The folks at True Bistro love animals. That’s why the chefs abide by a 100% vegan philosophy, taking care to craft meals without animal-based products. But they care just as much about humans. Which is why they pay as much attention to the food they do serve as to the foods they forego. Thus, flavorful slabs of blackened seitan, platters of sweet potatoes wrapped in smoked portobello mushroom, and glasses of 100% vegan wines leave diners rubbing their bellies in satisfaction and leave animals free to roam their habitats and focus all their energies on fixing the falling sky problem.
True Bistro began when co-owners Michael and Linda Harrison lamented Boston’s lack of upscale vegan restaurants and decided to do something about it. When chef Stuart Reiter hopped on board, their vision turned into a reality. Stuart spent time traveling across the globe, doing stints in the Peace Corps in West Africa and on a farm outside of Vienna. During his travels, he learned many indigenous recipes that succeeded solely with plant-based ingredients. He brought his experiences, as well as more than a decade of professional cooking, to True Bistro’s kitchen. Together, The Harrisons and Chef Stuart have turned True Bistro into an upscale spot for diners of all dietary stripes––an accomplishment acknowledged by Boston Magazine when it declared that the vegan food and wine “will satisfy even your most staunchly carnivorous friends.”
Ease your appetite with delicious bites from Dosa N' Curry in Somerville.
For healthy and nutritious meals filled with flavor, dine at Dosa N' Curry.
Fancy-schmancy attire is not required; in fact, guests are told to keep things casual.
Ample parking is available in the area.
There are many ways to mark a great chef, but one of them is an ability to transform a classic dish into something else entirely. At Zhu Pan-Asian Vegan Restaurant, that's apparent all over the menu.
Take such entrees as the spare ribs and general tso's, which feature seitan and soy protein instead of meat. Others might be transformed through temperature, including the cold bibimbap—brown rice topped with everything from seitan, avocado, and chickpeas to kimchee and mango salsa. With so many twists on a variety of Asian dishes, diners might try passing around Malaysian curry stew and sizzling tofu teriyaki in order to get a broad taste of the chefs' talents.
Even dessert manages to dazzle without its traditional dairy components, with the kitchen substituting coconut milk in the brown rice pudding and serving soy-based ice cream.
According to founder Adam, Veggie Galaxy was born out of the quest to define the true spirit of the American diner. His fixation on the venue type began in childhood, as he whiled away hours sitting atop cushy bar stools and hugging vintage jukeboxes. Later in life, Adam became a vegetarian and soon noted the lack of meat-free options on diner menus. He knew that though sizzling bacon is often present at a successful diner, it is not integral to its essence. So, he built his own vegetarian- and vegan-friendly space that adhered to the guiding principle of all great eateries: corralling groups in and feeding them well.
In regards to the latter goal, Veggie Galaxy's vegetarianism is "an afterthought" to head chef Brian. Though every dish on the diner's menu remains herbivorous—and in the case of several plates, gluten-free and vegan—the kitchen's top concerns are taste and in-house prep. The restaurant demands everything, from the ketchup to the burger buns, be made on-site and from scratch, a standard which won them a DigBoston's Dig This Award for vegetarian and vegan food in 2011. As for the patties that go inside the housemade buns, they mold them from black beans and a mushroom-chickpea mix instead of beef, just as tempeh supplants bacon and seitan replaces steak. The all-vegan bakery abides by the same system. Taza's vegan, organic stoneground chocolate goes into savory cookies, and house-toasted coconut decorates layer cakes.
Eat green at Life Alive, a local vegetarian restaurant.
Vegan are typically looking for some healthy grub, and Life Alive is serving up dishes that are both tasty and good for the body.
Having trouble finding that family-friendly restaurant everyone will love? This restaurant serves all ages, so little ones are welcome to come along, too.
Life Alive offers a free wifi hot spot — perfect for surfing the web or getting a little work done.
A catering menu is also available if you're looking to dazzle the guests at your next shindig.
What's that you hear? It's carryout at this restaurant.
Public transit and parking are two main forms of transit convenience near Life Alive.
Ample parking is located near Life Alive.
Make use of the luxurious bike racks at Life Alive.
Your bill at Life Alive will typically run less than $30 per person, so bring the whole gang!
Delicious food comes in all forms, including vegetarian at Life Alive.
So don't have an unhealthy snack. Go to Life Alive!
Sip on some of the freshest java in town at Cafe Avec.
This coffee shop guests can also take advantage of the many drink options offered here.
Children are more than welcome to dine at this coffee shop, where there's something for everyone on the menu.
Come order a flavorful feast at Cafe Avec, and sit outside if it's nice!
Gather up your friends, coworkers or family members and head to Cafe Avec for a group meal.
Drift away from stuffy dress-code conventions and dine in comfort at Cafe Avec.
Catering services are also available.
If you need to get somewhere fast, the coffee shop also serves up grub to go.
At Cafe Avec, diners should plan to park on the street.
Cyclists will love the spacious bike racks outside of Cafe Avec.
When you have a long and busy day scheduled, head on over to Cafe Avec and enjoy a cup of Joe.