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Apr 3, 2008 04:16 PM

Best Vegetarian Options in the Mission

I am going on a date in the Mission tonight and I am taking a vegetarian out to dinner. We will be near 16th and Mission and I would love to find out what people rate the best in that area for vegetarian. It doesn't have to be strictly vegetarian but vegetarian friendly would be good. The price range would be maybe 15-20 per entree. Thanks in advance.

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  1. Minako (Japanese organic)
    Cafe Gratitude (raw)
    Ti Couz (Breton crepes and amazing salads)
    Dosa (Indian)
    Pauline's Pizza

    Also Weird Fish (fish and vegan stuff--I didn't love it) and Cha Ya (Japanese vegetarian--not to my taste)

    1. The Pork Store has veg and vegan options in a casual atmosphere. 16th / Valencia, across from the Roxie.

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        1. Weird Fish is just a block or two from 16th and Mission and has a great selection of pescetarian and vegetarian entrees. It is also quite warm and cozy, if a bit cramped, so I'd rate it suitable for a date. Cha Ya is an exclusively vegetarian Japanese place, as its name suggests, that is a little louder and brighter, but also fine for a date. Both places tend to be crowded, so you might be in for a bit of a wait at either.

          Sorry for the duplication, I took a long time to get around to writing this post.

          Weird Fish
          2193 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110

          Cha Ya Vegetarian Japanese
          762 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110

          1. I'm reposting with an edit:
            Windy gave some great recs!

            If you go to Minako, call ahead and see if Judy will take a reservation (she'll sometimes do this if you ask really nicely). Otherwise get there by 6:30PM or be prepared to wait! Now, I've almost always had great experiences at Minako, but not everyone has (some people don't like the long waits...).

            Weird Fish is a fun place! Veggie and real fish n' chips, yummy soups, salads, etc. Like Minako, it's small, but very tasty (if you go, get an order of the buffalo girls). It's also right across the street from Minako, so if you put your name on the list and go to Weird Fish, they'll call you when you're table is about ready and you can hop right across the street.

            Pauline's has great pizzas with mostly organic ingredients. Just be prepared for a wait and lots of families. Dosa is also fun, but can get loud and busy by 7:30. Make sure you ask your server if you've got enough variety, as some things taste very similar.

            My final recommendation: DON'T go to Cha Ya. I had two really poor experiences (flavors were bland and the food didn't taste fresh). I now exclusively get my veggie Japanese from Minako.

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            1. re: rahir

              rahir and grishnackh, what do you recommend at Weird Fish? I wasn't thrilled by my fish and chips but liked the atmosphere and have wanted to give it another try.

              For what it's worth, the people I know who really like Cha Ya are vegetarians.

              1. re: Windy

                I rarely order their fish and chips. The fries are only okay and the batter on the fish could use a little work.

                Their fried oysters appetizer, however, is excellent. For an entree, I usually go for one of their baked or grilled trout or tilapia options, with a couple of green sides. This has been a safe bet in the past.