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Help a carnivore with a vegetarian girlfriend

Bill Wall Dec 2, 2008 02:06 PM

I am looking for a nice place to eat this weekend with the better half

Not cheap and nasty but not fine dining either. I want to make an impression without eating sardine pasta for the week following!

Somewhere which has a solid vegetarian selection without being vegetarian focussed (i.e. a nice piece of meat or fish for me too!)

A vibrant area with places to have a drink beforehand would also be a plus.

What can you suggest?

  1. c
    Cary Dec 6, 2008 05:51 PM

    Chaya in the mission area.

    My gf is vegetarian. Believe it, it can be a challenge at times...

    1. j
      jackiedooo Dec 5, 2008 01:32 PM

      Dosa (two locations now - Valencia and Fillmore) has both meat and vegetarian choices, and it's very chic but not too expensive.

      Weird Fish is pescatarian and has a very local, romantic, funky feel. Also very affordable.

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      1. re: jackiedooo
        rahir Dec 5, 2008 02:23 PM

        I love Weird Fish, but they don't take reservations. Wait times on the weekend can be 1+ hours.

      2. r
        rahir Dec 5, 2008 12:40 PM

        What do you consider fine dining?

        I'm a veggie, and I highly recommend luella in Russian Hill or Sociale out in Laurel Heights. luella's in a more vibrant area, if that's a plus for you.

        I know you've already nixed it, but just my two cents re: Bar Jules: I've tried to eat at Bar Jules several times, and once their only option was soup and another a salad. It was a bummer. And I've never really like the vegetarian special at A&H. It's just sort of... vegetables.

        1. w
          weem Dec 3, 2008 08:25 PM

          Okay, so I haven't been, so this is a qualified recommendation, but friends love it. Perhaps Walzwerk? On South Van Ness at about 15th, which puts you within reasonable walking distance of the vibrant drinking area 16th & Valencia. The menu has all the heavenly German carnivore delights, while also having enough veggie options to make my vegetarian co-worker drool.

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          1. re: weem
            Atomica Dec 6, 2008 05:27 PM

            Walzwerk is one of our favorite places in SF and they have some great vegetarian dishes. Enthusiastically seconded.

          2. Xiao Yang Dec 3, 2008 06:19 PM

            How about a "nice" Indian place, like Amber India? Pricey for Indian, but not PRICEY pricey, and bound to have decent vegetarian options.

            Here's Amber's dinner menu:


            1. wolfe Dec 3, 2008 06:05 PM

              Has a vegetarian special and you might get some of the veggies from the other dishes. prices look reasonable and reviews seem good.
              Anchor and Hope.
              PS. A city would be helpful.

              1. k
                katya Dec 3, 2008 05:48 PM

                Go Ethiopian. There's always a vegetarian combo and always many meat dishes (usually even a meat combo).

                I like Zeni in San Jose, but there are plenty of places (I just haven't been to them) in SF, which is where I assume you are.

                1. Senor Popusa Dec 2, 2008 02:53 PM

                  What about Bar Jules? You could get a drink before at Suppenkuche, Momi Toby's, Place Pigalle or Absinthe.

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                  1. re: Senor Popusa
                    Bill Wall Dec 2, 2008 02:58 PM

                    Definitely in the right vein, however I would like the security of a reservation.
                    I am weird like that.

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