October is Vegetarian Awareness Month, a great time to try out some of the unique vegetarian meals in San Diego. 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 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.
San Diego’s favorite taqueria, City Tacos, boasts a menu of traditional, unique and tasty tacos, including their vegan Coliflor signature taco. The combo of sautéed spinach, cauliflower, green beans, arugula and garlic topped with tomato and cilantro all on a jicama root tortilla is available at both the North Park and La Mesa locations. Vegetarians can also rejoice in the featured Portobello Con Vegetales, made with a grilled portobello mushroom, corn, black beans, pasilla chiles, arugula and tomato over melted Oaxaca cheese with a cilantro serrano chili aioli. Yum!
The Haven, a Kensington neighborhood pizzeria, serves up some of the best Neapolitan style pies in San Diego, along with fresh salads, hearty pasta dishes, wine and beer. Stop in during Vegetarian Awareness Month and start your meal with the Roasted Brussels Sprouts, topped with gorgonzola and roasted walnuts. At The Haven, diners can choose between creations such as the Total Package with roasted garlic sauce, caramelized onions, mozzarella cheese and brussels sprouts, or opt to build their own pizza. Load it up with fresh veggies like artichoke, bell peppers, mushrooms and spinach, among many others. They also recently added Vegan Meatballs to their menu made of savory eggplant and spices. Yes please!
With three locations in Pacific Beach, Hillcrest and Liberty Station, Fig Tree Cafe is a great brunch or lunch spot with a range of tasty meatless dishes. First thing in the morning, try a Veggie Scramble made with three eggs, sun-dried tomatoes, goat cheese and spinach, with a side of house potatoes and bread. If you come in for lunch, fuel up for your afternoon with the House Made Black Bean Burger served on a whole wheat bun. Mixed greens, tomatoes, avocado and spicy balsamic aioli add flavor to this delicious veggie option!
Since having first opened in 2001, Tajima has been satisfying San Diego’s growing hunger for authentic Japanese cuisine and ramen that is both unique and flavorful. And while many of their bowls include meat, all five locations also offer a Vegan Ramenwith Tajima original vegetable soy-based soup, spinach noodles, mixed veggies, baby spinach, corn, baby arugula, cherry tomatoes, deep fried tofu and sesame seeds, topped with black garlic oil. You can even add extra vegetable toppings including corn and kimchi.
The Taco Stand invites locals and visitors to taste authentic tacos, inspired by the many stands of Tijuana, created using handmade corn tortillas and the freshest ingredients. With locations in North Park, Encinitas, La Jolla and downtown San Diego, the possibilities for tasty tacos are endless! And The Taco Stand even offers vegetarian-friendly options, including their Nopal Taco made with flamed grilled cactus, melted cheese, cilantro sauce, tomato and avocado.
Recently opened in La Mesa’s downtown district, Curbside is a family-friendly, casual dining spot with delicious elevated bar bites and a fun cocktail menu. Their innovative menu features local ingredients used to make light lunches like salads, appetizing burgers and crafted sandwiches such as the Grilled Veggie Sandwich. Portobello mushroom, red pepper, onion, arugula and Dijon spread all come on sourdough bread, perfect for any veggie lover. Diners can also opt for the lime marinated portobello Tostada, covered in cabbage and cilantro crema, for another flavorful meatless meal!
Locals and visitors flock to Oceanside’s Jalisco Cantina for some of the world’s finest tequila and handcrafted cocktails, which pair perfectly with their made-from-scratch menu. During Vegetarian Awareness Month, try the Vegan Burrito – we promise you won’t be disappointed! Packed with black beans, cauliflower rice, avocado, pico, lettuce, cilantro and hot sauce, this main dish is both flavorful and filling. Pair with one of the beers on Jalisco’s rotating taps or wash it down with the Jalisco Margarita, an appetizing blend of CaliFino Reposado, Xicaru Mezcal Rinse, fresh lime, fresh grapefruit, orange curacao and agave nectar.