Vegan Food in San Francisco: Day 1
VeganBurg: 1466 Haight Street, San Francisco, CA 94117, USA
Where to go on a Sunday for good vegan food in San Francisco when you’ve woken up late and realise a lot of places close up early? You can rely on VeganBurg for some plant based munch. Tucked away on Haight Street, its a good opportunity to visit the birthplace of hippie psychedelia at the same time. A colourful neighbourhood to say the least although more affluent now with high-end boutiques, chic restaurants and hip cafes nestled between head shops. From Haight St you can access Golden Gate Park’s famous Hippie Hill between Masonic and Stanyan and maybe catch a drum circle.
Back to VeganBurg… Burgers come with seaweed fries OR broccoli?! First time I have ever seen broccoli in a fast food place, loving that! Everything is sustainably sourced and non GMO. I ordered the Haight & Salsa burger and had to try the broccoli AND fries with garlic mayo (I did it for you sweet vegans!), needless to say it was a BIG eat and I took some of that broccoli away with me, damned if I was wasting it! Couldn’t eat all the fries either, take a friend!
Their website and menu is here
Vegan in San Francisco: Day 2
The Butcher’s Son: 1941 University Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704, USA
On Monday I headed to Berkeley, university city, birthplace of the 1960s free speech movement and home of the infamous Butchers Vegan Son Delicatessen. As I rode the train to get there I wondered if I would see any naked people as I had 25 years ago on my last visit to Berkeley. I don’t remember the story behind them, maybe a protest, I just remember sitting in a pizza place and someone telling about the naked people and right on cue they walked by the window, a couple nonchalantly strolling, holding hands, completely starkers.
I had wanted to get to the Butchers Son on the Sunday to try the brunch menu featuring vegan eggs, bagels and other delicious sounding offerings but I woke up too late, they close at 3pm Sundays. No matter, the regular menu had a ton of things to choose from and even though I perused and salivated before heading off I was hard pushed to make just one choice. In the end I plumped for the steak, mushroom and cheese hoagie with beet slaw. This was a thing of beauty. Really, I enjoyed looking at it a while before launching my mouth at it but then as I sat munching this big smile broke out inside me like the sun coming out in my tummy. Yes that was a happy moment. Eating and smiling isn’t easy, I probably looked a bit special but it was worth that and the ride out of town to get there. Berkeley is a nice place to escape the madness of downtown, the vibe is chilled, the food is sublime and you never know you might even get to see some naked people.
Bakery items, vegan cheese, meat and eggs available to go. Website and menu here.