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Help! In town for 5 days, A Vegetarian Foodie - not an oxymoron;)

teekays Jul 16, 2012 03:01 PM

I'll be in San Diego for a conference in August and would like to get recommendations for vegetarian food in SD (cheese, egg are OK).

Breakfast places, brunches, lunches, dinners. I don't paying $$ for really good food. Please recommend any place that you think is worth a visit.

I'll be near convention center and staying close to gas lamp area and will have a car to visit some tourist sites. Thanks a lot for your help.

My search dug up some dated articles from ~ 2years ago, I know things change, so please help me!!

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  1. Beach Chick RE: teekays Jul 16, 2012 04:35 PM

    Tender Greens
    Wet Stone wine bar
    Bice..great cheese plate course
    Basic for some of the best pizza
    Cheese Shop
    Bencotta in Little Italy
    Jsix at the Hotel Solamar
    Sea Rocket Bistro has a 3 course veg meal..check the day
    George's at the Cove ocean terrace in La Jolla

    Almost anywhere in SD has options to eat without meat..
    SD has some of the best taco shops...killer bean and cheese burritos with guac...cheese quesadilla with guacamole..breakfast burrito with scrambled egg, avo, cheese, pot, salsa..


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      bizzwriter RE: Beach Chick Jul 16, 2012 05:54 PM

      Just watch out for the manteca in those frijoles -- oh so good, but oh so mammalian!

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        teekays RE: Beach Chick Jul 19, 2012 03:34 PM

        Thanks a bunch for the long list!! Hungry for some good mexican food (tamales, tacos or even good burrittos), do you recommend any that you frequent? May be Pokez is the one from your list?

      2. Dagney RE: teekays Jul 16, 2012 07:05 PM

        Salad Style, 900 F Street in downtown.
        Yakitori Yakyudori
        I think Jayne's Gastropub has a few vegetarian items.

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          teekays RE: Dagney Jul 19, 2012 03:28 PM

          I always pass by ramen places while I'm in Japan and Taiwan, I love the smell but they are rarely vegetarian friendly in Asia., but what's vegetarian here in SD? Is the broth they serve a pure vegetarian one? I'll definitely try. Thanks for the recommendation!!

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            honkman RE: teekays Jul 19, 2012 04:10 PM

            Not sure if I would call YY the best place for a vegetarian

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              Dagney RE: honkman Jul 21, 2012 10:21 AM

              I was thinking about the vegetable ramen.

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                honkman RE: Dagney Jul 21, 2012 02:33 PM

                It's one of their few vegetarian options and at least for me one of their weaker ramen options.

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                Cathy RE: honkman Jul 21, 2012 11:13 AM

                Vegetable ramen. Has vegetable broth and topped with vegetables- even lettuce.

          2. ipsedixit RE: teekays Jul 16, 2012 09:26 PM

            Urban India.


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              JadyS RE: teekays Jul 17, 2012 05:43 PM

              Sipz Fusion Cafe in Clairemont and Loving Hut in University Heights are amazing Vegetarian restaurants.


              1. jmtreg RE: teekays Jul 18, 2012 09:25 AM

                Both Alchemy and El Take It Easy have vegetarian farm nights highlighting the produce from Suzie's farm on Wednesdays.

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                  fizzy RE: teekays Jul 18, 2012 01:26 PM

                  This might be a little out of the way, but there's a Lebanese place near SDSU called Alforon with some amazing food that's *very* veggie-friendly. We went there recently with a vegan friend who actually found he had a lot of options here. I especially loved the falafel + tabouli salad, but their flatbreads and other dishes are really good also. >> http://www.alforon.com

                  We also have some good farms in the area -- and some restaurants that try to focus on using local produce. You might have some luck finding good veggie options at these locations, but you should check out their online menus before going.

                  Some of my favorites from this list >> http://sandiegoroots.org/restaurants....
                  * linkery
                  * el take it easy
                  * nine-ten
                  * sea rocket bistro
                  * kensington grill
                  * ritual tavern
                  * cucina urbana
                  * alchemy
                  * farmhouse cafe
                  * blind lady alehouse - also tiger! tiger!

                  If you're into really decadent sweets :) the brunch at Urban Solace has a pretty amazing cinnamon roll. There's usually some meat component in their other brunch dishes, but they do have a few that are more just eggs + bready stuff.

                  Also, there are a ton of really good Mexican places in the area also that might have good options for you -- cheese, beans, nopales, huitlacoche, etc.

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                    Dagney RE: fizzy Jul 18, 2012 09:26 PM

                    Second Alforon. Samira, one of the owners, is incredibly warm and welcoming. The food is excellent.

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                      teekays RE: fizzy Jul 19, 2012 03:37 PM

                      Super list!! Thanks a lot! Seems like I need to rent a car! Will definitely try to fit alforon, their menu is very good and too many good reviews!!

                    2. phee RE: teekays Jul 18, 2012 09:18 PM

                      True Food Kitchen in Fashion Valley would be an option to consider. They're fairly new, and friends went last week. They said that the food was quite good, but service still has some kinks to work out.


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