Reviews written by CHB
Registered on Apr 21 07
Ananda Fuara is a truly funky, "only in SF" restaurant. The weird culty thing is kind of creepy, but also amusing. I love the video of the guy lifting all those weights. Wish I were that strong just because I eat my vegetables!
The food has a "down home" feel that is refreshing after the upscale veg places and is perfect for a simple lunch. I think the best option is the baked potato topped with steamed veg and a bowl of dal on the side (I pour it over the top). My husband loves the lentil loaf with mashed potatoes. I do, too, but it isn't vegan. The desserts are ho-hum so I usually pass.
Freshly baked bread in my own neighborhood -- what could be better? Many of the offerings do include dairy, but enough are vegan to make it worthwhile for all.
I've been twice, and the food is excellent! I know one gets what one pays for -- and the price reflects the quality, meaning it's high! Ordering only one or two dishes at a time is better than putting together a multi-course meal only to find yourself way too full and the bill way too shocking.
The blenders make the restaurant really noisy, and I could do without the odd menu naming system, but whatever. This is a San Francisco raw foods restaurant, after all.
A basic Chinese restaurant, but veg-only which makes it worthwhile. My husband loves it; I prefer Shangri-la. Has a nice ambience. The "in the neighborhood" location is a nice change.
I love Greens even though it isn't vegan friendly, which is a shame for such a vegetarian icon. My husband and I always take out-of-town guest there, and also go for birthdays and other special occasions. The view cannot be beat, and the food is fab if one is willing to go lacto-ovo or put up with the few vegan options. (Although they say they will make items vegan, I have not had much luck with them actually being willing to do it, even with advance notice.)
Herbivore is where I go when I want a basic veg meal plus some of my favorite vegan German chocolate cake. The menu is so varied that people with different tastes can all find something to suit. Sometimes I have the Mex style, sometimes Italian, sometimes one of the "burgers". My husband likes the Asian stuff. The salads are iffy, but the soups often are excellent, and then there is that cake . . .
In nice weather, the patio is great!
"Excellent" isn't a high enough rating. MM makes the world's best vegan ice creams. I am thrilled they are marketing in local natural food stores and only wish I could get more flavors. My fave is chocolate cardamom. Actually, chocolate anything, including the brownie sundae. The compostable containers at the shop are a nice touch.
My only wish is that they were closer to my home and had a nicer sitting area. My friends don't like to go there, so we end up at Polyann's, which is great, but not vegan. Maggie's rocks!!!
Other Avenues is one of two remaining SF co-ops (the other is Rainbow). OA is a friendly neighborhood store with a very good selection of organic produce and natural foods items. The emphasis is on affordable, healthy, local, and eco-friendly. The store is clean and well-cared for by a small staff and volunteers. This is one of the places where the "real" San Franciscan vegetarians shop!
When I need to do a "big shopping" or find a specialty item not available at Other Avenues (the smaller co-op near my home), I go to Rainbow. This is a fabulous natural food store and a mecca for vegetarians. Think Whole Foods, but a co-op rather than a corporate-op. The bulk section alone makes it worth the trip.
A good place to go for a quick, light lunch. I like the tomato soup (not vegan).
Shangri-La is the best vegetarian (Buddhist) Chinese restaurant I have ever been to: cheap, tasty, inventive, and authentic (they are associated with a local Buddhist monastery -- monks often are in the restaurant at lunch time).
They used to have only a few "fake meat" items, but caved a few years ago. I prefer the original menu items. Try the cold tofu and hot cucumber appetizers. The hot-and-sour soup can't be beat. My favorite main dishes are hot-sauce broccoli, hot-sauce eggplant, and vegetables with gluten. Sweet-and-sour walnuts are a fabulous addition if you are getting a mix of items. If you are visiting SF, this is a "must try" restaurant.
Not much for vegans, but OMG do they make good cookies!
Whole Foods is Whole Foods, which is good (you know what you're getting, it beats most grocery stores for veg selections, and the deli admittedly is great), but also is not so good (they have become too corporate).
I started avoiding WF when they deliberately ran the downtown Pacific Grove co-op out of business -- bought 'em out and shut 'em down in favor of their own store in the mall by the freeway. Now I only use WF when the only alternative is another corporate chain with fewer options.