Bring a friend and a healthy appetite to the heart of Inman Square in Cambridge for a mouthwatering meal at City Girl Cafe. Don't be fooled by the quaint green awning that shades the unassuming storefront of City Girl Cafe—the food inside is anything but quaint. With today's Groupon, you get $35 worth of expertly executed pizza, panini, pasta, and more for just $15.
According to founder Adam, Veggie Galaxy was born out of the quest to define the true spirit of the American diner. His fixation on the venue type began in childhood, as he whiled away hours sitting atop cushy bar stools and hugging vintage jukeboxes. Later in life, Adam became a vegetarian and soon noted the lack of meat-free options on diner menus. He knew that though sizzling bacon is often present at a successful diner, it is not integral to its essence. So, he built his own vegetarian- and vegan-friendly space that adhered to the guiding principle of all great eateries: corralling groups in and feeding them well.
In regards to the latter goal, Veggie Galaxy's vegetarianism is "an afterthought" to head chef Brian. Though every dish on the diner's menu remains herbivorous—and in the case of several plates, gluten-free and vegan—the kitchen's top concerns are taste and in-house prep. The restaurant demands everything, from the ketchup to the burger buns, be made on-site and from scratch, a standard which won them a DigBoston's Dig This Award for vegetarian and vegan food in 2011. As for the patties that go inside the housemade buns, they mold them from black beans and a mushroom-chickpea mix instead of beef, just as tempeh supplants bacon and seitan replaces steak. The all-vegan bakery abides by the same system. Taza's vegan, organic stoneground chocolate goes into savory cookies, and house-toasted coconut decorates layer cakes.
Emma's Pizza gives you full artistic license over your thin-crust meal—you can customize your pizza with three sauces and more than 30 toppings, including red bliss potatoes, thyme-roasted mushrooms, and dried cranberries. The restaurant's proximity to the Kendall Square Cinema allows for especially cheesy dates.
Pizza crusts at Lamole Restaurant bake inside the restaurant's blazing ovens, turning crispy under a bubbling layer of pepperoni, grilled salmon, or other custom toppings. Along with the pies, cooks build hearty pasta plates and craft gourmet sub sandwiches, such as the Harvard with roast beef, coleslaw, and swiss cheese. They personalize sandwiches with extra touches such as italian sausage, artichoke hearts, or custom embroidery.
The dough wizards at Papa John's hand toss circular masterpieces with original and thin crusts made from high-protein flour to support warm bouquets of toppings. Hand-cut produce crowns all of Papa John's pizzas, mingling with the sun-soaked sweetness of sauce made from fresh, California-grown tomatoes. By adhering to its brand promise of "better ingredients, better pizza," Papa John's grew from a back-tavern pizzeria into more than 3,500 restaurants within three decades' time, or the amount of time it takes to grow a single pizzeria from a small seed.
The best part of getting two amazing pizzas for only 15 bucks is being able to stock up on versatile circular shapes. Pizza—a round bread disc covered with tomato sauce, melted cheese, and edible toppings—is typically reserved for consumption, but with today's deep discount, you can grab an extra pie to use for all your circle needs, including: