A neighborhood vegan restaurant.
Posted on 07 / 01 / 2009
This is not just a juice bar.
The first time I stopped in, I was expecting a juice bar, based on a review I read previously. So I had a smoothie and it was good, if a little pricey. The second time, I went for the food. Except for bee pollen (which I'm not inclined to hold against it), as near as I can tell, the food is entirely vegan, catering to both those who like their food cooked and those who like it raw. I'd have to look again to see if they use any dairy in any of their drinks.
I had their grain bowl, consisting of quinoa, a soup they have, and some veggies, for $8.50. I'm not a real big vegetable eater, but I left there satisfied and with a full stomach. The service was friendly and swift.
They also offer vegan waffles for breakfast, making it one of the few vegan restaurants in this part of the world that is actually open for breakfast. The counterperson I asked (on my first visit) wasn't sure of their opening time but thought it was 8 or 9 am.
So all that is good, but there are other reasons to consider this place. First, it is way out in the Sunset District. Yes, it is only a couple blocks from Golden Gate Park, but not a part of the park where there are lots of people. It is just far enough in from the ocean that you don't get crowds from there either. This is a place that serves its neighborhood, and from what I can see, their neighbors are happy. You'll be able to find parking without hunting for it very hard and if, like me, you occasionally wind up traversing San Francisco from the peninsula north during rush hour, a little extra navigation will bypass all that traffic and bring you out to this place where you'll find truly nutritious options and a pleasant place to wait out the traffic.
About the only drawback to this place is that it lacks WiFi. It is kind of a small restaurant, with only a few tables, so they probably couldn't handle a lot of people hanging out for hours. But it does somehow feel like the sort of place that ought to have WiFi.
excellent food, healthy cuisine, breakfast