A mélange of glowing press surrounds Source's vegan and vegetarian menu, which chefs craft with compassion for all life forms amid purified air and shimmering light shows. The eatery feeds the senses and uplifts down-on-their-luck rainbows with waterfall sounds and soothing ambient music. An enormous stone dragon's head draws attention to brick-oven-fired pizzas cloaked adventurously in house-made mozzarella, truffle oil, and guacamole. As cool waves of filtered air carry snippets of happy chatter, ionically filtered water serves as a building block for organic veggie burgers, raw salads, and sandwiches on freshly baked bread. Raw agave nectar leaps into beverages to kick sugar to the curb and allow patrons to enjoy natural sweetness without stealing beekeepers' thermoses. A tent over the outdoor patio admits sun on warm days and releases sated sighs to soar up into the sky.
Maharani, named for the Sanskrit word for "empress," brings authentic Indian cuisine to San Francisco with a menu of savory selections from the subcontinent. Begin your Bollywood banquet with a side of garlic naan ($2.50), a traditional Indian bread, topped with garlic and cilantro to get palates prepared for Maharani's most popular dish—chicken tikka masala ($14.75), which is first covered in a fire-safe blanket of spices and then fire-roasted. Spare poultry and spear sheep with the seekh kebab ($13.95), featuring skewered minced lamb bedecked in herbs and spices, or avoid carnivorous desires altogether with the saag paneer ($8.95), offering spinach cooked in a blend of herbs and spices that pleases the biceps of sailor men everywhere. Maharani diners can wash down their dinners with a selection of wine and beer as thirst quenching as the world's largest democracy.
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Its name translating to "fountain of delight," Ananda Fuara provides eaters of all dietary proclivities with an effervescent wellspring of vegetarian and vegan cuisine. The menu focuses on fresh, natural, and organic ingredients combined in delicious dishes brimming with the flavors of India, the Mediterranean, and the Americas. For lunch, choose from a list of one-plate specials such as the neatloaf, conjured from grains, eggs, ricotta, tofu, and spices and served with soup or salad ($7.25; vegan upon request). The soy turkey, avocado, and cheese wrap is served on a whole-wheat tortilla and beribboned with mayo made from tofu ($8.45) rather than the eggs of endangered howler monkeys. Come eventide, feast on toothsome ravioli stuffed with roasted squash, red peppers, spinach, onions, tofu, and spices ($8.95), or a grilled barbecue tofu burger ($7.95). Swab the digestive deck with mango lhassi, shakes, or loose-leaf tea ($2.95–$4.95), and sweeten down the hatches with a slice of the best vegan chocolate cake, according to SF Weekly.
A Slice of History: In 2007, the New York Times summed up Greens and its accomplishments, saying it was "the restaurant that brought vegetarian food out from sprout-infested health food stores and established it as a cuisine in America."
Who's Cooking: Executive Chef Annie Somerville, an icon in vegetarian cooking. She arrived at Greens in 1981, and to this day, works closely with local purveyors to keep the restaurant's pantries stocked.
Green Gulch Farm: Located in Marin County, this residential Zen community was established along with Greens in 1979. It supplies the restaurant with seasonal produce year-round.
When to Go: Time your visit around dusk—that way, when you get those seats by the window, you can see the Golden Gate Bridge and the sun setting through its arches. Boom, double points.
If You Can’t Make It, Try This: Pick up chef Somerville's award-winning cookbook Field of Greens, a collection of nearly 300 recipes that include everything from Greens' famous pizzas to its addictive breads.