Whether eating vegan or vegetarian is a dietary necessity or you're just craving good, wholesome animal-free food, these eateries around San Diego pack in the flavor.
Raw, vegan, gluten-free and organic food rules at Peace Pies. It's a must-stop spot nestled in Ocean Beach, with a menu loaded with pies, pizzas, salads, wraps, entrees and dessert. Order the tuna wrap or magical mango curry wrap.
4230 Voltaire St., Ocean Beach. (619) 223-2880 or peacepies.com
Sipz Vegetarian Fusion Café
At Sipz Fusion Café, all dishes are 100% vegetarian and most entrees and appetizers and all desserts are completely vegan. Asian dishes with vegetarian meat substitutes taste just like the real-deal, making this a restaurant that has found a way to serve the best food in the most health-conscious manner. Take a bite out of the Thai curry "chicken" in its creamy sauce or the kung pao "chicken" for a punchier taste.
Pokez Mexican Restaurant
While Pokez isn't entirely vegetarian, the downtown Mexican spot is able to turn most dishes into generously-portioned veg options. The chefs can sear up tofu for tofu fajitas, while grilling up other meats for your non-vegetarian friends to munch on alongside you.
947 E St., downtown. (619) 702-7160 or pokezrestaurant.com
Evolution Fast Food
This one-of-a-kind, drive-through fast food spot offers vegan options using fresh, local ingredients. Patrons love the portabella sandwich and the buffalo "chicken" sandwich. Burger patties are made from organic housemade tempeh or organic housemade black beans.
2965 5th Ave., Banker's Hill. (619) 550-1818 or evolutionfastfood.com
Loving Hut may be an international chain restaurant, but they still keep a very compassionate, personal touch on their all-vegan menu. Order up a noodle soup, like the spicy bun hue or the lucky lemongrass rice plate with veggie fillet, lemongrass, lettuce, cucumber, tomatoes, carrots and steamed rice.
1905 El Cajon Blvd., North Park or 9928 Mira Mesa Blvd., Mira Mesa. lovinghut.us
One of the coziest and most welcoming restaurants in San Diego, Muzita Abyssinian Bistro serves Ethiopian cuisine with ample vegetarian options. Presented on traditional injera that you eat without utensils, guests can order entrees such as Hamli (braised spinach and collard greens), or Kantisha Kilwa (button mushroom, zucchini, tesmi stemmed tomato and serrano).
This vegetarian restaurant in University Heights serves Thai food free of fish sauces and animal products, with the exception of the optional egg in some dishes. Top picks include the eggplant wok bowl with bell peppers, bamboo shoots, mushrooms and basil, or the red curry with vegetarian mock duck, chicken, beef, pork or shrimp.
4661 Park Blvd., University Heights. (619) 269-9989 or myplumeria.com
Native Foods Café
All-vegan and still incredibly flavorful grub make Native Foods Café one of the top vegan/vegetarian choices in San Diego. Everything on the seasonally-changing menu is 100% plant-based and made in-house, including the tempeh, seitan, sauces, dressings and desserts. Must-tries: Caribbean jerk kale salad, Oklahoma bacon cheeseburger and the Native nachos.
Various locations. nativefoods.com
KINDRED offers a "hardcore" approach to vegan dining, led by the power team of Kory Stetina, Arsalun Tafazoli and Paul Basile. Expect cocktails alongside veggie-loaded dishes and bar snacks in the former Alchemy location of South Park. The intricate, cathedral design of the space is hauntingly stunning, a great visual while you're scarfing down the beet risotto or tempeh on rye sandwich.
1503 30th St., South Park. barkindred.com
A gourmet vegan chain out of Los Angeles, Café Gratitude has a San Diego location in Little Italy serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. The "all day" menu includes items like house-made raw granola, buckwheat-flax pancakes, yam cauliflower samosa chaat, collard spring rolls and macrobiotic grain bowls. The chain also makes fresh-pressed juices, nutritious elixirs, almond milk tea lattes and organic fruit smoothies.
1980 Kettner Blvd., Little Italy. cafegratitude.com