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Cheapest Vegetarian Food in Cambridge/Allston area

rajbbhatt Sep 6, 2006 02:47 AM

Okay, I am a stundet and a vegetarian. What gets your highest ranks for dirt cheap food that is good and vegetarian in Cambridge and Allston. Dirt Cheap!

PS. I am eager to try out the veggie pho at Pho Pasteur.

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    Bugg Superstar RE: rajbbhatt Sep 6, 2006 09:24 AM

    i would recommend the tea house at the buddhist center in central square. great food, not a lot of money, and an interesting place to visit

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      Bob Dobalina RE: Bugg Superstar Sep 6, 2006 01:42 PM

      Sounds very interesting - care to say a bit more? Hours? Location in Central? What's on the menu?

      THANKS, Gini! Sounds like a genuine chowhound find.

      1. re: Bob Dobalina
        gini RE: Bob Dobalina Sep 6, 2006 02:40 PM

        It's located at 950 Massachusetts Avenue, half-way between Harvard Sq. and Central Sq. in Cambridge.
        Their hours are: Tuesday - Saturday, 11 - 6 p.m.; Sunday 12 noon - 6 p.m.; closed Monday.

        In their tea room, they serve an all vegetarian menu with appetizers like dumplings, spring rolls, sweet bun, turnip cake, wonton soup, and sticky rice. Their lunch sets are a good value and includes soup, rice, vegetables and tofu.

    2. MaineRed RE: rajbbhatt Sep 6, 2006 11:51 AM

      well, like anything...you can get cheap veg food at the quickie taco places like Anna's...~$3 for a burrito. Any of the Indian restaurants have extended lunch buffets for ~$8. Also, I think Veggie Planet is awesome in Harvard Sqr. a lot of food, enough for two meals for ~$7. Phoenix Landing in Central Sqr has great happy hour prices on snacky foods. Altho I dont care for Pho Pasteur, it is in the 'hood. The train to Chinatown is fast :)

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        Bob Dobalina RE: MaineRed Sep 6, 2006 01:44 PM

        The Brighton Ave. branch of Pho Pasteur is still going, right? You don't have to go all the way to Chinatown.

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          Allstonian RE: Bob Dobalina Sep 6, 2006 02:00 PM

          I think the reference to Chinatown meant that it was easy to get to, although not in the neighborhoods mentioned by the OP. The Allston and Harvard Square branches of Pho Pasteur are both still going strong, although they've recently changed the name to Le's.

        2. re: MaineRed
          Nechushtan RE: MaineRed Sep 8, 2006 07:20 PM

          stay away from Anna's, especially if you want vegetarian.

        3. Luther RE: rajbbhatt Sep 6, 2006 12:26 PM

          Bean and cheese super burrito at Anna's, ask for the vegetarian rice.

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            Prav RE: Luther Sep 7, 2006 01:54 AM

            Actually, I think the beans may have been cooked in lard. Just a heads up.

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              Luther RE: Prav Sep 7, 2006 10:40 AM

              Could be. I just have heard lots of vegetarians whine about the rice (which now comes in vegetarian flavor), but never about the beans.

          2. gini RE: rajbbhatt Sep 6, 2006 12:28 PM

            While you can get a lot of cheap vegetarian fare at places like Aneka Rasa, Buk Kyung II, Reef Cafe, and Grasshopper in Allston, the cheapest deal I've found is the free one at Hare Krishna Temple. Sundays and Wednesdays they offer a free dinner after lecture and discussion. Free seems pretty cheap to me.

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