Surprise: Bender’s in San Francisco serves top-notch vegan bar food! »
How could you guys not tell me how delicious the vegan food is at Bender’s? Or maybe you did and I wasn’t listening? No matter, I’m disappointed in everyone all the same.
It was Allan of Mission Mission's urging that I go and try the vegan menu there, and he's not even a vegan! Though I was not expecting too much, I ended up so stoked with my seitan taco I went again the next week! Melissa of Food and Loathing was in town, and I was like “GIRL, after you eat at Source, we have to go to Bender’s!” So I rallied the vegan troops, including the platonic love of my life, Sarah M. Smart.
Let’s feast our eyes, shall we? I’m sorry about the flash—taking pictures in dark bars never goes very well.
Yes, those are tater tots and vegan ranch in the background!
The seitan Philly cheesesteak might be my new favorite sandwich in the city! I was never a Philly cheesesteak fan when I ate meat, so I usually shy away from these bad boys. Bender’s, you’ve stolen my heart and tested everything I thought I knew.
Sarah got the fried pickles and OMG that ranch is blinding!
Let’s not forget the seitan taco; this baby started it all! It is HUGE in real life, and scrumptious.
I totally forgive you for not letting me in on Bender’s vegan menu. I see how you would want to keep it to yourself, but now the world shall know it’s greatness! I think it’s really actually my fault because I just could not keep up with what was going on in that kitchen. Sorry about the misplaced blame there, friends.
[Bender’s signage photo via Facebook; taco photo by Britney Roque.]
SF vegan drinks is tonight! »
It’s the last Thursday of the month, and you know what that means? SF Vegan Drinks!
Our peeps from Mission Mission went last time and the strawberry basil caipirinha looked super refreshing! Plus, Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem has a back deck — that’s always fun in warm weather! Go get your vegan network on, with sweet potato tots and sliders.
SF Vegan Drinks is tonight, Thursday June 28th, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem, 2323 Mission St. at 19th.
Mission Mission reviews vegan cuisine in, wait for it, the Mission! »
Our friends over at Mission Mission have a review up of the Buffalo Girls at Weird Fish, and they are none too pleased! Have you been there, since they brought back the Buffalo Girls? What do you think? I feel like I haven’t heard anything positive said about Weird Fish for the last two years. I had the vegan fish and chips basket there once, on an OK Cupid date, but then I stayed away for a year because that date made me feel awkward (as everything in life does) and so over internet dating (Lie—I went on three more Ok Cupid dates before I came to that conclusion). But the basket was delicious! Eventually I went back, with a guy I was actually dating, and the basket was off the menu! I was so sad. Then the relationship ended and I didn’t need to be reminded of our awkward (See! I think it’s me) yet endearing date there, so I haven’t been back. OMG I’m going to die alone but also, is there any reason to go to Weird Fish these days? Are any vegans enjoying themselves there?
HUGE NEWS: Vegan Mission Burger is back TONIGHT for one night only! »
You all know how much we loved the Vegan Mission Burger while it was still around and if you don’t, you can read the insane tale of our mutual love here. I don’t think I’ve written so passionately about anything in my life, and I’m a very sensual person.
Well, TONIGHT, it is back for one night only! Along with drinks and Berlin-style Ping Pong, which we have no clue what it is but Allan from Mission Mission FUCKING LOVES IT so it must be alright.
About the Vegan Mission Burger, Allan writes:
ALSO: on this night there will be VEGAN MISSION BURGERS. Which are hella good. Like possibly even better than the meat versions BECAUSE THEY ARE EPICLY AWESOME.
Dude, the Mission Vegan Burger is coming back at a BOWLING ALLEY IN THE MISSION? This shit is bananas.
Maggie Mudd closing: Last day is Sunday, Apr. 3 »
Our worst fears regarding Maggie Mudd's closure have come true* BUT, owner Michael tells us:
[W]e’re not entirely closing MM but transitioning to an online-only cake service, as we have now. We just won’t be keeping the retail shop. We’ll be rolling out a new website in the next several days. All the old vegan options will still be available.
Since MM won’t be entirely going away, there’s a chance it’ll appear on the street again somewhere. The currently location is really not the best, since it’s so far away from one of its core audiences.
I’ve also had some discussions with one vegan restaurant owner in the area about keeping the product flowing to the vegan community.
So, all hope is not lost! There are still cakes! And still the chance they might open in a new location! Keep hope alive! It’s a major bummer that we won’t be able to hike up Cortland for a waffle cone sundae from a surly teenager, but that’s just one more reason to buy many cakes and support the crap out of them so they’ll set up shop in one of the empty storefronts on Valencia. Maybe even where American Apparel was supposed to go? OMG REMEMBER THAT? Fucking Mission.
Anyway, today we mourn. But tomorrow? TOMORROW WE FEAST! For there are many cakes to eat before we are done, and we are not quitters. I will not stop eating ice cream cakes until it fully funds a new location or I’m buried in a piano box.**
Maggie Mudd character cake (LOVE THOSE THINGS) from digiyesica! Hi digiyesica!
*Probably lots of our other worst fears have come true but this is just about ice cream.
**Preferably face-down on top of Bruce Vilanch! Oh the (mostly awful) jokes we’d tell!
Has anyone tried these vegan tamales from SF Vegan Tamales that Kevin over at MissionMission is going on about? The tamales look amazing but their website is a Myspace page. NO EXCUSES, HIPPIES. I know you know someone who has access to a computer, three minutes and a Hacky Sack®,* at least get a g-d Blogger account!
Anyway, when I figure out how to get my hot little hands on a tamale, I’ll let y’all know. Or you tell me.
*Would also accept "devil" sticks** in place of a Hacky Sack. You know, something for you to busy yourself with while they make your blog!
**Actual conversation just now with Jonas:
me: what are those sticks that hippies love called?
they play with them in the park
Jonas: diablo*** sticks
me: thank you!
Jonas: NO I DO NOT KNOW HOW TO USE THEM
I CAN’T TEACH YOU
***Jonas speaks hippie in a number of languages.