My two visits to San Francisco this past summer were unfortunate only in that they did not number more. The brief days I spent there were like eating two potato chips and then being forced to stop. So tasty, so sad.
The City by the Bay is a delicious destination for the seeker of vegan edibles, with plentiful options for any mood, craving, and budget. It was my first time seeking out animal-free meals and the options were blissfully overwhelming. Here’s just a taste of my favorites.
A random shot from Haight St.
Peasant Pies on Irving. The several vegan options are clearly marked, and $6 gets you two tasty handheld pies after a few minutes’ wait. My favorite was the black bean and tofu (oh so tasty, reminded me of a barbecue-pork bao bun, but better) while my boyfriend favored the curried potato. Strybing Arboretum at Golden Gate Park is a few blocks away and makes a lovely place to walk off lunch.
I’ll admit I didn’t think raw foods went much beyond salads, zucchini pasta and date brownies before having supper at Café Gratitude on Harrison and 20th St. My own meal consisted of a raw cheeseburger (with a really good salad) and the most sweet and divine tiramisu with chocolate ice cream, plus I had a few bites of my boyfriend’s raw pizza and key lime pie. I would swear they used real cheese in that pizza, and the coconut-laced key lime pie was so rich and smooth it was depraved.
I’ve eaten at the Millennium Restaurant three times, and I can say for certain that the three best meals of my life have been at the Millennium Restaurant. Maybe I just don’t get out enough. If you ever have the opportunity, do yourself a favor and dine here. You can dress up or walk in off the street in jeans and sneakers. If you don’t have a reservation, they can probably seat you at the bar (same menu) or get you a table on a weeknight. You’ll spend about $24 for your entrée and $9 for dessert (you will want dessert), and it will be so worth it. When I die, I want to be laid to rest in a coffin of lobster mushroom risotto. Then I will come back to life and eat it, for that is my idea of heaven.
To get in the know about the best vegan eats in SF, check out these blogs of native San Franciscan vegans: