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Veggie Galaxy: Breaking the Mold With From-Scratch Vegetarian and Vegan Delights

By Elisha Neubauer

For those living the vegetarian or vegan lifestyle, Veggie Galaxy is the place for you. A from-scratch vegetarian diner, Veggie Galaxy offers plenty of gluten-free and/or vegan options with a unique, flavorful menu- and all with a smile!

Knowing it was a necessary addition to the Boston market, Adam Penn and Kathy Tanner, co-owners of the Veggie Galaxy, opted to provide an on-site vegan bakery from the very beginning. "We saw a need for this in the Boston area and wanted to make it possible for both vegans and lactose-intolerant folks to enjoy classic diner desserts," stated Tanner.

"We bake everything from classic Chocolate Layer Cake (using local Somerville-made Taza Chocolate) to New York style Cheesecake, to Blueberry Muffins baked daily to some rotating specials and classic diner pies." The diner also offers gluten-free cake, birthday cakes, and small wedding cakes. "And every Saturday and Sunday we make vegan donuts," exclaims Tanner.

When it came down to deciding on recipes for the vegan desserts, the co-owners had one major goal in mind, which, for those of you who have never tried vegan desserts, is good news. "Our goal is that they should taste delicious," she stated.

"Vegan baking has come a long way from when mashed bananas or applesauce replaced butter and eggs in recipes and vegan baked goods really tasted...different. Now you shouldn't really be able to tell that there's anything different about our doughnuts or cakes or pies except that they taste really good."

Currently, Tanner describes the menu of the Veggie Galaxy Diner as 'unfinished.' "We've been going through our menu one page at a time," she details. "So far we've rolled out a new Breakfast menu (which we serve all day) and a new sandwich (a Chickpea Tuna Melt- really great, and available both vegetarian and vegan). In the works are new salads, an update to our burgers, and a new Dinner menu." She adds, "Not going to put a date on any of this, but it will happen!"

While a thorough refreshing of the menu is in the works, the eatery does have some other long-term goals to accomplish. "We would love to get more involved in our community," states Tanner. "Do more fun 'specials,' have more special events, and continue to establish our reputation as a warm, welcoming and delicious neighborhood diner that just happens to be vegetarian/vegan."

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