Here Are the 10 Cities Every Vegan Needs to Visit

After pulling data on 18,000 restaurants, Datafiniti has released its ranking of the most vegan-friendly metro areas in America. Here are the 10 cities with the most vegan restaurants:

1. New York, NY
The metropolitan area boasting the most vegan restaurants (563 to be exact!), the Big Apple is truly a plant-based mecca.

Stop by Candle 79 for seitan piccata or a chimichurri Portobello steak, try the amazing Dun-Well Doughnuts, and don’t miss the Guac Burger with mac n’ cheese at by Chloe.

2. Los Angeles, CA
The Los Angeles area is home to a huge vegan population. As a result, delicious cruelty-free foods (and 494 vegan restaurants) abound!

Try the Big Mac (on the secret menu) at Doomie’s Home Cookin’, get an Indian kima pizza at LA’s only all-vegan pizza spot, Cruzer, and don’t miss the spicy baked scallop roll at Shojin (it’s torched at the table)!  

3. San Francisco, CA
The progressive hub is home to 247 plant-based restaurants.

Be sure to stop by Millennium for a fancy, animal-friendly night on the town, grab a few tacos at Flacos, and create your own cinnamon bun loaded with toppings at Cinnaholic!

4. Seattle, WA
Seattle is loaded with delicious vegan eats and 184 animal-friendly eateries!

Try the wide array of savory vegan grub (including breakfast!) at Wayward Vegan Café, visit Vegan Haven Grocery and load up on goodies, and don’t miss the pan-seared creole tempeh at Plum Bistro!

5. Houston, TX
Yes, you can even find vegan food in Texas! In fact, the Houston area boasts 167 all-vegan restaurants!

Quan Yin offers a variety of popular veganized Asian dishes, including shredded “pork” rolls, and Field of Greens will steal the show with its impressive burger selection.

6. Portland, OR
In a town famous for its environmental friendliness and microbreweries, it comes as no surprise that vegan dining options abound (at more than 150 eateries).

Stop by Sweetpea Baking Company for something sweet, grab some ravioli and tiramisu at the Italian-inspired Portobello Vegan Trattoria, and load up on snacks at Food Fight! Grocery. Don’t forget to drop by Herbivore Clothing Company for a cute sticker or shirt.

7. Washington, DC
The nation’s capital is home to 131 plant-based restaurants!

Equinox restaurant offers a vegan buffet-style brunch, and the plant-based fast-food spot HipCityVeg serves so many amazing sandwiches, you’ll probably have to go back for seconds. Top it all off with dessert from Cupcake Wars winner Sticky Fingers Bakery!

8. Chicago, IL
The Windy City boasts a TON of vegan grub at 125 restaurants. The Radical Reuben at The Chicago Diner and deep-dish pizza at Kitchen 17 are not to be missed. And be sure to stop by the Upton’s Breakroom for an award-winning vegan gyro!

9. Atlanta, GA
Yes, there are even vegan restaurants in the South. The Atlanta area alone hosts 114!

Soul Vegetarian offers a variety of vegan eats, including an eggless salad plate and pocket gyro, Café Sunflower will blow your mind with its fried avocado tacos, and Herban Fix Vegan Kitchen is sure to impress with its stuffed lemongrass tofu!

10. Miami, FL
With 103 vegan eateries, Miami is not to be overlooked.

Enjoy the coconut ceviche tacos and key lime brulee at Plant Food + Wine, try the Justice Burger at Choices Café, and don’t miss the all-vegan coffeehouse Sweat Records, which offers a variety of dairy-free drinks, including one called the Unicorn Love Bomb (WUT?).

Vegan food is everywhere! Click here to find great veg options near you.


Photographer Arnold Genthe with lady friends. 

1. San Francisco between 1896 and 1911.
2. Long Beach, New York between 1911 and 1942.

Arnold Genthe (January 8, 1869 – August 9, 1942) was a German-born American photographer, best known for his photographs of San Francisco’s Chinatown, the 1906 San Francisco earthquake, and his portraits of noted people, from politicians and socialites to literary figures and entertainment celebrities.

Arnold Genthe was born in Berlin, Prussia, to Louise Zober and Hermann Genthe, a professor of Latin and Greek at the Graues Kloster (Grey Monastery) in Berlin. Genthe followed in his father’s footsteps, becoming a classically trained scholar; he received a doctorate in philology in 1894 from the University of Jena, where he knew artist Adolf Menzel, his mother’s cousin.

After emigrating to San Francisco in 1895 to work as a tutor for the son of Baron and Baroness J. Henrich von Schroeder, he taught himself photography. He was intrigued by the Chinese section of the city and photographed its inhabitants, from children to drug addicts. Due to his subjects’ possible fear of his camera or their reluctance to have pictures taken, Genthe sometimes hid his camera. He also sometimes removed evidence of Western culture from these pictures, cropping or erasing as needed. About 200 of his Chinatown pictures survive, and these comprise the only known photographic depictions of the area before the 1906 earthquake.

After local magazines published some of his photographs in the late 1890s, he opened a portrait studio. He knew some of the city’s wealthy matrons, and as his reputation grew, his clientele included Nance O'Neil, Sarah Bernhardt, Nora May French, and Jack London. In 1904 he traveled to Western Europe and Tangier with the famous watercolorist, Francis McComas.

In 1906, the San Francisco earthquake and fire destroyed Genthe’s studio, but he rebuilt. Within a short time, Genthe joined the art colony in Carmel-by-the-Sea, where he fraternized with the literary elite, including George Sterling, Jack London, Harry Leon Wilson, Ambrose Bierce, and Mary Austin. Here he was able to pursue his work in color photography. Of his new residence, he wrote, “The cypresses and rocks of Point Lobos, the always varying sunsets and the intriguing shadows of the sand dunes offered a rich field for color experiments.” Although his stay in Carmel was relatively short (1905–07), he was appointed in 1907 to the Board of Directors of the Art Gallery in Monterey’s luxury Hotel Del Monte, where he insured that the work of important regional art photographers, such as Laura Adams Armer and Anne Brigman, was displayed with his own prints. By the spring of 1907 he had established his residence and studio at 3209 Clay Street in San Francisco, where he continued to enjoy membership in the celebrated Bohemian Club, attend prominent society functions, display his own work, and pen newspaper reviews of photo and art exhibitions.

In 1911 he moved to New York City, where he remained until his death of a heart attack in 1942. He worked primarily in portraiture, and Theodore Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, and John D. Rockefeller all sat for him. His photos of Greta Garbo were credited with boosting her career. He also photographed modern dancers, including Anna Pavlova, Isadora Duncan, and Ruth St. Denis, and his photos were featured in the 1916 book, The Book of the Dance.

Source: Wikipedia.

Here I am. I am here.

A lot has happened since fourteen months ago, so it’s time for another life update. The short story is that my family and I now live in San Francisco and I have completed two months as founding middle school faculty member of San Francisco Schoolhouse. If you are here in the city, please holler. I would love to see you.

The longer story starts in February when I sent a letter that began:

The last time I was in San Francisco for an extended period was also the first time that I was in the San Francisco Schoolhouse neighborhood. I was taken there by The Unspeakables, one of three groups of seventh and eighth graders with whom I was spending a week exploring the city. On the map the group would go on to make as documentation of their trip, one of those students wrote:

In author Robin Sloan’s […] story “Mr. Penumbra’s Twenty-Four-Hour Book Store” in the ending the characters go to a Burmese restaurant which was based off Burma Superstar. So, with Robin’s and a group member’s family’s recommendations we headed off to this restaurant located in Inner Richmond.

It was there at Burma Superstar that I had one of the best meals of my life. I shared delicious food with a group of beloved students with whom I was off on one of the urban adventures that would become a hallmark of the middle school program I co-created. Even the reason why those students knew Robin Sloan was a beautiful tale of its own, another example of the power of small, progressive school programs that trust and empower students through an emergent curriculum.

The letter continued and neared its conclusion with this penultimate paragraph:

In the recently published Leap Before You Look: Black Mountain College 1933–1957, Helen Molesworth writes, “Therein lies the key: Black Mountain College was less an institution than a situation.” Black Mountain College has been central to my educational philosophy. It’s why the Nelson Middle Years program often felt like an art school. But, more importantly, Black Mountain College stands as a reminder that a school itself can be the ultimate collaborative project, one that can and should be co-created with students. That was the situation at The Children’s School.

After a prolonged conversation, some tough decision-making, the ordeal of finding housing in the City, and the migration of a family, I find myself in the situation of San Francisco Schoolhouse. We are a group of ten adults, fifty-seven young people (currently grades kindergarten through fifth grade), and their families. This is the way I have described the Schoolhouse to some friends in emails.

It’s a scrappy little school and I love that. I am teaching a combined fourth and fifth grade class of nine students and envisioning the middle school experience. And I am doing so in a very progressive and unschooly-like fashion in a “studio classroom” that rings the best of art school and echoes the best of my own experience as a student, with a lot of collective and democratic experience, out exploring the city and surrounding areas. Something very much like what I was part of in La Jolla several years ago, slow and small.

As always, expect more notes about this ultimate collaborative project, this pocket of resistance, this minimum viable utopia. And please visit!


San Francisco - SLFL Mountain View, 9/2/16

So here’s the story: At the beginning of the show, Luke asked us if we wanted to be addressed as San Francisco or Mountain View. He took a vote by screams and SF won. Later on we kept screaming for them to sing San Francisco. Michael made us a deal that if we could be the loudest city, then they would play San Francisco. They blessed us with this beautiful, intimate acoustic version.