The city is now awash in juice bars that also turn out yummy, vegan, gluten-free breakfast and lunch options. But we’ll forever have a soft spot for the ladies behind Mother Juice, if for no other reason than they have fully committed all three locations to the black art of toast making. Plus they serve their breakfast bowls all day, and you can order salads by the half or whole bowl.
Suburbanites need plant-centric options, too. Walnut Grille is saint and savior for the Mass Pike crowd, a sit-down spot that takes all the usual family restaurant entrees -- chicken piccata, meatloaf, lasagna, pizza -- and recreates them in vegetarian (and often vegan) form. Oh, and the restaurant doesn't shy away from adult beverages, including organic beer and wine. Add in the hearty brunch menu, and a weekend visit to the parents’ place just got a little less painful.
Once upon a time there was the Cambridge O2 yoga studio and the attached VO2. The former may be permanently closed (though the Somerville studio is still going strong), but the latter is thriving with some pretty fine vegan breakfast sandwiches and burritos. Lunch is even more exciting: soups, salads, pressed sandwiches, and vegan nachos (!) all prepared with a love reflected in the welcoming attitude of the staff.