by Fernanda DeSouza
posted on October 27, 2017
Let's get real for a minute: healthy food is more than just a leaf of lettuce on a plate. And if you live in San Francisco, you're in for a treat. Because the Bay Area is riding the health wave hard, so it makes the quest for a healthy and hearty meal a simple one. Satiate your thirst for organic eats, tofu, quinoa, and everything in between in our guide to SF's greenest eateries. And who knows? You may just become a disciple of the açai bowl by the end.
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Give yourself over to the chefs' whimsies at this daily-evolving daytime eatery. The charming spot has a long communal table for enjoying coffee, breakfast, and lunch dishes, or you can grab some goodies to go for a picnic in the park.
Pain de Mie French toast with Tcho chocolate, Big-Ass breakfast sandwich, rotating lunch specials
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The reclaimed-wood bar, marble accents, pale concrete walls, and abundance of natural light just beg to be 'grammed at this sunny restaurant. Take a cue from the hip clientele and opt for swoon-worthy seasonal vegetables and rice bowls.
Almond & quinoa pancakes, King of Hayes salmon, hen of the woods mushrooms on beans & rice
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Veganburg offers plant-based vegan burgers and healthy fast food that’s the vegan’s answer to alternative dining. The Haight chain serves an electric mix of burgers, like tangy tarter and avocado beetroot, along with sides like loaded shroom fries.
Smoky BBQ, Hawaiian Teriyaki, Seaweed Fries
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Greens Restaurant offers simple yet inventive vegetarian cuisine good enough to convert meat lovers. While you enjoy dishes likes mesquite grilled borchettes, enjoy sweeping views of the Bay through floor-to-ceiling windows in a sunny interior.
The menu changes frequently
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This minimalist eatery has been a go-to for creative, plant-based takes on classic Asian dishes since 1999. You'll feel rejuvenated after a meal of noodles, rice, soup, and salad - whether you're vegan or not.
House rice claypot, spicy Asian stew, mushu rolls
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Eat like you're at the farm without the trip. Blue Barn is a chef-driven seasonal deli that's all about local, fresh, and comfort. From hearty grilled cheeses to make-your-own salads, there's something for everyone on the chalkboard menu.
Menu changes by the season
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Vegan sushi that isn't boring? It exists! From red beet specialty rolls to oyster-free ramen broth, Shizen plays on traditional nigiri sushi with an all vegetarian menu. Walk on the wild (plant) side with pumpkin tempura or a Mistaken Identity.
shoyu ramen, shishito peppers, Open Invitation roll, Mistaken Identity roll, Gobo nigiri, okra nigiri
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If you've been looking for a truly vegetarian Thai restaurant, this rustically decorated spot will be just that. The dark wood tables make the colorful, vibrant dishes stand out even more. It's guaranteed to make every non-meat-eater happy.
Massaman curry, Pad Basil, Volcanic Beef, Mango Sticky Rice
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A popular Greek restaurant with a menu as short as it is delectable, Souvla serves up juicy rotisserie meats in salads and sandwiches. The space is small, but there's standing room outside and plenty of shopping nearby, so you can snack on the go.
Chicken wrap, pork shoulder wrap, Greek fries, Greek yogurt with baklava crumbles
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