Tuesday, November 23, 2010
A Vegan in Worcester, MA
I made sure to eat plenty of food before I visited Worcester, hoping that a calorie surfeit would fuel me through most of my stay. But eventually, hunger got the best of me. When I apologetically mentioned this to my hosts, Dave reminded me that there was rumor of a vegan restaurant somewhere in Worcester--"Belmont something-or-other." That rang a bell. I vaguely remembered hearing about such a phenomenon through my deteriorating Boston area vegan network. So off to Google we went.
It wasn't easy to find Belmont Vegetarian Restaurant's eye-watering Web site, but along the way I did find http://vegworcester.com/, which I initially assumed to be a squatted domain. According to this site, there are quite a few vegetarian-friendly restaurants in the Worcester area, though only 3 or 4 seem to be exclusively vegan (including the ubiquitous Loving Hut). So my culinary prejudice diminished. We departed for Belmont Vegetarian Restaurant.
patties" displayed behind the order window, but the medium bowl had stuffed me a bit too much. Maybe next time.
UPDATE: I only thought that vegworcester.com was a squatter domain because it came up in Google search results. I couldn't believe that such resource existed. I assumed that some crafty Search Engine Optimizer has mashed the word "Veg" with every city he or she could imagine, and sat back to enjoy the long tail traffic. It's a great site and I wholeheartedly recommend that everyone in the Worcester area--and beyond--visit it to find out what's edible in the region. Thanks, Drew!