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. Rollin’ Roots

This Black-owned vegan food truck is the spot for big portions and comfort food. Based in Kearny Mesa, you’ll find everything you’re craving—from a po’ boy to bánh mì. Rollin’ Roots’ food is always soy and nut-free and doesn’t use preservatives; instead, they opt for fresh ingredients. 

Life-changing rec: Rich Gal Sandwich (with vegan shrimp, slaw, tomatoes, pickles, fries, remoulade, Cajun seasoning)

Dig in!

Support on social: @rollinrootssd


2. Spoiled Vegans Cafe

Ready to spoil yourself? Every weekend downtown, Spoiled Vegans Cafe cooks up a variety of breakfast sandwiches that will keep you coming back for more. Whether you’re a lifelong vegan or meat lover, you cannot go wrong with any item on their menu.

Life-changing rec: Spoil Yourself Breakfast Sandwich, and, of course, the hashbrowns

Dig in!

Support on social: @spoiledvegans


3. Trilogy

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. The Village

Can’t decide between Mexican food or sushi? You never have to again at North Park‘s The Village, a woman-owned vegan restaurant with Mexican and Japanese menus. Not convinced? Scroll through their Instagram and see how delicious their food looks—and learn about when they are having live music.

Life-changing rec: Tacos El Pastor, Spicy Tuna Roll

Dig in!

Support on social: @thevillagesd 


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 

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