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Veg-Friendly Restaurants in Worcester

Updated Winter of 2014

photo of take-out from Belmont Veg by Manda


Finding tasty vegan food at restaurants is rarely a problem, especially in Worcester. These days nearly every restaurant in town has good veg options on their menu. But the restaurants below are shining stars when comes to vegan dining. Sure, there are other good veg-friendly restaurants around, but these are the best.


All-Vegetarian & All-Vegan Eateries

Belmont Vegetarian Restaurant

157 Belmont St (map)
Corner of Belmont Street & Eastern Avenue
Worcester, MA
(508) 798-8898

This all-vegan soul food take-out joint is a welcome addition to the city. Jamaican and American food. Try the curried chicken or the peppersteak over rice and beans. Vegan mac & cheese on Fridays and Saturdays. $6-$13. A local favorite. (See blog posts about Belmont Veg.)

Loving Hut, Chandler

(Formerly called Buddha Hut)
415 Chandler Street (map)
Worcester, MA
(508) 459-0367
http://lovinghut.us/worcester/

All-vegan Chinese restaurant with many mock-meat dishes. Good selection, inexpensive, good location. Expect to pay about $10-$12 including appetizers and drinks. Stop by for the monthly vegan buffet on the second Saturday of every month. (See our blog posts about Loving Hut.)

Loving Hut, Hamilton

56 Hamilton Street (map)
Worcester, MA
(508) 831-1322

The original all-vegan restaurant in Worcester. Formerly Veggie Corner, and before that it was Quan Yin. Chinese and Vietnamese restaurant with extensive mock-meat selection. Dinner priced under $8. Lunch special for less than $5. Take-out available.

Udupi

378 Maple Avenue (map)
Shrewsbury, MA
(508) 459-5099

All-vegetarian, southern Indian fare. The chickpea curry and aloo matar are great! Best samosas in Worcester area. Priced from $7.95 – $12.95. (See our blog posts about Udupi.)

V Organic Cafe

62 Main Street. Upton, MA 01568
508-529-2900
VOrganicCafe.com

Elegant all-vegetarian cafГ© offering comfort food for breakfast & lunch. Menu is mostly vegan. Sunday brunch. Live entertainment during Friday night dinner. Features smoothie bar, bakery, and chocolatier. Plus an eco-boutique for some creative shopping while you dine.


Other Veg-Friendly Places

Bahnan’s Cafe

344 Pleasant St (map)
Worcester, MA
(508) 796-5365
bahnans.com

Inexpensive Middle Eastern grocery with small cafe attached. Veggie kibbeh, falafel and hummus are wonderful. Try the spinach triangles with homemade hummus.

Chris Gould’s Roaming Food Truck

Corner of Green & Temple St
Worcester, MA

Late-night food truck, parked outside the Dive Bar. Offers Tofurkey sausages and veggie dogs. Order the “completo” for a decked-out dog. Open Thurs-Sat after 9pm and some Wednesdays. Sometimes set up at outdoor festivals.

Dalat

425 Park Ave (map)
Worcester, MA
(508) 753-6036

Great place for some Vietnamese food on the cheap. Good selection of tofu and vegetable curry dishes. Menu items #3, #86, and #90 are local favorites. Food comes quickly!

Evo

232 Chandler St (map)
Worcester, MA
(508) 753-1896

Evo offers upscale dining with plenty of vegan options.В  Many organic ingredients. Try a Tofurkey Reuben, a vegan cheese-steak, or the daVinci soy cheese pizza. This is the perfect place to take your parents. The menu is very clear about what’s vegan. Full bar available.

Fantastic Pizza & Cafe

925 Main Street (map)
Worcester, MA
(508) 798-5577

Small Middle Eastern eatery priced from $3.95 to $7.95. Well known for the falafel sandwich. Some say it’s the best falafel in town.

Royal India

100 Boston Turnpike
Shrewsbury, MA
(508) 425-3124

Small Indian place with daily lunch buffet. Buffet selection changes daily, but always has good veg options.

Bollywood Grille

97 Boston TPKE В (map)
Quinsigamond Plaza (Rt.9)
Shrewsbury, MA
Phone : (508) 793 – 9888
bollywoodgrill.com

Upscale Indian restaurant with plenty of vegan items. Inexpensive daily lunch buffet, with good veg options (~$10). When ordering from the menu, channa and samosas are always a great choice.

Moe’s Southwest Grill

3 Stafford Street (map)
Worcester, MA
(508) 459-6060

61 Boston Turnpike Road
Shrewsbury, MA
(508) 797-6637

This hip national burrito chain features a menu that’s centered on fresh burritos, tacos, and fajitas. Build your own burrito or taco with your choice of black or pinto beans, tofu, Spanish or brown rice, and vegan guacamole. Priced $5-$10.

Nancy Chang

372 Chandler Street (map)
Worcester, MA
(508) 752-8899
http://www.NancyChang.com/

Upscale Chinese cuisine. Many mock-meat and tofu dishes. Substitute veg chicken for any chicken dish. Veg shrimp too! Request the vegan menu. Prices from $10 to $13. Full bar. Delivery available. (Blog posts about Nancy Chang’s.)

New House of India

2 Coes Square (map)
Worcester, MA
(508) 793-9900
NewHouseOfIndia.com/

Inexpensive, good lunch buffet. Veg options every day. Can easily accommodate large groups. Located near Clark University.

One Love Cafe

800 Main Street (map)
Worcester, MA
(508) 753-8663

Cozy veg-friendly Jamaican cafe. Home-style with many vegan options. Occasional vegan brunch. Call for details. Priced from $3 to $10. (See our blog posts about One Love.)

Pho Dakao

593 Park Avenue (map)
Worcester, MA
(508) 756-7555

This Vietnamese restaurant features traditional Vietnamese Pho, a vegan noodle soup. This nice sit-down eatery offers a variety of tofu and vegetable dishes. The veggie spring rolls make a great appetizer! Priced between $6 – $10.

Pomir Grill

119 Shrewsbury St (map)
Worcester, MA
(508) 755-7333

http://PomirGrill.com

Afghan restaurant with significant vegan section on the menu. Sabzi Chalaw is a yummy spinach dish with rice. Banjan Borani (eggplant) is fantastic.

Red Lantern

235 Shrewsbury Street (map)
Worcester, MA
(508) 795-0500
http://www.theRedLantern.com

Chinese-American restaurant and sports bar. Good mock meat and tofu selection, including sweet & sour veggie ribs. Menu features homemade faux meats. Try the General Tso’s veg chicken! Play keno while you wait.

Sahara Cafe & Restaurant

143 Highland Street (map)
Worcester, MA
(508) 798-2181

Upscale Middle Eastern restaurant with extensive vegetarian options.В  All soups are meat-free, but some contain dairy. Priced from $5.00 to $18.00. Live music and local bands after dark.

Shiraz

259 Park Avenue (map)
Worcester, MA
(508) 767-1639

Armenian cuisine. Offers around 5 vegetarian dishes, including delicious falafel, baba ganoush, and hummus wraps. The lentil soup is mental fruit. Prices range from $7 to $13.

Thai Time

107 Highland Street (map)
Worcester, MA
(508) 756-7267
thaitimeworcester.com

Popular Thai restaurant with good vegan options. Tofu curries and fun appetizers. Ask for no egg to make the Pad Thai vegan. Frequented by WPI students.



Know a good veg-friendly restaurant that isn’t in the list? Send in your recommendation to info@VegWorcester.com.

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