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carld Jan 4, 2010 08:26 PM

What are your recommendations for vegetarian meals in San Diego?
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  1. Josh Jan 4, 2010 11:02 PM

    Surati Farsan Mart
    Rancho's Cocina
    Station Tavern
    El Camino
    People's Co-Op Deli
    Ritual Tavern
    Pizzeria Bruno
    Blind Lady Alehouse

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      DougOLis Jan 5, 2010 08:04 AM

      Mama's Bakery & Deli

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        Ed Dibble Jan 5, 2010 08:09 AM

        Fairouz - yeh, it's a buffet, but numerous vegan/vegetarian items.

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          Josh Jan 5, 2010 08:15 AM

          Yeah, how'd I forget that one?

          Also, Mystic Grill.

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          Josh Jan 5, 2010 08:16 AM

          Bread and Cie
          Mama Testa
          Ba Ren
          Saigon

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            daantaat Jan 5, 2010 07:45 PM

            2nd Surati Farsan Mart--entire menu is vegetarian.
            2nd Mama Testa and Ba Ren.

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              Mr Taster Nov 4, 2013 07:55 PM

              Is this the same Surati Farsan Mart in LA's Little India (Artesia)? If so, and the quality is equally as good, that's a great thing for San Diego.

              Mr Taster

          2. honkman Jan 4, 2010 11:13 PM

            Spread

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              Ewilensky May 4, 2010 07:11 PM

              Spread doesn't get enough love here. Very inventive food, sure, sometimes it misses but when it hits, wow, it hits. It's not Ubuntu, but still has some incredibly delicious vegetarian food prepared in unique ways. They need comfier chairs however.

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              Cathy Jan 5, 2010 08:15 AM

              Sab E Lee 2 ( in Santee) has a vegan section on its menu. (14 meal selections)

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                normalheightsfoodie Jan 5, 2010 09:23 AM

                MANDARIN DYNASTY in Hillcrest has a vegetarian section on the menu and has plenty of parking. TAO in Normal Heights has a large vegetarian selection and are known for their tofu and soy milk. The owner makes them both.

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                  Josh Jan 5, 2010 09:26 AM

                  Just curious if you've eaten the food at Mandarin Dynasty? I found it pretty poor when I went. So many Chinese places have vegetarian menu items, I don't know why that one has such a good rep.

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                    normalheightsfoodie Jan 5, 2010 09:34 AM

                    We have been eating their for years, and it is always very good. I don't go vegi, I like their pepper scallops and orange beef and chicken.

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                  DougOLis Jan 5, 2010 01:12 PM

                  Not to sound like a shill, but The Linkery almost always has unique vegetarian offerings: http://linkerymenu.wordpress.com/

                  1. Dagney Jan 5, 2010 09:07 PM

                    I like Jyoti Bihanga.

                    1. kare_raisu Jan 6, 2010 06:38 AM

                      Has anyone been to the Loving Hut at the beginning of El Cajon Blvd?

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                        Josh Jan 6, 2010 09:33 AM

                        It's OK. Nothing special, IMO.

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                          normalheightsfoodie Jan 6, 2010 01:06 PM

                          Which beginning, the east or west side?

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                            Josh Jan 6, 2010 01:11 PM

                            To elaborate: it's a cult-run restaurant, offering what they describe as fast food. A lot of the food is fried. They have an item called the Loving Hut Salad, which is pretty good. I've had meals there that I've thought were decent, but it's not really a destination for us. I'd rather drive to Ba Ren and order their meatless dishes, to be honest.

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                              Dagney Jan 6, 2010 03:45 PM

                              Okay, I'll bite, what cult?

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                                honkman Jan 6, 2010 04:09 PM

                                The restaurant is part of a chain which was started from people associated to Ching Hai.

                                http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ching_Hai

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                                  Josh Jan 6, 2010 07:12 PM

                                  They have TVs in there showing Supreme Master Ching Hai the entire time.

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                                    hye May 3, 2010 05:37 PM

                                    That alone sounds like it might be worth going.

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                                  stevewag23 May 23, 2010 01:46 PM

                                  Does Heaven's Gate have any restaurants?

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                                jennywenny Jan 8, 2010 09:44 AM

                                I like that there is always something veggie at starlite lounge, the last thing I remember was some kind of bean/poblano type thing that was divine...

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                                  colt 45 May 4, 2010 07:25 PM

                                  Alchemy in south park has a very inventive farmers market vegetarian 3 course menu for 25 bucks every wed.

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                                  pantani May 6, 2010 04:00 PM

                                  it's called the Prophet. It closed like 20 years ago. Good luck

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                                    Beach Chick May 6, 2010 05:56 PM

                                    I used to go all the time to the Prophet..loved that place!

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                                    keena May 6, 2010 04:26 PM

                                    If you want to go high-end, Trey Foshee at George's has a lovely vegetarian menu which we've enjoyed in the past.

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                                      ncc1701 May 23, 2010 08:12 AM

                                      OK: I am new to SD so help me out with the locations... This is what I have from you all so far... If you could add what part of town each one is in, I would be really grateful!

                                      Vegetarian Restaurants or those that have some good veggie dishes

                                      Surati Farsan Mart
                                      Rancho's Cocina
                                      Station Tavern
                                      El Camino
                                      People's Co-Op Deli
                                      Ritual Tavern
                                      Pizzeria Bruno
                                      Blind Lady Alehouse
                                      Mama's Bakery & Deli
                                      Fairouz - yeh, it's a buffet, but numerous vegan/vegetarian items.
                                      Mystic Grill.
                                      Bread and Cie
                                      Mama Testa
                                      Ba Ren
                                      Saigon
                                      Surati Farsan Mart--entire menu is vegetarian.
                                      Mama Testa
                                      Ba Ren.
                                      Spread
                                      Sab E Lee 2 ( in Santee) has a vegan section on its menu. (14 meal selections)
                                      MANDARIN DYNASTY
                                      The Linkery almost always has unique vegetarian offerings:
                                      Jyoti Bihanga.
                                      Loving Hut at the beginning of El Cajon Blvd?
                                      Alchemy in south park
                                      Trey Foshee at George's

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                                      Mama Testa
                                      1417 University Ave Ste A, San Diego, CA 92103

                                      Linkery
                                      3794 30th St, San Diego, CA 92104

                                      Mama's Bakery & Deli
                                      4237 Alabama St, San Diego, CA 92104

                                      Surati Farsan Mart
                                      9494 Black Mountain Rd, San Diego, CA 92126

                                      Jyoti Bihanga
                                      3351 Adams Ave, San Diego, CA 92116

                                      Ritual Tavern
                                      4095 30th St, San Diego, CA 92104

                                      Mystic Grill
                                      6990 University Ave, La Mesa, CA 91941

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                                        ipsit May 23, 2010 10:42 AM

                                        nearly all of these can be located through Google Maps. The majority are in the Hillcrest-North Park - Normal Heights belt.
                                        In the interest of efficiency, it would help if you could identify areas that you are interested in.

                                        Another note though, is that this list is of places that have a relatively large number of vegetarian items on the menu. It does not include several other favorites of this board, that have only 1 or 2 vegetarian options, but those dishes can top just about anything you will find in a more vegetarian friendly place. From experience, I can list Super Cocina, Kaito and Cafe Chloe on that list.

                                        All of this probably complicates the issue more, but then quality and choice are not necessarily related.

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                                        Cafe Chloe
                                        721 9th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101

                                        Super Cocina
                                        3627 University Ave., San Diego, CA 92104

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                                          Josh May 23, 2010 11:29 AM

                                          Good list, though Mandarin Dynasty is now closed. I'd also add:

                                          Pho 5th Avenue in Hillcrest - they do pho w/ vegetarian broth, and they have mock duck, chicken, and abalone available for any of the stirfry dishes, and the pho. (I had the curry chicken made w/ mock duck instead and it was delicious). They just opened a couple of months ago, so they may not be on too many radar screens yet.

                                          Burger Lounge - Their homemade quinoa veggie burger is really good.

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