• vegan at pizza port in carlsbad

    September 1st, 2011quarrygirlmore restaurants (not LA)

    we’ve already blogged about the pizza port location in solana beach, and i’m happy to report that their carlsbad restaurant is even bigger and better, but with the same excellent beer and food.

    that cheese in the background isn't mine

    pizza port brews their own beer on the premises, and the staff are very knowledgeable about which ones are vegan. in addition to their own beers, they always have tons of local vegan-friendly guest taps from the likes of stone and lost abbey. i don’t just go to pizza port for the grog though—the grub is also outstanding. while nothing jumps out immediately as particularly vegan-friendly, don’t be fooled. both the regular and whole wheat crusts are vegan, as well as the tomato sauce—so you can create a pretty mean cheese-less pizza.

    on our recent visit, we created a “build your own” medium pie with no cheese, extra sauce, spinach, mushrooms, fresh tomato, garlic and artichoke hearts. the whole thing came to $19.19, and was more than enough for 2 to share.

    medium vegan pizza with a stone cali-belgique

    let me just emphasize, the pizza at pizza port (even without cheese) is fucking fantastic. the crust is super thick and bubbly, the vegetables are fresh, and the sauce is tangy and flavorful. i honestly can’t think of a better way to soak up several pints of beer.

    garden salad: crisp romaine garnished with tomatoes, cucumbers, mushrooms, and bell pepper. served with choice of dressing. (the low fat italian is vegan) $4.25

    if you’re in the mood for something lighter, PP also offers a fresh and tasty green salad for under 5 bucks.

    the carlsbad location is absolutely massive—it’s about 3 times the size of the solana beach outlet—with a long bar and several communal tables. the pizza line can get super long, but it moves quickly, so be patient.

    i know cheese-less pizza may sounds a bit boring, but at pizza port it isn’t! i can’t get enough of this stuff.

    check out the pizza port website for hours and locations.

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  • Gauri Radha गौरी राधा

    Pizza looks good, and the salad does too, sometimes simple fare is all you need.

  • I thought Pizza Port puts cheese in their dough- I called the San Clemente one once and that’s what they said…am I wrong? Has it been changed?

  • supposedly they used to put dairy in the crust, but now they don’t. here’s the email from PP:

    “All of our dough is vegan as well as our traditional tomato sauce (not the pesto or ranch). We rotate our beers all the time, but right now at Port OB the vegan beers we make are The Flying Hawaiian Hefe, A.B.L.E. Stout, Zman Stout, Bacon & Eggs Coffee Stout, and soon to be on tap is the Where’s My Light Saber Stout. We use gelatin as a fining in the beers not listed here, but that should give you a good start! Anytime you come in you can just ask the beertendar what vegan beers are on tap. We keep a list at the bar since we get this question so much! Cheers, Gina”

    i called to confirm (both carlsbad and solana beach locations). when the person answered the phone, at both places, they said they thought the crust wasn’t vegan. then they went to the kitchen to check, came back, and said “oh it is vegan now!”


  • I grew up in Carlsbad, and though I used to eat there all the time, now I think of it as just a place to get drinks when I visit. According to an email from their office, the wheat crust is not vegan, and they couldn’t confirm 100% that the other crust was vegan. This is from several years ago, so maybe things have changed?

  • Oh…looks like my question has already been answered. Thanks QG for getting to the bottom of this!!

  • Pizza Port in Carlsbad is one of my must visit spots whenever I go down there. The pizza and beer are outstanding. Glad to see you enjoying it too!

  • Thanks for the update- I am so glad to hear this!

  • Was down in carsbad from LA this past labor day weekend. Hit up stone brewery then this place based on QG post.

    Pizza was good and beer was great. But def be prepared for bro-tastic scene on weekend nights. Was a little taken aback when first walking into the place but decided to stick it out and fight for a small piece of table space.

    Had thier vegi salad which comes with field greens, roasted peppers, grilled aspargus, etc. Was quite good. Crust on the pizza was on point.

    Just wanted to let other peeps visiting that this is not a quite romantic joint. It’s more wurstküche meets shakeys. But food is worth it. I’ll probably give it another shot for lunch next time we are down there.

  • @marcus: over labor day weekend, i was at stone and pizza port in carlsbad as well! i wonder if we were there at the same time. did you go to the LOVELIKEBEER event in san diego?

    anyways, you’re right, definitely not a romantic place! it’s sports bar style with communal tables and a rowdy crowd. i love it though.

  • @QG: we were only in SD sunday and monday (at FYF sat) so unfortunately missed the LLB event. But will try to make the next thing they put on. how was it?

    Was bummed that pokez was closed monday. I’ve been there so many times that I don’t have to have it every time I’m down there any more. Few years back me and a few vegan friends used to make the drive down with the sole purpose of hitting up pokez. although we would almost always end up across the border for margaritas and the hottest salsas on the planet before coming back to SD for one last pokez run then heading back to LA. yeah that’s right, two pokez runs in one day! with a tequila mouthfire salsa break in between. good times

    anyway love SD. always feels like a real vacation even if only down there for a day or two.

  • “yeah that’s right, two pokez runs in one day! with a tequila mouthfire salsa break in between. good times”

    you sound like my kinda folks!

  • Gauri Radha गौरी राधा

    Coming back to look at that pizza, it looks so healthy!!
    I need to eat more healthy in general, I am so lazy bout that…

  • Wow! That looks fantastic. I grew up in Carlsbad…through junior high and highschool, and I’m sure that place wasn’t there back then, but anyway, I wasn’t vegan back then either. The beer looks amazing and so does the pizza. If I’m ever back there, I’ll definitely have to check it out 🙂

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