Before the show, we decided to try grabbing some dinner. We've tried a number of the places in & around Boston, but the relatively new Pulse Cafe in Somerville is a place we've missed so far. I checked out the menu on their website beforehand, and it looked like a good place to fall off the healthy vegan food wagon for a night of indulging, so we went for it. We were able to find free street parking a block or so away, which was both miraculous and probably illegal. The restaurant is 100% vegan, which is also miraculous (and thankfully not illegal). I do think it's a great thing to go out to not 100% vegan places to ask for vegan options so that vegan-ness becomes more mainstream, but I will also say, there is something so fantastic about not having to worry about whether or not I can trust the restaurant staff to understand what "no animal products" means. Behold the easy way to be a fat vegan:
Vanilla & Chocolate Milkshakes
This coconut milk-based shake was definitely Georgia-approved.
Appetizer - Loaded Fries - French fries with cheezy sauce, sour "cream", and tempeh bacon
Bacon Cheeseburger - House made patty, cheeze, tempeh bacon, garlic aioli, & veggies on a multigrain bun
Philly Cheeze Steak - Peppers, onions, seitan "steak", and Daiya mozzarella on flatbread
I ordered the burger and John ordered the cheesesteak, but we ended up swapping, because his sandwich was too cheezy. It was supposed to come on a sub roll, which would have balanced out the cheeze better, but they had run out. I loved it, but the lack of bread did make it a bit rich. The burger was very tasty, if a little small. I would probably get a side salad with it next time to round out the meal. The loaded fries were just as delicious as they look; in fact, I wish I had some now! They had a number of dessert options, but since we were in a bit of a hurry at that point, we ended up grabbing two of their homemade glazed doughnuts to go. They were made to order and warm. I was totally in love! They were very doughy and not very sweet, but that was okay to me, because I am a bread maniac, but John wasn't that impressed. I think he would have gone for the apple crisp with ice cream if we hadn't already had milkshakes.
With tip, it was $50, which is definitely on the pricey side for an appetizer, two sandwiches, a couple of milkshakes and a couple of small doughnuts, but it's about what should probably be expected for dinner in Boston. The portion sizes were on the smaller side as well, but considering that the food is rich, that's probably a good thing. We would check this place out again sometime when we are in the Boston area for a night out, and they do brunch on the weekends as well, which would be worth a try.
John's out on an acting job tonight so I'm flying solo. I went to the movies once already (saw The Rite - it was okay - standard demon possession stuff with the added bonus of creeptastic Anthony Hopkins), and I might go again later after I work on our short film editing project for a while, if I can work up the nerve to go back out again in the cold & wind tonight. Quite a few things to post this week, and I'm hoping I can get to them. Right now, I think I'm going to head into the kitchen and find something to eat. I ran out of Gardein, so I might be in trouble! :)