Best of Boston

2014 Best Vegetarian Restaurant

Life Alive

We’d argue that the trend in vegetarian cuisine toward creating foodstuffs that " taste and look just like meat" is a misguided principle. What self-respecting herbivore wants to eat oil-laden faux beef? Life Alive eschews such questionable ingredients, instead showcasing organic produce and grains in concoctions like the " Swami," a sweet-and-salty bowl of tamari almonds, raisins, and a heap of veggies, all doused in sweet curry-miso sauce. Made-to-order juices and smoothies round out the wholesome menu.

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