Gemüsings—Vegan Musings

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A Visit to Veggie Planet

on January 18, 2010

Last week I stopped by Harvard Square after a meeting in Boston and I had a grumbly in my tumbly aka Pooh Bear style (of course without the honey). I decided to stop by Veggie Planet which is a vegetarian restaurant (with many vegan options). Veggie Planet is located in the basement of a building on Church St. one of the main drags in Harvard Square. However, the restaurant is easy to miss if you don’t know where to look!

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Veggie Planet is counter service and the dining room is double-purposed as the performance area for Club Passim, a local grassroots music non-profit. The restaurant operates independently from the club but they often operate at the same time which means you can get great food with great music. When I stopped by at 4pm, Club Passim wasn’t open yet.

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During show times, this dining area is packed! Maybe you can make out the stage in the front of the room near the big wreath?

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Veggie Planet’s big thing is creations that can be either served on a pizza crust or a bed of brown or coconut rice. The pizza crust is made locally by a non-profit that helps the homeless get a fresh start. Most of the menu items are easily veganized. I got “Henry’s Lunch” which had butternut squash, caramelized onions, rosemary and I subbed a tofu ricotta for the cheese that it normally comes with. It was delicious! I believe “Henry” is the owner’s cat who loves butternut squash.

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A close-up…

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The persimmon cake was just meh..nothing special. I think if it had a stronger fruit flavor and more tasty icing it would have been interesting but overall, wasn’t much impressed with the dessert which was too bad ’cause they normally have really good desserts here!

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If you find yourself in Harvard Square, it’s worth a stop at Veggie Planet. And if you can’t make it, check out the owner’s cookbook, chef Didi Emmons, Veggie Planet..the Ziti and roasted acorn squash and garlic is one of my favorite recipes of all time and easily veganized (just leave out the parm and replace with nutritional cheese).

  

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5 responses to “A Visit to Veggie Planet

  1. mihl says:

    Everything should be served on a pizza crust! That sounds like the best idea ever.

  2. Jes says:

    I loved Henry’s lunch–that’s one that I ordered when I ate there. The ricotta is fabulous and could almost trick a cheese eater!

  3. Aww, anybody that names a meal after their cat scores major brownie points! Too bad the cake was meh, but Henry’s Lunch looks delicious!

  4. fortheloveofguava says:

    oh NOM! I haven’t done tofu ricotta (gotten lazy since discovering daiya) but must double up on a pizza soon!

  5. fortheloveofguava says:

    P.S. if we had pizza tuesday is it too soon to make it again? 🙂

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