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Root ~ Plant-Inspired Food & Juicery

From the same people that brought us vegan ice cream over at FoMu, just a few doors down, we find Root ! This cozy eatery takes the place of the former tenant, Peace O’ Pie. However, they continue the tradition of creating tasty dishes composed entirely of plant-based ingredients.  This cuisine is sure to please omnivores as well!

 

The menu consists of “Big Bites” (burgers and sandwiches) and “Small Bites” (an eclectic mix of finger foods), salads and juices.  Most of the food is made from scratch (even the ketchup!) and is locally sourced whenever possible.  The menu is seasonal, but I am told they are always conscious of having gluten-free choices available.  Gluten-free wraps are always available for the sandwiches or sandwiches can be served over greens or quinoa, if preferred.

Updated, in-house menus include allergy icons. Some of the current gluten-free seasonal items that debuted this fall include the Warm Kale Salad and Curried Quinoa Risotto.  Sauteed kale is combined with roasted butternut squash, sweet onion, cranberries, and pepitas and is drizzled with a citrus miso vinaigrette. The Curried Quinoa Risotto contains portobellos, sweet onion, sage, and butternut squash.

Brunch has a few gluten-free offerings as well.  The House Scramble is made from tofu, cream sauce, sautéed Portobello mushrooms and sweet onion and comes with home fries.  The Breakfast wrap is filled with tofu, cream sauce, sautéed Portobello mushrooms, sweet onion, and kale.  A gluten-free muffin is also usually on the Brunch menu.  For instance, they have a pumpkin muffin (made with sorghum, tapioca and rice flours) that is  topped with walnut strudel!

A big lure into Root has got to be the fresh juices and homemade beverages!

Juices include:

Citrus Medley: Orange, Lemon, Lime
Root Punch: Beet, Sweet potato, Apple
Veg Blend: Carrot, Beet, Kale, Lemon
Green: Cucumber, Kale, Green apple, Lime
Beetnik: Beet, Orange, Fennel

Housemade beverages include:

Basil Lemonade
Honey Lindenflower Iced Tea
Cucumber Mojito
Ginger Tang

 

Take Out is available and delivery to Allston/Allston Village is available through MixMenu.

 

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