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Best Vegetarian Restaurant 

The Plant Cafe Organic

Considering how many of us now eschew meat all or part of the time, it astonishes us that vegetarian restaurants are still ghettoized in many omnivores' minds as purveyors of dank-tasting sprouts, pulpits for tempeh zealots, or gathering places for shaggy kombucha evangelists. That's why the Plant Cafe feels like such a watershed, especially its handsome, high-roofed Embarcadero location, one of three in the city. Vegans self-identifying as "uppity" might scorn the cafe's flexitarian ethos (you can order poultry or seafood if you like), but, frankly, flesh is nowhere near the kitchen's strength. At its best, the Plant takes Greens' food-that-just-happens-to-be-meatless innovation and updates it: Wild mushroom pizza, Thai green curry, and a seriously chocolaty TCHO pot de crème (its lush mouthfeel engineered with tofu) all exude a relaxed sense of accomplishment.

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