Cheap vegan restos in SF?
My hubby and I are going to San Francisco in September. We are trying to eat as reasonably cheap as possible. Our hotel doesn't have breakfast so we need to find some really cheap places to eat breakfast, as well as lunch and dinner. I know food is expensive in SF so does anyone have any recommendations of good, reasonably priced places to eat? Also, is the Whole Foods a good idea in terms of getting a cheap meal from their to-go area? Thanks in advance!
ditto to herbivore. the neighborhood it's in has gotten kind of yuppied out in the past few months, but herbivore is still rad.
herbivore is awesome and decently priced. my favorite veggie places to eat are a little pricier, but not too bad.
if you want a great veggie burrito: Taqueria Cancun on 19th & Mission. order without cheese andsour cream. the fresh chunks of avocado are unmatched! It is easily the best burrito I have ever eaten... and it's easy on the wallet.
Thank you mdvegan, lime green, and secondbase - I appreciate your replies! Do you have any comments or opinions on any of the following places: Cafe Gratitude, Lucky Creation, Alive!, Golden Era, Cafe Cole, Assab Eritrean, Mekong, Feel Real Organic Vegan Cafe, Enjoy Vegetarian Restaurant, New Ganges Restaurant, or Panhandle Pizza (whew - sorry! - I've been researching on the net!) I will feel so much more relaxed if I have some resto recommendations ahead of time. Thanks again!!
cafe gratitude is fabulous. very chill/hippie-ish vibe there and the desserts are TO DIE FOR (try the raw key lime pie!). I can't say that I've been to any of the rest of them.
I don't know what you consider "cheap" but I usually end up spending about $25 there after tax and tip. (for just myself)
I went to Lucky Creation in Chinatown about 5 years ago and I loved it. I was with a native of Taiwan, so she helped me select some good dishes. I think we went there twice during our stay in SF. I remember having some Chow Fun and something with baby bok choy. They had a lot of faux meats, but I didn't try any of those. I can't remember the prices, but I don't recall it being expensive.
If you go to herbivore, you should definitely try their shawarma wrap (so yumm) and their roasted beet salad (out of this world!). Cafe Gratitude has an awesome live pizza and their warm grain bowls (I like the hemp pesto) are really good....Desserts are really yum too....I'm getting hungry!! You should also go to Maggie Mudd's for ice cream! And maybe go to the Stinking Rose (bagna colata is awesome), but I looove garlic so that's just me. Have fun!
Lucky Creation is excellent, but it can be a little tricky to find. I lived nearby and walked past it several times before I realized it was a vegan restaurant.
Golden Era is great, especially the Gourmet Chicken (or something like that). If you want to save money, but still have a full meal experience, eat dinner at Golden Era and walk to Millenium for dessert!
You guys ROCK, thank you SO much for all of your kind suggestions!! I feel so much better now that I have several places to try. Thanks again!! :)
Not a restaurant, but make sure you check out the Ferry Plaza Farmer's Market. There are cheaper places to get good produce (Chinatown, Alameda farmer's market, etc) but you can't beat the experience. http://www.ferrybuildingmarketplace.com/farmers_market.php
I just checked out Herbivore's menu online and OMG it sounds FABOO!! :D I will definitely try the shawarma wrap Beans and Greens, it sounds terrific!! And by cheap, Secondbase, I mean reasonable-for-vegan-food cheap. I looked at Millennium and Greens but they sounded too pricey to me. Herbivore sounded reasonable, on the other hand. I'll check out the Taqueira Cancun too, thanks for the suggestion! I'll be there for 4 nights so I'm going to try several different places.
If you go to the Ferry Building, you can eat at Mijita- a little Mexican restaurant-- and get any veg item without cheese. I can get lunch there for about $6.
If you're downtown near the Opera House (Civic Center area), try Ananda Fuara on Market and 8th. They are all vegetarian and most items can be vegan if you request it. They have kind of odd hours, but a very diverse menu. Prices are reasonable.
Also, if you are willing to travel to Berkeley in the East Bay, there are more fabulous options. Within walking distance of the North Berkeley BART station are three of my vegan favorites:
Taqueria Montecristo--several vegan options, super cheap
Your Place Thai Cuisine--huge vegan menu and the staff is always happy to customize your order--dinner for two is about $18
Fellini--Italian restaurant with lots of vegan pasta and pizza; also a vegan brunch on the weekends.
Also, check out this list I recently discovered that's chock full of information about vegan places in the Bay Area.
THIS is fabulous - what a great resource! Thanks so much!