SF Veggie Eats: Gracias Madre & Cha-Ya Japanese

If you’re a vegetarian in San Francisco, you won’t go hungry as there will usually be a veggie option available at most restaurants. However, I still made an effort to visit a number of veggie eateries during my week there in August.

Here’s a peek of the food I ate:

Gracias Madre

Quesadillas de Camote

Yes, delicious organic Mexican cuisine. Click more as I feature 2 veggie restaurants located in SF’s vibrant Mission district.

Gracias Madre

I had Quesadillas for my main meal, which is filled with thick mushy sweet potato folded into tortillas served with cashew, nacho cheese and pumpkin seed salsa. It was so massive I didn’t manage to finish every morsel of it.

For starters, we had Guacamole con Tortillas.

Gracias Madre - starter

Basically, a basket of warm tortillas served with creamy mashed avocado mixed in cilantro, chili, and lime. Delicious!

Gracias Madre - thumbs up

Ross, who was my host for lunch that day had a massive plate of Enchiladas con Mole. According to menu, it’s spicy and topped with mushrooms and cashew cheese served with sauteed green kale and beans.  I didn’t get to try it but it looked good. 

Gracias Madre kitchen

The open kitchen concept at Gracias Madre. It was a sunny day, so we sat outside that afternoon.

Gracias Madre outside

That’s my view of Gracias Madre, which I think means “Thank you, Mother” in Spanish as I savored the yummy organic Mexican cuisine located on 2211 Mission Street.

Cha- Ya Vegetarian Japanese Restaurant

Craving for veggie Jap cuisine in SF? Look no further at Cha-Ya, which is inspired by Zen cooking.

If I could have my way, I would like to order a bit of everything on the menu. But since I can’t this is what I finally settled on after 10 minutes of studying the wide variety available.

Cha Ya Japanese vegetarian

Taku-Sui gyoza hot pot soup noodles

At US$7.75, I tucked in to a sizzling veggie pot filled with tofu, zucchini, nappa cabbage, snap peas, asparagus, broccoli, cauliflower, silver noodles, and mushrooms in a light broth and served with a ponzu citrus sauce. Cha Ya was very generous with its veggie portion, much more than the silver noodles, which I liked a lot. Of course, the Gyoza was the highlight of the dish and they were tasty. Satisfying meal and would like to return and check out its other dishes next time.

Address: 762 Valencia St, San Francisco 94110 (Between 18th & 19th St)

Can’t get enough? Check out my previous post of San Francisco veggie restaurants.

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