T.J. Scallywaggles

Boston, Massachusetts

Closed as of Jul 14 09

487 Cambridge St.
Boston, Massachusetts 02134


3.7 / 19 votes

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Entirely Vegan Pizzeria

TJ's House of Pizza is a little Mecca for veg Bostonians. With a vegan menu ranging from calzones and buffalo wings to chicken soy parmesan subs and AMAZING honey-free baklava. With great food and good prices this place cannot be overlooked!

Added by GBS on Aug 20 04 (last updated Sep 4 09)

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Big Challenges and Changes at TJ's

As founder of T.J. Scallywaggle's, I felt a certain contentment in early 2008 as managerial power evolved out of my hands and into those of a young and enthusiastic collective led by four core team members. Over the past year, though, I've become disappointed that the shop has not maintained the high standards of cleanliness, service, and consistent food quality that our customers have come to expect. In this regard, I offer apologies to those customers who have also been disappointed.

T.J. Scallywaggle's Vegan House of Pizza & Subs was founded in 2006 as a bold experiment grounded in the ideals of veganism, activism, and collectivism. For us 2007 was a banner year (Best of Boston 2007, awarded by Boston Magazine), but this past year, 2008, was very uneven. After much soul-searching, it has been decided that dramatic changes are in order. We have devised a threefold plan: by summer 2009, we will effect either a Change of Ownership, a Change of Style, or a Change of Staff.

(1) Change of Ownership: We are now open to offers to buy T.J. Scallywaggle's. We will consider selling to an individual or group with noble vision, keen business skills, and a strong sense of managerial discipline. Please contact veganearth@verizon.net.

(2) Change of Style: Concurrently with the sale option, we're conducting a four-month retraining program of our current team under the guidance of the pre-2006 shop owner. Recognizing the present collective's strengths (egalitarianism & workplace democracy), we hope to foster a new sense of professionalism (accountability & personal discipline). Our goal here is to clean up our act, and to revitalize TJ's original mission to faithfully serve the broad vegetarian and social-activist communities.

(3) Change of Staff: If neither of the above measures produce sufficient results by the summer of 2009, then we will effect a radical change in the staffing of the store.

We ask your help. Please give us a few weeks, then scrutinize us. Are we making progress? Is the shop cleaner? more customer-friendly? Is our food more consistently high-quality? Your comments from now to summer 2009 will help determine the future of T.J. Scallywaggle's. Thank you. Sincerely, Steve Karian, founder.

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My experience with T.J. Scallywaggles was mixed. I really loved the garlic bread and the chocolate peanut butter cup. The garlic bread was perfectly toasted, coated in melted soy margarine and chopped garlic, served with a bowl of marinara sauce. The chocolate peanut butter cup consisted of rich dark chocolate with a gooey peanut butter interior - yum!

I would have liked the chicken parmesan sub if the "chicken" didn't have a cardboard aftertaste and a mushy texture. T.J. Scallywaggles uses Chicago Soydairy's Teese on the chicken parmesan sub, which is one of the most convincing mozzarella substitutes out there. Unfortunately, even delicious soy cheese couldn't mask the weird flavor of the "chicken."

The buffalo chicken sub suffered for the same reasons, minus the soy cheese. I ended up picking most of the fake chicken out of my sandwich, it was so terrible.

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Wheelchair Accessible


$ - inexpensive


  • MasterCard Visa


  • American
  • Deli
  • Soul Food
  • Pizza


  • Delivery
  • Kid-Friendly
  • Quiet


Plate of random veggie meats and garlic bread they made special

Plate of random veggie meats and garlic bread they made special

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