Vegan Diversity: 10 Peninsula Restaurants Serving Plant-Based Dishes | news


Chuck’s Donuts: Chuck’s Donuts is a popular fixture in Redwood City. The donut shop is open 24/7 and constantly bakes fresh batches of classic donut varieties and vegan donuts with flavors like matcha, vanilla and maple.

Chuck’s Donuts, 801 Woodside Road, Redwood City.

The Falafelle Container is one of four main courses at Falafelle and includes six falafels served with hummus and various vegetables. Courtesy of Falafelle.

Falafel: Falafelle is an all-vegan, counter-top Mediterranean restaurant that’s a cult favorite among falafel fanatics. Their menu, made up of pitas and falafel combos, is simple, but each entree comes with a variety of toppings, including pickled cucumbers and sumac onions. Guests can end their meal with a slice of vegan baklava. Falafelle also opened a new sister restaurant in San Carlos, Jood, earlier this year, which also offers several vegan and vegetarian side dishes and “Sandweeshs”.

Falakins, 1035 Ralston Avenue, Belmont.

Que SeRaw SeRaw customers can expect items like this Fennel Arugula Salad to be on the weekly menu. Courtesy of Kerry Bitner.

Que SeRaw SeRaw: Que SeRaw SeRaw releases a fully vegan menu each week, featuring grab-and-go breakfast dishes, salads, appetizers, snacks and desserts for pickup throughout the week. In addition to these special menu items, baked goods and treats like raspberry cheesecake and blueberry scones are sold in their Burlingame store.

Que SeRaw SeRaw, 1160 Capuchino Ave., Burlingame.

Diners at Monsoon Himalayan Cuisine can start their meal with vegetable momos, steamed dumplings filled with chopped vegetables and tofu. Courtesy of Monsoon Himalayan Cuisine.

Monsoon Himalayan Cuisine: Along the coast, Monsoon Himalayan Cuisine specializes in traditional Nepalese fare, with plenty of meatless options like vegan samosas, dal, and seven other vegan and gluten-free entrees. Owner Ram Chandra Subedi immigrated to the United States from Nepal in 1995 hoping to share his family’s recipes in America after serving guests from all over the world at his restaurant in Nepal.

Monsoon Himalayan Cuisine, 20 Stone Pine Road, Half Moon Bay.

Every Soondubu dish at Dae Jang Geum Tofu House is served with rice and various side dishes. Courtesy of Jen L./Yelp.

Dae Jang Geum Tofu House: Dae Jang Geum Tofu House serves several vegan and non-vegan variations of Soondubu, a spicy Korean tofu stew served in a bubbling pot. Plant-based guests can enjoy kimchi, mushroom, ramen, or vegetable soondubu varieties.

Dae Jang Geum Tofu House, 235 Southgate Ave., Daly City.

Garden Fresh’s “Chicken” dishes, including the Orange Chicken, are made with a vegan soybean and gluten blend. Courtesy of Bryan W./Yelp.

garden fresh: With locations in Mountain View and Palo Alto, Garden Fresh is one of the few fully vegan Chinese restaurants on the peninsula. The restaurant puts a creative twist on traditional Chinese cuisine, using plant-based proteins and vegetables to emulate popular dishes like kung pao chicken, beef with broccoli, and sweet and sour pork.

Garden Fresh, 1245 W El Camino Real, Mountain View; 460 Ramona St., Palo Alto.

Tin Pot Creamery has five locations on the Peninsula plus one location in San Francisco, all offering a variety of vegan ice cream flavors. Photo by Michelle Le.

Tin Pot Creamery: Tin Pot Creamery has been satisfying Bay Area residents’ cravings for ice cream since 2012 and was founded by former Facebook Cookery Team member Becky Sunseri. The ice cream parlor has five locations on the peninsula as well as one location in San Francisco, all of which carry a selection of vegan ice cream flavors. The vegan flavors currently available at Tin Pot locations are Brownie Batter, Coconut, Mango, and Strawberry Lemonade.

Tin Pot Creamery, Palo Alto, Los Altos, Campbell, San Mateo, San Carlos.

The vegan Mylapore Dosa from Dosa Point is served with chili, herbs and onions. Courtesy of Dosa Point.

Dosa point: Dosa Point proudly serves both North and South Indian food with countless vegan options from both cuisines. South Indian dishes typically include dosa and other dishes based on rice, lentils and stews, while North Indian cuisine is based on bread and curries. For vegan guests and fans of North and South Indian cuisine, Dosa Point offers 10 vegan dosas on its menu, as well as vegan Nutella banana and chocolate dosas on the children’s menu.

Dosa Point, 840 Willow Road, Menlo Park.

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