Reviews written by Joe Morse
Registered on Apr 10 04
The dishes here can be made superbly hot, so if you appreciate Kung Pao, Henry's is your place. There are several vegetarian dishes, but I wish more of them included tofu.
I'm a lacto-ovo vegetarian, and I've been going to Jade Cafe for many years. They know me by name, and I don't even have to order anymore...they see me coming and they know what I want.
There's quite a bit to offer vegetarians here. I always get the Kung Pao Tofu (spicy, $5.95), but they have many other veggie-friendly dishes (try the sweet-and-sour tofu) and sides (the spring rolls here rule all others).
I've been to other asian places where a dish might appear to be vegetarian but is really not. How many times have we been told that a dish is vegetarian, only to find out that there was meat in the sauce? Some places like to use pork as a condiment. Jade Cafe is not like that: the staff is helpful, and will gladly respond to inquiries about a dish.
This place has been a local favorite for years, and with good reason. This past fall I even walked in one day to see a Matt Gonzalez for mayor sign in the window! That says "veggies welcome" to me!
I love the seitan cheesesteaks. They have several types (avocado, jalapeno, etc), all of which have thinly-sliced and seasoned seitan. These are great hot subs, which I heartily recommend to lacto-ovo veggies. The sides are generally good too, with garlic fries and fairly good fried mozzarella sticks. If you're in the mood to pig out, then Jay's is a good choice. The prices are a bit higher than a typical cheesesteak joint, but it's worth it.
Jay's has very good seitan sandwiches. I like to get mine with avocado (they give a generous portion) and jalapenos. They also have veg-friendly (if not vegan) sides like mozarella sticks and fries. Round that out with a bottle of Jarritos and you're set. Not the healthiest of food, but it satisfies that craving for a hoagie.
Very good Pakistani/Indian food in the northern Mission. Try the Paneer Tika Masala, the Saag Paneer, and the Samosas. Follow that up with the all-you-can-drink chai and some pre-packaged kheer and gulam jamun. Be sure to get some very fresh naan with your meal: it's some of the best in the city.
The most wonderful grocery store in San Francisco. The only meat in the place is in the organic pet foods they sell, so veggies and vegans can run wild. This worker-owned coop has the best bulk food section of any store I've seen in SF. Add to that a wonderful selection of cheeses, meat substitutes, and fair trade kitchen products, as well as some innovative munchies and a great bakery section. I get my staples here (it's two blocks from me), and sometimes supplement them at FoodCo (across the street).
Excellent coffee (they roast their own), wonderful pastries. The hipster scene is a little bit tiring, but the eats are good.
I worked at One Market Plaza for a few years, and ate regularly at the Soup Company. Some of the soups (like the Vegetarian Mexican Tortilla and corn chowder) were fairly good, and the vegetarian and non-dairy options are well-marked. But they lacked side dishes, and the soup is fairly expensive. Plus the chain's owners were "featured" in the Chronicle's series of articles attacking San Francisco's chain store legislation so I've been hesitant to give them my money of late. But if all you care about is a decent cup of soup, then by all means try it.
One of my all time favorite lunch places. There are several Specialtys cafes around the San Francisco Bay Area, and they generally share the same menu. They make a large assortment of bakery goods on-site, and also offer sandwiches and salads. My favorite sandwich is the #24 (four cheese). Get it on fresh sesame sourdough or pay a little extra and get it on a Jalapeno/cheddar cheesebread. The soups are excellent too.
I just tried this place for lunch, and found it incredibly vegetarian friendly with some options for vegans as well. The menu lists several vegetarian dishes (and they're explicitly labeled). I had the curry tofu and vegetables, which was very good, and a vegetarian spring roll (generous portions, tasted great). What a wonderful place for lunch or dinner. Not quite Tulan, but then again that's a high standard.
Whole Foods is an OK place for a quick lunch to bring back to the office, but it's not exactly a culinary treat...especially when compared to other places to eat in San Francisco. The store has an extensive array of prepared foods that are sold by the pound: salad bar, Indian dishes, asian food, mexican, and a host of other things. But many times the food comes up short of expectations. It's impossible to get a table at lunchtime too, so you pretty much have to bring whatever you buy back to your office.
I stopped in for lunch one day and had their tempeh and avocado hoagie. It was huge and very tasty. There were plenty of veggie options, not surprising for a place so close to the University of Kentucky.
Superb Thai dishes, with a plethora of vegetarian options. I stopped in for lunch last week, and was delighted by the appetizers (Thai Spring Rolls, fried tofu) and the entree (Cashew nut with Tofu).
I had the "Greek Salad" today (no anchovies, thankfully). It was not the best Greek I've had, but it did include a side of pita & hummus. There were several other veggie options. Not a bad place for lunch or breakfast.
I stopped in tonight and had superb Paneer Tikka Masala. If you can stand the heat, get it spicy. The sauce is unusually fresh, and the tomatoes come alive. A few peas add a nice touch (making it somewhat like Matter Paneer), and the paneer is firm and plentiful.
A cup of Chai Masala with Indian Food is mandatory for me, and Golden India's didn't dissappoint. It was like it should be: somewhat spicy, and you sweeten it to taste.
The Kheer was a bit milky, but some people like it that way, and it was a good dessert.
This place is very clean, in a nice neighborhood, with parking behind the building. The service was good as well. I got out of there for under $20 for one hungry person.
I had the lunch buffet during the week. This place is very busy during buffet hours, and the vegetarian buffet options were very good. The Mattar Paneer and Saag Paneer were very good (though not as good as I've had at other places). The wait staff were very friendly and prompt with things like water refills. A great lunch spot, especially with low prices for the buffet.
This place has a few vegetarian (but no vegan) options. It's not bad for quick Mexican food with a bar, but does not even come close to authentic.
Coming from San Francisco, I'm a bit spoiled when it comes to Vietnamese food (well, when it comes to food in general). I ate dinner at Saigon Le tonight, and I'm hooked. The curry tofu with Onion and Lemon Grass is superb, as are the large spring rolls. The food was fresh, and they start your meal by giving you a large glass of water (whereas other places give you a pathetically small glass and try to sell you a soft drink). Lots of well-marked vegetarian options...there's even a veggie section of the menu.
I stop here for lunch and dinner regularly. The fare is very similar to (but slightly less extensive than) Bhan Thai, and the quality is very good as well. They have the standard list of Thai specialties, all of which can be made with Tofu. I love the Cashew Nut dish. For dessert, try the fried ice cream, which features flaming rum, whipped cream, and a wonderful raspberry sauce.