Vegan Guide to Boston Part II

Boston is a city with a rich history, top academic institutions, a slight speech impediment (pronouncing Rs is hard), and probably more Vineyard Vines than should be allowed by law. Just kidding… definitely more Vineyard Vines than should be allowed by law.

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As I’ve mentioned, I am a Masshole, born and raised. I will always have a soft spot in my heart (and probably on my butt) for Boston. Still, despite Boston’s pretty lit food scene, a great vegan meal is fairly hard to find. There are a handful of fully vegetarian restaurants, but I also love finding  places that serve up great vegan food, even if that’s not the name of their game. Here is part II of (what I think are) the best vegan eats Boston has to offer:

  • All Star Pizza Bar – this place rules. They make all different kinds of pies including five delicious vegan pizzas (you can also build your own). I think my favorite is the “Sweet N Sassy”: almond milk béchamel, daiya cheddar, pickled red onion, kale, roasted butternut squash, chili flakes. “Baked and Tofused” is also delicious. Okay, they’re all tied for first place.
  • FoMu – every vegan in Boston knows FoMu (with good reason). They make 100% vegan ice cream, cookies, poptarts, ice cream cakes, and magic bars, but also just kick ass and take names in general. The ice cream is coconut milk-based and they rotate seasonal ingredients and flavors in. I could swim in a vat of their slightly boozy holiday cookies & nog flavor. I would probably never get out, but I’d be okay with that.
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  • Whole Heart Provisions – this is a new venture between Roxy’s Grilled Cheese owner James DiSabatino and chef Becca Arnold (of Alden & Harlow and Sarma). I have a huge, crazy crush on everything I’ve ever eaten at Sarma, so I knew this would be good. The concept is simple bowls with delicious combinations of veggies, beans, crunchy things and to-die-for sauces. Plus, they are obsessed with tahini, so WE GOOD. I am a huge fan of the seared avocado with crunchy lentils, za’atar and tahini (picture below. No, that’s not an avocado and a smooshed oreo ice cream cake).
  • True Bistro – this all-vegan restaurant is pretty top notch. It’s on the fancy side of plant-based joints (re: a little more expensive) but if you’re used to eating salads and side dishes when you eat out, it’s fun to go to a fancy restaurant where you can order any nice goddamn thing you want. The Phyllo purse is really tasty (brandy braised tempeh, heirloom winter squash, green mole, sour cream) and do. not. skip. the Death by Chocolate cake.
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  • Arax Market – I grew up in Watertown, which has a large Armenian population. It’s only slightly hyperbole to say that baba ghanoush was more normal to me than peanut butter. Watertown has a number of great Armenian markets and bakeries, which are brimming with naturally vegan options. I recommend: hummus (more tahini-rich than anything you’ve ever bought in a store), baba ghanoush, pita, vegetarian lahmajun, grape leaves, cous cous, vegetarian kibbeh, and more.
  • Clover – Clover. CLOVER. CLOVER. I feel like one of these days I should get the Clover logo tattooed on my butt or something. I really do go there at least 4-5 times a week. It’s located across the street from my office and their sandwiches kind of inspire a cult following? Am I the cult? Shit, I am the cult. Anyway, there’s pretty much nothing not to love about Clover’s food because it’s fresh, fast, incorporates local ingredients, and just tastes good. You can order more sandwiches in a pita pocket (which they make themselves) or sans bread as a platter. The Japanese Sweet Potato (known as JSP within the cult) is my all-time seasonal favorite, but the Chickpea Fritter is a terrific go-to when JSP is not around.
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How about you? What did I miss? What are your favorite vegan-friendly spots in Boston?

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