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Best Veggie Burger in SF

My son is a new vegetarian who has given up meat for ethical reasons. He is desperately missing burgers and would love to find a good veggie burger. He lives at Parkmerced but anywhere in the city or Daly City area would be fine. Any help would be much appreciated as this is a very new thing for him.

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  1. I love a delicious veggie burger, but I'll also take an average garden burger with some decent toppings. I'm pretty happy at Barney's with a veggie burger smothered with BBQ sauce and jack cheese (did I mention the sweet potato fries and the spicy curly fries?) or at Pearl's Phatburger (we go to the one in Mill Valley but there's one in the city). Occasionally I'll even go for a "grilled cheese" at In N Out Burger. There are some great veggie resources in SF and I wish your son the best as he finds some good veggie spots.
    My two current favorites (neither have veggie burgers) are both in the Mission-- Cha-Ya (vegan sushi and Japanese) and Big Lantern (yummy fake meats and veggie dim sum).

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    Big Lantern Restaurant
    3170 16th St, San Francisco, CA 94103

    1. SF Weekly just did a feature rounding up veggie burgers. Look on the SFoodie pages.

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      1. Has he tried the Mean Joe Green Burger at Hall of Flame Burger, right in his neighborhood.

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        Hall of Flame
        73 Cambon Dr, San Francisco, CA 94132

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        1. re: wolfe

          Ok so the Mean Joe Greeen burger turned out to be quite servicable and extremely convenient. My son has added it to the regular rotation.

        2. Thanks for your replies and excellent suggestions. I am passing them along. He so wants to do this but it is definately a learning process as he loved meat and is also very picky. Hopefully if nothing else, he will branch out and learn to enjoy some new and healthy things.

          1. I've liked the one at Monk's Kettle.

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            The Monk's Kettle
            3141 16th St, San Francisco, CA 94103