Golden Era Vegan
Golden Era has been a go-to locale for vegan food in the Civic Center area since 1999. The space has a naturalistic feel to it (think wood-paneled environs, with a forest photograph covering an entire accent wall in the back; tasteful floral arrangements and tropical fauna placed throughout), with the open kitchen serving sizzling clay-pot stews, raw cabbage mushu rolls, and other animal-free fare that keeps a loyal stream of regulars coming back for more.
The people who love Golden Era reeeeally love Golden Era. And once you walk into the clean, bright space (grab a booth if you’re comfortable dining indoors) and start feasting on the vegan Asian-fusion dishes, you’ll understand why. The menu is extensive, but favorite dishes include the golden rolls (fried, but egg-less), the papaya salad, the spicy sweet and sour soup, and the spicy Mongolian delight. Oh, and the smoothies are legit if you just need a healthy pick-me-up; the avocado one could be a meal on its own.
How to enjoy: Walk-ins only. Order online for takeout or get delivery via Grubhub or DoorDash.