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Mar 29, 2012 06:27 PM

Vegan-ish friendly in SF?

I'm mostly vegan (for health reasons) going to be in town with my omnivore daughter the first week in June, and I'm trying to put together an eating itinerary. We'll definitely do Millennium, because I've never eaten in a fine-dining vegan restaurant, and am curious. Probably try Aziza, too. I might succumb to a few bites of sand dabs at Taddich, and will meet up with a few hounds for dim sum, which will definitely have some meat elements. Other than these lapses, I'd love suggestions for places that do creative things with veggies, without a ton of cheese, egg, cream, etc.

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    1. re: Cynsa

      Thank you for your response, but I'm not really looking for strictly vegan restaurants, since I'll be dining with an omnivore. Rather, I'm looking for mainstream fine-dining places that would be willing to accommodate a vegan-ish diner.

      1. re: pikawicca


        Local hounds won't steer you wrong but just as an fyi...easy to avoid "meat elements" for dim sum at Yank Sing.

        1. re: ceekskat

          Thank you so much for this rec, don't know why I didn't think of it. I have the cookbook and it is wonderful.

          1. re: ceekskat

            Second on Yank Sing, I went there with a vegetarian and didn't really miss the meat. Pretty much ensures you won't get a steep tab, too.

          2. re: pikawicca

            Believe it or not, I'm going to suggest Epic Steakhouse. They do a roasted vegetable plate that is actually pretty awesome, according to a vegan friend who has been there several times with his steak-loving girlfriend. Very spendy, but definitely mainstream fine-dining nice and very accommodating to a vegan diner.

            I thought it was weird that he was craving a dish from a steakhouse, but when he described it, I started wanting it too.

            1. re: choctastic

              The vegetable sides at Epic are excellent and $9 for huge portions.


              1. re: Robert Lauriston

                They actually created a whole new dish for him. I'm not sure it's on the menu, because he said they did it specially for him. He said that it was $18, IIRC. I think one time they drizzled truffle oil on the veggies (passe, I know, but can still be good if done right). He said that the kitchen was really sweet and really interested in creating this dish for him. I guess they don't get a lot of vegans

          1. re: Robert Lauriston

            I was thinking AQ as well. The veggie dishes there are excellent, and it seems like the kind of place that could do something special if you asked. One of the current entrees seems to be vegan: KOHLRABI “BOURGUIGNON”, young roots, horseradish, star anise & red wine.

          2. Millennium: the tempeh, oh that was so good. I hate tempeh, but this was tempeh made with lots of love, or something. Came with all these roasted vegetables. I just loved that dish. Millennium's dessert weren't as thrilling to me, especially for the price. Too heavy and loaded with coconut oil in the frosting of the carrot cake, which didn't btw taste much like carrot and was the size of my pinky. I did like their wine flight, the awesome service and the fried oyster mushrooms (which might still be in season).

            This is a little off-topic, but I love bringing meateaters to Loving Hut. They have great lunch specials, and I love how they swap brown rice for white for free. But what I love most of all are the cake slices. German chocolate cake, regular chocolate cake and the carrot cake, all $3.50 a slice, are the ones I've had. All were great, way better than Millennium's versions, which had really disappointed me, especially for the price. I brought Loving Hut cake slices home and my friends went wild. They were astounded that it was all vegan. I also had LH's banana split. They use Double Rainbow's vegan line of ice creams and I liked the cherry chip and the mocha fudge, not so much the vanilla. No vegan whipped cream like at Maggie Moos, but still good.

            Loving Hut has great vegetable/tofu dishes that also wowed my meateater friends. Love this place.

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            1. re: choctastic

              Loving Hut: easily the worst food I've had in the last decade. Just nasty.

                1. re: poot

                  Which Loving Hut? There are three in SF. I've heard that the food varies from location to location.

              1. Just checked out the re-opened/renamed Dante's Weird Fish tonight and all the vegan favorites are back and all the food was good. we got the buffalo girls, fried seitan and the vegan chocolate cake and then two fish dishes, the stealhead with tomato confit and the fish and chips.

                There are lots vegan choices on the menu and the prices are very reasonable.

                1. I've always found things to eat at Absinthe and Jardineire.