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Does vegan brunch exist?

jessabella617 Oct 14, 2010 12:27 PM

So I have a dear friend who has been dating a vegan for a year and is mourning the loss of Sunday Brunch. They have enjoyed many Thai, Middle Eastern restaurants but is craving delicious sweet brunch items like french toast, waffles, etc without each getting takeout and doing a picnic. So I am looking for restaurants to suggest that will please both a vegan and a vegetarian brunch sweets addict.

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    Taralli RE: jessabella617 Oct 14, 2010 01:08 PM


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      Bob Dobalina RE: Taralli Oct 15, 2010 05:45 AM

      Second this heartily. Vegan or not, it's way better than standing in line at the Town Diner across the street. Just so long as you are not married to real bacon for breakfast.

      Town Diner
      627 Mount Auburn St, Watertown, MA 02472

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      three of us RE: jessabella617 Oct 14, 2010 07:31 PM


      1. MC Slim JB RE: jessabella617 Oct 14, 2010 07:33 PM

        Brunch every day at Dot2Dot Cafe in Dorchester, a little indie place I really liked, with solid vegan and vegetarian options, including house-baked bread and pastries. My review of it is in The Phoenix this week.


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          hungryphd RE: jessabella617 Oct 15, 2010 06:10 AM

          Veggie Planet in Harvard square is not 100% vegan, but has many vegan dishes. Brunch is only on Sunday (I think), and is pretty delicious.

          Veggie Planet
          47 Palmer St, Cambridge, MA 02138

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            Taralli RE: jessabella617 Oct 15, 2010 06:12 AM

            Scups on the harbor in East Boston near Maverick Station is another fav. Take a stroll through Piers Park & enjoy the large, outdoor sculpture pieces on your way to Scups. # of veggie options for you.

            1. eLizard RE: jessabella617 Oct 15, 2010 07:09 AM

              country life used to have one. but country life is no longer. except i think there is one in new hampshire.

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                ChefGrant RE: jessabella617 Oct 22, 2010 03:10 PM

                Other Side does some really nice vegan items. I will even do the nature boy once in a while. They have plenty of vegan items on the brunch menu and alway some really interesting beer choices....sorry no bloody marys

                Other Side Cafe
                407 Newbury St, Boston, MA 02115

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                  Berheenia RE: ChefGrant Oct 28, 2010 06:28 AM

                  The Other Side is the deal of the day at Buy With Me today
                  Half off at theOtherSide Cafe

                  Other Side Cafe
                  407 Newbury St, Boston, MA 02115

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                  mvi RE: jessabella617 Oct 23, 2010 07:01 AM

                  You can also try The Friendly Toast in Kendall Square. And take a quick trip to Providence to try The Garden Grill or Julian's. Amazing choices for vegans and non-vegans.

                  The Friendly Toast
                  1 Kendall Square, Cambridge, MA

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                    invinotheresverde RE: mvi Jan 25, 2011 11:19 AM

                    On the PVD note, Rasoi does vegan Indian brunch every Saturday. It's pretty stellar.

                    Rasoi Restaurant
                    855 Worcester Rd Ste 24, Framingham, MA 01701

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                      mvi RE: invinotheresverde Jan 26, 2011 11:17 AM

                      That is right- a very nice vegan brunch and right next to Garden Grill, too.

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                    somervilleoldtimer RE: jessabella617 Oct 26, 2010 08:02 PM

                    A new vegan restaurant is about to open in Teele Square in Somerville, on the corner of Broadway and Curtis. Don't know anything more.

                    Teele Square Cafe
                    Somerville, MA, Somerville, MA

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                      yarm RE: somervilleoldtimer Jan 25, 2011 10:07 AM

                      Yes, True Bistro in Teele across from Rudy's serves vegan brunch:

                      Their menu says that they have crepes so it might work for you. Haven't done brunch there but have definitely enjoyed the 3 times I ate dinner there.

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                        Bob Dobalina RE: yarm Jan 25, 2011 11:12 AM

                        Do tell - what did you have for dinner?

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                          yarm RE: Bob Dobalina Jan 25, 2011 11:35 AM

                          Crusted tempeh with lentils and heirloom carrots. Green Curry with tofu. Whatever I had the first time is no longer on the menu. The wilted spinach salad was not only good but pretty massive (perfect for sharing). Coconut cream pie with blood orange sauce. And the Lammsbrau Organic Dunkelweiss beer that I had the second time was notable.

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                            Bob Dobalina RE: yarm Jan 25, 2011 11:58 AM

                            Thanks for the info.

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                            ponyboy RE: Bob Dobalina Jan 26, 2011 11:19 AM

                            Loved the Oyster Mushroom Tacos the time I went.

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                            lgss RE: yarm Feb 13, 2011 02:45 PM

                            Had brunch there today. I had the crimini mushroom scramble and mesclun salad, with home fries. My husband had the burger and fries. We'll definitely go again.

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                              mvi RE: lgss Feb 15, 2011 02:33 PM

                              Have been to True Bistro for brunch twice recently and it is really a nice addition to the dining scene for anyone, not just vegans. The space is open and bright, the service was very polite, with an air of sophistication and quiet professionalism, and the food was really great. The seitan sausages are a must. I had the waffle with hazelnuts and poached pears the first time and the Tofu Benedict the second. The waffle was a fairly generous size, about the size of your average salad plate, and the poached pears enhanced it nicely. It comes with syrup already added so you have to ask if you want more. The tofu was well prepared and came with spinach, a biscuit, Alfredo sauce and home fries. It was a much more generous portion than the waffle. Also had a small bottle of Prosecco which was decent. Highly recommended for a vegan brunch.

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                            eireann RE: somervilleoldtimer Jan 28, 2011 04:38 AM

                            I have been here twice for brunch, and it was really really good. I had the tofu benedict both times because it was so good. My mom, who is rather vegan-food-opposed, loved the biscuit that came with it even though there was no butter. They have crepes and waffles, tofu scrambles (also really good), a few baked goods and more lunchy foods.

                            I also really like the brunch at Red Lentil. They can make all their egg dishes with tofu or eggs, and their pancakes are amazing.

                            Red Lentil
                            600 Mt Auburn St, Watertown, MA 02472

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                            MarsGirl RE: jessabella617 Jan 25, 2011 08:45 AM

                            I 2nd the recommendation of Dot2Dot Cafe. Also, Peace o’ Pie in Allston does a Sunday Brunch buffet. Offerings vary from week to week.
                            If your friend is interested in group outings, there is a Vegan Brunch Group on facebook: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid...

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