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07/02/2010

Guest post: a vegan guide to Boston!  »

So you find yourself in Boston, wandering past the vaguely Irish pubs and seafood restaurants, weaving through Red Sox fans and college students as your stomach cries out in hunger. What is a vegan to do? Fear not—Boston is full of wicked ah-some vegan noms.
Let’s start off with a kick-ass brunch option. The Otherside Café isn’t all-vegan (too busy being all-hipster), but it can convert almost anything you want into a startlingly huge and awesome veggie delight. There’s a vegan “diner breakfast,” tofu scrambles, and mimosas. Not in the mood for breakfast? 1) What’s wrong with you? And 2) never fear. Otherside has an amazing vegan chili nacho plate–hot, creamy, PG-13 territory. And then the standard wraps and sandwiches, etc. Jon’s Buffalo Tempeh sandwich is the winner here. Otherside isn’t really the place for tons of vegetables, but the fake meats and real beers are plentiful. You’ll feel almost manly until you remember that soy turns you gay.

Speaking of hipsters, let’s hop on our fixies down to Allston aka Brawlston aka Awe-ston aka I made all those names up and if you actually call it that, people will definitely laugh at you or peer with bored disdain over their ironic moustaches. Or they will laugh with you and accept you. Try it out. Anyway, for vegans, this is the place to be.

If you want something cheap and delicious and maybe need more brunchy options, hit up Allston Café, the artist formerly known as Herrell’s. The breakfast burrito with these nuggets of delight called “tofettes” is great for hungover days. Get the salsa inside and drench it in Tabasco! There are vegan pancakes, tons of vegan cream cheese choices, and vegan muffins of rotating flavors, like French toast–most topped in sugar. Then there are vegan cupcakes, which are basically the same thing as the muffins, but whatever, only one is socially acceptable to have for breakfast and I believe in norms as long as they are egg-and-dairy-free.

If you have a little more dough, then it’s time for pizza! (Get it? Dough? Pizza? See what I did there?)  Just down the street from Allston Café is Peace O’ Pie, once T.J. Scallywaggle’s. Now it’s run by the Boston Vegan Association, basically. That means their ingredients are no longer wins from dumpster dives, which is either a good or bad thing, depending. Regardless! They are an all-vegan pizza place with rotating specials, great toppings, calzones, and desserts. They are kind of pricey, but definitely worth it. They use Daiya and it melts like the real thing. Putting tempeh on your pizza makes it even cheesier, somehow. Probably magic.

And now my favorite place ever—Grasshopper. Right next door to Peace O’ Pie, this all vegan Asian heaven houses the most divine, omni-converting dish ever: The No Name. Gluten, deep-fried and covered in sauce. YES. There are tons of other good dishes too, but who cares. I go for this. Oh, and I guess the kale. Their mixed veggies comes with kale! OK and the spring rolls are great, too. And I guess a lot of people rave about the chicken fingers (tofu wrapped in dough and deep fried). But the truly majestic choice is the No Name. And you can have as much of it as you want if you go on buffet night, the third Sunday of every month. BVA meetings mean you have to plan expertly to have seating, especially if you roll with a huge crew of vegans like me, but it’s worth it: you can eat until you’re comatose for $10. Hooray!

So yeah, who needs clam chowdah?

[Thanks to longtime reader, part-time San Franciscan Katie Woods for this guide! Katie attends one of Boston’s many fine institutions of higher learning, where she pursues a BFA and apparently eats like royalty.]

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