• Busy B Thai Cafe

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  • White Veg-options

Serves meat, vegan options available. Has separate vegan menu listing dishes like the veggie paradise, tofu lover, eggplant, fried rice, pad thai, pad kee mao, and pad woon sen. Open Mon-Fri 11:00am-9:00pm, Sat-Sun 8:00am-9:00pm.

17 Reviews

First Review by NM4Life


Points +47

04 Apr 2023

whole vegan menu!

My husband and I came here for date night and our food was amazing! they have an extensive separate vegan menu and also mentioned they could make most things on the regular menu vegan as well. we love thai cuisine and here we were confident the food would be truly vegan. The prices were fair for the taste, portions, and service. we will be back!

Pros: cute decor & chill vibe

Cons: no bathroom



Points +356

13 Mar 2023

Excellent options

Tasty, good service, a WHOLE separate vegan menu. I couldn’t ask for more from an omni restaurant

Pros: Separate vegan menu, Good portions and prices


Points +24

12 Jun 2022

Very good

Would give 5 stars if the app would let me. The food is great and the owners are super nice. I love the pad Thai and vegan Thai tea


Points +263

22 Oct 2021

Amazing Pad Thai

Possibly the best Pad Thai I've had in San Diego. My only complaint is I think they forgot to add the spice. I asked for a level 3, but I didn't taste any spice at all. Otherwise, very delicious food. They are very accommodating to vegan diets.


Points +38

18 Jun 2021

Great options

This is one of my favorite Thai places! Although this is an omnivore restaurant, they offer to make many of their dishes vegan. We have been to this place many times and they always make our favorite dishes perfectly. Typically it is just the 2 owners behind the counter, but they recently hired some additional help. However, I have not noticed any decline in the quality of the vegan meals that we order.

Pros: Lots of vegan options, Can add Tofu to anything, A lot of food

Cons: Takes a while, Driveway entrance only on SB Magnolia


Points +172

01 Oct 2020

First time here

Husband and I grabbed Panang Curry with tofu and veggie Pad Thai. Both were good. Husband wasn’t wild for the Pad Thai but I’m certain it’s because he’s used to the one we normally get by our house in Redlands. Anyway, I enjoyed the curry. We ordered via Yelp, unfortunately I placed a comment to make items spicy but were not spicy. Maybe next time?

Pros: Separate Vegan Menu


Points +48

14 Mar 2020


Wish we lived closer. Thanks to Happy Cow for another great find!

Pros: Great Flavors and unique dishes.

Cons: Navigation got us lost. Well worth the search!


Points +50

22 Sep 2019

Very delicious

Their vegan options are very delicious, I really enjoyed the food and the berry mint lemonade.


Points +63

27 Jul 2019

Delicious Thai food at reasonable prices

They have a vegan menu. As of today, July 27, 2019, every dish costs $7.95. It is $1.00 to add tofu.

Pros: About 8 dishes are on the vegan menu.

Cons: None


Points +74

21 Jul 2019


We had the pad Thai which ehhh and the drunken noodles (I forgot the Thai name) which was good but salty. Specify how you want the tofu cooked, otherwise they bring it soft.

Pros: One of few places with vegan options in El Cajon, Good service

Cons: No air conditioning


Points +64

21 Jul 2019

So delicious

Would’ve given it a five star if this app would’ve allowed it. Troy was kind and the food was great and affordable. I had the yellow curry, sweet rice, and tea.


Points +30

06 Apr 2019

Deliciously affodable

Fresh thai. Vegan and vegetarian.

Pros: Lots of healthy vegan and veg options. Super fresh, Ridiculously affordable


Points +335

22 Jan 2019

Separate Vegan Menu

THIS PLACE IS AMAZING! Small little hole in the wall with great value and service! I had the veggie paradise and the kelp noodles and both had amazing flavor. I think a single meal is $8 before tax and tip, which is such a deal! I have taken all my friends and family here because it is amazing!


Points +139

08 Nov 2018

Awesome Authentic Thai

Troy, the owner and chef, is a Bangkok transplant with a perfect variety of Thai and Asian dishes on a separate vegan menu. Was patient and helpful with some grubhub ordering issues out of his control, and made me miss eating Thai food on the river during my last trip to Mae Hong Son (Thailand).

Will be back soon (probably today, lol) to try one of the curries and noodle dishes :)

Pros: Veggie Paradise - 10/10, Vegan Fried Rice add tofu - 10/10

Cons: No liquor license yet - no Chang beers :(


Points +22

19 Aug 2018


Wow I was on a business trip in the area and couldn’t find anywhere to eat. Well finally I found Busy B’s and I was thrilled with quality and price of food! It is a must go for a vegan or vegetarian!

Pros: Most delicious Thai vegan food I have ever tasted, Catered to all my questions about vegan offerings, Clean

Cons: None!!!


Points +11

Mostly Veg
11 Jun 2018

Super tasty fresh food and great service!

This little restaurant is cute and cozy and the staff is very friendly and attentive. Great interior, authentic and with a personal signature. We had a great lunch here, everything was made fresh! We also had very delicious ice teas and a surprising dessert - coconut ice cream with orange and caramelized nut sprinkles...hmm! We can only recommend this place :-)

Pros: Lots of vegetarian options, More vegan options planned, Cozy quiet atmosphere


Points +38

17 May 2018

Great Food, Super Place

Busy B Thai Cafe has a great vegan menu with a number of items. I was in town on business and I ate here at least 6 or 7 times. The Veggie Paradise is awesome, as was the Yellow Curry and Pad See-Ew. They also have steamed veggies, if you want to add more vegetables to any dish.

The people who work here are super friendly and helpful. I highly recommend this place.

Pros: Many vegan choices, Delicious!, You can order a side of steamed veggies.

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