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ISO restaurant 1) walking distance from Civic Center 2) extensive vegetarian option

oohlala Jun 7, 2010 09:54 PM

We'll be watching WICKED this coming saturday at the orpheum theatre. We're looking for a restaurant that fits the following criteria,

1) within walking distance from Civic Center
2) vegetarian option
3) ~$20 plus tax and tip
4) can be any cuisine
5) can easily carry on a conversation

help! help!

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  1. Ruth Lafler RE: oohlala Jun 7, 2010 10:30 PM

    There's a vegetarian restaurant -- Ananda-Fuara -- a block or so up Market St. from the Orpheum.

    Ananda-Fuara Vegetarian
    1298 Market St, San Francisco, CA 94102

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      oohlala RE: Ruth Lafler Jun 12, 2010 11:57 PM

      Great suggestion, Ruth! The entire party really enjoyed the food. Went there without much expectation, walked out with really good impression of the place. Food was quite on the sweet side for me, maybe the chutney, but definitely a RETURN for me and my wife :)

      Thanks again!

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        Ruth Lafler RE: oohlala Jun 14, 2010 10:12 AM

        Thanks for reporting back -- glad that worked out for you!

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      Meredith RE: oohlala Jun 8, 2010 12:05 PM

      It depends on how comfortable you are with the neighborhood, but maybe something in the Tandooriloin would work for you - Lahore Kahari is good, though known more for their tandoori fish than anytyhing else. But Indian/Pakistani food seems to be a very good choice for inexpensive eats with good vegetarian options.

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      1. re: Meredith
        Joel RE: Meredith Jun 8, 2010 05:05 PM

        Millennium -- about 6 blocks away.
        I've only been there once, many years ago. All vegan as I recall.

        Millenium Restaurant

        (415) 345-3900 - 580 Geary St, San Francisco, CA 94102

        Millenium Restaurant
        580 Geary St, San Francisco, CA 94102

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          Pistou RE: Joel Jun 9, 2010 10:33 AM

          Millenium is nowhere near the OP's price range.

          You could hop on the F-Market to Laguna then walk north a couple of blocks to Page and try Samovar Tea House. They have a small but very vegetarian-centric menu. The food is reasonably priced and tasty, and it's a lovely ambiance.

          Millenium Restaurant
          580 Geary St, San Francisco, CA 94102

        2. re: Meredith
          oohlala RE: Meredith Jun 8, 2010 05:36 PM

          ok, my wife just told me it's probably not the most pleasant neighbourhood to be strolling after dark. that's good to know before booking the restaurant, lol~

          Hopefully all these restaurants are located AWAY from the neighborhood. Please keep the recommendations coming! They don't need to be completely vegetarian :)

          1. re: oohlala
            Ruth Lafler RE: oohlala Jun 9, 2010 09:15 AM

            "Away from the neighborhood" is pretty vague. Can you be more specific?

            Although the neighborhood is not particularly nice to walk in, because of the proximity of the Opera House, Davies, the Opheum, Herbst Theater, other venues and restaurants, lots of people are walking around that area at night.

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          artemis RE: oohlala Jun 8, 2010 06:04 PM

          Golden Era is vegetarian Chinese, though not really walkable from the Orpheum.

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            Windy RE: artemis Jun 14, 2010 12:28 PM

            Actually it's Vietnamese, and awfully good. Their banh xeo (Vietnamese crepe) is surprisingly delicious.

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              choctastic RE: Windy Jun 16, 2010 03:07 PM

              Golden Era is a vegan restaurant and part of the Supreme Master network. Their food is actually not bad for the area.

              Their vegan "cheesecake" is actually surprisingly not terrible, though not as good as the one I had at Hangawi in New York, which was truly good imho.

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                The Dairy Queen RE: choctastic Jul 27, 2010 10:45 PM

                Forgive me, but what is the Supreme Master network?


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                  Melanie Wong RE: The Dairy Queen Jul 27, 2010 11:00 PM


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                    bbulkow RE: The Dairy Queen Jul 28, 2010 12:32 AM

                    Same people who do Lovin' Hut.

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                      The Dairy Queen RE: bbulkow Jul 28, 2010 06:51 AM

                      Wow. I'm really out of loop and haven't heard of any of these organizations. They say each of the restaurants have their own menus. Are they basically franchises and, therefore, independently owned? Or is there some common ownership?


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                        bbulkow RE: The Dairy Queen Jul 28, 2010 11:39 AM

                        No idea. I've been to the palo alto branch and seen the religious television broadcasts and posters, and seen the same website I forwarded.

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                        Windy RE: bbulkow Jul 28, 2010 08:29 AM

                        I hadn't realized that. I had a pretty great lunch at Loving Hut at Westfield Center before the movies. A stir fry with snap peas and fake shrimp, which oddly were the best part.

                        They're devotees of a religious network. The pictures on the wall at Golden Era are pretty cultlike, but the brochures mostly encourage vegetarian/vegan diets. Golden Era's been there forever--at least 10 years, probably much longer.

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                          Melanie Wong RE: Windy Jul 28, 2010 10:29 AM

                          In the last couple years, I've seen some billboards in the South Bay promoting the sect and going vegan. The group has also had booths at the Tet festival handing out reusable grocery bags.

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                ceekskat RE: oohlala Jun 8, 2010 09:03 PM

                Definitely in a better neighborhood than Lahore Karahi, Naan 'n Curry on Van Ness may fit the bill. However, it is not exactly the healthiest option : )


                There's also Gyro King (very close to theater), though don't have personal experience.

                Gyro King
                25 Grove St, San Francisco, CA 94102

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                  Gingerista RE: oohlala Jun 9, 2010 11:10 AM

                  Another vote for Ananda-Fuara. Fits the OP guidelines very well.

                  1. choctastic RE: oohlala Jun 16, 2010 03:06 PM

                    I've had the standard veggie burger at Ananda Fuara and as far as these things go, it was pretty decent, if not the most mind-blowing experience.

                    They have relatively decent cakes but I would warn people away from the brownies. At least the time I tried a brownie, it was caked on the bottom with some kind of congealed fat that was obviously not butter. It was edible because it was sweet, but not much beyond that.

                    1. Boythefoodtalksto RE: oohlala Jun 21, 2010 11:39 AM

                      Definitely try the newish Burmese Kitchen at 452 Larkin Street, which is very near Civic Center. This is closer to real Burmese food than you can get at any of the other Burmese places in the City, even though it, like the others, is operated by Burmese-Chinese folks. Excellent meat and vegetarian dishes (be sure to try the yellow peas, but it is ALL good.) Very friendly and attentive operators. Enjoy!


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