Dining out when a member of the fam is on a vegan diet or has food allergies no longer has to be a tall order! We’ve taken the guesswork out of where to go for the best vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free food around town. The following 12 restaurants offer clearly notated delicious menu options to help you order up healthy food that meets your dietary needs. We’ve found everything from vegan, gluten-free Thai food, vegan carne asada and vegan donuts to gluten-free pot pies and a plant based drive-thru restaurant!

Ranchos Cocina

Families love the warm, friendly atmosphere here surrounded by Mexican artwork and fun, vibrant tunes. This restaurant's motto is “If you are going to make something, make it with love – from your heart.” Vegan and vegetarian dishes are their specialities. We love the vegan horchata and vegan enchilada trio. Can you say mole? Substitute ingredients like tempeh or vegan carne asada and make any item vegetarian. Not only is the food here delicious, but so is the philosophy- no lard, MSG, or animal byproducts are used in their food and organic ingredients are sourced from local farmers' markets.

3910 30th St.
San Diego, Ca 92104
619-574-1288
Online: ranchoscocinanorthpark.com

Photo: Erica F. via Yelp

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Where do you dine out on an alternative diet? Please share in the comments.

–– Cherie Gough