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PostPosted: Sun Aug 31, 2014 6:47 am 
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Hey! I'm visiting SF (sooooo excited!) For a long weekend the last weekend in September. What should I do? Where should I go? What are the top 3 MUST try vegan spots? And what are some budget (SUPER budget friendly) places to get a bite for a vegan and her long suffering omnivore husband?

Can't wait to see your beautiful city!!!


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 Post subject: Re: Visiting
PostPosted: Sun Aug 31, 2014 10:53 am 
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SF on a budget is tough, not even gonna lie. The east bay will be easier on the wallet. But, you and your husband can both get a $7 banh mi at Dinosaur in the Castro. Very delicious stuff.

For other suggestions, scroll through all the pages. There are lots of "I'm visiting, where should I go" posts with really good ideas.


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 Post subject: Re: Visiting
PostPosted: Sun Aug 31, 2014 11:40 am 
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This is an interesting challenge. FWIW, I am going to say up front that you are not going to be paying less than $10 for a budget meal anywhere in SF. The only exception to this is burritos*- and which burrito place you should go to is an out and out war in and of itself! My personal fave is Pancho Villa on 16th between Mission and Valencia, although if you want a hot tip, El Toro at 17th & Valencia is owned by the same folks so has the same menu and prices without the BART crowds. Papalote is another popular place and has a few more meat analogs than Pancho Villa/El Toro (they have tofu ranchero but that's it).

*it's possible to get a burrito costing more than $10 in SF, but let me just say upfront that those folks are doing it wrong.

That said, your other 'budget' options in the Bay (I marked non-vegan/omni-friendly spots with an asterisk):

Ike's Place* (Castro and downtown Oakland, as well as other places)
Souley Vegan (Oakland)
Liba Falafel (roving food truck, brick & mortar in Oakland)
Ebbett's Good to Go* (roving food truck)
Vik's Chaat* (Berkeley)
Enjoy Vegetarian (SF Chinatown and Sunset, lunch specials)
Rosamunde* (Lower Haight, Mission, old city Oakland)
Lucky Creation (Chinatown, has cheap veg dim sum to go)
Love & Haight (Lower Haight, can't remember if they have omni options! I think they do)

I'm sure I'll remember a bunch more later today. I'll pop in with more options if I remember!

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 Post subject: Re: Visiting
PostPosted: Sun Aug 31, 2014 12:54 pm 
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Ah thanks for the list! Yea, we figured we'd probably also wind up buying some things at a grocery and eating our room a bit too. I'll scroll through the previous posts for more ideas. Thanks!


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 Post subject: Re: Visiting
PostPosted: Sun Aug 31, 2014 4:32 pm 
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Check out all the food truck gatherings, too. "Off the grid" is a big one and they go all over on different days of the week. Ramen underground has big bowls of veg and omni ramen for $8.

Check out sffuncheap.com for weekly stuff to do on a budget.

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Budget: There is always Loving Hut in the mall, that way you can split up and both grab food. Whole Foods has pizza and pizza dogs (both vegan and non vegan) by the slice/roll. If you do go to the east bay Pizza Moda always has groupons - $20 for like $40 worth of food!

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 01, 2014 2:54 am 
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couroupita wrote:
Check out all the food truck gatherings, too. "Off the grid" is a big one and they go all over on different days of the week. Ramen underground has big bowls of veg and omni ramen for $8.

Check out sffuncheap.com for weekly stuff to do on a budget.


I walk by Ramen Underground occasionally, I'll have to check out their veggie ramen sometime!

My biggest complaint about Off the Grid is their atrocious website. There is no central calendar telling you which food truck will be where on which day. The only way of checking for your favorite vegan-friendly trucks is to check each individual truck's website or twitter. It's a total PITA- shouldn't this be something super easy for an SF-based company to put together? I bet they could find 10 brogrammers willing to fight each to put that on their website just for a free sandwich!

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 Post subject: Re: Visiting
PostPosted: Wed Sep 03, 2014 2:29 pm 
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Erika Soyf*cker wrote:
couroupita wrote:
Check out all the food truck gatherings, too. "Off the grid" is a big one and they go all over on different days of the week. Ramen underground has big bowls of veg and omni ramen for $8.

Check out sffuncheap.com for weekly stuff to do on a budget.


I walk by Ramen Underground occasionally, I'll have to check out their veggie ramen sometime!

My biggest complaint about Off the Grid is their atrocious website. There is no central calendar telling you which food truck will be where on which day. The only way of checking for your favorite vegan-friendly trucks is to check each individual truck's website or twitter. It's a total PITA- shouldn't this be something super easy for an SF-based company to put together? I bet they could find 10 brogrammers willing to fight each to put that on their website just for a free sandwich!

Yeah, that's a good point. They should definitely have some sort of calendar. Fortunately there always seem to be vegan options, but it would be so helpful to know when HVE or Liba are going to be there.

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 Post subject: Re: Visiting
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I wonder if part of the problem is that food trucks are notoriously unreliable. So many factors go into their presence, even one employee flaking or calling in sick and it's over. Then there's the actual trucks themselves which are always falling apart. Maybe Off the Grid got too many complaints "your website said they would be there!" and it got to be a pain. Trying to herd cats and all that.


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 03, 2014 7:07 pm 
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couroupita wrote:
Fortunately there always seem to be vegan options


Not in my experience, unfortunately. The nearest Off the Grid to my office is on Wednesdays and Fridays, but I only go on Fridays because every time I go there on a Wednesday it's meaty meaty meat meat. If only they had a website for me to check on Wednesdays without a potentially fruitless 15-minute round-trip walk....

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 Post subject: Re: Visiting
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Erika Soyf*cker wrote:
couroupita wrote:
Fortunately there always seem to be vegan options


Not in my experience, unfortunately. The nearest Off the Grid to my office is on Wednesdays and Fridays, but I only go on Fridays because every time I go there on a Wednesday it's meaty meaty meat meat. If only they had a website for me to check on Wednesdays without a potentially fruitless 15-minute round-trip walk....

Yeah you've probably been a lot more than me. I've been lucky, I guess!

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Alin wrote:
Trying to herd cats

I've never heard this expression before. I love it!

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 Post subject: Re: Visiting
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Everything out of my mouth is a lie- Off the Grid has an awesome new site that lists all the vendors at any particular market!

I went down today and got a burrito from Curry Up Now, so they actually have a vegan option on Wednesdays now, too!

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That is aces, Erika! I've never gone to the one near me because it was never clear if I could actually eat.


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 Post subject: Re: Visiting
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I'm so excited I'm actually thinking of sending them a gushy email to thank them for upgrading the site. Makes SO much more sense this way.

And that hella vegan burrito from Curry Up Now is ridic, by the way.

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