Vegetarian fodder has been cool for a while now, so get over your bacon-wrapped hesitation.
Clover started as one of Boston’s original food trucks, and has since grown to include an empire of seven brick and mortar locations and even more trucks. My favourite of the local chain’s eateries is the Harvard Square location. In the last few months it’s moved from a hidden spot down an alleyway to a new store right on Mass Ave. The interior is always sparkling white and clean, and they’re constantly looking for new ways to incorporate technology into their business.
All the food is sourced locally and responsibly, and the menu changes both with the seasons and whenever they have something new to try out. Large vertically hung TV screens display the menu in real time – because when you’re sourcing things ethically, sometimes you run out! – and a greeter with an iPad will take your order.
But Clover didn’t become so massively popular by serving water at either chilled or room temperature (which they do. My kind of place.) The food itself is magnificent. Some standout sandwiches are the BBQ Seitan, the blue oyster mushroom, or the classic Chickpea fritter; a soft whole wheat pita stuffed with crispy chickpeas, creamy hummus, and bright, crunchy pickled veggies. You’ll probably be feeling pretty good about yourself for eating so healthily so painlessly, so treat yourself to a side of rosemary fries. You’re still a good person.