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Clean, Healthy, Affordable & Delicious in the East Bay?!?

slebenkoff Sep 1, 2013 03:19 PM

I'm a gluten-free, dairy-free foodie who enjoys light, fresh, nutritious, tasty food. I'm also on a budget and will rarely spend more than $8 - $12 for a meal. I love Japanese, Thai, and Vietnamese cuisine because of the delicate balance of flavors, and because there are so many light, fresh, and gf/df menu options. I'm always on the lookout for other spots that suit my dietary needs, budget, and palate. Some of my favorites so far are Kirala 2 (in the Epicurian Garden), Sushi California, Sabuy Sabuy on San Pablo. I also like Herbivore -- where else in the Bay Area can you get a healthy, fresh, generously-sized meal for $10? Also been meaning to try the Juice Bar Collective in North Berkeley and Ike's in downtown Oakland. Other suggestions?

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  1. Robert Lauriston RE: slebenkoff Sep 1, 2013 05:14 PM

    Potala, Cha Ya

    Ike's is vegan-friendly?

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    1. re: Robert Lauriston
      Melanie Wong RE: Robert Lauriston Sep 1, 2013 05:22 PM

      Yes, Ike's has several vegan choices. And while I'm not an Ike's fan, the vegan sandwiches (e.g., vegan "meat" balls) I've had there were comparatively better than the meated ones. Maybe because I hate the cheap-tasting cold cuts at Ike's, and avoiding them is an improvement.

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      dcfb RE: slebenkoff Sep 1, 2013 06:01 PM

      I'd look at Pepples, also a doughnut place, on San Pablo near the Oakland/Berkeley border. It's small but vegan and we liked it.

      A definite must for me is Shangri-La at 4001 Linden in Oakland. I always leave here satisfied and having enjoyed the flavors though they can run on the mild/quiet side. You pretty much order a plate of vegan food by the portion size - not much choice, but it's good.

      I'd also check out Flaco's at 3031 Adeline. I'd order thoughtfully to avoid gluten -- not sure on that, but my meals there have been tasty and under $12

      Been looking at Ensarro with friends who are either vegan or gluten free. Haven't been yet, but it's been recommended to me about a dozen times now. They have GF injera.

      Also, Golden Lotus in DTO comes to mind. Good, not great, but all vegan if I remember right.

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      1. re: dcfb
        drewskiSF RE: dcfb Sep 1, 2013 06:20 PM

        Right by Flaco's is Easy Creole, 1761 Alcatraz.

        Their menu is 1/2 Meat & 1/2 Vegan (with the option to add dairy for those that can eat it)


        1. re: drewskiSF
          Robert Lauriston RE: drewskiSF Sep 2, 2013 11:03 AM

          Reports on Easy Creole haven't been encouraging:


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            dcfb RE: Robert Lauriston Sep 2, 2013 04:12 PM

            We went recently and were sad that the food didn't, to us, bear more of a resemblance to Creole food we are familiar with. I don't tend to say much about places I am not a fan of, but I felt like this place was a real let down. I'll post a bit on the actual thread - thanks for posting, Robert.

        2. re: dcfb
          Robert Lauriston RE: dcfb Sep 1, 2013 06:23 PM

          Potala is owned by the former chef of Shangri-La. Same style but the food's a bit better.

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          Kirk_T RE: slebenkoff Sep 2, 2013 10:56 AM

          Not east asian, but perhaps Bacheeso's could work. One in Berkeley, one in Oakland. The hot dishes on their buffet are not great, but there is quite a big spread of cold or room temperature vegetable selections that are decent.

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