Veganburg in San Francisco
1466 Haight Street
Sann Francisco, CA 94117
Veganburg is in the Haight-Ashbury area of San Francisco. This iconic area is both authentic to 1967, and 2019 tourist-y. It’s great for costume shopping or looking for gifts for friends back home, or just trying to picture yourself back in the 1960’s (well, sorta). But Veganburg instead always reminds of something in Las Vegas, circa 1999; or maybe I find the place to be more like a vegan version of The Hard Rock Cafe. The decor and signage inside feel like it’s 1998, and they are catering to someone who only hears about veganism last week. If there had been a Veganburg around in 1998, I would have shit my pants in pure veggie excitement; now, in 2019, veganism is all over the place (or at least better known). Their signage is indeed motivational, but I guess I feel like because I’m already vegan (and have spent nearly half of my life being at least vegetarian), I feel like it’s preaching to the choir. If you knew nothing of veganism and another vegan took you there, then maybe you’d be inspired; I dunno. I guess the place just feels a little lost in time (though the staff aren’t dirty hippies and they accept plastic, so not totally lost in time). San Francisco is a pretty vegan-friendly town, so I feel like a place like Veganburg would do better in locations where veganism was less popular—like maybe somewhere in the midwest? Just a thought; just thoughts floating through my brain.
Okay, so now on to the FOOD. It’s okay. Sometimes the buns are kinda dry, and there isn’t enough sauce on the burgers, but maybe that’s just me. I usually have the Tangy Tartar burger—a take on a fish filet (see the pic at the top of the page); but I saw one customer with her Creamy Shrooms burger, and that thing was stacked with mushrooms, and oozing cheese sauce. Cody told me he had had it and loved it, so I guess I know what I’m getting next time.
Cody had the Haight ‘n’ Salsa burger, and said he really liked that one as well. The seaweed fries (fries sprinkled with seaweed flakes—not as scary as it sounds; the seaweed just makes the fries salty) are pretty good, and I do love their desserts. The soft-serve was delightful—so much so that I forgot to take a proper picture-OOPS.
Anyway, I like Veganburg enough to go there whenever I’m around Haight Street. The atmosphere is relaxing, the people nice, and the food is decent. And to be honest, when I am there, I feel happy. I can order anything on the menu, and it’s always vegan. I feel like Veganburg is part of my tribe, if maybe lost in time a little bit; or maybe just in place; if that makes any sense.