Many conference attendees ask, “where can I get vegetarian or vegan food around here?” Vegetarians and vegans, as well as individuals with other dietary needs, such gluten-free, should have choices when they are out of town.
For starters, check out the Happy Cow for San Diego, http://www.happycow.net/north_america/usa/california/san_diego/
While downtown San Diego (around the conference hotel) doesn’t have an abundance of “vegan only” places, most California restaurants will accommodate dietary requests, if you just ask! Check the restaurant guide descriptions here: SAA_Host_Comm_2012_DiningGuide
Mint Thai Downtown, Veg-friendly! Thai food with many veggie options, tofu and mock duck. All soups are veggie broth based. Nice interior. Lots of seating. Has outdoor seating. Accepts credit cards.
Pokez, Veg and vegan friendly! Grungy cafe popular with youngsters. Features an extensive range of Mexican dishes with some vegetarian options including tacos, burritos, tostadas, and breakfast all day. Vegans to specify no dairy, etc. Large portions. *Be mindful of the service, sometimes it is super slow and not the most accommodating! They do have a delicious soy chorizo burrito!
La Gran Tapa, Authentic Spanish restaurant that is conscious of vegetarian diet. The menu denotes vg for vegan and vgo for vegan optional.
Other neighborhoods – a cab or bus ride away!
Station Tavern and Burgers, (South Park) Even though it’s a burger place, they have several quality vegetarian/vegan options (plus tater tots & really good sweet potato fries!)
El Zarape, (University Heights) Excellent black bean burritos with a super salsa bar!
Soltan Banoo, (University Heights) Nouveau Persian cuisine, try the pomegranate soup!
Sipz Fusion Cafe – North Park All vegetarian asian fusion! Vegan cheesecake too!
Casa de Luz – San Diego, (North Park) All Vegan! Provides breakfast, lunch, and dinner using seasonal, organic, gluten-free ingredients. Each day the one main entree, two salads, and one daily soup changes for lunch and for dinner. The bakery case features raw pies and cakes as well as vegan muffins and chocolates.
Veg ‘N Out, (North Park) Veggie cafe in the North Park neighborhood of San Diego. Menu includes in veggie burgers, hot and cold sandwiches, veggie dogs, smoothies, desserts, and other vegetarian and vegan food.
Jyoti-Bihanga, (Normal Heights) A neighborhood favorite… Menu features wraps, sandwiches, main entrees, and more. Call for schedule.