If you’re looking to fuel up with a pre-workout smoothie bowl or have an energizing lunch and avoid the afternoon slump, check out these five new plant-based, clean eating restaurants in Boston. Consumers are demanding a more thoughtful and healthy approach to casual eateries, and the market has certainly delivered. See you in line!
New York-based vegan chain by CHLOE opened its third Boston location in the Back Bay last month, offering its signature healthy burgers and air-baked fries. The fast-casual restaurant was founded in 2015 by Samantha Wasser and is committed to a sustainable and vegan menu with “mindful ingredient sourcing and eco-friendly packaging,” according to the website. Options include the Guac Burger—made with a black bean, sweet potato, and quinoa patty—and Italian vegetable meatballs. And, yes, we want fries with that.
Zing Bowl opened in mid-September at the CambridgeSide Galleria with Brazilian-inspired smoothies, salads, and quinoa bowls. Located near the mall’s food court on the first floor, this kiosk-style restaurant also offers dishes traditional to the South American country, like gluten-free tapioca tacos (stuffed with white cheese, shaved coconut, and hempseed) and cheese balls (cooked crunchy on the outside and gooey on the inside). Shopping does work up an appetite.
Located in Jamaica Plain, Carrot Flower opened in August and offers light, healthy food and drinks with a plant-based menu. Try the chia pudding or get your acai bowl fix with superfood boosters such as flax seeds and spirulina. You can also make your own salad, choosing from ingredients like kale and pumpkin seeds. By eating here you’ll be supporting a woman-run neighborhood business: The owner, Audrey White, is a longtime JP resident.
Mighty Love Food’s menu is mostly vegetarian (they do also serve chicken and shrimp) with nutrient-packed smoothies, vegetable and grain bowls, and sandwiches. The breakfast and lunch spot opened in downtown Boston at the end of August. The plant-based, clean eating promise includes using locally sourced produce and sauces and dressings made from scratch.
Adding to its Brighton location, Energize opened a second outpost in late July near Symphony Hall with a customizable menu of juices, smoothies, smoothie bowls, and signature salads. The menu focuses on raw foods and “uncooking” by only blending, chopping, and juicing ingredients. Customers can choose from a variety of vegetables, fruits, dairy-free milks, and superfoods such as chia seeds.