With a name like VeganBurg, you guessed it: this hip counter-service spot in Upper Haight is all about animal-free eats. The menu goes above and beyond what you’d typically expect of a vegan restaurant -- predictable sweet potato fries are replaced with seaweed fries, and each patty (GMO-free soy, sweet barbecued mushroom, or beetroot) satisfyingly captures the perfect balance of crunchiness and moist juiciness that you crave in a burger. With kid-friendly options and enthusiastic labels next to each item -- “rich source of Chromium!” and “loaded with Vitamin C and Potassium!” -- it’s a popular lunch joint, whether you’re in it to save the planet or trying to eat clean on a budget.
Now that you can get an Impossible burger at basically every restaurant (hell, even Burger King has them), VeganBurg isn’t quite as much of a shining star as it once was. However, it was the world’s first-ever 100% plant-based burger joint, so it definitely deserves a spot on this list. It’s also a great option when you want a house-made veggie burger as opposed to the lab-created stuff. Our favorite is the Mustang Relish burger, which has a crispy veggie patty, vegan bacon, egg, and cheese, lots of mustard, and is topped with pickles and red onions all on a wholemeal bun. It goes perfect with a side of seaweed fries. Yup, we just said that (and we totally meant it, too).
How to enjoy: It’s a fast-casual spot, so just walk in or order online for pickup or delivery.