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Vegetarian in Worcester

le_grand_melee Apr 29, 2011 06:53 AM

I've got a business trip in a month to Worcester - the hotel will be close to Umass Medical. I'd like to stay very local for most of my trip, unless there is something fantastic around.

What are the vegetarian options in the area? I'm guessing not many, but Indian, Mediterranean, bakeries or delis with good breads or any kind of small market recommendations would be appreciated. Anyplace I can get homemade pierogi?

  1. trufflehound May 1, 2011 06:08 AM

    Great vege jamaican meat patties. You will need to drive and it's a bad hood.

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      jmacd Apr 29, 2011 11:47 AM

      will you have access to a car?

      the first thing that comes to mind for vegetarian options are right on rt. 9 -

      belmont vegetarian gets great reviews (http://belmontvegetarian.com/)
      udupi is South Indian (http://udupi.us/index.html)

      my favorite indian place (surya) is on shrewsbury street and has the traditional vegetarian options.

      worcester is surprisingly veg friendly (i'm told) and you can find a bunch of options here: http://vegworcester.com

      enjoy your stay!

      8 Replies
      1. re: jmacd
        invinotheresverde Apr 30, 2011 01:56 AM

        Great post.

        We're veg in Worcester and eat fairly well. We love:

        Bahnan's for middle Eastern cafe/shopping (leek/feta tart is a must)
        India Cafe for, duh, Indian
        Red Lantern is passable Chinese, but they offer lots of mock meats
        Flat's for thin crust and BYOB
        Da Lat for bun and boba
        Vietnam Cafe (haven't tried yet, but they have veg banh mi)
        Mezcal for tequila and rellenos

        1. re: invinotheresverde
          jmacd Apr 30, 2011 08:49 AM

          i second all of those recs. i didn't think outside of the umass area, but Flats and da lat are very frequent stops for me. vietname cafe has been on my list for a bit, i'm really curious to try a real banh mi!

          1. re: jmacd
            invinotheresverde Apr 30, 2011 10:49 AM

            I think we're going to check 'em out today. I'll post.

            1. re: invinotheresverde
              invinotheresverde Apr 30, 2011 01:45 PM

              Two tofu banh mi and an order of tofu summer rolls set us back all of $9. The sandwiches weren't filled all that much, but I didn't expect them to be large considering the price. The girl at the counter was super helpful and very friendly.

              Summer rolls were the standard, but tasty. The banh mi were on great bread. The aoili was flavorful, the hot peppers were, well, hot. The pickled veggies were mildly pickled and the aioli delicate. There was lots of cilantro, which I love.

              All in all, the sandwiches were quite good. We'll be back for more.

        2. re: jmacd
          belcherveggie Apr 30, 2011 11:13 AM

          Both are solid, Belmont has a limited, but changing menu. Belmont is best for take out as they have very little seating and the neighborhood isn't the best.
          Udupu in shrewsbury is much more formal than Udupi Bhavan. Wait service and china & silverware. The food is just as good and the prices aren't much more.
          I've had occasion to eat at the other rt.9 indian restaurants. India cafe has a veg. friendly lunch buffet and decent northern indian entrees. Bollywood grill is a local chain and a carvivore favorite, but still has some decent veg. options. On the higher side of the price scale tho.

          1. re: belcherveggie
            jmacd Apr 30, 2011 03:04 PM

            just curious, what do you mean "Udupu in shrewsbury is much more formal than Udupi Bhavan"? i'm not sure what udupi bhavan is, another local restaurant?

            hm...although when i post this, it links to a CT restaurant. is that the one you mean?

            Udupi Bhavan
            749 Saybrook Rd, Middletown, CT 06457

            1. re: jmacd
              belcherveggie Apr 30, 2011 08:16 PM

              Udupi Bhavan is a restaurant in Middletown CT which the original poster has been to and posted about: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/771193

              As a generic term "Udupi" is a style of southern indian cuisine that is vedic traditional vegetarian. Very different than the northern indian found at most indian restaurants.

              Udupi Bhavan
              749 Saybrook Rd, Middletown, CT 06457

              1. re: belcherveggie
                jmacd May 1, 2011 08:07 AM

                gotcha! i'll have to check it out next time i'm visting the family in CT :)

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