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Veg Out: The Bay Area's Best Vegan Restaurants

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Thinking about a vegan cleanse or a full-on plant-based conversion? The Bay Area's bountiful veg-based dining destinations mean you don't need to breakup with Postmates just because you're committing to vegetables.

From raw bowls in the Inner Richmond to hearty Mexican in the heart of the Mission, the range of local vegan options has you covered, from cleanse-friendly to comfort classics, even during the coronavirus pandemic.


Vegan Mob

The newest-comer to the Bay Area's vegan best list is Vegan Mob, and this Oakland-based Black-owned eatery can also claim the heartiest dose of buzz. Opened in late 2019, the walkup vegan barbecue and soul food spot is said to already be eyeing expansion in San Francisco; until then, you can order their fully loaded nachos, fries, Impossible tacos, and barbequito online for pickup. // 500 Lake Park Ave. (Oakland), veganmob.biz

Timeless Coffee

Entirely vegan Timeless Coffee pairs a rotating selection of sweet and savory eats with fresh coffee in an inviting setting. Cure the Sunday scaries with croissants and gluten-free carrot walnut tea cake, or go more substantial with quiche, empanadas, and fritata. // 2965 College Ave. (Berkeley) and 4252 Piedmont Ave. (Oakland), both locations are open for takeout; timelesscoffee.com

Donut Farm

You've undoubtedly treated yourself to a donut or two from their Ferry Building kiosk, but while that location is closed, Donut Farm's casual Oakland kitchen is offering takeout and delivery of its top-shelf vegan donuts, coffee, and tea. You can also pick up organic flour, yeast, and more staples for baking at home. // 6037 San Pablo (Oakland), vegandonut.farm.

Gracias Madre

This Mission eatery's fried cauliflower (with cashew-based queso and a side of fresh AF guac) paired with warm tortillas is the ultimate margarita pairing for vegan taco Tuesdays. Speaking of margs, all drinks here are soju-based for more sipping and less buzzing. Gracias Madre is open for takeout and delivery via Caviar, GrubHub, and DoorDash. // 2211 Mission St. (Mission), gracias-madre.com

Shizen

This gorgeous restaurant uses vegetables in place of fish so artfully, you'll do a double take at both their specialty rolls and traditional-looking nigiri. On chillier days, order a companion bowl of miso soup as well as gyoza and sunomono salad. // For takeout orders, call 415-678-5767; 370 14th St. (Mission), shizensf.com

Cha-Ya

Cha-Ya is beloved for its veggie-filled Japanese dishes like soups, sushi, and salads that won't break the bank. Tuck into a piping hot boiled gyoza and vegetable hot pot. During the pandemic, the restaurant is accepting phone orders for stir fry and hot pot meal kits; order by Sunday night for free delivery in SF on Tuesdays. // Call 415-252-7825; 762 Valencia St. (Mission), facebook.com

Indochine Vegan

For those days when you want a meal that falls somewhere between raw, superfood bowl, and chili cheese fries, Indochine doesn't disappoint. This Valencia Street vegan restaurant has a lengthy menu of healthyish Asian dishes ranging from spring rolls to Szechuan green beans and tofu to spicy sushi rolls. // Order online at menupages.com; 509 Valencia St. (Mission), indochinevegan.com

Nourish Cafe

Inner Richmond locals know all about Nourish Cafe and their massive plant-based bowls, salads, and sweet treats. This vegan joint is an easy pick for a healthy and mostly raw mid-week lunch or early dinner; try the signature Nourish bowl or bibimbap salad, now available for curbside pickup with online order at both locations. // 189 6th Ave. (Inner Richmond) and 1030 Hyde St. (Nob Hill), nourishcafesf.com/order

Judahlicious

Vegan beach bums flock to Judahlicious for healthy eats in a laid back, order-at-the-counter setting. Munch on heaping plates including the grilled veggie–filled, walnut parmesan–topped Nekked burrito and raw Dahnu wrap stuffed with almond pâté, and of course Judahlicious's signature "jungle-style" raw açaí bowl. In true plant-based fashion, Judahlicious relies on organic produce and works towards zero waste. Order online at clover.com. // 2906 Judah St. (Outer Sunset), judahlicious.com

Project Juice

Juices, açaí bowls, and a rotating soup of the day are the options at the Hayes Valley and Castro outposts of the Bay Area's mini juice empire, which also has juice-and-smoothie-only bars around the Bay Area. Grab-and-go smoothies like the Mint Chip Shake and Chocolate Protein are divine, while a variety of superfood and breakfast bowls are reason to wait it out for one of two outdoor tables. // While SF's Mid-Market and FiDi locations are closed, most Bay Area Project Juice locations are open for contactless pickup and delivery; projectjuice.com


Butcher's Son and The King's Feet

If you think vegan food is all açaí bowls and spiralized zucchini, try the #thisismyaddiction breakfast dish (the ultimate vegan calorie bomb) at the East Bay's vegan deli. Butcher's Son makes all its "meats" and "cheeses" in house to serve up plant-based takes on deli classics as well as out-of-this-world pastries. New sister restaurant The King's Feet specializes in 100-percent plant-based Italian fare including pizzas, fried "calamari," and Beyond Beef Bolognese. Both restaurants are open for takeout and delivery. // 1941 University Ave. (Berkeley, thebutchersveganson.com; 1401 University Ave. (Berkeley), thekingsfeet.com

CyBelle's Front Room

Expect carb-centric, drool-worthy vegan eats at this unassuming pizza—plus everything else—joint. Though it's not entirely vegan, they offer a multipage plant-based menu of decadent dishes. Munch on mac 'n' cheese–topped monster pizza slices, Impossible burger loaded fries, and inject hot pink Unicorn Beignets with salted caramel sauce before going into a food coma. // Call 415-665-8088 for pickup and delivery;1385 9th Ave. (Inner Sunset), cybellesfrontroom.com

Souley Vegan

In need of a plant-based comfort food fix in the East Bay? Souley Vegan is the place for cruelty-free takes on Southern classics like vegan mac 'n' cheese and fried tofu. The restaurant is an easy go-to for dinner, and is available for delivery via Caviar, GrubHub, and DoorDash. // 301 Broadway St. (Oakland), souleyvegan.com

Next Level Burger

Appropriately housed at the base of Whole Foods, Oregon transplant Next Level Burger serves up a range of patties, including mushroom and quinoa, Beyond burger, and crispy chik'n, topped with decadent sauces and organic veggies, alongside hot dogs and fries. Don't forget to treat yourself to one of their 14 soy- or coconut-based milkshakes. Order for pickup via toasttab.com. // 450 Rhode Island St. (Potrero Hill), nextlevelburger.com.

Veggie Grill

It's a rare vegan who doesn't swear by Veggie Grill's fast-casual vegan magic. And while lucky Marin and East Bay residents have their own in Corte Madera and Walnut Creek, a schlep from SF is worth it for a fix of their buffalo wings, crispy cauliflower, and seasonal entree specials. // Multiple locations are open for takeout and delivery via most major apps; veggiegrill.com

Millenium

Ask any Bay Area vegan for the ultimate date-night spot and they will all agree: Millennium. In 2015, this SF special occasion vegan institution moved across the Bay Bridge to Oakland, but of course the dining room is currently closed due to Covid-19. Menu highlights include heirloom tomato and melon caprese salad; beer-battered fried green tomatoes; coconut-glazed tempeh; tres leches cake; and an assortment of wines and cocktails including a fresh strawberry-basil margarita. Order takeout via toasttab.com and delivery at grubhub.com. // 5912 College Ave. (Oakland), millenniumrestaurant.com

Wholesome Bakery

This entirely gluten-free and plant-based bakery serves up beautiful sweet treats including brownies, layer cakes, and cookie sandwiches so good you'd have no idea they're not the real deal. Not in the mood to indulge? The sunny shop also offers up savory snacks like pizza hand pies and quiche, and a seasonal harvest menu with healthy toasts and salads. Order for local delivery via Postmates, or get those tasty loaves and treats for shipping nationwide. // 299 Divisadero St. (Lower Haight), wholesome-bakery.myshopify.com

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