Where to Get Healthy Bowls and Salads To-Go During the COVID-19 Shutdown

The Adventurer bowl from Life Alive
Life Alive Organic Cafe

If pandemic hibernation has made you crave comfort food, we hear you. But after months in quarantine—and with temperatures steadily rising—we’ve been in the mood for salads and bowls made with wholesome grains and veggies. We’re following our cravings to these Boston-area spots offering healthy takeout and delivery right now.

The South End, Back Bay, Fort Point, Harvard Square, Seaport, and Cambridgeport Flour locations are open for takeout and delivery during select hours. That means you can still find Flour’s healthy, satisfying favorites, from the Mustard Greens + Farro Salad with pickled rhubarb and parmesan-garlic vinaigrette to the Chopped Greek Salad with lemon-thyme chicken and green goddess dressing.

The Observatory Hill location of Hi-Rise Bread Company (on Concord Ave.) remains open for takeout and delivery through Caviar. Pick from a dozen salads including Beet + Arugula Salad with house-made buttermilk dressing or a Tuna Salad with toasted sunflower and pumpkin seeds and balsamic dressing. Healthy choices beyond salads exist, too, like a Black Bean Bowl with rice and avocado, or Avocado Toast on Nordic rye bread with pico de gallo.

Cassie Style Bowl from Whole Heart Provisions
Cassie Bowl - Whole Heart Provisions

You can experience “Whole Heart at Home” every Saturday at the plant-based restaurant’s Central Square location. Place an order by 8 p.m. the preceding Friday and visit the restaurant between 3 and 6 p.m. Saturday to pick up serves-two meal kits allowing you to recreate a rotating selection of their veggie-packed bowls. You can also order serves-two “Brunch Kits” or a la carte selections including Korean Sesame Tofu, Creamy Tahini Hummus, and Crispy Old Bay Brussels in addition to house sauces and beverages like Matcha Lemonade.

The Tatte locations in Back Bay, Beacon Hill, Fenway, Pier 4, the South End, Harvard Square, Beacon Street, and Coolidge Corner are open for takeout and delivery. You’ll find their full range of salads, including Tatte classics like the Fattoush Salad with za’atar croutons and lemon-olive oil dressing, or the Green & Nutty Salad made with goat cheese, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, and orange vinaigrette. Or opt for a gain bowl, like the Summer Vegetable Wild Rice Bowl with candy beets and a basil pine nut relish.

All locations of this local vegetarian cafe chain continue to offer takeout and delivery. If you feel like taking a detour from quarantine comfort food, you can count on Life Alive to supply salads—like the Bahn Mi made with rice noodles, braised five-spice tofu, spicy cashew aioli, and sesame ginger vinaigrette—or grain-based bowls, including our favorite the Green Goddess, made with brown rice, broccoli, kale, avocado, and ginger tamari sauce. You can also order multi-day “Meal Plans” as well as a la carte sides like Tahini Hummus or Whipped Sweet Potato.

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