Dinner in/near Burlington - help for a NY 'hound!
I'm driving up from NYC to take a friend out for her 50th bday. She's suggesting places like the Cheesecake Factory. Save me!
We'll have a vegetarian in our group of 4. Moderately expensive is okay, but L'Anatana seemed a bit pricey with most entrees over $30.
Doesn't have to be Burlingon - were looking for someplace convenient to folks from Lexinton and Newburyport.
Burlington itself is sort of a foodie wasteland.. there's Strega Prime in Woburn, but it is pricey as well. Masa and Season 52 are good as well..
Just in case the OP is considering...we ate at and enjoyed Pintxo Pincho this weekend but there's not much to choose from for a vegetarian. If said vegetarian has a small appetite or doesn't mind ordering multiples of the same dish s/he'll be OK but otherwise...not so much.
That being said, we had a fine time (I fit the above criteria), will likely go back and the owners were lovely.
We have been 3x to Pintxo Pincho, and love it. Nice small intimate atmosphere w/ lovely welcoming service. Street parking pretty easy. Lots of dishes variety. For vegetarians, iirc:
Kale etc Empanaditas
Assorted Vegetable and Seafood Croquetas
shrimp and salmon crostini
spicy garlic shrimp
tuna and potato salad
galician tuna pie
They are such a 'Yes!' kitchen, i know they would take veggie version requests as well....So they have told me.
Thanks Opinionatedchef. I interpreted "vegetarian" to mean "no meat, chicken or fish" which is how I hold it for myself. That takes many of the items (which I'm sure are delicious) off your list and leaves:
Roasted peppers (this is on the bread, right?)
Stuffed eggs (we did not see these on the menu so I can't guarantee these are veggie)
Daily specials - there were no veggie ones when we went
I have no beef (ha - see what I did there?) with this lovely restaurant. I just didn't want the OP to think there are a wealth of veggie options on the menu because IMHO there aren't. Not saying the kitchen wouldn't accommodate - I did not test that during our visit.
oh owen, i hadn't meant you had any bad intentions. I'm the one who always warns people against assumptions, so i was not assuming that 'vegetarian' included no seafood, since they didn't say.......
So maybe i misspoke. Do the great majority of vegetarians who eat seafood- call themselves Pescatarians?
I get the impression that there is not much of a vegetarian movement in Europe, so that these Pinxo Pincho guys, who are from the more trad dining world, are not used to thinking about that. Are Toro and Estragon much more vegetarian friendly menus?
And have you enjoyed them more than PP?
I'm not into chains, at all, but I randomly had lunch at Bonefish Grill in Burlington on Sunday and it was really good. It's a national chain, but this appears to be the only one in MA.
I had the fish tacos which were really lovely grilled tilapia and super fresh chopped mango, cilantro, and tomato on top with a tiny bit of sour cream. Seriously some of the best fish tacos I've ever had.
My partner had the "bang bang" shrimp tacos and enjoyed them, as well. Cocktails were $7.5 and my beer was maybe $5? Surprisingly affordable.
Ritu Ki Rasoi is a vegetarian Indian place in Burlington that has turned many an omnivore on to vegetarian meals.
I don't miss the meat at all when I eat there. It is distinctly un-fancy, one step up from a cafeteria, but delectable.
Cafe Escadrille has something for everyone, in a more suitable environment for a celebration. It's also in Burlington. The food is not unforgettable, but neither does it disappoint. Moderate pricing, nice atmosphere and decor.
Agree with the ritu ki rasoi indian rec, that place is fantastic. You should be adventurous and have a tolerance for at least some mild spice.
I also really enjoy Burtons grill in Burlington which has a great menu with some affordable options. Not sure how many vegetarian are on there.
Nu Jang Su Korean BBQ was pretty good years ago when we tried it. On 3A.
We like eating in the bar area at the Capital Grill - just north off 95. Entrée tend to be huge there, two of us usually share one salad, one app and one steak , so costs less than expected.
Or make a pilgrimage up to Newburyport and try Ceia. Less pricey than L'Andana and more of a 50th birthday celebration place. Bit of a haul though.
Add to your list:
Sichuan Gourmet in Billerica, one of the best sichuan resaurants in the area.
Sichuan Garden in Woburn, a little further from Burlington, but not far, nearly as good food, and a much nicer space with a very good bar.
Ginger in Bedford, nice quality,if not overly imaginative, sushi.
very pleased with a recent meal at Vine Brook Tavern in Lexington.
also liked Pintxo in Woburn.
Atavola in Winchester
Legal Seafood at the mall