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Oct 8, 2009 01:18 PM

Best cheap eats for a vegan?

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. Cafe Gratitude.

    Falafel at Sunrise Deli.

    1. 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

        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.

      2. 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

          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. 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. 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

              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.