I’ve probably mentioned before that I’m from Cape Cod. During my vacation, I was there for a visit with my mom and a music therapy conference. My mom always makes sure that she has food for me when I visit, but going to the Cape always reminds me how hard it was to transition to veganism… because not so many places offer vegan food. There’s no Whole Foods, and depending where you live on the Cape, it my be a pretty long drive to the nearest natural foods market. I’m not ready to give the Cape a huge thumbs up for veganism yet, but here’s a start:
The Box Office Cafe, in Chatham. I’m from the other end of the Cape and wasn’t near Chatham on any regular basis, but the conference I was attending was not far from it. I wanted to do dinner with a couple of friends I hadn’t seen in a while, but of course that means finding a place for us to eat falls on me, since they’re both omnis. So, I pulled out my iPhone to locate nearby restaurants, and came across The Box Office Cafe.
Though not an entirely vegan restaurant, there’s definitely a number of vegan options. There are a number of vegan sandwiches and burgers, as well as vegan pizza to choose from. They use Follow Your Heart Vegan Mozzerella as their vegan cheese (I’m not a huge fan of that, so I skipped the pizza). Their menu lists “Gardenburger” as one of the veg burger options, but it’s actually an Amy’s patty. They are quite knowledgeable about what they have that’s vegan, what bread has honey, and they’re happy to show you the packaging that their vegan eats come from.
Amy’s burger on a cibatta roll with roasted red peppers, onions, greens, garlic hot sauce and Follow Your Heart vegan cheese.
They also serve Diet Coke. I love me a restaurant that serves both vegan food and Diet Coke. If you’re in the mood for dessert, they have Liz Lovely Cookies. They may also have some other vegan treats, but they looked like they were running low.
The food was decent. Not gourmet by any stretch of the imagination, but it’s vegan food that tastes good that you didn’t have to prepare yourself. And it’s in a place that make you feel totally normal while dining out!
The best part about this place isn’t the food though; it’s the atmosphere. There’s a big honkin’ wide screen TV in the middle of the dining area (which is admittedly small), where you can put on any DVD of your choosing that they have. They also rent movies, and have free WiFi. While I wouldn’t recommend driving all the way here if you’re not in the area, if you’re staying or visiting the Lower Cape, you should definitely visit here!