8. TRUE BISTRO
At this modern, minimalist-styled vegan bistro, begin with the leek tart. Served on a richly textured herbed chickpea crust, it will probably stay on the menu until spring, as leeks are available over the colder months. The blackened seitan entree is served with creamy grits and “melted” collards made with smoked onions and chili vinegar. Hyderabadi stuffed eggplant and phyllo triangles, which are baked then served steaming from the kitchen, are filling winter options, too.
> 1153 Broadway, Somerville; 617-627-9000; truebistroboston.com
SHOWN: Leek Tart