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Good day of eating - Veggie Galaxy and Little Q Hotpot

digga | Nov 12, 201109:14 AM

Banner day yesterday!

Lunch at Veggie Galaxy with two friends/co-workers. Place was hopping at 1:30 pm so we sat at the counter. I loved my tofu omelet (no eggs for me, please!) filled with soy chorizo (with yummy, crispy edges) and arugula. Side of home fries (just ok - I wish the dices were bigger...the French fries looked MUCH more delicious) and sourdough toast. CBC Pumpkin on draft. One friend had the reuben on rye (from the menu: house-smoked smoked tofu, sweet and sour pickled cabbage, swiss cheese, and "dijonaise") that she loved and another had the Kendall Sq burger (menu description: roasted red pepper puree, roasted garlic mayo, arugula) - it, too, looked good. Topped with two huge onion rings - she didn't offer any to us, so they must have been good! They offer a tomatillo hot sauce (I forgot to ask if they make it in-house) that really pepped up the flavor of the burger and omelet.

Vegetarian feast at Little Q Hotpot in Arlington with friends. The four of us got the mala and Chinese miso. Miso was bland and was greatly helped with the addition of the peanut sauce (or mixing in some of the mala). We got assorted mushroom and veggie platters, Chinese broccoli, watercress, lotus root, taro (I can do without the latter two - I always find them uninteresting), Shandong and udon noodles.

This made up for the just-ok veggie burger at Atwood's the night before. Crumbly, as most veggie tend to be, but I can overlook that if the flavor is right. It could definitely have used some spice. Still, one of my favorite places in town.

Veggie Galaxy
450 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA

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