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Aug 24, 2007 09:57 AM

nice place for VEGAN dinner?

Hi folks - I'll soon be taking a lovely VEGAN around Boston. Can you please recommend a good place for vegan fare? I'm looking for atmosphere as well as decent veg-friendly selection... I think the ideal would be a place with ALL or MOST vegetarian items on the menu, so that she doesn't have to settle for the 'mixed vegetable plate of the day', but I have no idea where that could be. Expense is not a consideration, but T-accesibility is. Boston, Cambridge, Somerville, or Allston/Brighton would be ideal.

Many thanks!

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  1. Never been there but have heard the Grasshopper in Allston is nice, there's also a new vegg pizza place next door. Corner of Cambridge St & Brighton Ave

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    1. re: B_Line_HAC

      Please DON'T take your friend to Grasshopper. Incredibly mediocre asian-vegan. I wish I had a better suggestion, but Boston is severely lacking in this category. I believe that OM in Cambridge has some choices, but I've not been there, myself (meaning to go......if you do, please report back!).

      1. re: Science Chick

        Yeah, Grasshopper isn't quite what I had in mind... the food is so-so/greezy, the service terse, and it has the a distinctly dingy ambience. I'm looking for a DATE NITE spot where a vegan will feel comfortable and welcome. I'd like choosing the meal to be easy. Don't vegans go out for nice dinners? I wish I knew some to ask, but I don't...

        I'm heard about OM doing something vegan, but only in passing. Anyone know about it?

    2. Among slim pickings, I think Ethiopian and Eritrean are among your better vegan restaurant options. Consider Addis Red Sea (South End or Porter Square), Fasika (near Sullivan Square), and Asmara (Central Square).

      1. Elephant Walk ( is a very small local chain of French/Cambodian restaurants (I think 3 restaurants total). They have a vegan section of the menu with several options. There are locations in Boston (near Kenmore Sq./Brookline border - Saint Mary's T-stop on C-line) and Cambridge (Porter Sq.). I have been there a few times and generally like the atmosphere, food and service.

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        1. re: LauraB

          My oldest daughter is a vegan and she loved Elephant Walk so much when I took her last month that I got her a gift certificate so she could go back with her boyfriend. We went to the one in Cambridge. She was particualrly happy with a cold avacado soup. It was a lovely place. Good drinks, wine by the glass and food for non vegans. I would say that our only disappointment was the desserts. She could only have the sorbet. It was good sorbet, but I think it would be great if they could offer a vegan friendly dessert.

        2. Buddah's Delight in Chinatown or Veggie Planet are the only two edible vegan/veggie-only restaurants. Grasshopper is dreadful.

          1. Shabu-Zen has a vegetarian option which I can't see as having anything objectionable for a vegan. Just be sure to ask for the vegetarian broth when you order because they default to broth not suitable for vegans.

            I'll second the Ethiopian options MC Slim JB suggested, suggest that Grasshopper is nothing to write home about (and neither is Masao's Kitchen in Waltham), and that Buddha's Delight in Chinatown is barely a step up from there.