Cambridge's Boston Buddhist Tea House serves wonderfully aromatic teas and more.
Don't fuss with street parking. We've got some parking available.
With prices so great and food so delicious, you'll be coming back weekly, even nightly.
Make sure your wallet is stocked with green, as Boston Buddhist Tea House only takes cash.
Whether you're looking to perk up or relax, Boston Buddhist Tea House has plenty of tea to choose from. Start sampling today.
In Focus: Anytime Pizza
Specialty: classic pizzas available evening and late night
Crust: thin and crispy
Most tempting appetizers: toasty mozzarella sticks
For late-night cravings: the pizzeria is open until 4 a.m.
Delivery: available late
Spicy hot ratings heat up the food at India Castle, so those with a passion for Indian fare should head on over for a tasty meal.
Health nuts will love India Castle for its gluten-free and low-fat menu options.
Have a few picky young eaters in the family? Not a problem at this restaurant, where the food and ambience are perfect for family dining.
At India Castle, you can dine with your immediate family and your extended family due to the easy seating for large parties.
The restaurant takes reservations, so you can plan your next get-together ahead of time.
Not a popular place for dress-up dining, most India Castle patrons come in casual attire.
Come in or stay home. This restaurant's pickup and delivery options have you covered.
Hosting a swanky shindig? Call up India Castle for their catering services.
Validated parking is available for those who plan on driving.
For those who prefer to travel by bike, India Castle is a great option due to its generous bike parking options.
Want top-notch taste for less than top-dollar prices? India Castle s mid-range cuisine is sure to satisfy on both fronts, where pennies stretch into perfectly seasoned platters.
So for A+ curries and Indian dishes everyone is talking about, be sure to check out the menu at India Castle.
For classic Indian cuisine filled with endless flavors, make your way over to India Castle.
Cambridge's Dado Tea serves wonderfully aromatic teas and more.
At Dado Tea, you can enjoy creative, healthy and vegan dishes.
Tots and tykes will be right at home at this restaurant with its kid-approved food and ambience.
For some fresh air during the non-winter months, dine outside on Dado Tea's patio.
Get connected at lightning fast speeds with Dado Tea's complimentary wifi.
You can also have Dado Tea cater your next event.
For those in a hurry, the restaurant lets you take your meal or snack to go.
Dado Tea is a prime location for car and public transit commuters.
Ample parking is available in the area.
Dado Tea is home to many cyclists who appreciate the parking racks outside.
Three meals a day are served at Dado Tea, so you can choose to start your day or end your evening here.
So when you're in the mood for a calming cup of tea, know that Dado Tea is stocked with all your favorite flavors.
Milkshakes and burgers come together at Mass Avenue Restaurant, a top-rated diner serving the Riverside neighborhood of Cambridge.
This restaurant welcomes kids, too, so you can feel good about bringing the whole family.
Large groups will appreciate Mass Avenue Restaurant for its ability to seat them quickly.
Grab your meal to go at this restaurant if you're in a hurry — or better yet, have them bring it to you through their delivery service!
Hosting a swanky shindig? Call up Mass Avenue Restaurant for their catering services.
While multiple parking choices are available near Mass Avenue Restaurant, garage and street parking are the closest options.
Mass Avenue Restaurant makes bikers feel at ease with the multiple storage racks outside.
For those not a part of the "one percent", Mass Avenue Restaurant serves reasonably-priced food that everyone can enjoy (and that everyone will want to eat).
Breakfast fare is rated highest at the restaurant, though you can also stop by for lunch or dinner.
What gives a diner such a high rating? See (and taste) for yourself at Mass Avenue Restaurant.
So come to Mass Avenue Restaurant, where classic diner fare meets casual dining.
When you can't imagine your hunger being tamed by anything, but phenomenal diner fries, head to Mass Avenue Restaurant.
For a cold brew, head to Plough and Stars — this Irish bar is a great place to kick back after work.
At Plough and Stars, cautious eaters will appreciate the vegan, low-fat and gluten-free fare.
With this restaurant's wide selection of refreshments available, you can tap into the drink menu early in the evening.
At Plough and Stars, you won't have to wait for your large or small group to be seated.
Not to be overlooked is Plough and Stars' no-charge wifi.
Tap your foot to Plough and Stars' tunes — live performances are often showcased here.
The restaurant's noise level can be somewhat straining on the vocal cords, so intimate get-togethers may be best enjoyed elsewhere.
The restaurant can fill to capacity on the weekends, so don't forget to call ahead to reserve your table.
No suit, no problem! The dress code at laid-back Plough and Stars is ultra casual.
For those in a hurry, the restaurant lets you take your meal or snack to go.
Valet parking is located near Plough and Stars, as well as simple street parking.
Commuters will love the easy access to public transit and parking close to Plough and Stars.
Plough and Stars offers safe bike parking outside.
A typical meal at Plough and Stars will set you back less than $30.
Early risers and night owls alike can enjoy Plough and Stars since it offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Grab a friend and head to Plough and Stars where you can enjoy some good food and a nice beer.
For lunch or dinner, make plans to try Plough and Stars.
For a casual American classic, Plough and Stars will serve you up a delicious meal in Cambridge.
Make your way over to the highly-rated Plough and Stars and taste your way through some great American dishes.
In Boston, a sunny day is not complete without a delicious meal or cocktail on the patio. Of course, man’s best friend loves the warm weather as well, but not every place allows pooches to hang out with the patrons. Here are three spots that have their welcome mats and doggie treats ready to go.
The Terrace at Tamo Bistro & Bar | 1 Seaport Ln.
All summer long, the Seaport Hotel’s Tamo Terrace welcomes furry friends for Cocktails and Canines, held on Wednesdays through August from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. They roll out the red carpet with plenty of fresh and organic dog treats, plus a delightful selection of human-only cocktails.
The Yard at the Liberty Hotel | 215 Charles St.
The Yard at the Liberty Hotel hosts Yappier Hour every Wednesday night from April through October. From 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., enjoy a cocktail from the full bar while your dog sips a pup-tini. A snack menu from Clink seals the deal, though the comfy couches certainly don’t hurt.
Flour Bakery + Cafe | 1595 Washington St.
Of course, it’s easy enough to create your own puppy picnic by taking advantage of the patio spaces all around Boston. Start the day off right with a latte and a sticky bun at the South End location of Flour, where dogs can sun out on the patio.
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This article is part of Amanda Maguire’s Vegan Guide to Boston, which profiles Boston’s best vegan products and businesses.
One of the biggest concerns in going vegan is the prospect of having to give up your favorite comfort foods: the baked macaroni and cheese, the burgers with all the toppings, the old-fashioned milk shakes too thick to drink with a straw.
Fear not, because Veggie Galaxy Diner & Vegan Bakery (450 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge) has you covered. Owned by Adam Penn, Veggie Galaxy serves up plant-based meals that will take you right back to your childhood. Well, assuming your childhood included delicious meals made from scratch, right down to the burger buns and ketchup. I paid a visit to Veggie Galaxy to chat with Penn about his epic diner food and what makes it so noteworthy.
GROUPON: What is Veggie Galaxy's best-selling menu item?
ADAM PENN: Our best-selling item since the beginning has been the Kendall Square Burger.
[Editor’s note: It’s a black-bean or mushroom-chickpea burger topped with beer-battered onion rings, roasted red pepper purée, roasted garlic mayo, and baby arugula.]
G: Could you tell us a little about the inspiration behind this dish and whether you initially expected it to be so popular?
AP: As a vegetarian/vegan diner, we knew from the beginning that there would always be some tension regarding … healthy food versus traditional comfort food. The Kendall Burger, topped with giant deep-fried onion rings, was our nod to the comfort food side of things, and it quickly became clear that that's what most of our customers are looking for. We still try to provide some healthy options as well, but most of our customers come to us because we're first and foremost a diner.
G: Are there any new menu additions you're particularly excited about? I noticed you offer Blue Plate Specials each week.
AP: Our most recent weekly Blue Plate Special is vegan chicken and waffles. It [was] a customer request a while back, and we finally got around to doing it. It's been more popular than we even imagined, so we extended it to a second week and are now planning to put it on our late-night menu. … We also recently added a Meatless Monday meatball sub, which is one of my personal favorites.
G: What makes Veggie Galaxy's food taste like home?
AP: Pretty much everything is prepared from scratch, including items that people at home would normally just buy from the grocery store, like our condiments, our seitan, and our burger buns. So, in our opinion, it's better than home.
G: Why did you opt to go plant-based with your menu and strictly vegan with your baked goods?
AP: The reasons for going vegetarian and vegan are pretty well known at this point, and it's not something we like to preach about. We're providing vegetarians and vegans the opportunity to enjoy classic diner foods without the meat. While we do have dairy and eggs on the menu, pretty much anything can be made vegan. We wanted to make sure vegans could enjoy our desserts, too, so we left the eggs and dairy out of those altogether.
G: What has been your best moment as a business owner at Veggie Galaxy?
AP: I don't know if I can point to one best moment. When we have a full dining room of happy customers, I can look back on all the effort that has been put in to get to this point and feel content in knowing that we're doing exactly what we set out to do.
G: When you're not making french toast stuffed with vanilla-nut vegan cream cheese, grilled corned-beef seitan reubens, and lemon meringue pie (my personal favorite), what are you cooking at home?
AP: Neither my wife nor I are really cooks. When we do cook, we keep it simple—herbed roasted vegetables over couscous is a favorite. I'm personally a big fan of pasta, so pasta and veggie meatballs are a favorite of mine. Though I have to admit that at home, as opposed to at the restaurant, we just buy the meatballs from the store.
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Photos: Aaron Scott
If you look at the ground in downtown Boston, chances are you might see a red line beneath your feet. This crimson path, famously known as the Freedom Trail, snakes from Boston Common up to the glinting dome of the State House, as many Bostonians already know. It travels past the Old South Meeting House, meanders through Faneuil Hall, and then winds through the North End, eventually leading over the bridge into Charlestown. Created in 1951, the Freedom Trail links all the city’s major historical sites together and makes them easy to visit for residents and tourists alike. But you may not know that there are also some pretty darn delicious food spots along the way. Here are a few:
Fuel Up in Beacon Hill
While visitors tend to flock to the Faneuil Hall area for fast food, I’d urge you to break away from the crowds and check out Piperi Mediterranean Grill (1 Beacon St.), located across the street from King’s Chapel and Burying Ground. Everything on the casual spot’s menu—whether it’s falafel, a full-on mezze plate, or a flavorful salad—is incredibly fresh, as the chefs make all of their dishes in small batches. The menu also accommodates vegetarian, gluten-free, and other diets, and the plates can be customized to fit your cravings. Ample portions and energy-boosting fare will definitely keep your spirits up for a full day of exploring.
Cool Down in the North End
For obvious reasons, the Freedom Trail is very popular in the summertime. Boston’s summer temps can soar into an uncomfortable territory, which makes cooling off a necessity. In my mind, there is only one option when the heat is bearing down and refreshment is needed: gelato from Caffe Paradiso (255 Hanover St.). The trail will take you right past it, and it would probably be an offense to our forefathers if you didn’t stop and have a taste of the gelato, especially my favorite flavor, pistachio. This sweet treat is sure to keep you cool through your journey.
Unwind with Wine in Charlestown
The best way to end a day on the Freedom Trail is dinner at the Navy Yard Bistro and Wine Bar (1 First Ave.). This little tucked-away gem offers incredible food, from appetizers such as buttermilk-fried oysters and duck wings to entrees like my personal favorite, a rum- and rosemary-brined pork chop so succulent and flavorful that you’ll feel like you’ve gone to pork heaven. Beyond the food, however, there is an impressive wine list, which won acclaim from Wine Spectator. The list is a perfect combination of affordable and splurgy, with a glass or bottle for every taste and price point. The bistro is cozy and inviting, and with something for everyone, it’s a delicious place to relax after a long walk through the city.
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Photos by Fiona Coxe