COOL Restaurants (Davis)

Here are some restaurants which are particularly plant-based-friendly. Check them out and let us know what you think. For PIZZA, Thai, and Indian options and a peek at the Davis Food Co-op, go to those pages.

Home chefs/delivery to Davis
  • Conscious Cravings Kitchen, https://consciouscravingskitchen.com/, 949.278.7812,  orders@consciouscravingskitchen.com. This business offers bothpersonal chef services and a weekly meal prep consisting of six meals (two portions of three different menu items) delivered one day per week for $138 with delivery included. There is a set menu that changes weekly. If something off the menu is preferred, it is $35 for each substitution from the complete list of offerings.
  • Farmers Kitchen, gluten free and vegan meal prep and eat-in restaurant. It is farm to fork and the menu changes weekly. There are a few standard vegan items (bread is NOT vegan). Check on line or call for must recent menu. https://www.farmerskitchencafe.com/, 624 4th Street, Davis, CA 95616, 530.756.1862, roseanne@naturalfoodworks.com
  • Food Simply, 3-course pop up dinner events, catering, based in Sacramento. www.food-simply.com , 916.708.6296, camillebhankin@gmail.com
  • Leoncio Heredia/Chef Boyarleezy, https://www.instagram.com/chefboyarleezy/?hl=en , Messenger: m.me/chefleon1986, FB: Chefboyarleezy Meal preps, chefleon1986@gmail.com
  • Mylapore Express, based in Roseville. This is a north and south Indian food delivery service that happens once a week on Sunday. Orders have to be placed in advance before 8:00 pm Friday and the food will be delivered on the immediate Sunday. Delivers to Davis. Order here: www.MylaporeExpress.com, 916.925.6200
Healthy Options

 Three Ladies Cafe opened in October 2017 offering vegetarian, healthy breakfast and lunch foods. They specialize in smoothies, “functional drinks”, bowls, sandwiches and baked goods. They have a tofu scramble, scones, and overnight oats for breakfast. The ingredients are fresh, the staff is friendly, and they aim to provide a nutrient packed meal for under $10. 130 G Street.

Sun & Soil Juice Company moved to the courtyard where 3-Mile Beer is. located. They specialize in organic, cold pressed juices, organic cashew milks, juice blends, freezes, shots, and primarily vegan food and snacks (honey is in a few items). 231 G Street

Middle Eastern

Chickpeas is an Israeli-style falafel bar served in pita or on a plate, then you top it with liberal, very freshly made, salad bar selections. NEW ITEM: Vegan shwarma!!  The food is very traditional and tasty middle eastern food. (Every item is vegan except 2: the actual meat shwarma and the serve-yourself yogurt dressing.) Vegan-owned. 640 W Covell Blvd (next to Ding How)

Chinese

Ding How Restaurant has a completely separate vegetarian menu which mimics their regular menu. There are only a few non-vegan items on it (that include egg), so be specific with the wait staff. 640 W Covell Blvd

Davis Noodle City has a vegetarian section on their menu, a few of which have eggs (you can swap rice noodles in instead of egg noodles). An inexpensive giant bowl of soup will fill you up til the next day. Behind Sophia’s Thai on E Street.

Japanese

Nami Sushi is popular with students – great price (around $18) for all you can eat! Vegan items include: Miso soup (ask for them to make a vegan version), the standard starters, inari, and 4 Veg sushi rolls. One roll may come with mayo sauce, ask for it without the sauce.) Note: if the owner is the chef while you are there, you can ask for him to get creative and make something up. They are very fast, very filling. Most waiters know what vegan is – but most importantly, the chefs do. Specify if you don’t want anything fried in your roll (inari tofu skin is made and packaged separately – not fried with the rest of the food). If you have 12 guests and let them know 2 days in advance, they will do an incredible, artistic, delicious vegan menu for the same price. Small. Sports on TV if you eat at the bar.  2880 5th Street (shopping center with Goodwill)

Zen Toro is the highest-end sushi place in town. Great date-night location. They have some ingredients not always found in veg rolls – pickled daikon and plum. There is enough to make a nice meal, so we are adding them to our list. But the offerings are very limited and basics like miso soup cannot be made vegan. Please go in and ask them to add more vegan options. It is ridiculous that they cannot make up an individual order of miso soup, which only has one ingredient: miso. They do everything else so well. In the bottom of Mansion Square, E St at corner of 2nd.

Davis Sushi Buffet is definitely a student-oriented place, but the price is right and the food is fresh. Vegans should order off of the menu — not as cheap as the floating buffet, but there are a number of options. The wait staff? Well, it depends who you get. Read carefully. You can really fill up here. 2nd between F/G

Noodles

Red 88 Noodle Bar truthfully only has one soup that is vegan, but they have a very small menu, so we would not expect more. There are two appetizers and the wok-seared menu has a few “alterable” dishes. The Veggie Soup is why most of us go there–it is very large and filling. They are one of the only places open for a late meal and do serve alcohol. 223 G St

American

Ike’s Place is a chain from the Bay Area with an owner who went to UC Davis. Sandwiches galore – about 10 huge subs that are vegetarian or can be made vegan, several kinds of bread and sauces. They use Gardein and Tofurky products and some vegan mayo that is yummy. The web site has a selection for Davis to see the local menu. F St between 2nd/3rd.

The Davis Coop is starting to roll out the welcome mat a little wider with prepared foods that are ready to eat. Grab for a picnic or take home dinner! The hot food bar is experimenting with new items. There is a fresh sushi stand with vegetable rolls and inari. There are also deli salads, choose-your-own sandwich fillings, and tamales they can heat up. G St between 6th/7th.

Delta of Venus is just for brunch these days. Serves up breakfast items, many of which have subs you can make (tofu for eggs). Made to order, first come-first served, often a line (popular with students). There is limited outdoor seating-nice on warm days.  122 B Street

Bistro 33 started to offer the Impossible Burger in November 2017. $16 for the burger and fries — you MUST specify that you want a vegan version to get vegan cheese and vegan mayo (otherwise it comes on the menu with cow-milk cheddar and egg white mayo). They have a hummus wrap that can be ordered without cheese and two appetizers that are vegan if ordered without cheese. 226 F Street

Sweets

CREAM Nation has vegan cookies and vegan ice cream. There are only 2 kinds of ice cream, but it is so sinfully good, you won’t care that it is not a gourmet flavor. They will usually offer to change their gloves. Line out the door. F/1st

Good Scoop has 4 interesting custom flavors of non-dairy sorbet. Flavors rotate. (Cones are not plant-based.) 130 G St, also at Farmers Market.

The Davis Coop is doing an AWESOME job carrying things plant-based eaters like–look for the 4 refrigerator cases (cheese, sour cream, cream cheese, “milks”, yogurt, burgers, “meats”) and 2 frozen cases, they have VeganEgg in a specialties shelf, and have pretty much everything you can get in Whole Foods. They carry a line of Sugar Plum Bakery cakes, Just Desserts vegan chocolate cake/cupcakes, in addition to other cookies and candy that you’d expect to be there.

Let Them Eat Cake has at least one vegan cupcake choice daily, new vegan selection comes out on Wednesdays. They make special occasion, custom decorated sheet cakes that should be ordered at least 2 weeks in advance.  310 C St

Booze and Drinks

Sudwerk Brewing Co Dock Store – all of the Sudwerk beers are confirmed vegan. The Dock is very popular in the evenings, there is frequently a live band with relaxed outdoor seating in what was part of the parking lot. It’s fun. The restaurant adjacent is NOT vegan-friendly, though they have a hummus plate. Pop Up plant-based fast food is there twice monthly provided by Roaming Spoon. (You can find them on twitter and facebook to see dates.)  2001 2nd St

Sun & Soil serves organic cold-pressed juices in interesting, healthy combinations that are very refreshing. There is coffee, teas, and cleanses, smoothies and freezes, and a small amount of vegan organic food and snacks. G St between 5th/6th

Date night? Destination dining?

We’re a little short on this category…go ask the nicer places to add to their menu. Sometimes Seasons has one dish.