Restaurants

I’ve come a long way since the days when a restaurant meal meant grilled cheese sandwiches and iceberg salads with ranch dressing.

Once, in France, a waitress told me that if I didn’t eat meat then I could eat sh*t. She was lovely.

Here are a few of my favorite (not all vegetarian, but all have delicious vegetarian options):

BOSTON

Anna’s Taqueria – Locally owned and operated, Anna’s formula is simple: fresh ingredients, authentic recipes and expert assembly go into each and every one of their burritos, tacos, quesadillas and Mexican plates.

Stephanie’s on Newbury – “Sophisticated Comfort Food” in a relaxed and inviting atmosphere. Amazing salads. The pecan crusted warm goat cheese is my all-time favorite. Great people watching on the patio.

CHICAGO

The Chicago Diner – Meat free since ‘83. All vegetarian, mostly vegan menu.

MICHIGAN (generally)

Inn Season Café – A small dining room style vegetarian/vegan restaurant in Royal Oak with a great fresh, healthy, yummy menu.

J. Alexander’s – It might be a chain but they have my all time favorite veggie burger.

Kejara’s Bridge – A unique restaurant offering delicious, healthy breakfasts and lunches based on fresh, organic ingredients in Lake Leelanau.

PHILADELPHIA

Basic 4 Vegetarian Cafe – Located in Reading Terminal Market, Basic 4 cuisine shares classic American comfort foods typically unavailable to the health conscious. Take out. Yummy breakfast options!

SAN FRANCISCO

*Go to the Mission and get a burrito. No one stands out. All good. Recommendations?

Gelateria Naia – Made by hand in small batches so it can always be enjoyed fresh. Only choice natural ingredients are used to ensure it is the finest-tasting gelato you will find. I’m not a sweets person, and I especially don’t care for ice cream, but I visit Naia regularly when in SF.

The Plant Cafe – Delicious, fresh wholesome dishes, freshly made juices, salads, sandwiches, soups, entrees and desserts…all organic and at affordable prices.

The Slanted Door – A modern Vietnamese restaurant that showcases the abundance of produce as well as ecologically farmed meat, game and poultry found at farms around the San Francisco Bay Area.

WASHINGTON, DC

Amsterdam Falafelshop – Serves falafels that you top yourself from our wide variety of garnishes, and twice-cooked Dutch-style fries. Simply delicious!

Rasika – A modern Indian restaurant. Best dal in the universe (or at least on the East Coast).

Restaurant Nora – America’s first certified organic restaurant. Seasonal, fresh organic food, prepared in a healthy, balanced way.

Sweetgreen – Delicious, all-natural salads and refreshing frozen yogurts, with local, farm-fresh ingredients.

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