5 Haute Spots For Healthy Vegetarian Cuisine in the Bay Area

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Seed + Salt
Seed + Salt

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With the weather warming up and outdoor activities on the agenda, it’s a good time to clean up your diet. Although there aren’t a huge amount of vegetarian restaurants in the Bay Area, there are a handful of quality standbys that make healthy eating easy. Whether you’re a vegan before 6 p.m., detoxing for a set number of days, or simply want to try out a plant-based diet, here are the top five places for all of your vegetarian eating needs.

1 For Celebrations: Greens

Greens has been helping San Franciscan vegetarians celebrate birthdays, engagements, and graduations for the past 35 years. Located at Fort Mason, with stunning views of the Golden Gate Bridge and the bay beyond, Greens is run by acclaimed chef Annie Somerville. Somerville was a pioneer of the farm-to-table trend that’s now ubiquitous at SF restaurants. Only the best, most fresh local ingredients are used to make the cuisine at Greens. The menus are forever changing and could feature pupusas filled with Rancho Gordo beans, spring onions, and smoked cheddar cheese; pappardelle with snap, snow, and English peas, green garlic, lemon butter, and grana padano; and wild mushroom and spinach filo with green harissa, chickpea tagine, and roasted carrots. Greens has a large private dining room and is an excellent place to host events, both large and small.
A, Fort Mason, 2 Marina Boulevard San Francisco, CA 94123

2 For Takeout: Seed + Salt

If every neighborhood in San Francisco had a Seed + Salt, the city would be a more healthy place. This sensational fast casual eatery is essentially a takeout counter that specializes in exceptional vegan cuisine. No gluten, trans-fats, diary, meat, MSG, GMOs, or cane sugars are used at Seed + Salt making the food 100 percent clean. It’s open all day and offers a variety of dishes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Menu items include taco salad with walnut chorizo, black beans, pico de gallo, cashew crema, toasted pepitas, and avocado lime dressing; Caprese flatbread with almond mozzarella, fresh basil, and roma tomatoes,and eggplant BLT with eggplant bacon, little gem lettuce, and pimenton mayo. The thing that makes Seed + Salt so amazing is the food doesn’t taste vegan. The eggplant BLT actually tastes like it has real bacon.
2240 Chestnut Street San Francisco, CA 94123

3 For Fine Dining: Millennium

Millennium opened in 1994 in San Francisco; however the upscale eatery recently relocated to Rockridge. Like Seed + Salt, the food at Millennium is completely vegan. It’s fresh innovative globally-inspired cuisine made with ingredients locally sourced from small farms. Think black garlic miso glazed tempeh with black kale coconut risotto, Asian pear, celery root, and housemade sriracha; tamale verde with creamy poblano chile and chard with epazote onions, avocado crema, and spicy rainbow carrot escabeche; and berbere spiced chickpea stew with savory cabbage, fennel puree, citrus salad, and mint and mustard seed coconut raita. The new location has a spacious patio, stellar wine list, and serves brunch on Sundays.
5912 College Avenue Oakland, CA 94618

4 For Lunch: The Plant Cafe Organic

If you’re a vegetarian who is lunching with meat loving friends or family, there is no better spot than the Plant Cafe Organic. With eight locations in the Bay Area, the Plant Cafe Organic has a beloved following of health-conscious local eaters. The all-day eatery serves up hearty fare that includes free range poultry and wild or sustainable seafood. You can enjoy one of the city’s best veggie burgers (a remarkable housemade patty consisting of lentils, mushrooms, beets, cashews, and bulgur wheat), while you’re carnivore significant other delights in the crispy citrus Muscovy duck breast with creamy olive oil polenta, salted greens, and carrot gastrique. Each Plant Cafe offers a slightly different variation of items—some have beer and wine, others do not, and a couple have an extensive juice and smoothie selection.
Pier 3, The Embarcadero #108 San Francisco, CA 94111

5 For Cleanses: Project Juice

When it comes time for a detoxing cleanse, the best spot is Project Juice. It’s the city’s leading cold pressed juice company with a massive test kitchen in Hayes Valley. There are also five other locations in the Bay Area that provide an unparalleled wellness experience with juice made from organic and non-gmo fruits and vegetables. Project Juice has over 16 different types of vegetable and fruit juice, six nut milks and shakes, six invigorating wellness shots, three different week-long cleanses, and nine wellness packs geared toward various lifestyles (such as the high-energy mom, the modern bride, and those hoping to power up their immune system). It’s truly the most all-encompassing juice experience around.
2259 Polk Street San Francisco, CA 94019
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