Ask MenuPages: Vegan Eats Around The Public Garden

Laurel from last week has another burning question…

Dear MenuPages,
I work in the Back Bay, near the Public Garden. I am a vegan. I am averse to spending more than, say, $8 on lunch. if you make a Venn diagram combining those three attributes, you will draw the logical conclusion that I must bring my own lunch to work nearly every single day, and once in a very rare while might go to Cafe Jaffa, Finagle A Bagel, or Finale (one of two sandwiches, hold the cheese.) Can you suggest any other options?
-Laurel, Cambridge

We’re about as far from a vegan as you can imagine, but we do have sympathy for those of our friends who choose not to eat the meat or the dairy. Unfortunately, being vegan and on a budget does limit your options to (mostly) sandwiches to go, but, fear not, there are more choices than the three you mentioned!

•The Southwestern veggie burger at b.good comes topped with avocado, tomato, and chipotle salsa…not so bad for a mere $5.95.
•At Boloco, any of the six dollar burritos can be filled with tofu. The barbecue burger comes with barbecue sauce, roasted corn, caramelized onions and rice on a whole wheat tortilla and is really big enough for two meals.
•We’re big Tealuxe fans, especially now that it’s warm enough to resume our addiction to their iced tea. Pick up a cup of said tea and a bell pepper and hummus sandwich ($6.95) and enjoy it on a Newbury Street bench. People watching and fine food…what could be more perfectly summery?
•If you’re in the mood for something a little more substantial, check out the panzanella at Caffe Bella Vita. It’s a Tusan bread salad composed of tomato, cucumber, and lovely mushy bread, all dressed with a very nice olive oil and it’s hearty without being heavy.

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Ask MenuPages: Vegan Eats Around The Public Garden