5 vegan must-eats in San Diego
Jul 15, 2021 - Mary Cravens
In a region that offers everything from barbecue to Food Network-worthy breakfasts, food is very important to San Diegans. Whether you’re craving something meatless, or joining our region in being environmentally conscious, San Diego offers some of the best vegan options in Southern California!
Here are five of our favorites.
1. Phatties Vegan Mexican Restaurant
You already know tacos are a must-have for any San Diegan. Based in Escondido, you’ll find everything you’re craving here—from quesabirria to tamales to churros. Looking for additional locations? Its food truck makes routine stops in Pacific Beach, Oceanside, and Vista.
Life-changing rec: Vegan birria (seriously!)
Support on social: @phattiesfoodinc
Ready to spoil yourself? With locations in Clairemont and North Park, Sipz cooks up a variety of Asian dishes that will keep you coming back for more. Whether you’re in the mood for sushi, orange “chicken”, or noodle bowls, you can’t go wrong with anything on their menu.
Life-changing rec: Tangy orange “chicken”
Support on social: @sipzcafe
Love yoga, full moons, dancing, and vegan food? Trilogy is a unique spot in La Jolla that has all of the above (plus a little more). While the most popular items on the menu are the bowls and smoothies, they still provide plenty of options like nachos and burgers. You can also join them for a yoga class, open mic night, or the famous full moon festival. Be ready to feel connected to yourself and nature.
Life-changing rec: Miso Bowl
Dig in! (And sign up for a yoga class.)
Support on social: @trilogysanctuary
4. Maya’s Cookies
You won’t believe these cookies are vegan. Black-owned Maya’s Cookies in Mission Valley and San Marcos is baking up some of the best cookies in the country—period. Perfectly soft and chewy, with a flavor for everyone, you’ll be craving these after your first bite.
Life-changing rec: Chocolate chip s’mores and the famous “everything” cookie
Support on social: @mayascookiessandiego
5. Dona Jean
Started after the owner’s mother passed away, Dona Jean’s mission is to start a conversation on the benefits and importance of a vegan diet. Serving up some of the best Italian food in San Diego, even the biggest of meat lovers will be persuaded to eat vegan when at Dona Jean’s.
Life-changing rec: Any of the pizzas and the hot shrooms (Nashville style oyster mushrooms, pickles, hot sauce, bread)
Dig in! (And sign for cooking classes to satisfy your cravings at home.)
Support on social: @donajeanofficial