I’ve come a long way since the days when a restaurant meal meant grilled cheese sandwiches and iceberg salads with ranch dressing.
Once, in France, a waitress told me that if I didn’t eat meat then I could eat sh*t. She was lovely.
Here are a few of my favorite (not all vegetarian, but all have delicious vegetarian options):
Anna’s Taqueria – Locally owned and operated, Anna’s formula is simple: fresh ingredients, authentic recipes and expert assembly go into each and every one of their burritos, tacos, quesadillas and Mexican plates.
Stephanie’s on Newbury – “Sophisticated Comfort Food” in a relaxed and inviting atmosphere. Amazing salads. The pecan crusted warm goat cheese is my all-time favorite. Great people watching on the patio.
The Chicago Diner – Meat free since ‘83. All vegetarian, mostly vegan menu.
Inn Season Café – A small dining room style vegetarian/vegan restaurant in Royal Oak with a great fresh, healthy, yummy menu.
J. Alexander’s – It might be a chain but they have my all time favorite veggie burger.
Kejara’s Bridge – A unique restaurant offering delicious, healthy breakfasts and lunches based on fresh, organic ingredients in Lake Leelanau.
Basic 4 Vegetarian Cafe – Located in Reading Terminal Market, Basic 4 cuisine shares classic American comfort foods typically unavailable to the health conscious. Take out. Yummy breakfast options!
*Go to the Mission and get a burrito. No one stands out. All good. Recommendations?
Gelateria Naia – Made by hand in small batches so it can always be enjoyed fresh. Only choice natural ingredients are used to ensure it is the finest-tasting gelato you will find. I’m not a sweets person, and I especially don’t care for ice cream, but I visit Naia regularly when in SF.
The Plant Cafe – Delicious, fresh wholesome dishes, freshly made juices, salads, sandwiches, soups, entrees and desserts…all organic and at affordable prices.
The Slanted Door – A modern Vietnamese restaurant that showcases the abundance of produce as well as ecologically farmed meat, game and poultry found at farms around the San Francisco Bay Area.
Amsterdam Falafelshop – Serves falafels that you top yourself from our wide variety of garnishes, and twice-cooked Dutch-style fries. Simply delicious!
Rasika – A modern Indian restaurant. Best dal in the universe (or at least on the East Coast).
Restaurant Nora – America’s first certified organic restaurant. Seasonal, fresh organic food, prepared in a healthy, balanced way.
Sweetgreen – Delicious, all-natural salads and refreshing frozen yogurts, with local, farm-fresh ingredients.