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.
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)
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.
Nami Sushi is popular with students – great price ($18) for all you can eat! Vegan items include: Miso soup, the standard starters, inari, and 4 Veg rolls. 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
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
Sunrise Restaurant has a “Veggie and Tofu” section on their menu. 229 G St
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. 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
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
The Davis Coop carries a line of Sugar Plum Bakery cakes, Just Desserts vegan chocolate cake/cupcakes, and Butterfly Vegan Bakery products in addition to other cookies and candy that you’d expect to be there.
Whole Foods has vegan donuts, cupcakes, and a chocolate raspberry cake available daily. The Davis bakery will also do custom made vegan cakes and cupcakes to order (birthdays, special events). They are not GF. They are fantastic tasting.
Let Them Eat Cake has at least one vegan cupcake choice daily. 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. We recommend stopping by to tell them why you are not eating there even though you came to drink next door. 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?
Osteria Fasulo just unleashed (July 2016) a summer menu with Vegetarian and Vegan marked choices.
(We are waiting for Season’s new owners to add a separate plant-based menu, but it is not on line yet. If you call 1-2 days in advance, they will throw something together.)