Flirting with veganism at Seaport spot

By Samantha Plumley – 1851 Staff 

On sunny spring days, yuppies in the Seaport District leave their beige cubicles in search of the latest trendy restaurant. The parade of polished professionals mosey to by CHLOE. The menu is comprised of aesthetically pleasing vegan and kosher dishes.

The vegan lifestyle evokes certain stereotypes, but they are broken at first glance of this restaurant. The sophisticated atmosphere of the establishment is a delightful twist on typical fast casual dining. As one walks to the counter, the natural sunlight from the vast front windows streams into the room. The brightness is carried through the eatery with white painted brick walls and a massive mirror.

The closer one gets to the counter, the decision of what to order becomes more difficult as other diners walk past with their appetizing meals. The creative menu ranges from salads to “meat” balls, with a substantial amount of gluten-free options available. Those looking for a reward for eating healthy should investigate the sweets counter for massive cookies and beautiful cupcakes.

Brunch is served on the weekends until late afternoon. Smoothie bowls and quinoa hash browns clutter the metal serving trays scattered on tables. The cold-pressed juices made by the company make every meal better. The green juice, “the giving tree” is made with kale, spinach, wheatgrass, lemon, and apples. While the green color may be off-putting to some, it is still not as adventurous as the “on the road” juice, which gets its color from activated charcoal.

Forgo the sad, soggy air-baked french fries, and save room for the superb dishes. The heavenly creamy avocado pesto pasta comes in two sizes. The small size appears miniscule, making the larger portion appear to be the obvious choice. Even that size appeared to be barely larger than a coffee cup, but like most of the entrées it was surprisingly filling and could not be finished in one sitting. The enormous quinoa taco salad is made from a delicious combination of seitan chorizo, black beans, corn, avocado, crèma, and corn, with strips of tortilla chips for a surprising crunch.

By Chloe is located within close proximity to South Station at 107 Seaport Boulevard in Boston. It is open Monday through Friday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and on the weekends 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. A new Fenway location is anticipated to open soon.

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