Judging by the amount of Chipotles, Sweetgreens, Dig Inns, and other bowl-focused restaurants like Saloniki Greek and Tahaza Hummus Kitchen that have popped up throughout Boston lately, I’d say the bowl trend is here to stay. I for one, am pretty excited about it.
The newest enterprise to enter the bowl scene here in Boston is Grainmaker, and it does not disappoint. Inspired by the flavors of Southeast Asia, Grainmaker offers grain-based “Chef Bowls,” in addition to salads and street foods like banh mi sandwiches, sticky mango rice, noodles, and tacos. They also serve locally-sourced beer, wine, sake, and other drinks like Thai basil lemonade, passionfruit lemonade, and smoothies.
Grainmaker is great for the gluten-free and vegan folk (though there are meat options), as all the eligible items are clearly marked on their menu. In addition, the entire menu is dairy free. One of my favorite dishes is the Chef Curry, which consists of jasmine rice, green beans and onions, sweet potatoes, and red coconut curry sauce. I like to add the crispy tofu to make the perfect vegan and gluten free meal. Not only is the food delicious and locally-sourced, but meals are served in beautiful bowls made by a local potter.
Located on Sumner Street just two blocks from the Macy’s in Downtown Crossing, Grainmaker is the perfect place to stop for a tasty, healthy, casual meal during your downtown shopping spree.