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Feb 14, 2009 11:11 AM

Vegan Restaurants for Hip Honeymoon Couple?

So, my cool musician cousin from Chicago (I think he's around 27) is getting married and coming to SF for his honeymoon. According to my aunt, he and his bride are both vegan. I'd love to suggest some good places for them to eat & celebrate (a mix of "destination" places and casual eats), and am wondering if I'm missing any new good places.

on my list so far:
Greens (for lunch, for the views)
Cafe Gratitude

I'm pretty sure La Folie and Fleur de Lys do veggie tasting menus, but last time I was there the rest of the clientele was 70+ and the feeling was super-stuffy, so I'm not suggesting those. Please note that I'm looking for additional suggestions, not commentary on the places already on the list (since I know some think Greens has gone downhill, but I still think it's a pretty great place for lunch with out-of-towners, and yes, the whole Cafe Gratitude concept makes me hurl, but again, it could fun in a very kooky-Calif way for the midwesterners). Thanks!

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  1. Hi dixieday2-

    Add Golden Era (the one on O'Farrell) to the list! It's great veggie Vietnamese, and almost everything is vegan. Same with Shangri-la, an almost all-vegan Chinese place in the Sunset and Lucky Creation (tiny, cash only) in Chinatown. Minako, just a few blocks from Chaya in the Mission, also has some great, inventive Japanese and also offers a full page of vegan sushi rolls. Another good casual eat is Papalote in the Mission and Panhandle.

    If they visit the Ferry Building, Delica-rf1 offers some great vegan salads and sides.

    PS- Avoid Loving Hut if possible. I'm been twice so far and the non-fried items were sort of... not all that.

    Minako Organic Japanese Restaurant
    2154 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110

    Papalote Mexican Grill
    3409 24th St, San Francisco, CA 94110

    Golden Era Vegetarian
    572 Ofarrell St, San Francisco, CA 94102

    1 Ferry Bldg, San Francisco, CA

    Papalote Mexican Grill
    1777 Fulton St, San Francisco, CA 94117

    Shangri-La Vegetarian
    2026 Irving St, San Francisco, CA 94122

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    1. re: rahir

      I'll second most of this list (no idea what anyone sees in Papalote). Golden Era is remarkably good. Minako is vastly better than Chaya.

      And Cafe Gratitude is a must. Sure, it's like a Hollywood satire of a raw foods restaurant, but genuinely delicious, whether you think cooking is evil or not.

      1. re: Windy

        Thank you rahir and Windy for the recommendation of Golden Era. My vegetarian friend raved about the food. This restaurant is tempting me to become a vegetarian. Our favorite dishes included the vegetable fu young, the spicy szechuan beef (which was actually spicy), a "chicken" dish consisting of deep fried nuggets in a light, citrus-y sauce and the papaya salad (a special that day). The papaya salad was bright, savory and fresh with mint and citrus. Highly recommended for non-vegetarians too. I loved the iced coffee so much that I had two.

    2. Link for Lucky Creation.

      Lucky Creation Vegetarian
      854 Washington St, San Francisco, CA 94108

      1. Michael Mina does vegan: astonishingly good.

        Michael Mina Restaurant
        252 California St, San Francisco, CA

        1. I'm fairly sure Firefly always has vegan options.

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          1. re: LAWoman

            But usually only one. Better for vegan/raging carnivore duo than two vegans.