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vegans in town visiting! vegan friendly places in cambridge/somerville?

uallach Jan 25, 2013 10:02 AM

I was thinking maybe True Bistro but that might be too much. It doesn't have to be all vegetarian, they just need to have like, at least 2 vegan choices on the menu (and one of them can't be a steamed veggie plate) and ideally we could get drinks, too. Nothing too fancy.

  1. Bob Dobalina Jan 25, 2013 10:14 AM

    True Bistro is great chow and is recommended by this vegetarian-leaning omnivore. Beer and wine.

    Some other choices:

    Veggie Planet
    Veggie Galaxy - beer and wine, I think.
    Life Alive
    East Coast Grill (for the all veggie experience of the day, which I think they can make vegan - full bar here)

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    1. re: Bob Dobalina
      uallach Jan 25, 2013 10:35 AM

      Is Life Alive a sit down place? I've never been in there but for some reason I always assumed it was just take out. I think because the one in Lowell only had a couple tables.

      1. re: uallach
        Bob Dobalina Jan 25, 2013 10:43 AM

        It's counter service, but lots of tables to sit - a few upstairs and a larger seating area downstairs.

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      huuvola Jan 25, 2013 10:16 AM

      River Gods in Cambridge has a good veggie/vegan menu (lots of options). The funky decor and off-the-beaten-path location also makes it a fun place to take out-of-towners.

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      1. re: huuvola
        Science Chick Jan 25, 2013 11:28 AM

        River Gods is an awesome and fun suggestion! Second that one.....don't miss their handcut fries..

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        Taralli Jan 25, 2013 10:17 AM

        The Red Lentil in Watertown: http://theredlentil.com/home-2, but no liquor license.

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        1. re: Taralli
          Science Chick Jan 25, 2013 12:54 PM

          Red lentil is good veg/vegan food in a shocking fluorescent green environment ;). Very casual and affordable for sit down/somewhat inventive food.

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          antimony Jan 25, 2013 11:10 AM

          True is awesome, but it is on the swanky side.
          Maybe Elephant Walk (lots of vegan options, doesn't get that much chow buzz because they've been coasting on the same menu for ages but IMHO the food is still quite good)?

          Or go over the river to Meyers + Chang?

          Dosa Temple is barebones in style and doesn't have alcohol, but there are a bunch of fun bars in Union Square, not far away, so you could eat and then go down to the Independent or Backbar for drinks.

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          1. re: antimony
            Bob Dobalina Jan 25, 2013 12:07 PM

            FYI - I think Dosa Temple is now called Dosa and Curry, with some possible menu changes including "pizza", per Boston Eater. The website does not show these changes.

            1. re: Bob Dobalina
              antimony Jan 25, 2013 12:13 PM

              Yikes. Haven't been down there recently, so I missed that.

              1. re: antimony
                Bob Dobalina Jan 25, 2013 01:24 PM

                It was a very recent change.

              2. re: Bob Dobalina
                Parsnipity Jan 26, 2013 09:19 AM

                The pizza is indeed bad news. We were there on Christmas Eve and got the chef special tiffin box which was actually vegan, and as non-veg people were quite impressed. I hope this place isn't going downhill...

                1. re: Parsnipity
                  pocketviking Jan 26, 2013 02:45 PM

                  Never fear! Have been twice in the past few weeks, and it's still excellent.

                  The pizza they plan to roll out soon will incorporate Indian flavors, be truly vegetarian (e.g., rennet-free cheeses) and offered for take-out only, at least initially. I get the impression that it's an attempt to develop their take-out business, since dosa, idli and the like don't travel well. Sounds promising!

                  1. re: pocketviking
                    Bob Dobalina Jan 27, 2013 08:17 AM

                    Wow, that's very encouraging!

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              valcfield Jan 25, 2013 12:04 PM

              EXNE has a lot of veggie dishes, and, while you can get pricey there depending on how you order, sticking veggie is probably an ideal taste-to-price ratio there. Also full bar.

              if you need an accomodating more casual meal, i'd recommend Clover- cheap, good beer, and all vegetarian.

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              1. re: valcfield
                Bob Dobalina Jan 25, 2013 01:29 PM

                Clover Harvard Square also has beer.

              2. CityGusto Jan 25, 2013 12:47 PM

                In Cambridge: Veggie Planet, Elephant Walk, Helmand & Life Alive
                In Somerville: True Bistro & Sweet Ginger

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                  drewinmrblhd Jan 25, 2013 01:14 PM

                  I would try Clover in Harvard square for a casual lunch.


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                  1. re: drewinmrblhd
                    Science Chick Jan 25, 2013 01:24 PM

                    Isn't Clover a food truck? While they are supposed to be awesome and are great in good weather, or if you are bringing back to your office, eating outside in this weather might not be too much fun.....

                    1. re: Science Chick
                      Bob Dobalina Jan 25, 2013 01:36 PM

                      Clover has in-the-ground restaurants in Harvard Square and outside of Inman Square (across the street from the Bom Cafe, Muqueca's former space).

                      1. re: Science Chick
                        Boston_Otter Jan 27, 2013 04:54 AM

                        Their location in Harvard Sq. has extensive seating as well as very fine beers.

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                          Science Chick Jan 28, 2013 09:41 AM

                          Good to know.....thanks!

                    2. Delhiwala Jan 25, 2013 01:58 PM

                      Oleana would be my first choice, unless you think that it is too fancy.

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                        mvi Jan 25, 2013 03:42 PM

                        We have lots of vegans in the family and based on your request, we had a consultation. We recommend Veggie Galaxy (not Veggie Planet) and Myers and Chang.

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                          rebeccacceber Jan 29, 2013 02:47 PM

                          Take them to eat hotpot! Shabu Ya in Harvard Square is really great. You can order hotpot with a veggie broth and you can get various combinations of vegetables, mushrooms, tofu, and noodles. It's the perfect time of year to eat hot soup!
                          They also have delicious sushi, fyi.

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                            Worlds2See Jan 30, 2013 11:35 PM

                            I was just at Veggie Galaxy in Cambridge and have to say that I was hands down impressed. It's a casual / comfortable diner (breakfast all day) and everything on the menu is vegetarian and with a few substitutions everything can be made vegan. They also have a 100% vegan bakery which means everybody can choose from a plethora of desserts!

                            Full disclosure I'm not vegetarian or vegan and their Mass Ave omelet was so delicious I (almost) didn't miss the side of bacon ;-)

                            I believe they serve alcohol and also have separate kids and gluten free menus.

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