too that Boston, Cambridge and Somerville tend to be pretty veg-friendly, so any good restaurant in the area should be able to help you, especially if you call ahead.

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          1. re: TimTamGirl

            In Chinatown I would recommend Pho Pasteur over My Thai. Both have lots of veggie options, but I think the food at Pho Pasteur is better.

          2. Definitely stop by Clover Food Truck, which she will probably think is very cool. 100% vegetarian, interesting, unpretentious. Your closest one will be at Park Street.


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            1. Also, I forgot about Toro! I still haven't made it there, but it's a board favorite, and the menu looks fantastic for vegetarians. I've heard the mais asado shouldn't be missed, and they also have a vegetarian paella.

              They don't take reservations, and the waits can be very long, so it's another place you'll want to get to just as they open.

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              1. re: pollystyrene

                The cauliflower a la plancha at Toro is fantastic. It'll vary a little by what they have at the time. Version I had on Friday night was with pine nuts and golden raisins. Sauce tasted like it had some honey in it. Other veggie dish I like there is the pimientos del padron. Obviously the corn is the house specialty - I don't love it, but I'm in the minority on that one. Can't speak to the vegetable to paella because we strictly order the paella valenciana (one of my top 3 restaurant dishes in Boston).