Gluten-free, vegan restaurant options
- weathermasta Dec 20, 2006 09:21 PM
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!!
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.
I do know that Legal Seafood has a special Celiac (gluten-free) menu, so maybe that would work for you.
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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!