Boston's vegetarians and vegans rejoice over the offerings at Grasshopper, a meat-free Asian restaurant proving that carnivores aren't the only ones with serious Chinese food cravings. Stir-fried greens and fried vegetarian spring rolls and dumplings are some of the stars of the menu, and there are flavorful tofu and seitan options as well, as counterintuitive as that may seem. Say goodbye to that lingering shame you usually feel after scarfing down heaps of Chinese takeout.
If you’ve been a vegetarian for any length of time in Boston, you’ve worshipped at the Grasshopper altar. It’s vegan Chinese food—pretty much the healthiest comfort food you’ll find. Lots of meatless staples dot the menu, including spring rolls, vegetarian dumplings, and stir-fried greens. But it’s actually the tofu and seitan dishes that give you that true Chinese food fix. Do you still dream of the stir-fried spicy garlic beef dish from your takeout-filled youth? It’s yours for the taking, now in a healthier form.