Monday, August 8, 2011

Review: The Pulse - Somerville, MA

Have a craving for something not so nuts and berries? Want to indulge in some yummy vegan taste-a-likes? Look no further than Davis Square in Somerville.

The Pulse is a small restaurant with a casual atmosphere. Sometimes busy, sometimes not. But even if there is a line... wait. It really is worth it.

The Pulse Cafe
195 Elm St in Somerville, MA

The Pulse specializes in diner-style vegan cuisine, from burgers and loaded fries to creamy milkshakes and cheesecake. On the weekends, they offer a vegan brunch. There is usually something gluten-free available for those who need it, and you can customize your meal by switching or adding sides, such as sauteed kale.

During my visit with an omni friend (who throughly enjoyed his experience and would recommend it to vegans and non-vegans alike), we tried a few different items. We started with the loaded fries, which were amazing, if heavy. These are fries with vegan cheese and sour cream and bacon. Decadent to say the least.

Next came a Caesar side salad. Get the regular size and add tofu and this makes a great meal - especially if you have just gorged yourself on loaded fries.

For the main dish, I tried the country fried chicken with roasted potatoes and kale. The "chicken" was astounding, as were the potatoes. The kale was a bit plain, but could easily be spruced up with some soy sauce or some such.

Finally, dessert! I had chocolate mint milkshake made with coconut cream based non-dairy ice cream. This was delicious but left me feeling like I had just consumed a pint on my own. So... moral of the story - leave room.

I have since gone back to The Pulse and I imagine I will continue to do so for as long as it exists.

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