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vegetarian and lactose intolerant

wulf325 Jan 31, 2007 08:22 PM

I will be going to SF in a couple of months and one of my friends is both a vegetarian and lactose intolerant. I know this may be a tough one but thought I would give it ago. Will be staying in the downtown area. Any cuisine is acceptable and moderate price.

Also, were is the best sushi or dim sum?


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  1. shortexact RE: wulf325 Jan 31, 2007 09:07 PM

    These places do exist! I am lactose intolerant and was vegetarian for a long while.

    Mekong Thai (791 O'Farrell) is in the Tenderloin and might be a reasonable distance from you, depending on where you are downtown, and mostly everything on the menu is or can be made vegetarian/vegan.

    There is also a chainlet of raw vegan restaurants called Cafe Gratitude. They have kind of a corny menu scheme going, in which all their entrees began with "I am..." followed by some positive adjective. One of the branches (1336 9th Avenue) is not near downtown, but is located right on the N-Judah Muni Metro line, which does go downtown, so there's easy access.

    There's lots of vegetarian in San Francisco, though, so I'm sure others will pipe in with other choices.

    As for best sushi, and dim sum, I recommend you do a search of the board. Just in the past couple days, there has been some discussion on both sushi and dim sum, so you could just look through some recent threads. These questions come up all the time. For sushi, it will depend on whether you're a nigiri/sashimi purist or more into the Americanized rolls, so you may want to specify more about what your preferences are to get more thorough answers.

    1. Euonymous RE: wulf325 Jan 31, 2007 10:11 PM

      I haven't been there myself, but I'm betting that Medicine Eatstation would work for your friend. It's in the Union Square/FiDi area.


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      1. re: Euonymous
        Jamie Rudman RE: Euonymous Feb 1, 2007 10:53 AM

        Medicine is great and fits your requirements perfectly. I am not a vegetarian (more of an omnivore, really) but I have enjoyed several meals there. They also had some terrific teas the last time I visited several months ago.

      2. jbyoga RE: wulf325 Jan 31, 2007 10:34 PM

        There is a great Vegan Japanese place on Valencia - I believe it is called Cha Ya.

        Very good food!

        1. Morton the Mousse RE: wulf325 Jan 31, 2007 10:41 PM

          You're in luck! There are many vegan and vegetarian restaurants in the Bay Area.

          Here is a pretty comprehensive guide to vegan eateries in SF:


          I like Cha-Ya and Cafe Gratitude.

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            usheroff RE: wulf325 Feb 1, 2007 07:38 AM

            I have to second cha ya . It has beautiful food.They offer several types of miso soup that are wonderful. It is also affordable. There is another Vegan Japanese restaurant on Mission and 17th-I don't remember the name that is also wonderful but pricey.

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            1. re: usheroff
              shortexact RE: usheroff Feb 1, 2007 11:23 PM

              That would be Minako (2154 Mission St).

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                vulber RE: shortexact May 3, 2010 08:44 AM

                Minako is not a vegan restaurant, it just has a lot of vegan selection. it does have fish too

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              Joel RE: wulf325 Feb 2, 2007 10:53 AM

              For a cheap, hole-in-the-wall experience, try Lucky Creation on Washington between Grant and Stockton.
              It is Buddhist-style Chinese; vegan, no eggs, no milk, no garlic or onions. It is a pleasant walk from downtown, if the weather is nice. It's closed on one weekday (Tues or Weds -- I forget).

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                joyjunkie RE: wulf325 May 2, 2010 03:08 PM

                Millennium is a really nice up scale Vegan place you really have to go to! You won't miss the meat and dairy and your friends will be able to order any and everything on the menu! Great bar too!
                Cafe Gratitude is hit or miss. They always seem to be out of what ever I want to order. Bummer!

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                1. re: joyjunkie
                  wolfe RE: joyjunkie May 2, 2010 03:21 PM

                  Welcome to this board. All those vegan posts are great but notice the date of the thread. This one is over 3 years old and there are much more current ones that could use your input.

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