So, I'd like to tell you about some more of the amazing eats to be had in San Francisco's East Bay. There is a lot to cover, but let me start by bragging that, here in Oakland, there is a vegan bar. That's right. A. VEGAN. BAR. Are the people there extra attractive? You betcha! Vegan men are so hot, and we ladies are looking excellent as well. The bar is called Olde Depot, and it's located right next to Souley Vegan, a vegan soul food restaurant that everyone else seems to like a lot more than I do, although I do like it. And, OK, unfortunately, the only alcohol Olde Depot has is beer, which is not my favorite thing, but hey! All vegan beers! Plus food. Swooooooon.
That there is the Herbed Chick'n Sliders. Seriously, hands down, Olde Depot has the best veg chick'n I've ever had. So far, I've only tried their chick'n, and not any of their other veg meats, but it's hard to pick something different when what I've had is so good. This was delish. There were some mushrooms on those sammiches and a very enjoyable house dressing on the salad. The menu at Olde Depot changes on the daily, but so far, each thing my friends and I have ordered has been a delight. Check out what my friend got, also.
That there is the beer-battered chick'n and chips. You know, my younger sister says her favorite food is "bar food." This here just goes to show you that no one needs to give up their favorite food by going vegan. Bar food extraordinaire!
You know what else is cool? There's this catering company called Hella Vegan Eats that has these pop-up kitchen events all over the Bay. They're based in Oakland, but they also have pop-ups in San Francisco, and I wrote about one when I was just visiting this area back in October. I finally made it out to another such event, but this time right near to where I'm living in Oakland at the Commonwealth Cafe and Pub. I don't have much in the way of money, and I prefer to eat healthy, but I'm not going to lie, I lusted after Meen Deen Doughnut Burger Supreme, which is a brown rice beet patty, special sauces, and burger fixin's, all on two friggin' doughnuts. But I was like, "No, I'll get a salad," and ordered the Organic Farmers Market Salad.
Also, did you know that the East Bay has its own all-vegan Mexican place? Everyone knows about Gracias Madre in San Francisco, but in Berkeley, there is a cool little place called Flaccos, which is oddly hidden from view despite it having its own little parking lot.
|This is the view from the parking lot, but I think you can imagine how not visible this place is from the sidewalk on the other side.|
Yay for food and for the friends with whom I went to eat and for the interesting people I met at each of these places and for the East Bay! I love my life, and this post is making me hungry.