An oasis for vegetarian dining in Boston with 10 locations and counting, Life Alive specializes in everything plant-based from morning ’til evening. The menu isn’t entirely vegan, but there are many choices for vegan diners, from Avocado Toast on a sprouted-seed and grain muffin to dairy-free Açaí Bowls. The Avocado Chocolate Mousse, topped with coconut and cacao shavings, cinnamon, and salt, is a particularly decadent vegan breakfast. While some breakfast-specific menu items aren’t available later than 11 a.m., smoothies and cold-pressed juices such as the honey-sweetened Morning Moxie are available all day.
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Eggs and cheese can do a lot of heavy lifting when it comes to non-boring breakfast, so when foods are totally plant-based, chefs have to get creative. Luckily, Boston restaurants abound with flavorful vegan options all day long. Here’s where to go for filling vegan breakfast in Boston.
Open daily at 9 a.m., this vegan restaurant in South Boston serves breakfast, lunch, dinner, coffee, and cocktails. Start your day the plant-based way with options like a breakfast sandwich on sourdough with scrambled JUST egg, vegan cheddar, arugula, and heirloom tomato; the OG Açaí Bowl with rosewater, banana, berries, and pistachios; and more. There are also dairy-free smoothies and vegan baked goods like maple-glazed banana bread by the slice. For more lunch-y cravings, look to the menu of sandwiches and vegan burgers. Lulu Green also offers brunch specials every weekend until 4 p.m.
With six locations from Newbury Street to Harvard Square, Mother Juice is the mother of all vegan breakfast options as the first mobile juice bar in Boston. Breakfast bowls like Overnight Oats topped with local granola and sun butter, and coconut yogurt with seasonal toppings are good to-go, along with bottled cold-pressed concoctions with cheeky names like Kale Yeah, C++ (carrot, pineapple, orange, ginger), and OMG (watermelon, pineapple and lemon). There are also freshly made baked goods that are vegan-friendly.
Red Lentil in Watertown has been a mainstay for vegetarian and vegan dining around Boston since 2009 and recently expanded with a second location in Sharon. Running the gamut of global fare, you may notice dishes with Irish, Indian, Thai and Italian influences. It serves brunch every weekend, featuring the likes of Avocado Toast with Za’atar Spices; Vegan French Toast with banana and walnut compote and raspberry sauce; and a Breakfast Bandito with spiced soy sausage, salsa, refried beans, and scrambled tofu. Anything eggy can be prepared vegan on request by substituting tofu scramble and vegan cheese.
A longtime favorite of Back Bay commuters for juice, smoothies, and cafecito, Jugos recently moved to a stall inside Back Bay Station. It also has a Jugos Supremo location that doubles down on the tropical vibes in a larger, sun-dappled space. The Latin-inspired menu at both places offers sweet and savory breakfast options served todo el dia with vegan-friendly fare like the HB+J (multigrain toast topped with hazelnut butter, berry jam, fresh berries, maple syrup, and cinnamon) and Arepa la Reina, which fills a homemade arepa with sweet potato, black beans, and avocado.