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Jul 20, 2009 11:24 PM

vegetarian-friendly places (sf/peninsula)


Help! I'm dating a (lacto ovo) vegetarian who is fairly indifferent to food. I'm so much the opposite - I'll drive an hour just to try good pizza or ice cream or ....

To add to that, he's not a big fan of "fancy" places/doesn't think going to a place like greens is worth the expense.

So I'm looking for recommendations for places in the bay area, especially in the city or the peninsula/south bay. Here is the kinds of things I'm looking for:

1. everyday places we can go to that will have good food and at least a couple reasonable non-meat options.

2. special places that do well with non-meat options. I'm thinking Aziza and maybe Nopa, but maybe others have recommendations? Although he doesn't particularly want to go to places that expensive, he'll accompany me if I really want to go.

3. any good veg options? I know all about greens, milennium, ubuntu, cafe gratitude, ananda fuara, and the various south indian places. Any other places that you might recommend? Is herbivore ok?

Thanks for your help chowhounds!


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  1. 1. Endless Everyday options: Ala Turka, Tajine, Helmand Restaurant, Lers Ros Thai, Club Waziema, Shanghai Dumpling King, Little Chihuahua, Saffron Grill, Jannah - the list is neverending
    3. Veg Options: Udupi Palace, Karma

    A La Turca
    869 Geary St, San Francisco, CA 94109

    Club Waziema
    543 Divisadero St, San Francisco, CA 94117

    Helmand Palace
    2424 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA 94109

    Shanghai Dumpling King
    3319 Balboa St, San Francisco, CA 94121

    Udupi Palace
    1007 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110

    200 6th Ave, San Francisco, CA 94118

    Lers Ros Thai
    730 Larkin St, San Francisco, CA

    Tajine (Heights)
    2080 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA

    2 Replies
    1. re: Cynsa

      Cha-Ya Vegetarian Japanese Restaurant. I was just there last week with a group everything was fresh and good tastes. Cash only.

      I hear they are opening another location on 9th near Irving might of been where Cafe Gratitude was.

      1. re: Cynsa

        If you are willing to go down to Burlingame, Que SeRaw SeRaw is a great place, also serving vegan food. However, they have very limited hours and there are only two tiny tables to sit at. It is a favorite in the nieghborhood and on yelp.
        1160 Capuchino Ave
        Burlingame, CA 94010
        (650) 400-8590

      2. Almost every restaurant in the city has a couple reasonable non-meat options, especially if he's 'indifferent' to food. Check menus beforehand if you want to be sure.

        Also, this question is asked several times a month, so try this search for prior recommendations:

        For the record, and in my opinion, Herbivore is extremely boring EXCEPT for the soy chicken shwarma(sic?) which is amazingly delicious.

        1. Greens, in particular, isn't worth the expense.

          My veg sister's favorite restaurant is Flea Street Cafe in Menlo Park - I like it a lot, too. Medium-spendy, good meat and good veg.

          1. Cuisines like Ethiopian, Indian (if you do South Indian that's usually only veg), and Thai are good options.

            Some of my favorite places include Zeni (may be too far south for you), Annapoorna (South Indian), Sai's (Vietnamese; I love their green beans in black bean sauce), and Park Chow or Chow (they have some veggie pasta dishes and I LOVE their seasonal Roma tomatoes appetizer). A vegan friend of mine loves Millennium but I wasn't as enamored.

            2299 S El Camino Real, San Mateo, CA 94403

            Zeni Ethiopian Restaurant
            1320 Saratoga Ave, San Jose, CA 95129

            Park Chow
            1238 9th Ave, San Francisco, CA 94122

            215 Church St, San Francisco, CA 94114

            Millennium Restaurant
            580 Geary St., San Francisco, CA 94102

            505 Washington St, San Francisco, CA 94111

            1. For a casual option, I highly recommend Crepevine. 3 locations in SF and one in Burlingame. The website doesn't give much detail, but they really do have a good variety of vegetarian options. Their breakfast items are very generous portions,. I go to the one in Burlingame and they are very, very busy.