This place opened up recently in SF, near the armory on Mission St. It’s beautifully designed and feels expansive while being relatively small. We ordered a wide range of items, most of which were delicious.
The ramen was very satisfying. The spicy garlic broth was very reminiscent of traditional ramen broths.
The croquettes were made with sweet potato, a welcome spin on a traditional dish.
The Colonels Pipe roll, complete with an authentic tasting cream cheese, was super yummy.
The small plate of corn on the cob tasted fine but seemed altogether too expensive for what it was.
Simple, delicious and healthy. You just don’t find this kind of homemade quality in restaurants. Nutrient full, organic ingredients expertly prepared. They only have one meal per day, listed on their website.
This tiny market is neatly organized with great service. The all organic produce section was clean, fresh, and vibrant. We picked up a few small fuji apples which were delicious, sweet and bursting with flavor.
Magda Luna is a charming cafe with warm, friendly service. The home-made quality and care put into their dishes is both comforting and satisfying.
The vegan fajita plate was delicious. Everything on it was super fresh, including the lettuce, tomato, and onion. Details all too often neglected in my opinion. The beans and rice were spot on, especially for being vegan. The tortillas were excellent, thick, hearty, and flavorful. And the sauces, clearly made from fresh ingredients, are simple and yet complex with overtones of citrus. Overall, the food was clean and healthy without compromising on taste.
Most of their dishes are available 100% vegan. The rice and beans are always vegan.
Smoked mushroom Reubens and veggie hash offer vegans the rare opportunity to indulge in deli fare. Beckerman and Bloom run a stall every Tuesday at the Ferry Building, San Francisco’s big farmers’ market, which gives them a chance to get to know the farmers from whom they source produce.
I had the opportunity to sample Chipotle’s Sofritas yesterday. The first bite was my last. I was, in a word, underwhelmed. The texture threw me off. Tiny pebble sized bits of tofu squeaking between my teeth. Perhaps, it’s better inside a burrito. I would make the pieces larger and add a rougher texture infused with more flavor.
It could be my bias against Chipotle. Their food, in general, is just ok. Why would Sofritas be any different? It’s a shame because I love tofu, especially hodo tofu. I do applaud their efforts for using sustainable foods (in whatever percentage that may actually be) and for creating a vegan dish which is very much appreciated. Sadly, Sofritas just don’t live up to their potential.
Calafia is located inside the Town & Country Village, across the street from UC Stanford, in Palo Alto.
This restaurant is a great compromise when dining with non-vegetarians because the menu is split 50%-50%, one half vegetarian the other half meat eaters. All ingredients are sourced locally and organically as often as possible. There are quite a few vegan options on the menu and they’ve happily accommodated requests to make something vegan (when realistic, of course). We’re fans of the Vegan Love Plate, Wakame Salad and the Vegetable Soy Lentil Quinoa Burger (lettuce cups instead of brioche bun). While it may be on the comfort food end of the health spectrum, Calafia really knows how to make delicious vegetarian food.
The ambiance is warm and comforting. It’s best to dine early because this place is really popular and get’s crowded after 6:30 or so. We’ve waited for 30-45 minutes at peek hours. I would also avoid letting them seat you in the market side, the service isn’t as good.
This gem is tucked away deep inside Foster City, at the Beach Park Plaza Shopping Center, across the street from the bay. It’s unassuming location is worth traveling to.
The menu is a welcome break from most restaurants because nearly 100% of the options are Vegan. They offer all of the usual fair with veggie chicken, veggie beef or tofu. My absolute favorite is the Pumpkin Curry (so comforting). The food is delicious and the presentation is always spot on.
It’s generally a quiet, relaxing place. The service is very friendly and attentive. The kitchen is occasionally slow on week nights, so I would order take out if you’re in a hurry.