San Diego’s 26 Vegan Restaurants and Pop-ups

Up for the challenge of trying all of San Diego’s 100% vegan restaurants?
Here’s a checklist as of March 2017. Need a map? You can use ours

  1. ANTHEM VEGAN (anthemvegan.com)
    Anthem Vegan brings innovative food to virtually all corners of San Diego county – from Otay Mesa, to Carlsbad, to SDSU – through pop-ups and catering! Anthem is known for its tacos, burritos and sandwiches that are full of flavor and impressive mock meats.
    Sites and schedule: https://www.instagram.com/anthemvegan/
  1. BITE (www.bitefoodsd.com)
    Bite offers gluten-free quinoa bowls via pop-ups and catering around San Diego county, using fresh produce from local farmers markets. Top your bowl with optional toasted nuts and seeds for some added crunch.
    Sites and schedule: http://www.bitefoodsd.com/#2
  1. CALIFORNIA HOMEMADES (californiahomemades.com)
    California Homemades provides vegan convenience to North County in Escondido, offering soups, salads, sides and sweets to-go. Their call-ahead option can make your pick-up order extra speedy.
    138 W Grand Avenue, Escondido, CA 92026
  1. CHOICE SUPERFOOD (choicejuicery.com)
    Choice Superfood Bar and Juicery is an organic and gluten free hot spot for juices, salads and more. Grab a Superfood Banana Bread or Protein Brownie if you’re into sweets! Choice Superfoods has three locations in San Diego’s North County: Carlsbad, Del Sur and Solana Beach.
    Carlsbad: 430 Carlsbad Village Dr, Carlsbad, CA 92008
    Del Sur: 17135 Camino Del Sur #125, San Diego, CA 92127
    Solana Beach: 437 S Hwy 101 Suite #118, Solana Beach, CA 92075
  1. CINNAHOLIC (www.cinnaholic.com/san-diego)
    Cinnaholic sells vegan cinnamon rolls with your choice of frosting flavor and 20+ toppings. Their menu also includes cookies, brownies, coffee and more. Cinnaholic currently has three locations throughout San Diego county, with one more location coming soon. You can find them in the Mission Valley Mall, in Pacific Beach one block from the water, and in the North County Fair Mall. The fourth location will be in the downtown Gaslamp Quarter.
    Mission Valley Mall: 1640 Camino Del Rio N, San Diego, CA 92108
    Pacific Beach: 4652 Mission Blvd, San Diego, CA 92109
    North County Fair Mall: 272 E Via Rancho Pkwy, Escondido, CA 92025
    Downtown San Diego, Gaslamp Quarter, coming soon: 431 Market St, San Diego, CA 92101
  1. DOH! (www.eatcookiedoh.com)
    DOH! is a San Diego based cookie dough maker, offering gluten free dough that is ready to eat or bake. DOH! has pop-ups at several farmers markets through San Diego county, can be found in several grocery stores, and is available on Amazon.com.
    Find DOH! here: https://www.eatcookiedoh.com/find-doh
  1. DONNA JEAN (donnajeansd.com)
    Donna Jean brings the Los Angeles food scene and Midwest cuisine to San Diego’s Balboa Park area. This sit-down restaurant opened in February 2017 and locals have been buzzing about the Cast Iron Mac and Cheese, Bourbon Chili (2016 winner of a Los Angeles competition for best vegan chili), and upscale-casual atmosphere.
    2949 Fifth Ave, San Diego, CA 92103
  1. EL VEGANITO (www.instagram.com/elveganitosd/)
    El Veganito is a North County pop-up offering veganized traditional Mexican dishes. You can find their tacos, burritos, and sandwiches at Tuesday’s Escondido Farmers Market and Thursday’s Oceanside Sunset Market. They are also available for catering.
    Tuesday: Escondido Farmers Market
    Thursday: Oceanside Sunset Market
  1. EVE ENCINITAS (www.eveencinitas.com)
    EVE Encinitas serves nourishing bowls, salads, jackfruit tacos, smoothies, pasta and more. As the name suggests, this eatery is located in Encinitas.
    575 S Coast Hwy 101, Encinitas, CA 92024
  1. EVOLUTION FAST FOOD (www.evolutionfastfood.com/)
    Evolution Fast Food keeps it quick — complete with grab-and-go options and a drive-through, offering burgers, fries, shakes and even raw items.
    2965 5th Ave, San Diego, CA 92103
  1. KINDRED (www.barkindred.com)
    Kindred has been labeled a “vegan death metal” bar and is located in South Park. It’s well known for its atmosphere and giant wolf head sculpture on the wall. This all-vegan bar is a rarity and certainly one-of-a-kind. It offers innovative and well-loved dishes that make herbivores do a double-take and leave omnivores satisfied.
    1503 30th St, San Diego, CA 92102
  1. LOVING HUT MIRA MESA (lovinghut.us/sandiego2/)
    San Diego has two locations of the international restaurant franchise, Loving Hut. Each one offers a unique menu and varying hours. The Mira Mesa location serves distinct dishes like Texas Fries and Cali Burrito along side their excellent Asian cuisine like the Spicy Cha Cha, Royal Noodle Soup and Drunken Noodles. Mira Mesa also has a delectable dessert case and vegan boba.
    9928 Mira Mesas Blvd, San Diego, CA 92131
  1. LOVING HUT NORTH PARK (lovinghut.us/sandiego/)
    Loving Hut North Park was San Diego’s first of this franchise. This location is notable for its Spicy Cha Cha, extensive menu of Asian dishes, as well as burgers and chili fries. It might take you an extra minute to decide on dessert because this location has incredibly beautiful cakes.
    1905 El Cajon Blvd, San Diego, CA 92104
  1. MAYA’S COOKIES (www.mayascookies.com/)
    Maya’s Cookies is a gourmet cookie shop based in San Diego and available at several farmers markets and shops. Maya’s has perfected the classic cookie that is crispy on the outside and chewy on the inside, and taken it to the next level with creative flavors such as marshmallow filled s’mores.
    Tuesday: Pacific Beach Farmers Market (2-7pm), Garnet and Baynard
    Thursday: North Park Farmers Market (3-7pm)
    Saturday: Poway Farmers Market (8am-1pm), Old Poway Park/Midland Road
    Daily: Subterranean Coffee Boutique, Paradise Yogurt Mission Valley, Loving Hut Mira Mesa, Nibble Chocolate Old Town
  1. MISSION SQUARE MARKET VEGAN DELI (facebook.com/vegansandwiches4all/)
    The deli inside Mission Square Market opened as an all-vegan sandwich shop in March 2017. Sandwiches are served on organic bread and available in customizable combinations or chef’s signature creations. The market itself has quickly become known as vegan-friendly, with owner Sunny showing genuine excitement over plant-based customers. He plans to convert the market to fully vegan when it is sustainable.
    6171 Mission Gorge Rd, San Diego, CA 92120
  1. MONCAI CAFÉ (www.moncai-vegan.com/)
    Moncai Café is an organic café located in San Diego’s Normal Heights neighborhood. Moncai has developed an evolving, innovative menu with homestyle foods and a dream-worthy dessert case.
    3531 Adams Ave, San Diego, CA 92116
  1. NATIVE FOODS (nativefoods.com/locations/san-diego/)
    San Diego is home to three Native Foods locations: Clairemont Mesa, Encinitas, and Point Loma. They offer American style foods including wings, bowls, sandwiches, salads and more.
    Clairemont Mesa: 5604 Balboa Ave, San Diego, CA 92111
    Encinitas: 127 North El Camino Real, Encinitas, CA 92024
    Point Loma: 3369 Rosecrans St, San Diego, CA 92110
  1. NIBBLE CHOCOLATE (www.nibblechocolate.com)
    Not only does Nibble Chocolate make gourmet, handcrafted, all-vegan and organic chocolate bars, its shop in San Diego’s Old Town offers an array of sweets and drinks — including champurrado, hot chocolate, hot and iced coffee, truffles, cookies, scones, small bundt cakes and ice cream.
    2754 Calhoun St, San Diego, CA 92110
  1. PEACE PIES (www.peacepies.com)
    Peace Pies makes raw, organic foods and desserts at its two San Diego locations, and sells several at farmers markets. Check out @peacepiesraw on Instagram to see their remarkable creations.
    Encinitas: 133 Daphne St, Encinitas, CA 92024
    Ocean Beach: 4230 Voltaire St, San Diego, CA 92107
    Farmers markets schedule available on website.
  1. PLANT POWER FAST FOOD (www.plantpowerfastfood.com)
    Plant Power is a growing fast food chain, with one location in Ocean Beach (about 1 mile from the beach) and its next location coming to Encinitas in May 2017. Plant Power has quickly become known for its burgers, milkshakes, soft serve ice cream, and breakfast sandwiches.
    Encinitas (opening May 2017): 411 Santa Fe Dr, Encinitas, CA 92024
    Ocean Beach: 2204 Sunset Cliffs Blvd, San Diego, CA 92107
  1. ROOTS UCSD (hdh.ucsd.edu/DiningMenus/default.aspx?i=32)
    Roots is located on the Muir College campus at the University of California San Diego. It’s the university’s first all-vegan restaurant, serving bowls, burgers, salads, soups and more.
    9500 Gilman Dr 0120, La Jolla, CA 92093
  1. SOUTHERN FRIED VEGAN (facebook.com/SouthernFriedVegan/)
    Southern Fried Vegan is a Los Angeles-based pop-up that makes a monthly appearance in San Diego for special events. It offers chickn and waffles, mac n cheese, greens and other country-style foods.
    Visit Southern Fried Vegan on Facebook for pop-up schedule. 
  1. STARRY LANE BAKERY (www.starrylanebakery.com/)
    Starry Lane Bakery is a bakery that is completely free of the top 11 allergens: eggs, milk, soy, nuts, coconuts, wheat, gluten, peanuts, tree nuts and artificial flavors and colors. This bakery makes classic desserts like shortbread cookies, biscotti, cakes, pies and brownies. Starry Lane will be located in Santee until March 30, 2017; then they can be found in Hillcrest beginning in early May 2017.
    10769 Woodside Ave Unit 110 Santee, CA 92071 — until March 30, 2017
  1. TRILOGY SANCTUARY (trilogysanctuary.com/cafe/)
    Trilogy Sanctuary is best known for its rooftop view, aerial yoga, and organic, gluten free café that even offers raw options.
    7650 Girard Ave, 3rd floor, La Jolla, CA 92037
  1. VEGANIC THAI CAFÉ (www.facebook.com/Veganicthaicafe/)
    Touted as one of San Diego’s best Thai offerings, Veganic Thai has made a name for itself in the community. Originally opening as a vegetarian restaurant, demand for vegan items convinced this restaurant to go fully vegan in 2016.
    1417 University Ave, San Diego, CA 92103
  1. VEGGIE GRILL (veggiegrill.com)
    San Diego has two locations of this restaurant chain: Carlsbad and La Jolla UTC. Veggie Grill offers burgers, sandwiches, wings, salads, bowls, soups, desserts and more. Its dishes consistently win over omnivores and herbivores alike.
    Carlsbad: 965 Palomar Airport Rd #100, Carlsbad, CA 92011
    La Jolla UTC: 4353 La Jolla Village Dr #H28, San Diego, CA 92122 

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  1. The market stocks many vegan specialty products in their own sections, and is open daily m-m.

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