1. seriesfinale

    Oh man, you just described pretty much every Thai, Indian, Chinese and Ethiopean place in town.

    1. seriesfinale

      Anyway, my favorite Thai place in town is Marnee Thai…it’s a good enough That place to make an event out of going.

      You should maybe also check out Park Chow…there’s another one, just plain “Chow” in the Castro, too.

    2. hepkitten

      agree. i would suggest basil thai on 7th/folsom. the fancier osha on valencia is also nice, but you can totally go in in street clothes. Almost every restaurant in sf is pretty vegetarian friendly. It’s sf, being a meat eater is almost a crime.

  2. catamorphism

    Mela (suggesting this one first because it’s somewhat more upscale-looking), or Shalimar or Chutney or any of the other great Indian restaurants in the Tandoorloin. For a somewhat more expensive (but worth it) option, Minako (at 17th and Mission). Or Bissap Baobab, or who knows how many other places on Mission or Valencia. (These are all ones I’ve been to and liked, though.)

  3. scythrop

    I am a dyed-in-the-wool omnivore and I am still thinking about the great meal we had at Millennium.

  4. dmlaenker

    If they don’t mind eating with their filthy, filthy hands, I’d suggest Ethiopian.

    …Oh, wait, you said San Francisco, not Washington, D.C.

    1. scythrop

      Hello Richmonder!

      Can I just say that [hyperbole alert] it is the most disappointing thing in the entire world to grow up with Zed’s/Red Sea/et al. in “the big city” just two hours away, and then move away and realize it was D.C.-specific! Sad.

      1. dmlaenker

        Are you also in Richmond? Have you been to the Nile Cafe? It’s on Laurel between Broad and Grace and it is amazing. Better than any Ethiopian I’ve had in DC so far.

        1. scythrop

          No, I am sadly/blissfully/conflictedly dislocated to Santa Barbara for some years now. But I know that block, ummm, pretty well (I met my wife outside Rockitz twenty years and a day ago, after a GWAR show) so we will definitely check it out next time we visit my parents.

  5. jactitation

    Actually, in SF most places are veg-friendly. You really have to go super upscale and old school to find a place without a few good non-cheese veg options. Seriously.

    1. defenestr8r

      i second this. your limitations sounded like they leave 80% of the restaurants in town in the running. give us a few more guidelines, like part of town, and we can give you some specific suggestions.

  6. tuliphead

    PPQ Dungeness is a Vietnamese place in the Richmond has veg and meat options (they specialize in crab, obviously), no cheese, and is casual. I love that place. Firefly in Noe Valley has veg options, too, iirc. I also took a vegemetarian to Albona Ristorante Istriano in North Beach, and everyone had a great time – that’s one of my favorite places in town. A La Turca in the Tenderloin is, as you’d expect, Turkish food, casual and affordable, and which has veg-friendly options too, I think.

    More often than not most restaurants around here are ok with casual dress, even many of the more upscale ones. Also you’re more likely to find cheese plates at most restaurants than a cheese-based menu – but if you know of a place with a cheese-based menu, do let me know!

  7. caladri


    1. maria_sputnik

      they have that rad homemade hot sauce and who doesn’t like eating in a train car at three am?

      yum, grubstake

  8. salome_st_john

    Wait it should also meet these other conditions if possible:

    5. Be within walking or short cab ride distance from 6th and Mission.

    6. Be dark.

    7. Have great dessert.

    I was going to suggest the Thai/Indian/Ethiopian route but I shied away from them for some reason.

    1. dreamyshade

      Ti Couz! It’s at 16th & Valencia (two miles away), it’s somewhat dark, and it has great dessert (it’s a crepe restaurant goddamnit). There aren’t a huge number of non-cheesy vegetarian choices, but there were enough to make this vegetarian happy. Downside: there can be a wait during peak hours, and I don’t know if they take reservations.

      1. sooz

        ooh we were just talking and thinking about doing indian food then go here later for dessert :)

        1. dreamyshade

          yay! bi-rite ice cream is another nearby a+ dessert spot.

      2. salome_st_john


        While gathering addresses and directions I read on Yelp that Ti Couz closed, maybe just this week? Like a sign on the door that says “Thanks San Francisco for 16 great years”? Trying to confirm but for once the Internet is not all HAY SOMEONE DIED

        1. dreamyshade

          awww. it’d be very sad if it closed.

          anyway, for indian food along valencia, dosa always has too long of a wait but aslam’s rasoi was pretty good the time i went there.

    2. sooz

      indian is golden for everyone on the list :D

      1. salome_st_john

        Oh! Well in that case there are TONS and TONS of Indian restaurants all within walking distance of where you’ll be. It’s like Indian restaurant central.

        1. sooz

          sweet. hopefully we’ll master walking and public transit to figure out where we are going.. we are all staying at the same hotel at least, so thats the least confusing

    3. dr_strych9

      This is an evil question. You need more criteria to help nail down an optimal solution.

      Well, 5th Floor is right there if you want to burn a hole in your budget. The best Indian food in the city is not within walking distance, but Roti on West Portal is an easy MUNI ride. For French, I recommend taking out-of-towners to Belden Place, which is a pedestrian street with a bunch of small bistros, or the restaurant at Cafe de la Presse on Bush at Grant. Afghan food at the Helmand on Broadway near Kearney in North Beach is a short cab ride. Scala’s Bistro off Union Square is good for Italian.

  9. pauldeman2pt0

    Re: Poll

    A “droput,” really?

    How have you been these days, btw?


  10. detcarguy

    She should broaden her horizons and not be so closed and narrow minded. Where have people’s sense of adventure gone???

    1. sooz

      closed minded? for not eating animals?

      1. detcarguy

        Closed minded for the laundry list of where it has to be located, what she has to wear, and the rest of her list. So learn to read and comprehend, and not selectively read like the hypocritical christian right-wingers do to minimalize other people.

        Meanwhile don’t even bother trying to use this as a soap box for your “for not eating animals”. Your still eating plants, but apparently you also look down on them as a lower life form that your can kill by ripping out of the ground, tear apart from limb to limb and eat?!

  11. crucially


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