Greens: A User's Guide
Vegetarian Landmark | World-Renowned Chef | Spectacular Views
First course: potato griddle cakes with leeks, manchego, parsley, and chives
Main course: mesquite-grilled brochettes with mushrooms, potatoes, peppers, summer squash, and tofu
Dessert: blackberry, apricot, or strawberry sorbet
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.
Greens to Go serves the same food as the restaurant, only it's packaged to-go.
Get a glass of wine. It’s always been a point of emphasis here, especially bottles from small, high-quality producers who utilize sustainable vineyard practices.
Try to grab a seat near the windows, which peer out at the Golden Gate Bridge and Marin Headlands.
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.
Gracias Madre: A User’s Guide
Vegan and Vegetarian | Farm-Grown Fare | Mexican Recipes
Appetizer: empanada stuffed with grilled plantains, served with mole and cashew cream
Entree: nopales—prickly pear cactus, pico de gallo, and cashew cheese, served with black beans and rice
Dessert: cobbler made with peaches from the owners’ farm and topped with housemade cinnamon ice cream
About the Owners: At her home on Be Love Farm, Terces Engelhart often makes vegan meals from the farm’s bounty, even grinding corn to make her tortillas from scratch. Terces and her husband and business partner, Matthew, realized they could fill a void in the Bay Area by providing vegan Mexican fare that is also local and organic, and Gracias Madre was born.
Veg News named it an Editor’s Pick for its Restaurants of the Year 2013, citing the Engleharts’ talent for “stretching the boundaries of California vegan cuisine.”
Also in 2013, Haute Living named it one of SF’s top 5 vegetarian restaurants.
Empanada: half-moon-shaped pastry stuffed with savory ingredients, such as meats and veggies; most Latin or Latin-inspired cuisines have some form of the dish.
Pozole: a Latin American soup made with hominy, spicy chilies, meat (most often pork), and garnishes such as radish, cilantro, and lime juice.
While You’re in the Neighborhood
Before: Fuel mealtime conversations by catching an independent flick at the Roxie (3117 16th Street).
After: Get a new set of wheels at Mission Bicycle Company (766 Valencia Street).
The Three Faces of Café Gratitude
Fresh-from-the-Earth Vegan Food
Nobody ever opens a can at Café Gratitude. Here, chefs craft every single dish using only fresh fruits, vegetables, seeds, nuts, and whole grains. Huge believers in environmental sustainability and cruelty-free lifestyles, they cook with 100% organic ingredients—taken either from their own garden or from local farms—to create a menu of gourmet vegan dishes designed to taste great and make you feel even better. “What Café Gratitude serves is clean and good,” states Los Angeles Times food critic Jessica Gelt, “It feels healthful.”
Globetrotting Wine List
Here, you won't find a wine rack buckling under the weight of hundreds of bottles. What you will find is a small, focused selection that's adventurous in scope. Rather than stocking just local wines, the staff seeks out truly unique offerings from around the world, from Cahors, France, to Stellenbosch, South Africa. This curated list not only presents a wide swath of international flavors, but also, according to Examiner, “offers options in terms of texture and taste.”
All restaurants have a particular trait they’re known for—some are ritzy, some are relaxed, and some are just plain loud. It isn’t hard to discover what Café Gratitude’s signature quality is. In fact, it’s right there in the name. The earth-minded eatery not only focuses on preparing healthy vegan cuisine, but also on cultivating a spirit of gratefulness and positivity. To achieve this, the restaurant adheres to a practice called sacred commerce, which is rooted in the belief that businesses should infect the community with positive feelings and a desire to make meaningful changes. This ideology is perhaps most evident in Café Gratitude’s service. In addition to taking food and drink orders, the warm and friendly staff always ask guests the Question of the Day—such as “What do you have an abundance of?”—to set the stage for meaningful table conversations and opportunities for personal reflection.
Yogurt, cheese, milk? Do some or all of these sound great to you? Be a dairy fan and purchase some dairy products. They will keep you happy and healthy.
If no-muss, no-fuss is your kind of attitude, a delicious TV dinner may be right up your alley.
With a bottle of water in hand, it's easy to refresh and refuel. Grab a couple drinks from Thai Cafe and stay on the go all the time.
When you're looking for a little tart flavor to add to your meal, you'll want to grab some vinegar. For something a little more savory, that definitely calls for oil. When you shop here, you can stock up on either to ensure your food is tart and savory in equal measures.
Cereal might be the best part of waking up. Pick up your favorite box today.
Discover a new flavor of bread at Thai Cafe and get creative with your sandwiches.
Packed with essential nutrients, be sure to try walk away with some delicious fish for dinner.
Who has time to cook anymore? That's why there are frozen foods available here to help you keep pace with your career and family.
Planning a movie night? Stock up on all of your favorite snacks and munch and crunch all night long.
Looking for comfort food? What's better than spaghetti or a savory pasta dish? Grab some of this pasta today and your next meal will be on-point!
When you're in the mood to bake, remember to add a dash of extra sweetness. It will make your creations come alive like never before.
The drinks available here are a great way to restore your body's natural balance, so start sipping.
Here you can find an assortment of meats, such as pork and chicken, to meet your personal needs.
Soup and other canned items are important to have on hand when you're not feeling well. Stock up today.
The produce available here is a great side to any meal in need of some fresh nutrients.
Craft a flavorful meal with some of their gourmet seasonings and spices.
Whether you're a double shot of espresso or a jasmine tea, this place has you covered.
You can find parking easily in one of their many available spaces.
Soul Groove's chefs started cooking their fried chicken in pop-up and temporary kitchens in San Francisco's Mission District, getting fryers and stovetops wherever they could to serve a late-night soul food experience. They quickly garnered popularity, and, soon after, a kitchen of their own. They continue to prepare their signature Chicken Fried Soul sandwich, a bacon-wrapped, buttermilk-battered boneless chicken breast, fried and served between two maple-flavored waffles with jalapeño coleslaw and homemade barbecue sauce. The chefs also craft vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free iterations of the sandwich, as well as serving praline butter atop buttermilk waffles or biscuits made from scratch daily. Additionally, the chefs often conduct little experiments that result in off-menu treats, which may result in a new sandwich or a cure for the common cold. On a larger scale, the soul cuisine is available for corporate catering to businesses in Silicon Valley and the San Francisco area.
In addition to making delicious sandwiches, the Soul Groove crew enjoys giving back to their community. They have a mission to bring fine arts to inner-city kids, a mission they've helped fulfill by turning their dining room into a music-themed gift shop. In addition to playing soul music on vinyl records wherever they go, vintage art pieces coat the walls, little souvenirs cover shelves, and Soul Groove even sells its own line of clothing, allowing customers to both support charity and disguise themselves as employees so they can sneak into the kitchen and learn its secret recipes. Half of the proceeds from each item sold goes to the not-for-profit organization Today's Future Sound.
Urban Picnic: A User’s Guide
Healthy Vietnamese Food | Casual Cuisine
| Fresh-Pressed Juices | Produce Delivered Daily | Eco-Friendly Practices
Salad: kale and quinoa salad with blueberries, tomatoes, carrots, almonds, and nori
Soup: cage-free chicken pho with organic lemongrass broth
Side: spicy tofu
Drink: beet this—fresh-pressed juice made with beets, apples, lime, and mint
About The Ingredients: Chefs have produce delivered fresh each day, and they make dressings and sauces from scratch with absolutely zero trans fat. In most cases, they keep the veggies and fruit raw and unprocessed.
How They Respect the Earth: By using entirely compostable and recyclable packaging.
Inside Tip: Head to the 18th Street location on Sundays, when the Kearny Street restaurant is closed.
Press: Pop Sugar adapted the recipe for the restaurant’s kale and quinoa salad.
Pho: Vietnamese soup consisting of broth and rice noodles, often topped with meat or another protein and served with garnishes such as basil, sprouts, lime, and jalapeños.