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Jun 3, 2009 11:43 AM

Inexpensive health food lunch spots in and around San Francisco?

Need some ideas... These are some of the places I go and the things I get there. Would love to know of places in the South Bay and Peninsula as well.

Whole Foods 4th St (Overpriced, awesome selection)
Samovar Tea Lounge (Tofu, Lettuce and Tomato is awesome)
Chipotle (vegan Bol with everything is awesome)
Medicine Eatstation (gone and bummed, miss that brown rice and miso soup)
The Plant/Lettus (Great local spot, have only eaten dinner there though)
Boxed Foods (Great tofu salad, decent tempeh sandwich, better as a lettuce wrap)

Where can I get something like a nice bowl of brown rice with some light and healthy veggies and tofu? A good vegan sandwich? Some real home-made and vegan falafel? Perhaps some delicious pickles like those from Cultured Pickle Shop? Maybe an outstanding and healthy taqueria?

Does anyone else want to eat like that?

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  1. Beautiful! - in Laurel Village.

    SF Weekly calls it "pricey" but I was just sooo happy to find healthy, favorful food, I think of it as "reasonable for what it is"

    1. I like PowerSource in the Financial District:

      They have salads and sandwiches but my favorite is the build a bowl item. You pick a grain, veggie, protein and sauce.

      Powersource Juice Bar
      81 Fremont St, San Francisco, CA 94105

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      1. re: tatertot

        Organic, vegan and raw at Cafe Gratitude. One in the Mission and one in the Inner Sunset.

      2. Here's my Yelp list on where I can eat healthy in the South Bay and another on where I go veggie:

        Losing Weight and Still Living at Restaurants

        I'm Not a Vegetarian But I Play One on TV

        Standouts from my lists include:
        -Chef Ko (best fake meat - made from some exotic mushroom - I've ever had; doesn't really taste like meat - good in it's own right
        )-Sai's (green beans in black bean sauce)
        -Pluto's (love their salads and availability of fresh fruit as a salad topper)
        -New Kapadokia (great veggie meze like the red lentil kofte)

        I've heard great things about Sprout Cafe in Palo Alto. And I love Berkeley's Cafe Intermezzo for sandwiches (made on housemade bread) and salads.

        Pluto's Fresh Food
        3055 Olin Ave, San Jose, CA 95128

        New Kapadokia Restaurant
        2399 Broadway Street, Redwood City, CA 94063

        Chef Ko
        876 W Hamilton Ave, Campbell, CA 95008

        Cafe Intermezzo
        2442 Telegraph Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704

        505 Washington St, San Francisco, CA 94111

        Sprout Cafe
        168 University Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94301

        1. The cheapest healthiest, most widely available veggie item in SF/Bay Area is probably a veggie burrito. Cancun, El Castillito, etc. Just about every taqueria carries's just a matter of go through things or doing a search. Whole wheat tortillas and even brown rice are carried at quite a few.