Vegetarian in San Francisco
- Bill Westover
Taking an old friend out to dinner in San Francisco. The only "good" vegetarian place I know is Green's. Any suggestions would be most appreciated
Try Ananda Fuara, on Market Street at 9th. If you're not spooked by followers of Sri Chinmoy, their food is varied, all organic & extremely tasty. Try their Neatloaf, made with eggs, grains & other stuff. Their somosas are also wonderful, as well as portabella wraps, daily soups & wheatless desserts. Their salad choices are amazing, Infinite Bleu & Garden Creation. They also indicate vegan selections.
Service very friendly & colorful, women wear beautiful saris. Cash only & great prices.
You could also go with Cafe Gratitude, in the Mission/Potrero. It's all vegan, and a little too friendly-crunchy for my taste, but has some interesting dishes. Nothing that really wowed me (it's all vegan and raw, and I'm a braised-beef kinda girl) but their key-lime pie is to die for.
There's also a veg Vietnamese place on O'Farrell near Jones, but I'll be damned if I can remember the name of it.
I love Herbivoire. Two locations- one on Divis near Oak and one on Valencia in the low 20's. It's good grubbin' vegan fare. Sometimes the baked fries are a bit on the oily side (at that point, why not just fry them? That's vegan!) I love the seitan shawarma and the black bean burrito (I get mine with a side of harissa.) THe soy potato pie is also great. Super salty, but when you want that comfort food salty rich fix, it works in a pinch!
I also like Ananda Fuara, but Herbivoire is a "nicer" experience. (Not nearly as nice as Greens, though!)