Before the new wave of fast-casual restaurants serving veggie-centric bowls and salads came about, Life Alive was serving rice, kale, and veggie bowls from their Central Square location. Other locations in Salem, Lowell, and a new space in Brookline also serve the same healthful foods. Plus, we learned that a location in Back Bay is in the works!

While I have heard that the newer Brookline location has a more airy and modern feel, the Central Square Life Alive slants more towards the hippie granola side of things, in a good way. I have been known to invent reasons to go to Central Square so that I have an excuse to stop in and order “The Adventurer” bowl — a combination of Sesame Ginger Nama Sauce with corn, beets, broccoli, kale, cheddar, tofu, legumes, and Tamari almonds, over quinoa and brown rice. This sounds like it would not be good at all, but it is delicious!

Although Natalie and I have been fans of Life Alive for many years, we realized that we haven’t ever reviewed it on the blog. Sometimes our tried-and-true favorites don’t make it on here, and we wanted to make sure to share it. This is such a gem for people like us, who like to eat mostly plants. We recreate bowls in this style at home too, with a combination of grains, greens, roasted vegetables, and a sauce like this one. We are excited that they are expanding, and can’t wait to see what comes next.

Have you been? We would love to hear about your tried-and-true favorite restaurants!

Photos courtesy of Life Alive.

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