Finding Unexpected Vegetarian Bites

City Tacos Portobello
City Tacos Portobello (courtesy photo)

October is Vegetarian Month, a great time to learn about the benefits of trying out a vegetarian diet. From the many proven health benefits to the impact on the environment, there are a lot of reasons to implement even one or two weekly meatless meals into your life. And it’s really not that hard! There are plenty of delicious San Diego spots that showcase delightful, veggie-only dishes, and we’ve rounded up some for you to try this October.

barleymash, a Gaslamp District favorite spot for after-work happy hour, serves elevated bar fare that includes flatbreads, oven-roasted wings and more. During Vegetarian Month, try something for dinner you might not otherwise order – The Farmhouse. You’re sure to enjoy this hearty bowl of roasted spaghetti squash, zucchini, tri color cauliflower, toasted quinoa, roasted tomato sauce and cilantro pesto, with a side of herb focaccia.

Jackfruit is a trendy meat alternative popping up on menus across the country, including atUnion Gaslamp. This neighborhood-friendly dining and drinking destination features a BBQ Jackfruit Sandwich, consisting of braised jackfruit, smoked cherry BBQ, baby kale slaw and crispy sweet potato, on caramelized onion bread.

Going meatless doesn’t mean you have to miss out on taste, especially at Woodstock’s Pizza. Stop into their Pacific Beach or SDSU location to try the Grateful Veg during Vegetarian Month. This pie is piled high with sliced bell peppers, white onions, fresh tomatoes, black olives and mushrooms. At Woodstock’s, you can also build your own custom pizza, with plenty of veggie toppings to choose from. Banana peppers, artichoke hearts and jalapeños – they’ve got it all!

San Diego’s favorite taqueria, City Tacos, boasts a menu of traditional, unique and tasty tacos, including their Portobello & Vegetables taco. The combo of grilled portobello mushroom, corn, black beans, pasilla chiles, arugula and tomato over melted Oaxaca cheese with a cilantro serrano chili aioli is available at all three locations – North Park, La Mesa and Imperial Beach. Wash it down with a cold beer or michelada.

Pacific Beach AleHouse is known throughout San Diego for its award-winning brewer, but the beach bar also features a full menu of iconic dishes made from fresh, locally sourced ingredients. If you haven’t yet tried the Vegan Bolognese, now is the time. This delicious and filling dish is made with Impossible “Meat”, tomato sauce, garlic, oregano, root veg hash, red pepper flakes, fettuccine, cashew “parmesan”.