San Diego’s vegan scene is PETA-approved

Owners describe this 4-month-old vegan cocktail lounge as a cross between a death metal bar (loud music, eye-popping art) and French gothic cathedral (peaked windows on roll-up garage-style doors). Located in the former Alchemy space in South Park, it’s already become known for its belly-filling Memphis BBQ Jackfruit Sandwich with house chips ($10), savory grilled Seitan skewers ($8) and caramelized banana pancakes with bourbon butterscotch glaze ($9). Pair it with a fruity Cosmic Key cocktail. 1503 30th St., South Park. (619) 546-9653 or (Pam Kragen/ U-T)

While we already knew our town was cooking up some top-notch vegan spots, we have been recognized formally as one of the top 10 vegan-friendly cities in the U.S. by PETA.

With restaurants like Kindred, Cafe Gratitude and Civico 1845 making it easy (and supremely delicious) to eat vegan around town, it’s no wonder we came in at number six on this year’s top 10 list.

“Whether you’re looking for lasagne romagnola made with seitan or a soy chorizo quesadilla packed with melty dairy-free cheese, San Diego has the restaurant for you,” said PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman in a press release. “San Diego is making a triumphant debut on PETA’s list thanks to vibrant and delicious cuisine that’s kind to animals, the environment, and diners’ health alike.”


Want more?

We just launched a new series dubbed Meatless Monday, featuring one awesome vegetarian dish at a local restaurant.

Check out this week’s veggie burger from Carnitas Snack Shack.

What other cities in America made the list?

  1. Portland, Oregon
  2. Los Angeles, California
  3. New York City, New York
  4. Detroit, Michigan
  5. Nashville, Tennessee
  6. San Diego, California
  7. Honolulu, Hawaii
  8. Austin, Texas
  9. Seattle, Washington
  10. Richmond, Virginia

Source: DiscoverSD