The Best Vegetarian Food in San Francisco, Part II

Today Vibrant Wellness Journal features another guest post from our friend Danielle. D is a long-time San Francisco girl and is lucky enough to work at one of the leading restaurants for vegetarian cuisine in SF, Greens. Danielle has compiled an extensive list of the best vegetarian food in San Francisco– so many listings, in fact, that we have to create TWO posts (click here for yesterday’s list of foods from the Mission District)! Let us know if any of your favorite places are missing!

More San Francisco restaurants to love:
If you find yourself in the East Bay, you can’t leave without paying Souley Vegan a visit. In fact, this place is so good it’s worth the trip across the Bay just for a meal, and many would be proud to admit they do it. Souley Vegan offers a completely vegan soul food menu, but your vegan-weary friends won’t say a word once they try the Portobello Sandwich (um, breaded and deep-fried portobello? What’s not to love?). Get the sampler platter to give everything a try – the collard greens, sweet yams, and mac and cheese will knock your socks off – whether you’re a vegan or not. The line can be long here, and the food takes time, but enjoy the peanuts and funky soul music while you wait. Check out Beer Revolution’s outdoor patio and incredibly overwhelming beer selection next door after your meal, if you can manage a beer after stuffing yourself silly with vegan soul food, that is.

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Encuentro (Oakland): Another Oakland veg-wonder is a brain child of Millennium’s Eric Tucker. Found in Jack London Square, this restaurant offers vegetarian, organic, local dishes that never fail to impress. The simple, bare-bones, yet elegant interior provides a comfortable ambiance in which to dine. The wine selection is quite impressive and they always offer a VEGAN cheese plate – (whaaa?)!

Millennium (Lower Nob Hill) (Editor’s Note: Millennium has since moved to the East Bay, but they are still serving up awesome vegan foods: For those fancy-shamancy special occasion nights (or any night you feel like splurging). Millenium ofers an all-vegan gourmet menu from Chef Eric Tucker featuring incredibly creative dishes with influences from around the world. The flavors and presentation are exquisite and it’s worth every penny!

The Plant (several SF locations; best ambiance is at Pier 3): Best. Veggie burger. Ever. along with excellent sides, and at least a few vegan options at all their locations

Greens (Marina): great for the visiting family and large groups; sweeping views of the Marina, Golden Gate bridge, and Marin headlands; extensive wine list (300+ wines!); seasonal, local, organic vegetarian fare.
New Eritrea (Inner Sunset): The veggie platter is out of this world; the staff is always incredibly friendly, and the vibe is great inside.

Herbivore (three Bay Area locations): HUGE, overwhelming, all-vegan menu; this place has everything from sandwiches to great brunch to Asian dishes to delectable desserts…

Source (Design District): Another huge menu, mostly vegan, but all vegetarian; brick-oven pizzas, homemade desserts, faux meat dishes.

Golden Era (Lower Nob Hill): extensive menu; all veggie pan-Asian cuisine; the lemon “chicken” will knock your socks off!

Judahlicious (Outer Sunset): some raw and vegan; smoothies, savory, vegan/GF waffles – really good, but don’t bring your meat-and-potatoes-friends here.

Pakwan (Mission): cheap, satisfying Pakistani food; BYOB!; perfect place for a pre-pub crawl meal.

Cha Cha Cha (Mission/Upper Haight): Cuban tapas; omnivore-friendly; try the mushrooms – hold the butter! – and the fried plantains; great for large groups.

Smart Alec’s (Berkeley): vegan brownies, soups, salads, sandwiches – a great spot for a casual lunch on Telegraph Street.

Boogaloos (Mission): killer brunch veg choices; omnivore-friendly.

Cha Ya (Mission): all-vegan sushi; points lost for ambiance and slightly high prices, but it’s tasty!

The Pizza Place (Outer Sunset): Awesome vegan pesto! Great salads, beer, a patio, and only steps from Ocean Beach.

Patxi’s (several SF locations): super yummy vegan pizza option, but the lose some points for disappointing salad selection.

Lane Splitter (Berkeley): several vegan entrees to choose from, all using their signature “Notta Ricotta” cheese

Bay Bridge image from SF Weekly; Souley Vegan image from here.

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