Since I went to college in Boston and now actually live there full-time, I like to think I have a pretty good handle on the food scene! Obviously being a vegetarian can make it trickier to eat out, but through plenty of trial and error, I have come across tons of unique, accommodating restaurants. Whether or not you’re a vegan or vegetarian, consider giving these restaurants a try during your next visit to Boston!


Los Amigos Taqueria | Coolidge Corner, Brighton Center, Newtonville, West Roxbury, and Somerville

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If you’ve been following my food blogs for a while, you probably know that I am a big, big fan of Los Amigos Taqueria. I discovered them when I was living as a vegan a few years back, and to this day, I still order from their Brighton Center location all the time (at least 3 times per month.) My boyfriend also loves Los Amigos, which is a huge compliment coming from him since he can be quite critical of burritos. My favorite thing to order is a 12-inch rice and bean burrito with tons of pico de gallo and sour cream, and maybe a churro on the side if I’m feeling extra. Trust me, if you’re in the Boston area and you love Mexican food, this is a must!


Grasshopper | Allston 

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Grasshopper is an incredible restaurant. It’s your typical classic Chinese restaurant with all the normal dishes, but the twist is that everything is vegan. Yes, they even have vegan “chicken” fingers and “seafood” flavored dishes! I know this may sound suspish or gross to someone who isn’t vegan, but please trust me on this one- the food is phenomenal. Even my own mom, who isn’t anywhere near being vegan or vegetarian, was pleasantly surprised when I let her have a few bites of my broccoli sesame “chicken.” Grasshopper offers inside seating, takeout, and delivery via uber eats, and if you’re looking for a great dish, I highly recommend “The No Name.”


The Scoop N Scootery | Allston, Arlington

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Of course I had to throw in an ice cream shop for when you need a sweet treat. The Scoop N Scootery offers customizable sundaes and ice creams, along with plenty of frozen yogurt as well. The sizes also range from normal to monstrous, so when my housemate orders her ice cream, the container literally lasts her all week. My favorite customizations to add are the cannoli filling and the cannoli shell pieces- how many ice cream shops do you know that offer cannoli sundaes? It’s an all-around delicious experience, and there are so many unique flavors and combinations to try. 


Energize | Brighton, Back Bay

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On the topic of sweet things, I also got really into Energize back when I was in college. Energize offers tons of colorful, delicious salads, but they also have the most amazing smoothie bowls I’ve ever tried. My personal favorite bowl is the Cashew Cheesecake- it’s made with bananas, dates, cinnamon, and garnished with berries and chia seeds. It tastes a lot like ice cream to me, but there’s less guilt associated with a smoothie bowl, if that makes sense. I also really enjoy their blends and their juices, such as the post-workout shake and the power-up shake. If I lived next to an Energize, there’s no doubt I’d be stopping in several times per week. 


Playa Bowls | Brighton, Northeastern

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Playa Bowls, as the name implies, is another healthy smoothie shop where you can find tons of vibrant juices, smoothie bowls, and smoothies. What I love the most about Playa Bowls is the wide variety of smoothie bowl bases you can choose from: oatmeal bowls, banana bowls (my favorite,) chia bowls, green bowls, coconut bowls, pitaya bowls, and acai bowls. My go to is the Nica- it’s a banana bowl topped with slices of banana, granola, cocoa nibs, strawberries, and peanut butter. Similarly to Energize, Playa Bowls enables me to feel like I can have a sweet treat without all the guilt. It’s noteworthy to add that there are Playa Bowls locations all over the US, so even if you don’t live in Massachusetts, you may still be able to find one nearby!


The Friendly Toast | Back Bay, Cambridge

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Last but not least, The Friendly Toast is a breakfast, tex-mex diner with plenty of options for everybody- vegetarian, vegan, or neither! Seriously, the menu is huge and it ranges from sweet and savory breakfast items to sandwiches, burgers, shakes, and dinner entrees. You could easily order a different item every time you go- in fact, I rarely repeat the same dish at The Friendly Toast because I always trust that it will be delicious. However, per many other diner-themed American restaurants, one of my favorite items is an impossible burger with fries.


I hope you guys found this article helpful and interesting! Let me know if you tried out any of these restaurants and what you thought of them, too! Remember to stay safe and responsible, especially when you are ordering out or considering visiting a restaurant in the current pandemic.

I have been a solid vegetarian for about two years now, and can genuinely say it is one of the best health-conscious decisions I have ever made. Not only is it better for the environment to abstain from eating meat (the mass-production of meat is terrible for our planet), but it can also bring with it a great deal of health benefits. As a plant-based eater, I am more likely to reach for a fruit or veggie than something containing meat or dairy.

That’s another thing- I have also completely cut out dairy from my diet. I was a strict vegan for about a year, but around last April I decided to re-introduce cage-free eggs for health related reasons. If you have the willpower and ability to do so, I would also highly recommend experimenting with a dairy-free diet. You will be shocked by how good your body feels!

I do not want to gloss over the fact that some people do need to consume meat to stay healthy, such as those with allergies to beans, soy, and other sources of vegetarian protein. For someone who literally needs meat to survive, I completely understand and place no judgment. Also, some people just don’t want to give up animal products, and that is your choice as well, not mine!

With that being said, I have compiled a list of my favorite cookbooks for my other plant-based homies. Whether or not you’re a strict vegetarian or vegan, I’m sure you will love the delectable recipes in these cookbooks!


Frugal Vegan | Katie Koteen | $9.99

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Admittedly, I paid a lot more than $10 for this cookbook. I bought it about a year ago while vacationing in Canada with my family, and picked it up for a whopping $18 from Urban Outfitters. I’m happy I did, though- this cookbook has been extremely helpful to me. Being a broke college student, I can’t always be going out spending a hundred dollars on groceries, so this book has come in handy teaching me which produce items are cheaper than others. This cookbook is definitely aimed towards a crunchy, healthy, salad-loving vegan, so if you’re more into comfort food fixes, this probably isn’t the book for you. For me personally, I actually love the flavorful, earthy, creative dishes included in this book- especially the breakfast ideas and Mexican food recipes. I’m also dying to try “wacky cake”, which is a super cheap, vegan dessert made famous during The Great Depression.


Budget Bytes | Beth Moncel | $14.40

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This cookbook is perfect for people who are maybe new to vegetarianism/veganism, and aren’t sure if it’s a commitment they want to stick with. That’s because this isn’t a plant-based specific cookbook- it has all sorts of recipes that cater to many different dietary needs. At the end of the book, Beth Moncel actually lists all of the vegetarian/vegan dishes, so that you can easily pick them out or customize them to fit your needs. If you’re someone looking for great vegetarian comfort food, this is the best book I can offer. As you can see, some of the pages are even starting to fall out because I’ve opened it so much! My personal favorite dish is the loaded enchilada pasta- I just forgo the shredded cheese and use nutritional yeast instead! This is another great cookbook for frugal eaters- Beth Moncel is noted worldwide for her number-crunching abilities. She also has a website, for those of you interested in doing some further reading.


The $5 a Meal College Vegetarian Cookbook | Nicole Cormier | $7.98

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I received this book as a going-away-to-college present from my mom, and honestly, I’m still grateful to her for doing so. Some of the recipes were a ‘lil fancy for me, but many of them were easy and contains ingredients I could find at my dining hall (so no grocery shopping needed!). These recipes also yield a lot of servings, so a little can definitely go a long way. Once I get settled in my dorm, I’m dying to try the Quick and Easy Vegan Biscuits- I’m sure it would go delicious with a can of soup! This cookbook also contains a ton of vegan dessert recipes, and many of them are bake-free! Along with the recipes, the book also provides information about how much each serving is expected to cost you, along with nutritional values for the dishes. I personally love that feature, because as a vegan, it’s easy to slip up on important nutrients and proteins if you don’t stay conscious about what you’re eating.


Love Real Food | Kathryne Taylor | $24.99

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Love Real Food is actually my mom’s favorite vegetarian cookbook, and while it’s a bit pricier than the others, I absolutely love it as well. The book is huge, containing a large variety of healthy recipes along with cooking tips, measuring notes, and guidelines for eating healthy. Just like Beth Moncel, Kathyrne Taylor also has a well-known blog called Cookie + Kate, where she shares even more recipes and fun additions (and a seasonal produce guide!). Similarly with Frugal Vegan, these recipes are designed to be as natural and earthy as possible, so just keep that in mind if crunchy salads and quinoa bowls are not really your gig. I’m personally looking forward to making her banana pecan shakes and customizable instant oatmeal mix, because I am always looking for new healthy breakfast options. Another thing I appreciate about this cookbook is the detailed allergy information at the bottom of every page- Kathryn makes sure you know if the recipe is gluten-free, egg-free, nut-free, dairy-free, and soy-free- and if it’s not, she explains how to customize it to fit your dietary restrictions. Thank you, Cookie + Kate!


Vegetarian Cookbook for Beginners | Rockridge Press | $10.79

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Last but certainly not least, I have the perfect cookbook for beginners on their newfound vegetarian journey. This book not only contains 150+ recipes, but also includes a 14 day meal plan to get you started. The book also contains a glossary of several dietary/food terms used, such as the dictionary definition of gelatin (which is made of boiled animal skin and bones, by the way). It’s important to have an understanding of not only what you’re putting in you body, but also why it can be impactful to both your health and your diet. I would definitely recommend this book to fellow ovo-vegetarians (meaning someone like me, who is a vegetarian and also abstains from dairy), and I’m also happy with the amount of comfort-food dishes in the book. Picky eaters with a limited food palate (yes, that includes me), rejoice!


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If you also grew up in the mid 2000s as a die-hard Nickelodeon fan, then I’m sure you remember the iconic television show, iCarly. And if you watched it religiously, like I did in middle school, I’m sure you remember the carbilicious glory that is the spaghetti taco. 

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Admittedly, I have tried to make spaghetti tacos in the past with my good friend, Eli. We had pretty high hopes for the recipe, but I have to say, the spaghetti tacos tasted TERRIBLE. And to this day, I have to wonder how we could make something as simple as spaghetti tacos go wrong. How could pasta in a crispy corn tortilla taste bad? Somehow, it sucked, and we couldn’t even finish the tacos. 

Looking back, it was a pretty hilarious experience, but then again, anything with Eli is a hilarious time. He’s unfortunately out of state for the summer, so I will have to carry out the spaghetti taco legacy without him. Hopefully, the spaghetti tacos will be better this time around, so let’s get into it now!

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Preparing for the delicious monstrosity with my friends!

This isn’t going to be a particularly informative or exciting article, because the recipe is as basic as it sounds. Boil some spaghetti, add in your favorite sauce, and boom, stuff it into a taco shell. One thing I will say is that it probably would have been a better ideal to toast/bake the taco shells, because eating them straight out of the package definitely tastes a little blah. I found that seasoning the pasta with a lot of salt and pepper really helped to flavor it and make it more appealing than the last time I made spaghetti tacos, and it also wouldn’t be a bad idea to add seasonings like oregano, thyme, rosemary, etc. I’m also curious how the spaghetti tacos would taste with more “taco” toppings, such as cheese and some sort of spicy beef. Of course, I live an ovo-vegetarian lifestyle, so I would have to use vegan cheese and meat to amp up my spaghetti taco game.

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Glamorous.

This time around, the tacos were waaaay better than the first time. I don’t really know why- I used essentially the same ingredients and steps, but for some reason, the first spaghetti tacos tasted like I cooked them in toilet water. This time around, they tasted flavorful, delicious, and smooth with a crunchy twist. This dish is an ode to the legendary iCarly, and it’s hard to hate something as basic as a spaghetti taco. I myself am a pretty simple eater, and would be satisfied to have spaghetti tacos again on a day that I feel like “cooking.” I put “cooking” in quotations because, like I said, it doesn’t take much to whip up a batch of these goodies.

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Not my picture, but come on- tell me this doesn’t speak to your soul.

I have three more installations of Taco Tuesday planned, and next week, I will be tackling the very unique “tofu taco” from The Sims 4. I hope you guys enjoyed today’s article, and I have some really exciting articles planned for August. I can’t wait to fill you all in on what I’m doing!

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