Finding Plant-Based Proteins

Wild Mushroom French Dip at Barrel Republic in San Diego, CA
Wild Mushroom French Dip at Barrel Republic

Plant-based proteins are all the rage for 2019, and consumers are craving this health-conscious way to dig into a dose of protein. As one of the top food trends for the new year, plant-based proteins including mushrooms, pea proteins and legumes are both nutritious and delicious! Not only do they count toward your daily nutritional intake, provide essential amino acids and keep you full and satisfied but they also taste like the real deal. Take a tour of some of the most creative chef takes on plant-proteins and check out these trendy dishes around San Diego!

When it comes to the most important meal of the day, there’s no better stop than Breakfast Republic. Encompassing several locations around the city, Breakfast Republic is San Diego’s top spot to enjoy tasty takes on American classics complete with a fun, quirky and unpretentious atmosphere. Skip the meat in your favorite brunch plate with the Jammin’ Bennie, a non-traditional eggs benedict with blackberry-jalapeno jam, Italian vegan sausage and mung bean egg substitute drizzled with vegan hollandaise.

Stay on top of the latest trends at Backyard Kitchen & Tap, Pacific Beach’s chic coastal American eatery. Laid back yet lively, Backyard’s vibes are a natural fit for this seaside neighborhood. Take in outdoor cabanas, live walls, fire pits and indoor/outdoor seating to soak in the sun while chowing down on the Vegan Burger, an amazingly believable soybean root extract burger with a chipotle Impossible patty, fresh guacamole, spiced hummus, crispy onions and a toasted pretzel bun.

Portabello Butterut Spinach Tacos at Jalisco Cantina
Portabello Butterut Spinach Tacos at Jalisco Cantina

Find your fill of plant proteins at Jalisco Cantina, Oceanside’s go-to destination for enticing south-of-the-border fare and some of the finest tequilas in the world. Home to scratch-made cooking, creative takes on classic Mexican dishes and a stellar selection of signature cocktails, Jalisco Cantina’s vibrant dishes and specialty drinks are not to be missed! Sink your teeth into the Portobello, Butternut and Spinach Tacos, loaded with richly seasoned and roasted mushrooms and squash and served alongside cotija cheese, cabbage mix, jalapeno, crema, fresh pico, lime and radish for garnish.

No meat, no problem at Lazy Hippo, the vegan-friendly brunch café found in the historic Gaslamp Quarter. Charmingly whimsical, Lazy Hippo breaks the mold on the traditional breakfast café with creative takes on modern and traditional dishes along with healthy breakfast ingredient alternatives. Lazy Hippo has Taco Tuesday covered with their Jicama Soyrizo Tacos, low calorie substitute jicama tortilla shells filled with guacamole, salsa fresca, fresh cucumber and seasoned soyrizo.

Be sure not to miss out on a health-conscious meal at barleymash, the fun, high-energy downtown restaurant in the heart of the Gaslamp. Celebrating appetizing and progressive American bar fare inspired by the barroom staples of beer and bourbon, barleymash’s unique dining experience and aesthetic reminds that good times and great meals are meant to be shared. Fill up on the House Made Quinoa & Black Bean Veggie Burger, topped with pepper jack, baby greens, tomato, cucumber, pickled onion and an ale-aioli!

Get your veggie fix at Barrel Republic, the Oceanside, Carlsbad and Pacific Beach mecca for craft beer lovers seeking the taste of freedom. With well-over 40 casks of craft brew to choose from, customers can pour their own beer straight from the tap and pair with an extensive menu of elevated SoCal bar cuisine from smoked salmon to crispy avocado grilled cheese. Order up a plate of the Vegan Wild Mushroom “French Dip”, a plant protein replica of this sandwich favorite with portobello, oyster and button mushrooms, sautéed onions, spinach, vegan cheese and a rich porcini au jus.

Don’t let the latest trends pass you by! Stay up to date on the burgeoning San Diego food scene and the most exciting, health-conscious trends of 2019.