"Established in 2009, Evolution is San Diego’s original vegan fast food outlet and the vegetarian’s answer to the universal fast food burger joint, including the drive-thru window. Following the successful formula of meat-centric burger joints, the restaurant has a menu of burgers, tacos, and wraps, including the gluten-free Evo Burger with either a black bean or house-made tempeh patty stacked with fresh lettuce, pickles, grilled onions, cheddar cheese, tomato, and a creamy Thousand Island dressing. Pair burgers with a side of chili cheese fries and organic shakes or smoothies."
"As San Diego’s first vegan fast-food restaurant, Evolution has set the bar high. It was one of the first restaurants in the city to adopt completely biodegradable packaging—what appear to be plastic utensils and containers are in fact byproducts of wheat and corn which will eventually be reabsorbed back into the soil. The familiar fast-food favorites are also exceptional—from the flaky fish street tacos to the In-N-Out-style EVO Burger."
"What we found: Evolution is the original vegan drive-through restaurant in San Diego. The menu features fast food classics like burgers, fries, sandwiches, wraps, as well as such California musts as burritos, tacos, and smoothies. There’s also a number of pre-made desserts stacked in a refrigerated showcase by the register."
Plant Power Fast Food
4.6 (1565 ratings)
Casual counter for plant-based vegetarian & vegan fast-food fare such as tempeh burgers & smoothies.
"Any item you would find on a typical fast food menu is proudly plant-based, non-GMO, organic and free from additives and preservatives. Get a “beefy’ patty for your burger or opt for the black bean version, on options such as the Big Zac (sound familiar?), the holy guacamole or mushroom swiss with a side of crispy fries or kale slaw. Kids can get a meal with chicken nuggets, mini corn dogs, or a cheeseburger and finish it off with a milk-shake, organic soda or kombucha."
"A good example of this is the amount of vegan ‘fast food’ places that are popping up in California. You might not think the words “healthy” and “fast food” could be in the same sentence, but vegan fast food eateries have changed the game, offering healthy meals on the go. I used to only be able to find sit-down vegan restaurants that would take ages to prepare the food (sorry Cafe Gratitude, I’m looking at you)."
"Plant Power offers awesome vegan food without GMOs or artificial ingredients. Their menu includes burgers, sandwiches, breakfast, salads, small bites, and shakes, along with a kids’ menu. Plant Power has three locations in San Diego, and their Ocean Beach restaurant has a drive thru—for those of you who need your vegan fix fast."
Jack in the Box
3.9 (2105 ratings)
Burgers, chicken, tacos & breakfast items fill out the menu at this fast-food chain.
1619 Pacific Hwy, San Diego, CA 92101, USA
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"Tony’s Wings in North Clairemont and Absurd Bird and Chicken Wing Co. in Carmel Mountain are some of the more affordable places from which to order Fast Food delivery. For other places in San Diego with budget-friendly options, look out for the places with one “$” as you browse."
"El Jardin chef and partner Claudette Zepeda-Wilkins starred on Top Chef and Top Chef Mexico, but this is far from a vanity project. The regional Mexican restaurant in Arts District Liberty Station is deeply personal. The chef grew up in Tijuana..."
3.7 (602 ratings)
Fast-food chain known for its variety of piled-high burgers & meal combos, plus shakes.
"Although there are quite a few bakeries, donut shops, and ice cream parlors in San Diego that offer vegan options, Starry Lane Bakery is the only place I’ve found that offers 100% vegan desserts. And, might I add, really good vegan desserts. The great thing about this bakery is that it’s good for anyone who is sensitive to food allergens, since they make all of their desserts without the top 10 most common allergens."
"Born from the minds of two sisters – one with life-threatening food allergies – all of the bakery’s products are Top 10 allergen-free. Starry Lane values the health and safety of their customers, and they achieve that through transparency and delicious food."
Frost Me Cafe and Bakery
4.6 (157 ratings)
Stylish cafe & bakery overlooking the Piazza della Famiglia offering pastries & savory plates.
"This isn’t neccesarily a full blown breakfast spot, but it is home to my favorite donuts in San Diego… & I worked at a donut shop for a year when I was 16 so I feel like I am a fair judge. Their donuts are INTERESTING af- the menu changes daily, but just a few examples of their flavors: strawberry jam with almond malted milk glaze, mango habanero, horchata, guava with a cream cheese drizzle, thai tea (one of my faves) & SO MANY MORE. I am drooling. Location: North Park"
"Dubbed the best doughnuts in San Diego last year by San Diego Magazine, Nomad has must-try flavors that change frequently but could include creative takes like chocolate potato chip and orange cream chamomile. The North Park restaurant recently expanded its breakfast menu, which includes breakfast sandwiches made with their own wood-fired bagels."
"Another motif you may notice as you peruse this list is the abundance of donuts. Donuts seem to be having their moment right now, but consider this a warning: nostalgic dessert trends tend to fade fast. Remember when cupcakes were big?"
Lunch Box Cafe & Deli
4.6 (274 ratings)
Bustling, down-to-earth daytime eatery making classic American breakfast fare, sandwiches & salads.
"8751 La Mesa Blvd, La Mesa, CA 91942Order Your Food Early Here$ | Cafe | Hole in the Wall | Hidden Gem. Lunchbox is a down-to-earth humble little shop that prides itself on providing excellent service and food. If it doesn’t then they have no problem fixing the issue."
4.1 (493 ratings)
Counter-serve bakery/cafe chain serving sandwiches, salads & more, known for its bread & free WiFi.