Boston Bound: Vegetarian, Vegan, and Gluten-Free Options Around Boston

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Boston is a great city with a lot of great food options, but if you have special dietary requirements, it can still be difficult to find places to eat. That’s why YALSA has compiled information about restaurants that are great for vegetarians, vegans, and those who need to ensure that their food is gluten-free.

Vegetarian
Lucy Ethiopian Cafe – Located right near the Symphony T-stop on the Green Line, this is a small Ethiopian restaurant that offers tasty food and many vegetarian options.

Tanjore – If you find yourself near Harvard Square, Tanjore offers an extensive menu, including a range of vegetarian options. Their daily lunch buffet always includes vegetarian options as well.

Clover Food Lab – Including locations in Brookline, Harvard Square and Kendall Square, as well as a food truck, this restaurant has many vegetarian options. Most of their food can also be made vegan.

Vegan
Veggie Galaxy – Located in Central Square a short walk from the T-stop, this restaurant has a menu of entirely vegetarian and vegan dishes. They also have a vegan bakery.

Grasshopper – Offering an entirely vegetarian and vegan menu, this restaurant has been a long time staple on the vegan scene in Boston.

Gluten-Free
MJ O’Connors – This restaurant, which is very close to the convention center, offers a wide variety of food including pub food, salads, and a gluten-free menu upon request.

Boloco – Offering a wide range of wraps and smoothies, this restaurant offers something for everyone with vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options available. It also has locations dotted throughout Boston and Cambridge.

Bon Me – This Vietnamese chain has multiple locations and a food truck that travels around Boston and Cambridge. It offers vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options.

Hopefully these restaurants will give you some good lunch and dinner options during your stay in Boston. If you want to find out about more dining options (including restaurants that offer Halal or Kosher options) and other sightseeing information, check out the YALSA Midwinter 2016 wiki. (Note: While we will make every effort to keep the wiki up-to-date, restaurants change their menus frequently, so you may want to call in advance to confirm that they haven’t changed their options).

About Carli Spina

Carli Spina is an Emerging Technologies and Research Librarian. She also writes for YALSA’s The Hub blog, where she is on the Advisory Board, and for the Lolly’s Classroom blog hosted by The Horn Book. Follow her on Twitter to continue the conversation: @CarliSpina.

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  1. Great suggestions! A few of my favorite places: Sweetgreen for vegetarian/vegan salads. Right near Grasshopper is another new vegan place called Whole Heart Provisions and a 100% vegan ice cream place called FoMu. Life Alive in Cambridge is also near Veggie Galaxy and has grain/veggie bowls. Into tacos and donuts? In Somerville, Taco Party serves the most amazing vegan tacos and shares space with Sabertooth Bakery whose vegan donuts are to die for. We are a very veg and allergen-free friendly city!

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