Veg Out in the East Bay: Five vegetarian and vegan restaurants

You don’t have to be a monk to crave food that’s good enough to talk about but that didn’t once talk. Taking meat out of the equation doesn’t mean sacrificing flavor, so more than just vegetarians bask in the heaping portion of PETA-friendly restaurants throughout the East Bay.  Covering international cuisine or American classics, these highlighted spots have made their mark on the dining map for deflating the stereotype of vegetarian meals as rabbit food for rolling eyes.

Souley Vegan

Did someone say meatless barbecue? 

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Souley Vegan

12th St. Oakland City Center
Millennium

This is Oakland’s place for gourmet vegan feasts in an upscale setting fueled by dark woods and dim lighting.

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Millennium

Rockridge (Oakland)
Flacos

Berkeley’s Flacos is where vegans go bonkers for the banana-leaf tamal. 

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Flacos

Ashby (Berkeley)
The Butcher’s Son

This counter service restaurant gets the award for best name ever for a vegan hot spot. 

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The Butcher’s Son

Downtown Berkeley
Udupi Palace

Known for its massive dosas in a small and casual dining room, this South Indian food eatery sits on both sides of the Bay Bridge and is well-versed when it comes to spices. 

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Udupi Palace

Downtown Berkeley

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