Best of 2016 Contest

Please help us with our first annual Best of Vegan in San Diego 2016 awards! All polls below will close at 10 p.m. on December 31. If your choice is not listed, please select “Other” and comment below with the category and addition. We’ll update polls as necessary up until the deadline. Thank you for your participation, and good luck to all nominees! Winners will be announced in January and will receive a Vegan in San Diego Best of 2016 certificate, a special website listing, and bragging rights!

 

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77 Comments

  1. Marina

    For pizza: peace pies, for vegan friendly market: the fruit stand!!! It’s almost entirely vegan, besides the honey they sell. It’s incredible, and my favorite place to shop!

    • CarlyVMorales

      Thank you for the suggestions! I’ve added your nominees/votes to the polls.

  2. Dareen Nasser

    This was awesome

  3. Melanie

    Best frozen dessert is paradise yogurt!

    • CarlyVMorales

      Thank you for the suggestion! I’ve added your nominee/vote to the poll.

  4. Kevin K.

    It is amazing how many options there are in categories that didn’t even exist a handful of years ago! Go, vegans, go!

  5. Alyssa Mellizo

    My favorite brunch place is Naked Cafe! All their dishes can be veganized!

    • CarlyVMorales

      Thank you for the suggestion! I’ve added your nominee/vote to the poll.

  6. Beau

    Love this! We have so many great vegan options in San Diego <3

  7. Jen Katz

    Katie’s Healing Kitchen is by far the best brunch and she makes the best donuts too!!!

    • CarlyVMorales

      Thank you for the suggestion! I’ve added your nominee/votes to the polls.

  8. Alice

    Starry Lane Bakery for cakes?

    • CarlyVMorales

      Starry Lane unfortunately does not (yet) offer cakes!

      • Jim

        I’m pretty sure that they (Starry Lane Bakery) have a catalog of cakes that they will make to order.

  9. Tanya

    So fun! And I found out about new places I had never heard of:)

  10. Sarah

    I was surprised that there were no Ethiopian restaurants listed. We have so many! Also, I really like the University Heights Loving Hut. Great List!!!

    • CarlyVMorales

      Please let us know your Ethiopian suggestions!

  11. Elizabeth

    So proud of our San Diego community for bringing awareness to veganism in the spot light so others at least can give it a shot and be amazed how easy to eat animal friendly food at so many restaurants!!!
    Elizabeth Mansur

  12. Penny

    Pizza: Zpizza
    Tacos: Barrio Star
    Sushi: Sally’s on the Bay

    • CarlyVMorales

      Got them added, and your votes tallied! Thank you, Penny!

  13. Kiana

    Wee Companions for animal shelter. Pho Santee should probably be there for restaurant type.

    • CarlyVMorales

      Thank you for the animal rescue suggestion! I’ve added your nominee/vote to the poll. We’ll hang on to the suggestion for Pho Santee. Next year’s contest will have more categories, including best vegan pho.

  14. Diana

    Best sushi at the joint in ob!

    • CarlyVMorales

      Thank you for the suggestion! I’ve added your nominee/vote to the poll.

  15. Mike Scur

    Please add Pita Guys (in San Marcos). They have specifically vegan falafel

    • CarlyVMorales

      Thank you for the suggestion! I’ve added your nominee/vote to the poll.

  16. Claudia

    San Diego’s best vegan tacos/burritos of 2016? Definitely Loving Hut Mira Mesa. Surprised I didn’t see it on the list as their Breakfast Burrito & Cali Burritos are easily the best I’ve had!

    • CarlyVMorales

      Thank you for the suggestion! I’ve added your nominee/vote to the poll!

  17. Jamie

    Best burrito: Cali burrito at Loving Hut Mira Mesa

    • CarlyVMorales

      Thank you for the suggestion! I’ve added your nominee/vote to the poll!

  18. Jennifer

    Brunch: jyoti bihanga on adams its vegan and vegetarian! Its only about 11 dollars for a brunch buffet.

    • CarlyVMorales

      Thank you for the suggestion! I’ve added your nominee/vote to the poll!

  19. Alyssa

    For pizza I love Woodstocks they have a veggie lovers and vegan cheese – and for best pop up – it’s not necessarily a pop up since it’s been there for a min but they added a 6 page vegan menu in the last year but Pho Santee is amazing and the lady that runs it is a doll

  20. Josh Gonzales

    Best all vegan restaurant: loving hut, mira Mesa
    Best sandwich: loving hut, mira Mesa
    Pretty much loving hut, plant power and Moncai vegan are in general, my favorite restaurants in the world. Their food is so delicious it brings tears to my eyes..

  21. Jeff Collins

    Southern Fried Vegan also should be up for: Best Gluten-Free (1/2 the menu is), Best Sandwich (Fried Chickun Waffle Sandwich), and Brunch (All-You-Can-Eat Buffet)

    • CarlyVMorales

      Thank you for your input! I’ve added your nominees and votes to those categories.

  22. Carmen

    Glad to see this list, and to be able to make some choices here. This survey inspires me to try out more vegan places. Thank you.

    • CarlyVMorales

      Glad to hear it, Carmen!

  23. Heather

    SOUTHERN FRIED VEGAN SHOULD BE UP FOR: BEST SANDWHICH ,BRUNCH , &GLUTEN FREE OPTION. 🙂 😀 !!!!I love their brunch!!

    • CarlyVMorales

      Thank you for your input! I’ve added your nominees and votes to those categories.

  24. Carol

    Moncai Vegan Best vegan restaurant in San Diego!

  25. Princesa

    For best ethiopian food Muzitas on park blvd
    For best sushi SushiUno Delicious stuff

    • CarlyVMorales

      Thank you Prin! I added your nominee/vote for Sushi Uno to the best sushi poll. This year we decided against including categories like Ethiopian/Mexican/Indian, etc., but we will likely do so for next year. We’ll keep your suggestion for next year, and we’ll also add it to our list of vegan-friendly places! Thank you!

  26. Chris

    City Tacos in NP has an awesome arugula portobello taco that can be made vegan! So good.

  27. Ivette Mendoza

    San Diego is so gracious for vegan food! Woo!

  28. Mirna

    A La Minute for frozen dessert, Wrench & Rodent for sushi.

    • CarlyVMorales

      Thank you for your input! I’ve added your nominees and votes to those categories.

  29. Mirna

    Lazy Acres in Encinitas for market. But also, Frazier Farms and Sprouts have a good selection of vegan options.

    • CarlyVMorales

      Thank you for your input! I’ve added your nominees and vote to that category.

  30. Seren

    San Diego seems spread out for those of us who don’t live there. Does anyone know of a site or page where vegan/vegan-friendly places are listed by area/neighborhood?

    • CarlyVMorales

      We’ve started a map and we’re working to add the vegan-friendly locations, but currently have all the 100% vegan places listed. You can visit our home page at http://www.veganinsandiego.com and click on the map image for the interactive map. 😀

  31. Tracy

    How about best vegan nutrition and cooking classes as a category? There is a list on vegan Diego.

    • CarlyVMorales

      Great idea! I’ll add it right now. I’ll send you a FB message when it’s ready so you can spread the word. 😀

  32. Alida

    “Choice” located in Carlsbad is an excellent All Vegan spot. I believe it is still SD county.
    Question: Is Anthem Vegan only at farmers markets?

    • Alida

      Oops, it’s already on list… lol

    • CarlyVMorales

      Anthem does pop-up around the county, including farmers markets, breweries and even SDSU when class is in session. They do a great job of keeping their locations up to date: http://anthemvegan.com/locations-and-contact/.

  33. Paul

    The Cattle Decapitation at Hamilton’s is the best burger.

    • CarlyVMorales

      Thank you, Paul. I’ve added Hamilton’s as an option for the burger. 🙂

  34. Amy

    Great poll! Curious why Katie’s healing kitchen isn’t on the popup or restaurant poll but is on the donut one? They aren’t really known for donuts… But my vote is for Katie’s Healing Kitchen for best Pop-up. Thank you! I had selected “other”.

    • CarlyVMorales

      Thank you for the suggestion, Amy. We added Katie’s to the pop-up category based on your feedback, and I added your vote in. They were added to the category for donuts by request. Thank you for voting!

  35. Jim

    Ike’s Sandwiches (Ralph’s/Trader Joe’s Mall on University in Hillcrest) has a fair amount of vegan sandwiches and should be included on that list.

    • CarlyVMorales

      Thank you for the suggestion, Jim. I added Ike’s to the sandwiches category and added in your vote. Thank you for voting!

  36. Crystal

    vegan tacos
    Mama Tess
    Falafel
    Taste of Lebanon
    Frozen dessert
    Veganic

    • Crystal

      Mama Tesa stupid auto correction

      • Crystal

        Damn you auto correct!!!

        Mama Testa

  37. Kylie

    Cream of the Crop for markets!

  38. Shaina

    For pizza: Pizza Press Carlsbad!

  39. Sydney

    My favorite pizza place as a vegan is Newport pizza surprised it isn’t on here they’re always running out of vegan cheese

  40. Jenny

    For best vegan restaurant plant power fast food, for best vegan sandwich plant power fast food

  41. Ellen

    For podcast, The Sexy Vegan with Brian L. Patton, though I don’t know if he is San Diego specifically. Also has a cookbook and 99 cent Publishing Co, where you can buy recipes for, yup, you guessed it, 99 cents. Great YouTube videos, too.

  42. Joleyne :)

    Peace Pies has amazing dessert!!! They’re totally raw (so good for you!!) If I didn’t know they were from Peace Pies I would think someone was giving me non-vegan dessert, they’re incredible and anybody would love them!!!

  43. Trina

    For both best pop-up and vegan sandwich I vote Plant Power Fast Food!

  44. Geri

    Plant Power will be in every City very soon. What a Revolution they have begun. Amazing Food.

  45. PM

    Best Gluten Free vegan is definitely Healthy Creations in Encinitas. Amazing quality and they have non vegan options for your omnivore friends.

  46. Cari Beltane

    Podcast: Go Vegan Radio
    Cake: Sipz
    Pizza: Wholefoods (Hillcrest)

  47. Ari

    My mom & I went to Plant Powered a little over a month ago since they had such good reviews and they must have had an off night or something because we both disliked everything we got and haven’t been back since.

    • CarlyVMorales

      I’m sorry to hear that! What did you order?

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