• vegan happy hour at the plant cafe in san francisco

    March 17th, 2011quarrygirlbay area, more restaurants (not LA), san francisco

    on a recent trip to the bay area we decided to check out the plant cafe, a sleek healthy restaurant with loads of vegan options, located on san francisco’s pier 3.

    it was late afternoon when we visited and we weren’t super hungry—so after browsing plant’s menu online, we went with the plan to share a tempeh reuben. however when we arrived at 3pm, the hostess presented us with a special happy hour menu, which didn’t list the sandwich. this was okay though, because this menu was loaded with great vegan items from sliders to appetizers, and everything was small and cheap. perfect!

    we grabbed a seat across from the long bar and set about deciding what to order. the decor in plant was absolutely lovely—roomy and comfortable with large tables, high ceilings, and moody lighting. it was pretty empty when we were there as well, which suited our misanthropic nature.

    they had some pretty tempting boozy creations on the happy hour menu, as well as beer and wine. we were already pretty buzzed from an afternoon drinking session at magnolia though, so we decided to pass on the alcohol this time (crazy, i know!). we started with a plate of the patatas bravas to share, which was excellent…

    patatas bravas. $5

    these delicious little potatoes were grilled up in oil and served with both a tomatoey sauce and a vegan garlic aioli. perfectly cooked, they had a slightly tough crispy skin and were soft and warm in the middle. we ate this serving in record time and contemplated getting another bowl.

    plant burger sliders made from lentils, mushrooms, beets, cashews, bulgur wheat. single, $4. trio, $10.

    next up, we ordered the plate of 3 sliders to share. lemme just preface this by saying, i LOVE sliders in general—there’s something about mini burgers that i find completely irresistible. well the ones at plant were exceptional, because the patties were house made from lentils, mushrooms, beets, cashews, and bulgur wheat. this is one of the best patty mixes i’ve ever tasted—seriously amazing. they were softer in texture than most veggie burgers, but the nuts added a nice bit of crunch. they were served on toasted little round slices of bread with creamy aioli, lettuce, and sauteed onions. plant also offers these as “normal” sized burgers during “normal” hours, so i can’t wait to go give them a try.

    although we didn’t order much at happy hour, the two dishes we tried were top notch. the service at plant was friendly and attentive, and the view of san francisco bay at sunset was gorgeous. i can’t wait to return to the plant.

    the plant cafe
    Pier 3, The Embarcadero
    San Francisco, CA 94111
    (check out their website for hours and locations. they have a few restaurants in the SF area)

    PS: here are photos of the happy hour menu, because i can’t find it on plant’s website:

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  • oh man! Plant burgers in slider form?! incredible! I luvvv the plant burger

  • Wait!! You passed on the alcohol? You must have been ill.

  • Gauri Radha गौरी राधा

    Looks cool, and what a nice view of the ocean.

  • Well, looks like I have to return to SF v.soon. Did you check out the blackberrry-black pepper sauce for the cheesecake?! Will HAVE to try that! Off to bag my plane ticket…

  • Looks good, but I wish that places would take slider buns more seriously. These look like some Wonder Bread was attacked with cookie cutters.

  • i TOTALLY agree with you. however, the plant serves their normal burgers on bread anyways (weird, but whatever)…so in my mind, they kinda get a pass.

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