Eating vegan and vegetarian with kids is so much easier at home when you can control exactly what goes into your food. We asked some of our veggie-loving friends to share their favorite kid-friendly vegan restaurants to eat in the East Bay with families. These are the easiest, tastiest, and overall kid-friendliest places to eat vegan and vegetarian with the family!
Super family-friendly vegan & vegetarian restaurants
Sabra McDunn has a few favorite vegetarian and kid-friendly vegan spots in Oakland and Berkeley.
She told me that Herbivore on Shattuck Ave. has a huge menu and her boys especially like eating breakfast there (Now closed). Souley Vegan in Oakland is great and has so many tasty side dishes. The Butcher's Son is a new Vegan Deli on University Ave with amazing sandwiches that her kids LOVE. Also, Mr. Dewie’s Cashew Creamery on Solano in Albany has cashew-based “ice cream” that is super good; the boys ask for it all the time!!!
Jenny Wong told us that her kids' favorite place to get vegan food in Berkeley is Saturn Cafe for vegan burgers, nachos and shakes. They also love Cha-Ya where they eat vegan sushi, miso soup, and tempura soba (CASH ONLY). For dessert, Cinnaholic, a vegan bakery, has warm cinnamon rolls with custom toppings.
Dan Lim and his family have a fancy favorite. For a completely vegan menu, they like Sanctuary Bistro; the food is good, organic, local, and gluten-free. His family is also enjoying Mr. Dewie's Cashew Creamery below.
Honorable mention: these places have a full menu with great kid-friendly vegan & vegetarian choices
- Picante: Check out the vegan burrito, guacamole, Agra fresca.
- Smart Alec's: Burgers and fries near campus
- Bobby G's: pizza joint with vegan cheese pizza and vegan sausages (and will have your favorite game playing on one of the TVs)
- Vampire Penguin: shave ice place with create your own toppings
Where are your favorite vegan and vegetarian restaurants when you're eating out with your children?
[Photos by Whitney Moss; Rosa Sheng; Anna Azimi; used with permission, all rights reserved]