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Dinner Rec w/Good Vegetarian Option

DiningDiva Mar 25, 2012 07:35 PM

Looking for a restaurant rec for dinner with friends, one of whom is a vegetarian. Thought about the Smoking Goat or FarmHouse Cafe but menus aren't showing much in the way of choices for a vegetarian.

Mid-price range, Hillcrest, Bankers Hill, North/South Park, Downtown, probably not La Jolla and points north. Major kudos if anyone comes up with an East County rec that isn't Terra or Gingham. Most of the usual suspects are in the "been there/done that" category. Looking for something new and different. Leaning towards Starlight right now, although it was rather underwhelming the last time I ate there.

  1. honkman Mar 25, 2012 08:04 PM

    Urban Solace, Linkery, Alchemy ? All three have good vegetarian options

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      DiningDiva Mar 25, 2012 10:02 PM

      We've been to all 3 multiple times

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        honkman Mar 26, 2012 10:39 AM

        Cucina Urbana and JSix are two other good options

    2. Dagney Mar 26, 2012 12:51 AM

      Hmmm...Sea Rocket? There is a new Mediterranean place on Main in El Cajon called Mezza. I have not been there but it looks like they are trying to be slightly higher end.

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        Cathy Mar 26, 2012 04:59 AM

        Sultan http://www.sultanbaklava.com/menu.htm and Ali Baba www.alibabahalal.com both have a selection of tasty vegetarian options.

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          karaethon Mar 26, 2012 10:29 AM

          Just how "new and different" are you willing to go - would Muzita work or is it too exotic?

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            sandiegomike Mar 26, 2012 12:26 PM

            Second to The Linkery, always good vegetable selections. You didn't say what you're spec was on ambiance but Tender Greens in Liberty Station is A+ on organic, locavore ingredients with excellent vegetarian options. In addition to the steak, chicken, and tuna entrees they have a rotating dinner special every evening with their "Meatless Monday" special being vegetarian. An improved wine section in recent months and excellent desserts.

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              4wino Mar 26, 2012 12:38 PM

              DD, in East County you have Antica. Otherwise I would second Starlite. Was there yesterday and had the Mexican fish stew...major yum and only $6!!!!!

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                SunandTea Mar 26, 2012 03:21 PM

                I second Muzita, or even next door--Soltan Banoo. Great Persian, and most entrees offer Tofu as an option. I love their goat cheese salad. Both restaurants offer veg and non-veg for a mixed group. Have fun :)

                1. Rodzilla Mar 26, 2012 08:04 PM

                  what's the date? Eclipse Chocolat puts on dinners about once a month: Here is the next one http://eclipsechocolat.com/uncategori...

                  Gajin is new and has a few veg options.

                  1. DiningDiva Mar 26, 2012 08:44 PM

                    Thank you all. Looks like it'll be Alchemy

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                      littlestevie Mar 27, 2012 10:46 AM

                      Went last Saturday evening, really enjoyed it, but the place got super noisy as it got filled up. There was a special south park event so that may have contributed to these noise level. My SIL is a vegetarian and she left satisfied.

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                        DiningDiva Mar 27, 2012 11:55 AM

                        Thanks, appreciate that feedback. I sent my friends the menu and they said there were enough options for the vegetarian to be satisfied.

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