January 15, 2017

Hidden Gem: Belmont Vegetarian a true calling for owner — and its many fans

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Giselle Rivera-Flores / For Worcester Sun

Belmont Vegetarian is a hidden gem for vegans and soul food lovers alike.

Whoever said bacon makes everything better has obviously never eaten at Belmont Vegetarian, a diminutive and distinct eatery nestled in the first floor of a three-decker on a bustling, sloping corner of Bell Hill.

Between the plentiful vegan and vegetarian dishes and the island-inspired flavors, coming in for lunch will not leave you wondering, “Where’s the beef?”

At Belmont Vegetarian, 157 Belmont St., the term vegetarian is about more than taking advantage of a trendy buzzword-turned-lifestyle that continues to grow in popularity. Instead, for owner Stephen Jones, it’s an homage to his mother, how he grew up and a way of life to which many in his current neighborhood can relate.

“I was raised in poor circumstances and meat was expensive,” he says. “My mom did the best she could with what she had and meat wasn’t always an option, so she raised me to be a vegetarian through no fault of her own.”


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2 thoughts on “Hidden Gem: Belmont Vegetarian a true calling for owner — and its many fans

  1. Steve is the greatest! We love him and his delicious food!! After turning vegan, my partner Jon and I we were hopeful to find a restaurant that offered tasty vegan options so we searched the Worcester area thoroughly. When we visited Belmont Vegetarian for the first time we were instantly hooked. It wasn’t just tasty it was outstanding by any measure! We’ve been eating there weekly ever since. Finding Steve and Belmont Vegetarian has helped me to expand my own ideas about what vegan food should look and taste like. The sky is the limit thanks to Steve Jones.

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