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bakeryqueen Dec 22, 2006 03:01 PM

I'll be visiting SF for a few days in January and am looking for good places to eat. I'm a vegetarian and also love Italian food. I prefer things simple and unpretentious, but will consider all options far and wide.

I'm looking for suggestions for standard vegetarian fare as well as good pizza and pasta. Also, if anyone knows of a good brunch place that won't be too difficult to get in, that would be very appreciated too.

First time visitor to San Francisco and am really looking forward to it.

Thanks in advance.

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    Fine Dec 27, 2006 10:27 PM

    I'm not a vegetarian but do care about heart-healthy eating so rarely eat high on the saturated-fat hog, so to speak.

    I love Tommaso's in North Beach on Kearny between Broadway and Pacific (closed for vacation till 1/10, I believe): House specialties include at least three varieties of marinated fresh (cooked) vegetables; meatless pizza--from California's oldest brick oven--is also available. Last but not least, the delicious pasta-broccoli dish. No reservations.

    I found Millennium not only disappointing and somewhat "chilly" but also very expensive.

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      bernalman Dec 29, 2006 08:48 PM

      I agree-- Tommaso's pizza is quite good.

      Only caveats-- the wait at Tommaso's can be long, and service is brusque.

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      bernalman Dec 27, 2006 06:54 PM

      For vegetarian Japanese food, Minako is very special. The space is small, with basic decor, and the food comes out slowly. But the food is excellent.

      Millenium (On Geary and Jones)is a nice vegan restaurant with very creative preparations--a good middle ground between a casual cafe and the outstanding-but-very-expensive Fleur de Lys.

      Weird Fish, on Mission near 18th St, has vegetarian "fish and chips," made with tempeh. They also have a tasty tofu/sweet potato stack for an appetizer. If you are travelling with a fish eater, the tilapia fish and chips is excellent.

      For a casual brunch in the Mission, check out two hipster places: St. Francis Fountain, on 24th St, and Boogaloo's on Valencia at 22nd St. Both have an excellent tofu scramble, with a big side of home fries.

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      1. re: bernalman
        Robert Lauriston Dec 27, 2006 09:04 PM

        Very mixed reports here on Millennium.

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          bernalman Dec 29, 2006 08:35 PM

          I don't recommend Millenium to meat-eaters, but no other restaurant in SF has its range of complex, well-prepared vegan dishes.

          My partner is vegetarian, and often when we go to highly-regarded restaurants (for meat-eaters), I have a great meal, while he has the sole vegetarian entree, which is often not of the same quality as the other entrees. For too many SF restuarants, the token vegetarian entree is an afterthought. It's usually pasta, risotto, or a grilled vegetable plate. At Millenium, vegetarians can choose from the whole menu. My partner usually has a better dining experience at Millenium than at whatever the latest, hottest place is, so I always recommend that visiting vegetarians have a meal there.

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        nutmeg Dec 24, 2006 03:21 PM

        Oh Yeah - Medicine Eatstation! I'll second that.

        1. shnigglebob Dec 24, 2006 02:11 AM

          If you would like to go ALL OUT for one night, Fleur de Lys also offers a pre-fixe Vegetarian menu. It's a beautiful dining room with a bit of a dated feel, but the service is excellent and Hubert Keller is very well known internationally for his cuisine.

          1. Cynsa Dec 23, 2006 03:32 PM

            If you taste this, let us know how it compares to your Chicago pizza for deep dish:
            Little Star Pizza
            846 Divisadero Street between Fulton and McAllister Streets
            415.441.1118
            400 Valencia St. @ 15th St.

            www.littlestarpizza.com

            or,
            Pizzetta 211
            211 - 23rd Avenue
            San Francisco, CA 94107
            (415) 379-9880

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            1. re: Cynsa
              Robert Lauriston Dec 23, 2006 03:34 PM

              There's no reason for a visitor who lives in Chicago to go to Little Star.

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                Cynsa Dec 23, 2006 03:48 PM

                With only a few days for a first-time visit, she probably won't have time for Little Star.

                Perbacco
                230 California St.
                (415) 955-0663

                www.perbaccosf.com

              2. re: Cynsa
                Melanie Wong Dec 30, 2006 01:38 AM

                Kaleva is closed, and I couldn't recommend Lettüs.

              3. Cynsa Dec 23, 2006 02:16 PM

                Maykadeh Persian Restaurant
                470 Green Street at Grant Ave
                San Francisco
                (415) 362-8286

                Mekong Restaurant at 791 O'Farrell ( just off of Larkin) has a large Thai vegan menu. The pumpkin curry and spicy tofu are highly recommended!

                http://mekong.us/dev/

                Medicine New-Shojin Eatstation
                161 Sutter St (The Crocker Galleria ), San Francisco 94104
                Phone: (415) 677-4405
                Hours: Mon thru Fri: Lunch 11:30 - 2:30, Tea: 2:30 - 5:30, Dinner 5:30 - 9:00 (until 10 pm on Fri & Sat). Closed Sunday. Check website to confirm hours.

                http://sanfrancisco.menupages.com/restaurantdetails.asp?areaid=0&restaurantid=14416&neighborhoodid=0&cuisineid=68

                Saha Arabic Fusion Restaurant - Hotel Carlton
                (415) 345-9547
                (415) 345-1428
                1075 Sutter St
                San Francisco, CA 94109
                Parking Information: Validated parking: $5.00 at 1101 Sutter Street at corner of Larkin and Sutter
                3 course dinner for $30
                http://www.sahasf.com/dinner2.html

                Sultan
                on Sunday only: by special request: Gujarati menu for dinner
                (In the Mark Twain Hotel, formerly Ramada
                )339 Taylor St
                San Francisco 94102
                415-775-1709

                http://www.chowhound.com/topics/43473?query=sultan&user_name=

                Alive! (lunch & dinner Wed-Sun
                )1972 Lombard St. (Webster St.)
                San Francisco, CA 94123
                415-923-1052


                Café Gratitude - Daily for breakfast, lunch, dinner 10am-10 pm
                http://www.withthecurrent.com/cafe.html
                1336-9th Ave (at Irving Street) 415-824-4652 SFCA 94122
                2400 Harrison St. (20th St.
                )San Francisco, CA 94110

                Lucky Creation (11am - 9pm)
                854 Washington at Grant Ave.

                Golden Era Vietnamese
                for tay ho rolls, buddha bun, Viet crepe, springrolls and pho
                572 O'Farrell

                Ala Turca
                869 Geary at Larkin-Hyde

                Taqueria Can-Cun
                for veggie burrito $3.25

                Herbivore for seitan shwarma
                - 531 Divisadero St., San Francisco, CA 94117.
                -983 Valencia (near 21st St.)

                Shangri-La vegetarian restaurant between Irving and 21st.
                2026 Irving Street
                11am - 9pm daily

                Enjoy Vegetarian Restaurant
                754 Kirkham btw 11-12th Ave.

                Feel Real Organic Vegan Cafe
                4001 Judah Street at 45th Avenue

                Judahlicious -juice bar
                3906 Judah at 44th Ave

                Bok Choy Garden
                for vegan Tofu Cheese Rolls
                (415) 387-8111
                1820 Clement St
                San Francisco, 94121

                Minako Japanese (dinner Wed-Sun)
                2154 Mission St.
                San Francisco, CA 94110
                415-864-1888

                Yaya Cuisine (dinner, Tues-Sun)
                2424 Van Ness Ave.
                San Francisco, CA 94109
                415-440-0455

                Millenium
                *- 580 Geary St., San Francisco, CA 94102.
                415-345-3900.

                Greens Restaurant *- Fort Mason, Bldg. A, Buchanan at Marina Blvd., San Francisco, CA 94123. 415-771-6222. Call for hours.

                Kaleva Restaurant - 35 6th St., San Francisco, CA 94103. 415-348-1381.
                http://www.kalevarestaurant.com/
                Sunday - dinner only

                Ananda Fuara
                (breakfast, lunch Mon-Thurs; dinner, Mon-Tues. & Thursday, closed on Sunday:
                )1298 Market St.
                San Francisco, CA 94102
                415-621-1994

                http://daveola.com/Vegetarian/Restaurants/#Feel_Real_Organic_Vegan_Cafe

                Lettus
                3352 Steiner St
                San Francisco, CA 94123
                (415) 931-2777

                www.lettusorganic.com

                Papalote
                1777 Fulton at Masonic Ave.
                3409 24th Street
                soyrizo burrito
                marinated tofu taco
                grilled veggie taco
                tofu mole

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                  LAWoman Dec 22, 2006 10:57 PM

                  We just had a fabulous dinner at Saha in the Hotel Carlton on Saturday night. Lots of veggie choices, nice room, great service. I live in Chicago and Saha will definitely be on my list again when we return to SF.

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                    mchan02 Dec 22, 2006 07:48 PM

                    I'll second Greens!

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                      nutmeg Dec 22, 2006 05:31 PM

                      I would say that you'll be in luck in most restaurants in the Bay Area. However, one of the oldest and still really wonderful truly all vegetarian restaurants in SF (and one of the best in the country) is Green’s at Fort Mason. They use seasonal organic produce and still maintains a strong relationship with the SF Zen Center. For more info:eens Restaurant

                      http://www.greensrestaurant.com/

                      Btw, not only is the food good but the view is outstanding.

                      1. Robert Lauriston Dec 22, 2006 03:36 PM

                        A16. Best pizza in town, some excellent vegetarian appetizers and side dishes. Usually only one vegetarian pasta but the ones I've had have all been great.

                        Incanto always has great vegetarian appetizers. The vegetarian pasta or risotto can be great or not, I think it depends on how inspiring the produce is that day.

                        L'Osteria del Forno in North Beach is cheap and vegetarian-friendly, though due to the tiny kitchen they usually have only one pasta. Try the porcini pizza.

                        Pizzeria Delfina's also very veg-friendly. Pizza's about as good as it gets without a wood oven.

                        The best Italian restaurant for vegetarians might be Oliveto in Oakland, easy to get to as it's right by a BART station.

                        http://www.a16sf.com/Menu.html
                        http://incanto.biz/sample_menu.html
                        http://www.losteriadelforno.com/info/menu.html
                        http://www.pizzeriadelfina.com
                        http://www.oliveto.com/dinnermenu.pdf

                        Couple of recent topics on vegetarian restaurants in general:

                        http://www.chowhound.com/topics/323577
                        http://www.chowhound.com/topics/28929

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                          uptown jimmy Dec 22, 2006 04:26 PM

                          A16 is a must. A real treasure.

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