It’s easy to find veg meals in a health-conscious, food-friendly city like San Francisco. But the newest destination for vegetarians and vegans alike is actually across the bay, in Oakland. Over the past few years, Oakland has attracted a strong indie culture that is also seriously food savvy. And many of these newcomers have purely plant-based eating on their minds. Here are some of the hippest places for vegan eats in that other city by the bay.
For a vegetarian or vegan living—and dining—in a non-veg world, obligatory engagements at less-than-veg-friendly eateries can be tricky. Many veg newbies fear that giving up animal products means giving up all appearances of normalcy at family, social, and work gatherings that involve eating. That’s not true. It takes a little know-how, but vegetarians and vegans can dine well almost anywhere—even at a steakhouse.