Respond to Review of It's Only Natural Restaurant
by mark m braunstein
Review: ION is a true gem and 98 percent vegan (two dishes are clearly labeled with cow cheese). I rank ION as the best vegetarian restaurant in all New England, and feel blessed to have it somewhat nearby. Expensive yet well worth the expense, but if cost is a factor for you, then skip the desserts and order mostly appetizers and sides. (Really, omit the entrees, because who the heck needs to eat brown rice or steamed greens or salad greens at a restaurant, if that's what you eat all the time at home.) I highly recommend the sweet potato fries (I confess, it is one of my only three dietary or lifestyle indiscretions, the other two being maple syrup and marijuana), tempeh dishes, thick soups ... and that's just from among the appetizers. Among the side dishes, you will be amazed to find that elsewhere usually boring potato salad or elsewhere usually bland hummus can be so good. I dare venture to state that theirs is the best potato salad and best hummus I have ever tasted, anywhere. While I do not recommend the pasta (because all whole grain pasta still is paste-a), the wholesome and nourishing dishes otherwise never disappoint me, and my nutritional standards are high and hard to please. Bring a hearty appetite, because there's so many unique vegan choices here, you'll regret you'll feel too full to try them all. Worth the trip, regardless of distance.