by Christine Liu - 156 Reviews - 111 List
You don't need to scour trendsetting magazines to know that green is the new black. Adopt a more sustainable lifestyle with restaurants that make it extremely simple to pay heed to planet Earth. Lest you think it's all bean sprouts and granola, check out the vast horizon of ecologically friendly businesses in Boston with sustainable and locally sourced menus.
(Photo: Clear Conscience Cafe by Christine Liu)
Updated: April 21, 2010
Physically attached to (but a separate business from) the Harvest Co-op supermarket, this Central Square cafe puts priority squarely on the environment, serving only coffee that's fairly traded, organic and shade-grown; and sandwiches and baked goods with all-natural, additive-free ingredients.
This successful local chain is adamant about its meats from humanely raised, vegetarian-fed animals, minus antibiotics or growth hormones. There's an in-house composting system, no use of polystyrene foam and a crew clad in organic cotton uniforms. Go forth and munch ... better.
Not only do you get a latte and muffin at this righteously independent-minded cafe, but you also get a reduced carbon footprint. The BU location, with its couches and jukebox, lets you chill alongside organic and shade-grown coffee options, menus printed on recycled paper and biodegradable cups and plates.
Almost everything in this bright, neighborhood-friendly general store is sourced from New England, from the gelato to the pickles to the cheeses to the herbs. The eat-local ethos extends to its sibling Sherman Cafe, which cooks up the market's goods in its soups, sandwiches and coffees and is just around the corner.
This sprawling independent grocery in Jamaica Plain does good by the community and the environment. JP-made tofu mingles with Somerville-manufactured chocolate, with an abundance of local farm-procured produce and cheese in every shiny corner. The freshly made sandwiches at the deli are a heaping treat--try the Farmer's Lunch.