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Gluten-free, vegan restaurant options

So I could quite possibly be the most annoying person ever with this question, but I'm on a sort of cleansing/detox diet in which all gluten, dairy, meats, refined sugars, alcohol and caffeine are excluded. Does anyone have any suggestions of restaurants that would accommodate me (without too much hatred towards me) or restaurants with dishes that may suit my fancy?

I already know about the Elephant Walk and PF Chang's. Any other ideas - I need something new!!

Many thanks!

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  1. Haven't been, but always hear it's reputable and tasty - Grasshopper on N. Beacon in Allston? You could always call and ask them if they'd be able to work w/your restrictions, but based on what I've heard of them, they'd be willing and able. Good luck!

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    1. re: gansu girl

      I would only send an enemy to the Grasshopper. But it has been a few years since I was last there. I and many other Boston hounds appear to have had similarly uninspiring (at best) experiences, but there are a couple of dissenters.

    2. Don't really have an answer - It sounds similar to the macrobiotic diet a friend went on some time ago, but was allowed gluten.

      Perhaps you can try House of Tibet in Teele? They have some curious items there.

      1. I do know that Legal Seafood has a special Celiac (gluten-free) menu, so maybe that would work for you.

        1. Lots of Middle Eastern places have goodies for you: Reef Cafe, Boston Shawarma, Sultan's Kitchen, and the Armenian stores in Watertown (Massis, Arax, and another I'm forgetting). Even without pita you can feast on salads (no tabbouleh though), grape leaves, falafel balls, hummus, baba ghanoush, olives, pickles, mujaddara, nuts, dates, etc. Also try the falafel and fries at Algiers.

          Oxford Spa has an unusually large number of gluten-free products. You could get a hummus sandwich on gluten-free bread. They might have gluten-free muffins or something like that.

          The two Brown Sugar Cafes and the Similans have excellent fully vegetarian Thai food.

          Loads of Indian options. E.g., baingan bharta (eggplant), bombay aloo (potatoes), or stewed okra with basmati rice.

          How about the veggie tamales from Boca Grande? These are yummy, and I'm guessing they don't have lard. Or the veggie soft tacos with some guacamole (these are actually a little better at Annas I think).

          There's lots to choose from at Chinese places. Zoe's, for instance, has a lot of delicious stuff that meet your criteria: stuffed bean curd crepe, green bean tofu, cilantro & scallion salad (with tofu), szechuan hot and sour sliced potatoes, etc. You should also find plenty of dishes at Shanghai Gate.

          Even Vietnamese places. Pho Pasteur has an extensive vegetarian menu. The tofu with lemongrass is really tasty. You could probably order banh xeo with tofu or veggies instead of meat.

          Try Rangzen in Central Square for Tibetan food. The lunch buffet is usually good and has lots of stuff for you. Dinner is even better I think.

          Hmmm...if there is an Ethiopian place in Boston that uses only teff for the injera, that would be ideal. Maybe Fasika?

          So anyway, there's lots of great stuff you can eat. You can eat way better than the average person on your diet. No reason to fret at all!

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          1. re: fenian

            Indian dishes may be cooked with clarified butter/ghee....just something to look out for.

            1. re: limster

              true. a quick websearch shows that, for instance, some recipes for bombay aloo use vegetable oil and others use ghee. i suggest the op adopt a don't ask, don't tell policy :).

          2. Chilies will also have a list of some items that can be made wheat free but you have to ask them for help. Most chinese places have things you can order without soy sauce or that have just been steamed.

            Jake and Earl's Dixie Barbeque (<>)
            220 Moody St.
            Waltham, MA 02453
            781-894-4227

            Skipjacks
            199 Clarendon St.
            Boston, MA 02216
            617-536-3500

            Spire Restaurant & Bar
            90 Tremont St.
            Boston, MA 02108
            617-772-0202

            Fireplace Restaurant (*)
            2634 Beacon St.
            Brookline, MA 02446
            617-975-1900

            Bombay Club
            57 JFK St.
            Cambridge, MA 02138
            617-661-8100

            Casablanca Restaurant
            40 Brattle St.
            Cambridge, MA 02138
            617-876-0999

            Amarin of Thailand (*)
            287 Centre St.
            Newton, MA 02458
            617-527-5255

            1. My husband and I are both vegan and I'm gluten-free. I've just read about a new raw food, vegan place in the North End, Grezzo, haven't been there yet and can't tell from the website as to what they serve that's GF. There's Martsa on Elm, a Tibetan place in Davis Square, Somerville, that worked for us. If you're open to traveling a bit, on Moody in Waltham there's Masao's Kitchen, and just off Moody there's a fairly new Ugandan restaurant called Karibu with some options (haven't been to the restaurant but they catered a diversity luncheon at work). In Beverly, there's Organic Garden. In Lowell, there's Life Alive. There's also Veggie Planet at Passim's in Harvard Square. Chipotle's has options. A new one opened in Davis Square where the old Buck-A-Book used to be.

              1. If you are still on the diet Grezzo Restaurant serves raw and vegan foods. I contacted them about the gluten and they replied:

                We can certainly accommodate a gluten free diet! We get that request from time to time. We do have many dishes that are gluten free and our chef can also make something for you without gluten. The only ingredient that we use that has gluten is Nama Shoyu, an unpasteurized soy sauce. Just let us know when you make your reservation and remind your server when you are seated that you are gluten-free.

                I plan on dining there this weekend and since I haven't eaten out since 2006, this is going to be a real treat!

                You can visit their site at www.grezzorestaurant.com