San Francisco Food Guide: 5 Restaurants for Vegetarians & Vegans (Good Enough for Your Meat-Eating Friends Too)
Whether you’re vegetarian, vegan, or trying to incorporate more veggies into your diet, you can’t go wrong with any of these places. You can even bring along your carnivorous friends, too.
1. Gracias Madre - Located in a sea of Mission taquerias, this one stands out. Everything here is made vegan using authentic recipes and not so authentic ingredients like cashew cheese. A welcome respite for vegetarians or anyone looking to sway from hulking meat filled gut-bomb burritos. Favorites: Fresh Tortillas, Cauliflower Fundido, Mexican Wedding Cookies.
2. Cha-Ya - Authentic Japanese Buddhist temple cuisine.You wont miss the fish (or meat) here, with a long menu of delicious and creative vegan items including sushi, soups, and salads. Humble vegetables are prepared elegantly simple. Favorites: Hana Gomoku (mixed Sushi Bowl), Senroppon Salad, Vegan Chocolate Cake.
3. Greens - Chef Annie Somerville's vegetarian paradise at Fort Mason can make any carnivore contemplate eating veg. You can get your zen on as Greens was built in 1979 by Zen center carpenters. Favorites: Yellow Finn Potato Griddle Cakes, Enchiladas.
4. Millennium - If you're looking for decadent vegan/vegetarian dining then look no further. And with a $69 five-course chef's tasting menu (or $39 three-course tasting Sunday-Wednesday), it's somewhat affordable. Did I mention all the wine is organic? Favorites: Sesame Cornmeal Crusted Oyster Mushrooms, Pumpkin Curry, and Chef's Tasting Menu.
5. Ananda Fuara - With dishes like "Neatloaf," Ananda Fuara's meatless spins on carnivorous classics are both fun and delicious. Reasonably priced and casual, Ananda is a great option for lunch downtown. Favorites: Neatloaf sandwich, Samosas, Vegan Chocolate Cake.
Evan Bloom contributed to this article. Evan lives in San Francisco and is working to plan the 2nd annual SF Street Food Festival with non-profit La Cocina, an incubator kitchen for low income and immigrant food start-ups. He has his sights set on opening San Francisco's only authentic Jewish Deli, currently smoking pastrami out of his backyard. You can find Evan blogging at sfdelicatessen.blogspot.com