San Diego Debuts As A ‘Top 10 Vegan-Friendly City’

PETA Honors SoCal Hotspot for Healthy and Humane Plant-Based Cuisine

For Immediate Release:
April 19, 2016

Moira Colley 202-483-7382

San Diego – With everything from an entire vegan menu at Little Italy’s Civico 1845 to Kindred, the vegan death-metal cocktail bar, the vegan dining scene in San Diego has exploded. That’s why, for the first time, San Diego has landed on PETA’s list of the Top 10 Vegan-Friendly Cities in the U.S., making its debut in the number-six spot and earning a framed certificate for Mayor Kevin Faulconer to display. Paul McCartney kicked off this year’s awards by presenting top honors to Portland, Oregon. A photo is available here.

“Whether you’re looking for lasagna romagnola made with seitan or a soy chorizo quesadilla packed with melty dairy-free cheese, San Diego has the restaurant for you,” says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. “San Diego is making a triumphant debut on PETA’s list thanks to vibrant and delicious cuisine that’s kind to animals, the environment, and diners’ health alike.”

San Diego is consistently ranked as one of the healthiest cities in the country—and a top city for triathletes—so its surge in plant-based restaurants is right on-trend. Its other all-vegan eateries include Evolution, a fast-food joint known for its “fish” fillet sandwiches and “chicken” Caesar wraps; delicious bakery Moncai Vegan; and veggie-packed raw-food restaurant Peace Pies. San Diego vegetarian restaurants like Plumeria, The Purple Mint Vegetarian Bistro, and Sipz Vegetarian Fuzion Cafe also offer a ton of hearty vegan options, from spicy meat-free Thai larb to “chicken” teriyaki—and for vegan-friendly Mexican food, look no further than the plant-based dishes on offer at Pokez and Casa de Reyes. Rancho’s Cocina has long been vegan-friendly, offering vegan cheese, and it recently added a variety of faux meats—including faux chicken, beef, and shrimp—to the menu. Even meat-heavy restaurants have started to put up signs encouraging diners to choose vegan options to help combat the California drought.

Rounding out PETA’s list are Los Angeles; New York; Detroit; Nashville, Tennessee; Honolulu; Seattle; Austin, Texas; and Richmond, Virginia.

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