Best of 2016 Contest

Please help us with our first annual Best of Vegan in San Diego 2016 awards! All polls below will close at 10 p.m. on December 31. If your choice is not listed, please select “Other” and comment below with the category and addition. We’ll update polls as necessary up until the deadline. Thank you for your participation, and good luck to all nominees! Winners will be announced in January and will receive a Vegan in San Diego Best of 2016 certificate, a special website listing, and bragging rights!

 

San Diego's best all-vegan restaurant/pop-up of 2016?

  • Plant Power Fast Food (27%, 354 Votes)
  • Trilogy Sanctuary (19%, 250 Votes)
  • KINDRED (13%, 174 Votes)
  • Anthem Vegan (13%, 171 Votes)
  • Moncai Vegan (6%, 80 Votes)
  • VeggieGrill (3%, 41 Votes)
  • Loving Hut Mira Mesa (3%, 35 Votes)
  • Evolution Fast Food (3%, 34 Votes)
  • Veganic Thai (2%, 25 Votes)
  • Southern Fried Vegan (2%, 23 Votes)
  • Loving Hut El Cajon (2%, 20 Votes)
  • El Veganito (1%, 16 Votes)
  • Native Foods, Clairemont Mesa (1%, 15 Votes)
  • Native Foods, Point Loma (1%, 12 Votes)
  • Native Foods, Encinitas (1%, 10 Votes)
  • Peace Pies, Ocean Beach (1%, 10 Votes)
  • Choice Juiciery/Superfood (0%, 6 Votes)
  • EVE Encinitas (0%, 6 Votes)
  • Cinnaholic (0%, 5 Votes)
  • Peace Pies, Encinitas (0%, 5 Votes)
  • Starry Lane Bakery (0%, 4 Votes)
  • JUICE Saves (0%, 3 Votes)
  • Roots UCSD (0%, 1 Votes)
  • Prophet Vegetarian (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 1,300

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San Diego's best vegan pop-up of 2016?

  • Anthem Vegan (73%, 356 Votes)
  • Southern Fried Vegan (11%, 52 Votes)
  • El Veganito (8%, 41 Votes)
  • Other (If so, please comment below.) (4%, 21 Votes)
  • Katie's Healing Kitchen (3%, 15 Votes)

Total Voters: 485

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San Diego's best animal rescue/sanctuary of 2016?

  • Farm Animal Refuge (29%, 101 Votes)
  • San Diego Farm Animal Rescue (18%, 63 Votes)
  • Project Wildlife (16%, 55 Votes)
  • New Life Animal Sanctuary (Lake Elsinore) (10%, 34 Votes)
  • Ferdinand's Familia (8%, 28 Votes)
  • San Diego House Rabbit Society (7%, 24 Votes)
  • Penelope's Purpose (4%, 13 Votes)
  • Grazin' Pig Acres (3%, 12 Votes)
  • Other (If so, please comment below.) (3%, 11 Votes)
  • Wee Companions (3%, 9 Votes)

Total Voters: 350

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San Diego's best vegan-friendly market/grocery store of 2016?

  • Ocean Beach People's Market (35%, 181 Votes)
  • Sprouts (22%, 114 Votes)
  • Whole Foods (19%, 100 Votes)
  • Jimbo's Natural (10%, 54 Votes)
  • Mission Square Market (6%, 32 Votes)
  • Windmill Farms (3%, 16 Votes)
  • Lazy Acres (2%, 8 Votes)
  • Other (If so, please comment below.) (2%, 8 Votes)
  • Frazier Farms (1%, 6 Votes)
  • The Fruit Stand (1%, 5 Votes)

Total Voters: 524

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San Diego's best vegan-themed podcast of 2016?

  • Vegan Warrior Princesses Attack! by Callie and Nichole (42%, 144 Votes)
  • Beyond the Podcast by Brian Turner (41%, 139 Votes)
  • Dash-a-Fire Podcast by Dash Eye (14%, 48 Votes)
  • Other (If so, please comment below.) (3%, 10 Votes)

Total Voters: 341

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San Diego's best vegan nutrition and cooking classes of 2016?

  • Veg Appeal (55%, 66 Votes)
  • Soul in the Raw (18%, 22 Votes)
  • Katie’s Healing Kitchen (15%, 18 Votes)
  • New Options Food Group (4%, 5 Votes)
  • Be The Healthy U! (3%, 4 Votes)
  • Other (If so, please comment below.) (3%, 4 Votes)

Total Voters: 119

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San Diego's best vegan brunch of 2016?

  • KINDRED (34%, 201 Votes)
  • Trilogy Sanctuary (27%, 164 Votes)
  • Moncai Vegan (21%, 127 Votes)
  • Naked Cafe (5%, 32 Votes)
  • Jyoti-Bihanga (5%, 29 Votes)
  • Southern Fried Vegan (2%, 13 Votes)
  • Katie's Healing Kitchen (2%, 10 Votes)
  • EVE Encinitas (1%, 7 Votes)
  • Eclipse Chocolate (1%, 7 Votes)
  • Other (If so, please comment below.) (1%, 7 Votes)

Total Voters: 597

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San Diego's best vegan, gluten free options of 2016?

  • Plant Power Fast Food (33%, 258 Votes)
  • Trilogy Sanctuary (22%, 174 Votes)
  • Anthem Vegan (11%, 83 Votes)
  • Plumeria (6%, 48 Votes)
  • Cafe Gratitude (5%, 42 Votes)
  • Peace Pies (5%, 41 Votes)
  • VeggieGrill (5%, 38 Votes)
  • Moncai Vegan (4%, 32 Votes)
  • Civico 1845 (4%, 31 Votes)
  • Evolution Fast Food (3%, 22 Votes)
  • Southern Fried Vegan (1%, 9 Votes)
  • Other (If so, please comment below.) (0%, 3 Votes)

Total Voters: 781

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San Diego's best vegan donuts of 2016?

  • Donut Panic (43%, 211 Votes)
  • Nomad Donuts (21%, 102 Votes)
  • Moncai Vegan (18%, 88 Votes)
  • Donut Bar (10%, 47 Votes)
  • Tiger!Tiger! (3%, 13 Votes)
  • Whole Foods (2%, 12 Votes)
  • Skinny Donuts (1%, 7 Votes)
  • Katie's Healing Kitchen (1%, 6 Votes)
  • Other (If so, please comment below.) (1%, 5 Votes)

Total Voters: 491

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San Diego's best vegan cakes of 2016?

  • Moncai Vegan (31%, 106 Votes)
  • Whole Foods (11%, 38 Votes)
  • Loving Hut Mira Mesa (11%, 36 Votes)
  • Ocean Beach People's Market (9%, 32 Votes)
  • Loving Hut El Cajon (6%, 22 Votes)
  • Jimbo's (6%, 22 Votes)
  • Krakatoa (6%, 20 Votes)
  • Tiger!Tiger! (6%, 19 Votes)
  • PurpleMint Vegetarian Bistro (6%, 19 Votes)
  • Other (If so, please comment below.) (5%, 16 Votes)
  • Evolution Fast Food (3%, 11 Votes)

Total Voters: 341

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San Diego's best vegan pizza in 2016?

  • Blind Lady Ale House (14%, 55 Votes)
  • Pizzeria Luigi SD (14%, 55 Votes)
  • Zia Pizza (10%, 40 Votes)
  • Red House (8%, 32 Votes)
  • Peace Pies (8%, 30 Votes)
  • zpizza (6%, 24 Votes)
  • Blaze Fast-Fire'd Pizza (5%, 21 Votes)
  • Pieology Pizzeria (5%, 21 Votes)
  • Other (If so, please comment below.) (5%, 18 Votes)
  • URBN (3%, 13 Votes)
  • Tribute Pizza (3%, 13 Votes)
  • Napizza Hillcrest (3%, 13 Votes)
  • Sammy's Woodfired (3%, 11 Votes)
  • Baja Pizzeria (2%, 9 Votes)
  • PizzaRev (2%, 9 Votes)
  • Mountain Mike's (2%, 6 Votes)
  • Berkeley Pizza (2%, 6 Votes)
  • Pizzeria Bruno (1%, 4 Votes)
  • Paradise Pizza (0%, 1 Votes)
  • Wyonla Pizza (0%, 1 Votes)
  • Blendtastic (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 382

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San Diego's best vegan tacos/burritos of 2016?

  • Trilogy Sanctuary (26%, 156 Votes)
  • Anthem Vegan (23%, 137 Votes)
  • Ranchos Cocina (19%, 115 Votes)
  • Pokez (10%, 62 Votes)
  • El Veganito (4%, 25 Votes)
  • Native Foods (4%, 23 Votes)
  • El Zarape (3%, 18 Votes)
  • Other (If so, please comment below.) (3%, 15 Votes)
  • Barrio Star (2%, 10 Votes)
  • Tacos Perla (2%, 9 Votes)
  • Liticker's (2%, 9 Votes)
  • Loving Hut Mira Mesa (2%, 9 Votes)
  • Don Carlos (1%, 4 Votes)
  • Casa de Reyes (1%, 4 Votes)

Total Voters: 596

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San Diego's best vegan falafel of 2016?

  • Mama's Bakery (43%, 93 Votes)
  • Tigris Mediterranean (13%, 28 Votes)
  • Fairouz (12%, 26 Votes)
  • Alforon (12%, 25 Votes)
  • Other (If so, please comment below.) (7%, 16 Votes)
  • Amardeen Cafe (7%, 15 Votes)
  • Pita Guys (4%, 9 Votes)
  • La Miche Kabobgee (1%, 3 Votes)

Total Voters: 215

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San Diego's best vegan frozen dessert of 2016?

  • Plant Power Fast Food (50%, 203 Votes)
  • Evolution Fast Food (18%, 74 Votes)
  • Civico 1845 (11%, 45 Votes)
  • Paradise Yogurt (8%, 31 Votes)
  • CREAM (5%, 20 Votes)
  • Bobboi Natural Gelato (3%, 12 Votes)
  • Other (If so, please comment below.) (2%, 9 Votes)
  • Dolce Italian Ice (2%, 7 Votes)
  • Gelateria Frizzante (1%, 5 Votes)
  • A La Minute (1%, 3 Votes)
  • Lil' Dipper (0%, 1 Votes)

Total Voters: 410

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San Diego's best vegan sushi of 2016?

  • Sipz (58%, 179 Votes)
  • Sushi Deli (14%, 44 Votes)
  • Harney Sushi (8%, 25 Votes)
  • North Park Sushi and Grill (4%, 13 Votes)
  • The Joint Ocean Beach (4%, 13 Votes)
  • Other (If so, please comment below.) (2%, 7 Votes)
  • Sally’s on the Bay (2%, 5 Votes)
  • Sushi on the Rock (2%, 5 Votes)
  • Sushi Diner (1%, 4 Votes)
  • Wrench & Rodent (1%, 4 Votes)
  • Kapa Sushi (1%, 3 Votes)
  • Sushi Uno (1%, 3 Votes)
  • Nozomi (1%, 3 Votes)

Total Voters: 308

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San Diego's best vegan burger of 2016?

  • Plant Power Fast Food (34%, 226 Votes)
  • Trilogy Sanctuary (22%, 145 Votes)
  • Evolution Fast Food (12%, 83 Votes)
  • VeggieGrill (12%, 77 Votes)
  • Native Foods (9%, 60 Votes)
  • KINDRED (6%, 43 Votes)
  • Loving Hut Mira Mesa (2%, 13 Votes)
  • Jyoti Bihanga (1%, 9 Votes)
  • Loving Hut El Cajon Blvd (1%, 6 Votes)
  • Hamilton's (1%, 5 Votes)
  • Other (If so, please comment below.) (0%, 2 Votes)
  • Healthy Creations Cafe (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 669

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San Diego's best vegan sandwich of 2016?

  • KINDRED (23%, 97 Votes)
  • Anthem Vegan (20%, 84 Votes)
  • Native Foods (14%, 61 Votes)
  • VeggieGrill (14%, 59 Votes)
  • Ike's Place (9%, 36 Votes)
  • Cafe Gratitude (5%, 21 Votes)
  • Jyoti-Bihanga (4%, 19 Votes)
  • Tiger!Tiger! (4%, 16 Votes)
  • Other (If so, please comment below.) (3%, 13 Votes)
  • Southern Fried Vegan (1%, 5 Votes)
  • Ike's Sandwiches (1%, 4 Votes)
  • Mission Square Market (1%, 3 Votes)
  • Picasso Naturals (1%, 3 Votes)
  • Ki's Restaurant (0%, 2 Votes)
  • Big Thyme Sandwich Company (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 423

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77 thoughts on “Best of 2016 Contest

  1. For pizza: peace pies, for vegan friendly market: the fruit stand!!! It’s almost entirely vegan, besides the honey they sell. It’s incredible, and my favorite place to shop!

    1. Thank you for the suggestions! I’ve added your nominees/votes to the polls.

  2. Best frozen dessert is paradise yogurt!

    1. Thank you for the suggestion! I’ve added your nominee/vote to the poll.

  3. It is amazing how many options there are in categories that didn’t even exist a handful of years ago! Go, vegans, go!

  4. My favorite brunch place is Naked Cafe! All their dishes can be veganized!

    1. Thank you for the suggestion! I’ve added your nominee/vote to the poll.

  5. Love this! We have so many great vegan options in San Diego <3

  6. Katie’s Healing Kitchen is by far the best brunch and she makes the best donuts too!!!

    1. Thank you for the suggestion! I’ve added your nominee/votes to the polls.

  7. Starry Lane Bakery for cakes?

    1. Starry Lane unfortunately does not (yet) offer cakes!

      1. I’m pretty sure that they (Starry Lane Bakery) have a catalog of cakes that they will make to order.

  8. So fun! And I found out about new places I had never heard of:)

  9. I was surprised that there were no Ethiopian restaurants listed. We have so many! Also, I really like the University Heights Loving Hut. Great List!!!

    1. Please let us know your Ethiopian suggestions!

  10. So proud of our San Diego community for bringing awareness to veganism in the spot light so others at least can give it a shot and be amazed how easy to eat animal friendly food at so many restaurants!!!
    Elizabeth Mansur

  11. Pizza: Zpizza
    Tacos: Barrio Star
    Sushi: Sally’s on the Bay

    1. Got them added, and your votes tallied! Thank you, Penny!

  12. Wee Companions for animal shelter. Pho Santee should probably be there for restaurant type.

    1. Thank you for the animal rescue suggestion! I’ve added your nominee/vote to the poll. We’ll hang on to the suggestion for Pho Santee. Next year’s contest will have more categories, including best vegan pho.

  13. Best sushi at the joint in ob!

    1. Thank you for the suggestion! I’ve added your nominee/vote to the poll.

  14. Please add Pita Guys (in San Marcos). They have specifically vegan falafel

    1. Thank you for the suggestion! I’ve added your nominee/vote to the poll.

  15. San Diego’s best vegan tacos/burritos of 2016? Definitely Loving Hut Mira Mesa. Surprised I didn’t see it on the list as their Breakfast Burrito & Cali Burritos are easily the best I’ve had!

    1. Thank you for the suggestion! I’ve added your nominee/vote to the poll!

  16. Best burrito: Cali burrito at Loving Hut Mira Mesa

    1. Thank you for the suggestion! I’ve added your nominee/vote to the poll!

  17. Brunch: jyoti bihanga on adams its vegan and vegetarian! Its only about 11 dollars for a brunch buffet.

    1. Thank you for the suggestion! I’ve added your nominee/vote to the poll!

  18. For pizza I love Woodstocks they have a veggie lovers and vegan cheese – and for best pop up – it’s not necessarily a pop up since it’s been there for a min but they added a 6 page vegan menu in the last year but Pho Santee is amazing and the lady that runs it is a doll

  19. Best all vegan restaurant: loving hut, mira Mesa
    Best sandwich: loving hut, mira Mesa
    Pretty much loving hut, plant power and Moncai vegan are in general, my favorite restaurants in the world. Their food is so delicious it brings tears to my eyes..

  20. Southern Fried Vegan also should be up for: Best Gluten-Free (1/2 the menu is), Best Sandwich (Fried Chickun Waffle Sandwich), and Brunch (All-You-Can-Eat Buffet)

    1. Thank you for your input! I’ve added your nominees and votes to those categories.

  21. Glad to see this list, and to be able to make some choices here. This survey inspires me to try out more vegan places. Thank you.

    1. Glad to hear it, Carmen!

  22. SOUTHERN FRIED VEGAN SHOULD BE UP FOR: BEST SANDWHICH ,BRUNCH , &GLUTEN FREE OPTION. 🙂 😀 !!!!I love their brunch!!

    1. Thank you for your input! I’ve added your nominees and votes to those categories.

  23. Moncai Vegan Best vegan restaurant in San Diego!

  24. For best ethiopian food Muzitas on park blvd
    For best sushi SushiUno Delicious stuff

    1. Thank you Prin! I added your nominee/vote for Sushi Uno to the best sushi poll. This year we decided against including categories like Ethiopian/Mexican/Indian, etc., but we will likely do so for next year. We’ll keep your suggestion for next year, and we’ll also add it to our list of vegan-friendly places! Thank you!

  25. City Tacos in NP has an awesome arugula portobello taco that can be made vegan! So good.

  26. San Diego is so gracious for vegan food! Woo!

  27. A La Minute for frozen dessert, Wrench & Rodent for sushi.

    1. Thank you for your input! I’ve added your nominees and votes to those categories.

  28. Lazy Acres in Encinitas for market. But also, Frazier Farms and Sprouts have a good selection of vegan options.

    1. Thank you for your input! I’ve added your nominees and vote to that category.

  29. San Diego seems spread out for those of us who don’t live there. Does anyone know of a site or page where vegan/vegan-friendly places are listed by area/neighborhood?

    1. We’ve started a map and we’re working to add the vegan-friendly locations, but currently have all the 100% vegan places listed. You can visit our home page at http://www.veganinsandiego.com and click on the map image for the interactive map. 😀

  30. How about best vegan nutrition and cooking classes as a category? There is a list on vegan Diego.

    1. Great idea! I’ll add it right now. I’ll send you a FB message when it’s ready so you can spread the word. 😀

  31. “Choice” located in Carlsbad is an excellent All Vegan spot. I believe it is still SD county.
    Question: Is Anthem Vegan only at farmers markets?

    1. Oops, it’s already on list… lol

    2. Anthem does pop-up around the county, including farmers markets, breweries and even SDSU when class is in session. They do a great job of keeping their locations up to date: http://anthemvegan.com/locations-and-contact/.

  32. The Cattle Decapitation at Hamilton’s is the best burger.

    1. Thank you, Paul. I’ve added Hamilton’s as an option for the burger. 🙂

  33. Great poll! Curious why Katie’s healing kitchen isn’t on the popup or restaurant poll but is on the donut one? They aren’t really known for donuts… But my vote is for Katie’s Healing Kitchen for best Pop-up. Thank you! I had selected “other”.

    1. Thank you for the suggestion, Amy. We added Katie’s to the pop-up category based on your feedback, and I added your vote in. They were added to the category for donuts by request. Thank you for voting!

  34. Ike’s Sandwiches (Ralph’s/Trader Joe’s Mall on University in Hillcrest) has a fair amount of vegan sandwiches and should be included on that list.

    1. Thank you for the suggestion, Jim. I added Ike’s to the sandwiches category and added in your vote. Thank you for voting!

  35. vegan tacos
    Mama Tess
    Falafel
    Taste of Lebanon
    Frozen dessert
    Veganic

    1. Mama Tesa stupid auto correction

      1. Damn you auto correct!!!

        Mama Testa

  36. Cream of the Crop for markets!

  37. For pizza: Pizza Press Carlsbad!

  38. My favorite pizza place as a vegan is Newport pizza surprised it isn’t on here they’re always running out of vegan cheese

  39. For best vegan restaurant plant power fast food, for best vegan sandwich plant power fast food

  40. For podcast, The Sexy Vegan with Brian L. Patton, though I don’t know if he is San Diego specifically. Also has a cookbook and 99 cent Publishing Co, where you can buy recipes for, yup, you guessed it, 99 cents. Great YouTube videos, too.

  41. Peace Pies has amazing dessert!!! They’re totally raw (so good for you!!) If I didn’t know they were from Peace Pies I would think someone was giving me non-vegan dessert, they’re incredible and anybody would love them!!!

  42. For both best pop-up and vegan sandwich I vote Plant Power Fast Food!

  43. Plant Power will be in every City very soon. What a Revolution they have begun. Amazing Food.

  44. Best Gluten Free vegan is definitely Healthy Creations in Encinitas. Amazing quality and they have non vegan options for your omnivore friends.

  45. Podcast: Go Vegan Radio
    Cake: Sipz
    Pizza: Wholefoods (Hillcrest)

  46. My mom & I went to Plant Powered a little over a month ago since they had such good reviews and they must have had an off night or something because we both disliked everything we got and haven’t been back since.

    1. I’m sorry to hear that! What did you order?

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