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Veggie friendly in Wellsley area?

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Either my husband or I will be visiting Wellsley this Friday for a college visit with our vegetarian daughter. We'll be staying in Natick so somewhere in the general vicinity would be great. She's an adventurous eater and will eat anything as long as it doesn't involve meat (or fish). I made a reservation at Blue Ginger, but am not sure how veggie friendly it would be (or whether it would be worth the $ for the celebrity chef). Thanks! (BTW we ate at Oleana last time we were in Boston so someplace different would be great-- also someplace a last minute Friday reservation is possible)

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Blue Ginger
583 Washington St., Wellesley, MA 02482

Oleana
134 Hampshire St., Cambridge, MA 02139

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  1. We're not vegetarians, but I know Cafe Mangal (mainly Turkish food) has several delicious vegetarian options and is less expensive than Blue Ginger. We also enjoy Milestone, which has some interesting, hearty salads and a portobello burger as well as a few Greek vegetarian starters, such as saganaki and spanakopita. Singh's Cafe is an upscale Indian place and has a huge variety of really good vegetarian items. All of these are along Washington Street. I'm not sure that Blue Ginger has much choice for vegetarians, but I know they cater to those with allergies and food intolerances, so if you called ahead and asked what they could do for your daughter, they might come up with some interesting choices. I know not everyone is wild about BG, but we've always had very good food there, and they didn't kill my peanut-allergic, picky son, so I'm happy with them in spite of the steep prices!

    Oh, and good luck on the Wellesley visit! I'd love it if my daughter would apply there (she's a sophomore in HS) when the time comes, but she think it's way too close to home!

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    Blue Ginger
    583 Washington St., Wellesley, MA 02482

    Cafe Mangal
    555 Washington St, Wellesley, MA 02482

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    1. re: Isolda

      Thank you! I will look in these

    2. I went to Wellesley College and am a vegetarian, so can at least speak to some of the cuisine in the area. I went to Blue Ginger twice: once when I still ate fish and once after. I definitely enjoyed the visit when I ate fish significantly more. Their seafood preparations are some of their specialties, which means that while there is always a single vegetarian entree, it's clearly not their focus.

      That being said, with the exception of a few restaurants like Oleana, high end cuisine in the Boston as a vegetarian usually consists of ordering the single token vegetarian entree off the menu. It will likely be executed decently, but it's clearly not the focus of the chef and is often added as an afterthought. You are not likely to get many more vegetarian options at a high end restaurant than Blue Ginger, particularly in Metrowest.

      Some high-end restaurants do offer veggie tasting menus, which are often quite good. If you want to venture into the city, Ten Tables (either Cambridge or Jamaica Plains), has absolutely fantastic vegetarian preparations. I would say our meal there last fall has been the best we've had in Boston thus far.

      As for near Wellesley...it's not quite as nice as Blue Ginger, but my husband and I thoroughly enjoy the tapas as Solea in Waltham. I think my husband dreams of their spinach-artichoke fritters. Alta strada is also an option and is not bad. They have vegetarian pizzas and side dishes, some of which are very tasty. I will also second the Cafe Mangal recommendation. I also know il Cappricio in Waltham has its fans (nice Italian), but I have never been myself and cannot vouch for it.

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      Blue Ginger
      583 Washington St., Wellesley, MA 02482

      Cafe Mangal
      555 Washington St, Wellesley, MA 02482

      Oleana
      134 Hampshire St., Cambridge, MA 02139

      Ten Tables
      5 Craigie Circle, Cambridge, MA 02138

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      1. re: tazia

        Go for a nice walk around the pond at Wellesley College and then eat in the dining room on campus. I think it's called the Wang building.
        The public is invited and for 7-9 bucks you can choose from a HUGE variety witha great view.
        It's a hidden gem - they also are open for lunch. I go there all the time

      2. Just an update that it looks like scheduling will mean that we will get to the boston area too late for dinner on Friday, so I'll file away these suggestions for if she ends up going to Wellsley-- Thank you!