I always complain that Boston has no good specifically healthy restaurants. While I still think that is true, if you drive 20 minutes outside the city center they do exist. My buddy, Sara, and I made a lunch date to finally try Root, a vegan restaurant, located in Allston yesterday.
The drive took about 15 minutes. Street parking seemed full but I managed to find a free spot. It’s located on an unassuming corner of Cambridge Street, on bus routes but not near the T. There is counter service only and the space is quite small but we arrived around 1 on a Wednesday, and had no problem grabbing a table or 5 if we needed them.
We both ordered a juice to start. Sara ordered the Green (Cucumber, Celery, Green Apple, and Lime) and I followed up with a small Veg Cleanse (Carrot, Celery, Orange and Lemon). Sara’s was tart and refreshing while mine was more mild but still delicious. I loved that they had two sizes to choose between, 8 oz or 16 oz (I think).
For our meals, I ordered the tostadas after much debate.
The hot sauce we not spicy enough for me so I got a side of spicyand think it was a flavorful addition. Otherwise, this dish was amazing and I would totally get it again.
Sara ordered the MacroBowl which I almost got too! It sounded delicious.
Sara said it really good but since it mostly consisted of steamed veggies didn’t have as much flavor as you wanted it to. We both agreed that we need to come back to try their Root Burger and Fries which looked amazing!
Next door to Root is FoMu, the vegan ice cream makers of Boston. We saw it on the way in and knew we couldn’t pass up our opportunity to hit two amazing veggie loving places in one Allston trek. (Ok Ok, I know it’s not that far…)
I ordered a kiddie “magic bar” which is a coconut based vanilla ice cream with a vegan magic bar mashed in (think coconut 7 layer bar with chocolate chips and graham crackers seen below). It was amazing and you could not tell for one second this wasn’t real ice cream.
The kiddie was still $3 and about a 1/2 cup serving size which should be noted is what most ice cream nutrition labels list as a serving. I also got a chocolate peppermint whoopie pie to go. I couldn’t resist. When in Allston… I guess??? Needless to say, I was glad I worked my butt off at Barry’s Bootcamp with Derek on Wednesday Morning.
I can’t wait to go back to Root but also discover more vegan/vegetarian restaurants in “Boston”. I lived in Allston when I first graduated college but didn’t care about vegetarian cuisine back then. To find the gems, I often have to leave my ‘hood which is OK but hard to do on a regular basis since parking and driving in a city is a bitch and our subway system doesn’t exactly hit the hidden gems along their routes.
I love having friends like Sara that will go with me to funky “healthy” places. If you’re visiting Boston and want to know where to workout, check out my blog post featuring my favorite fitness studios. I’m working on a post with my favorite healthy restaurants but I gotta check them all out first!
Let me know your favorite down below….
You know how much I love Life Alive and Sweetgreen, where else should I go?
Ashley @ A Lady Goes West says
Those places sound great. I would have gone for the Macro Bowl myself. You know, I can’t seem to bring myself to eat froyo when it’s cold out. So I don’t have it that often here in SF, because our weather is typically a bit chilly (not Boston chilly, of course). Nonetheless. Good stuff!
Jocelyn @ Peace Love Nutrition says
Come visit NYC! We have so many great healthy restaurants!
Allston is most certainly part of the city.
It is technically, but if you work downtown and live in the south end, it’s quicker to get to somerville or Cambridge which are not technically boston -- so while yes it’s part, it’s not convenient if you are in the city center. That was all I meant.
I laughed at how you made Allston sound so far away because my friends in Allston/Brighton, Cambridge, etc. always make fun of me for not venturing out of the city and claiming they’re on the other side of the world haha. I’ve been dying to try Root though (and FoMu!)! Maybe one of these days I’ll finally make the long trek out there 😉
Lauren @ The Bikini Experiment says
I am surprised there aren’t lots of healthy choices in Boston. I am a tad spoiled living in Austin right now because there are so many.
Root is amazing! The root burger with fries is a must the next time you go!