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Best cheap eats for a vegan?

choctastic Oct 8, 2009 01:18 PM

I am visiting SF for a couple of days and I'm already hitting up Ike's Place for a meatless sub and then Maggie Mudds for a huge sundae. Are there any other places I really gotta hit? Right now, I'm looking at $10 a meal. However, I make credit card exceptions for killer desserts.

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  1. Robert Lauriston RE: choctastic Oct 8, 2009 03:09 PM

    Cafe Gratitude.

    Falafel at Sunrise Deli.

    1. moto RE: choctastic Oct 8, 2009 05:26 PM

      there's a branch of Udupi (south Indian, all vegetarian, many vegan options) on Valencia. i'm familiar with the berserkley location only, but they probably can't mess up the dosai and legume dishes.

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      1. re: moto
        vulber RE: moto Oct 9, 2009 12:01 AM

        not gonna address the dosa/udupi debate, as i haven't been to udupi, but dosa also has quite a selection of vegan food.

        yes, it will cost more than udupi as they use organic ingredients.

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        haha21 RE: choctastic Oct 8, 2009 11:09 PM

        Must go to The Loving Hut for vegan Chinese. It's the best I've ever had.

        And Golden Era for the best Vietnamese vegan.

        Both cheap and both amazing. And this is coming from a meat eater with a veggie boyfriend.

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        1. re: haha21
          rahir RE: haha21 Oct 9, 2009 09:38 AM

          I second Golden Era, especially their lunch specials: 10 or so lunch-sized entrees that include rice (brown or white).

          Also, Papalote offers a great vegan tofu mole burrito!

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

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

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

        2. susancinsf RE: choctastic Oct 9, 2009 06:51 AM

          It's a little out of your price range (though you can get a vegetable curry combo for about $13), but Little Nepal has a number of vegan choices, good food, lovely service, and is almost next door to Maggie Mudds (which, by the way just in case you haven't been, has zero atmosphere and only a very few tables at which to enjoy that sundae. Just a heads up. if it were me I'd get a big cone instead and take a stroll on Cortland, which my out of town visitors always used to think was cute, when I lived a few blocks away).

          Little Nepal
          925 Cortland Ave, San Francisco, CA 94110

          1. grishnackh RE: choctastic Oct 14, 2009 08:41 PM

            Weird Fish at 17th and Mission has great vegan brunch and dinner options.

            Weird Fish
            2193 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110

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            1. re: grishnackh
              vulber RE: grishnackh Oct 14, 2009 08:46 PM

              Cafe Gratitude is delicious, but anything but cheap. Just dropped $40 (after tax/tip) there for a milkshake, shared appetizer, pizza, and shared dessert).

              Cafe Gratitude can be done for cheap, but not if you're looking to be full afterwards.

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              kmah RE: choctastic Oct 14, 2009 09:59 PM

              Haven't been in a while, but I love cha-ya japanese- their whole menu is vegan/vegetarian. They have a branch on Valencia in the Mission, and one in Berkeley on Shattuck. Not uber cheap, but great. And I'm not vegetarian.

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              1. re: kmah
                Robert Lauriston RE: kmah Oct 15, 2009 02:24 PM

                I like Cha-Ya's stuff once in a while, too. I think it's the only vegan restaurant I've wanted to eat at twice.

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                Zjefe RE: choctastic Oct 23, 2009 01:58 AM

                Weird Fish has some amazing buffalo girls, hell fish taco is great too. Brenda's serves a mean ol' version of sloppy joe called the Vegan Josephine and a block away Saigon sandiwch has an excellent tofu banh mi (no mayo). I would proudly send anyone to golden era for a meal, millenium can be hit or miss, green's is good (not great), papalote for a veg(add soyrizo) taco- yum, and if you're feeling REALLY adventurous I may be friends with some people who run an underground vegan supperclub definitely worth the mention called Brassica Supperclub.

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