San Diego’s North Park: A Vegetarian’s Delight

Vegetarian dishes from Sipz and Casa de Luz

Vegetarian dishes from Sipz and Casa de Luz

San Diego’s North Park neighborhood has a lot to offer: great bars, cute boutiques, quirky art galleries, a historic theater presenting live music…the list goes on and on.

You can also add to that list a plethora of vegetarian dining options. Thanks to the recent additions of Casa De Luz and Sipz, the intersection of 30th Street and University Avenue boasts so many spots catering to the all-veggie crowd, you can find meatless dishes in all style of cuisine.

It’s long been known that eating less meat can be better for not only your own health but the health of the environment as well. So with Earth Day just around the corner, why not put down the burger and try one of this creative and cravable vegetarian eateries:


This Asian fusion restaurant has long been a favorite of meat-free San Diegans who visited their first location in the Clairemont area. Their new second location in North Park brings their enormous all-vegetarian menu closer to the downtown crowd. Try any of the dishes featuring barbequed “pork” – you’ll be mystified at how close it tastes to the real thing.

Ranchos Cocina in North Park

The staff at Ranchos Cocina tempts you with margaritas and soy chorizo burritos

Ranchos Cocina

This Mexican restaurant features plenty of the usual meat-filled staples, as well as scrumptious tacos and burritos filled with options like tofu or potatoes. The smoky soy chorizo tastes great paired with a fresh margarita.

Casa de Luz

One of the newest addition’s to North Park’s vegetarian scene, Casa De Luz’s cuisine is 100 percent vegan-friendly. Their menu is so focused on offering the freshest, most seasonally based entrees that it changes daily.


It’s hard to decide what to love more about Spread: the unique and playful dishes the prepare or the super mod stylings of the dining room. Of course, one of my favorite features is that you can buy their tantilizing line of peanut butters to take home with you, in flavors you’d never expect. Dark chocolate lavendar peanut butter, anyone?

Tell us in the comments below, where is your favorite vegetarian restaurant in San Diego?


3 for Free This Weekend in San Diego

MotorCars in Coronado

It is going to be a beautiful weekend in San Diego! Get outside and enjoy these three for free activities in San Diego.

Earth Day Parade in Balboa Park

Earth Day Parade in Balboa Park

1. 2012 Annual San Diego Earth Day Fair

On April 22, EarthFair in Balboa Park celebrates a planet Earth and will feature a children’s parade, booths, educational exhibits, music and earth-friendly food.

Adams Avenue Unplugged

2. Adams Avenue Unplugged

On April 21-22, Adams Avenue all through the “Heights” will become a music haven at its Unplugged folk festival. The event will feature 170 live musical performances staged inside or around, more than 30 restaurant and bars lining the neighborhood. Musicians will also perform on three community stages spread throughout the area. As the name implies Adams Unplugged will feature acoustic music.

MotorCars in Coronado

MotorCars invade Coronado

3. MotorCars on Main Street

Cross the bridge over to Coronado and check out a classic car show featuring 300 pre-1973 hotrods, trucks and custom cars on April 22.


5 To Try: Earth Day Edition

For those looking to connect with the environment this weekend, we offer you our 5 to Try: Celebrating Earth Day in San Diego.

1. On Sunday, April 17th, head down to Balboa Park to the annual EarthFair. Each year, EarthFair draws around 70,000 earth loving visitors making it the largest free annual environmental fair in the world. Produced by over 400 volunteers, EarthFair features more than 350 exhibitors, special theme areas, a food pavilion, a special kids’ activity area, three entertainment venues, the Children’s Earth Parade, the eARTH Gallery Art Show, and the Cleaner Car Concourse. It can get crowded so here are some transportation options to help you get to the fair.

2. From coral reefs to kelp forests, celebrate Earth Day with the Birch Aquarium at Scripps. On Saturday, April 16, meet Scripps Oceanography scientists who are working to understand and preserve our oceans, make a recycled craft and learn new ways that you can help protect our ocean planet.

3. Looking to really help make San Diego green? Join the San Diego Surfrider Chapter for a beach cleanup Saturday morning at Moonlight Beach in Encinitas. This is a great opportunity to help make San Diego’s beaches free from unwanted trash. All you have to do is show up and wear comfortable clothing. Surfrider will provide bags (or you can bring one from home), latex gloves and hand sanitizer. Moonlight Beach will appreciate your help!

4. Earth Day may be April 22, but SEA LIFE Carlsbad Aquarium wants to inspire kids to do their part in caring for our seas every day. Throughout the month of April, SEA LIFE will feature an Earth Month-themed show daily at 11:00 am as well as special green learning activities and crafting activities every Saturday from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.

5. It might surprise some to know that San Diego is home to more than 6,000 farmers and #1 in the nation for small farms. While dining out this weekend, why not try a restaurant known that takes advantage of locally produced ingredients. A few of my favorites include Urban Solace and Cucina Urbana. Even better, stop by one of San Diego’s farmers markets this weekend and make your own farm to table meal!