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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  1. 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!

  2. Best frozen dessert is paradise yogurt!

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

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

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

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

  7. Starry Lane Bakery for cakes?

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

  9. 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!!!

  10. 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

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

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

    • CarlyVMorales

      December 22, 2016 at 9:46 pm

      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.

  13. Best sushi at the joint in ob!

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

  15. 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!

  16. Best burrito: Cali burrito at Loving Hut Mira Mesa

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

  18. 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

  19. 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..

  20. 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

      December 22, 2016 at 9:35 pm

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

  21. 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

      December 22, 2016 at 9:34 pm

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

  23. Moncai Vegan Best vegan restaurant in San Diego!

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

    • CarlyVMorales

      December 22, 2016 at 10:15 pm

      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!

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

  26. San Diego is so gracious for vegan food! Woo!

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

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

  29. 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

      December 29, 2016 at 6:18 pm

      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 and click on the map image for the interactive map. 😀

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

    • CarlyVMorales

      December 29, 2016 at 6:17 pm

      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. 😀

  31. “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?

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

  33. 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

      December 29, 2016 at 6:21 pm

      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!

  34. 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

      December 29, 2016 at 6:24 pm

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

  35. vegan tacos
    Mama Tess
    Taste of Lebanon
    Frozen dessert

  36. Cream of the Crop for markets!

  37. For pizza: Pizza Press Carlsbad!

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

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

  40. 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.

  41. 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!!!

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

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

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

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

  46. 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.

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