I’m only now getting around to sharing my bay area food stories with you nearly a month after the fact, but as they say, good things come to those who wait. So without further adieu…

'Thai Corn Cakes

My first stop was Neecha Thai which recently opened in the Grand Lake district of Oakland. They are not an exclusively vegetarian restaurant but they have a plethora of vegetarian/vegan choices. For starters we had their incredible corn cakes. Think of these as an edible orgy of crispy, slightly chewy corn and lime love. Fantastic. [Update: Probably made with egg]

'Neecha Thai Salad

As I’d just stepped off a plane I opted for a lighter meal and went with their salad. Sadly I can’t recall it’s name or all of what was in it, but I do remember it involved apples, crispy yams and a very tasty, citrus dressing.

'Vegan Soul Food

The next day we got to catch up with the folks vending vegan soul food at the Lake Merritt farmers market. Wow… this was so awesome! My plate consisted of spicy greens, stickily-sweet amazing yams and finger-lickin’ good BBQ tofu. They also had a great potato salad as well as a lentil dish. Now that’s some good eating right there.

Next came a special treat as we learned that Herbivore had just opened in their new Berkeley location on Shattuck. Of course I had to go!

'Vegan Soft Tacos

First came our appetizer of soft tacos: “two soft taco shells with beans, guacamole, vegan sour cream and salsa”. Yum!

'Vegan Lemongrass Noodles

My entree was the Lemongrass Noodles: “Char-broiled vegetables garnished with fresh cilantro and crushed peanuts in a lemongrass-ginger dressing over rice noodles with tofu”. It was delicious with the strong and pungent flavor of the lemongrass and the spiciness of the ginger. Berkeley just got even that much cooler.

'Vegan brunch at Fellini

I’d heard tell that the vegan brunch at Fellini (also in Berkeley) is something else. I can now attest to the fact that these rumours are all true, it was excellent. I had the tofu scramble with vegan sausage, which came with grilled potatoes & vegan sour cream, wheat biscuit, jam and vegan butter.

Yet another breakfast spread, this time on another visit back to Herbivore.

'Vegan cornbread

I tell you, I can’t get enough of their blueberry cornbread. It’s the best thing on earth!

'Southwestern tofu scramble

I had already starting moving stuff around on the plate before remembering to take a picture, which is why it looks a bit of a mess. Anyhow, this was their Southwestern style tofu scramble which comes with potatoes, black beans, guacamole, vegan sour cream and spicy cornbread. All of it rocked. Talk about being in multi-flavored cornbread heaven! I actually only tasted some of this savory-spicy version, which was great, but at that point I’d really had my fill and needed to go catch my plane.

Here’s to another delicious time well spent eating and cavorting up north. I highly recommend it.

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8 Responses to “Vegan Food in the East Bay”
  1. Trina says:

    I’m so jealous of all your bay area eating and cavorting. I want to cavort, and preferably with that Thai salad.

  2. Vegan_Noodle says:

    Wow, what amazing looking food!! I can’t wait to get back to visit the Bay area again, such wonderful vegan options!

  3. FoodEater says:

    Trina and Vegan Noodle, it’s true… the Bay area is a hot spot of fantastic vegan food. Whenever I come home from a visit it’s usually with a few extra pounds around the middle as proof!

  4. Megan says:

    OH MY GOD. I’m moving to Berkeley in August and I can’t wait! OM NOM NOM!

  5. FoodEater says:

    Megan: Enjoy your move… you will be surrounded by fine food!!!

  6. GloZell says:

    I have been vegan for about… um… three weeks… I feel great. I loved readling your blog about all the different food choices…
    It you have time… please vist my Sexy Vegan part 1,2,3,4 and Prince is a Vegan on YouTube thank you so much…
    GloZell

  7. Jake says:

    Wow… why does all vegan food look so unappetizing? It looks like they’re trying really, really hard here, too. I give them credit for that. But that soul food just looks like dark slime…

  8. Foodeater says:

    Jake: Dark vegan slime is delicious.

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