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Best vegan bites

A look at vegan options on campus

Momogoose Food Truck

If only this truck parked in front of Building 1, instead of behind MIT Medical, I would eat at Momogoose every day. I usually order a tofu and rice/noodle entrée, which comes in a variety of flavors, including Korean Barbecue, Thai peanut, and a daily special. The servings are generous, and the staff is quick and efficient. If you see a long line, don’t worry, you’ll get through it faster than you think. The only downside is they only take cash, so plan ahead (although I forgot cash one time, and the server said I could just pay for it next time!). If you have class on the east side of campus and want a generous and economic ($5–6) lunch, my vote is for Momogoose.

Clover Food Truck

Probably the tastiest vegan food you can buy without stepping off campus, the Clover food truck is a great lunch option. Also located on the street behind MIT Medical, Clover serves a variety of delicious pita sandwiches. My personal favorite is the “Chickpea Fritter,” with tahini, coleslaw, and hummus. The also serve their famous rosemary fries, among a number of other vegetarian/vegan sandwiches. The staff members are friendly, and they care about providing a fresh and healthy lunch option for only $5–6. They take credit/debit cards, which is convenient. However, they are not quite as fast as Momogoose (and the portions aren’t as large), so expect to wait a few minutes before getting your food.


Located in Kendall square, just across from The Coop, Chipotle is sure to dish out a delicious and filling lunch. I usually order a veggie burrito stuffed with steaming black beans, brown rice, grilled pepper and onions, salsa, lettuce, and guacamole. While a veggie burrito/burrito bowl is pretty much the only vegan option on the menu, the food is scrumptious and filling. Veggie burritos are $6–7, and, if you can, try to avoid the lunch crowd. Also, ask for the black beans, as the pinto beans are not vegan.

Steam Café

Steam Café is a surprisingly little known venue, nestled on the fourth floor of Building 7. This is my most frequented lunch haunt — it’s a conveniently-located and low-cost place to get a hot meal. The vegan fare usually consists of some combination of a starch such as brown rice, roasted potatoes, or lo mein, served alongside some sort of veggie stir-fry or soup. I’ll admit it is not the most exciting or flavorful venue, but for $4 I can grab a quick and decent lunch between classes.

In a pinch

If you’re in a rush and just want something to fill your stomach before a four hour lab class, there are a few options. Café Four, Steam Café, LaVerde’s, and Stata’s Forbes Café all stock a variety of pre-packaged vegan meals, including veggie sushi (sporadically), PB&J sandwiches, or bagels with peanut butter. And if I’m in a terrible rush, I just grab a fruit juice and down it on my way to lab.

jc over 10 years ago

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Anonymous over 10 years ago

You have to be very careful as a vegan to make sure you're not undernourished. It's possible to get all the nutrients you need, but you have to know what you're doing.

Aaron Scheinberg over 10 years ago

How can an assessment of vegan food be complete without mentioning pika? :)

pika provides a nutritious vegan dinner for MIT students EVERY DAY. Mealplan your first quarter is free and $75/quarter after that. And it's only like a 10 minute walk from Simmons.