Here’s the best of the best from fine dining to late night eats that will quell those veggie cravings.
ILLUSTRATIONS BY JAMIE SIGADEL
PHOTOS BY STEPHANIE RIZZO @SRIZZ0
BEST FINE DINING
OLEANA – Central Square
You name it, Oleana’s got it—and it’s beautifully prepared. The Mediterranean upscale eatery’s menu boasts whipped feta with sweet and hot peppers, chick pea terrine with apricot, nettle shakshuka, and fatoush with golden beats, fennel, and strawberry, just to name a few. Be sure to sit out in the herb garden, making this a perfectly romantic place to take your vegetarian date, even if you are a meat-eater. Oh, and don’t skip dessert.
BEST VEGGIE BURGER
THE DRUID – Inman Square
Don’t let The Druid’s decor and primarily meat and seafood menu deter you—head there with friends to get the tastiest veggie burger in town. Though most restaurants use pre-prepared, The Druid’s is house-made with fresh vegetables. No rice patty packed with sodium here. Instead, the burger’s packed with zucchini and squash, which gives it an original texture missing from most veggie burgers.
[1357 Cambridge St., Cambridge. druidpub.com]
BEST WITH MEAT-EATING FRIENDS
Maybe it’s called The Independent for a reason. With fried almonds, roasted heirloom beets, a tasty shaved fennel and grapefruit salad, and a pressed veggie sandwich with gruyere cheese, The Indo nails vegetarian cuisine, alongside everything else. A fusion of style and tastes, The Independent serves up dinner for anyone. The variety carries over to the tap with De Ranke XX Bitter, Left Hand Nitro Milk Stout, and Butternuts Big Brown Ale—Beer’s always vegetarian, right?
BEST LATE NIGHT
SPIKE’S JUNKYARD DOGS – Davis
It’s hard enough to find regular food in Boston after 10pm, but vegetarian? Nearly impossible. All of Spike’s hotdogs are available as a veggie dog for the same price, and they’re really good … just be strong enough to hold the bacon. Check out the Allston and Back Bay locations, too. Eat about seven at once and get your picture in Allston for eternity. The veggie dogs are fat-free, so it’s a win-win.
Veggie Galaxy takes the vegan cake as best vegetarian breakfast. It’s served all day and you won’t have to order a western omelet with no ham for once. For about the same price, get an omelet with roasted eggplant, caramelized onions, smoked tomato puree, herbed ricotta cheese, and tarragon basil pesto. It doesn’t stop there. The french toast, stuffed with vanilla nut vegan cream cheese, is topped with caramelized banana butter, strawberry basil sauce, and maple syrup.