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Anthem Vegan: 100% Vegan

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If you think being vegan means giving up your favorite Philly Cheesesteak think again.  Anthem Vegan will wow you with their take on traditionally meaty dishes.  What else will wow you?  The friendly service.  The founder and main cook, Patrick Murray, welcomes new eaters, speaks passionately about his menu, and cooks with gusto.

My favorite menu item? The Quinoa Black Bean Tacos.  Two soft tortillas hold basil garlic quinoa with carrots, onions, kale, black beans, and pico de gallo.  Why two tortillas?  Because these are serious tacos, and a single tortilla would likely crumble under their weight.  After eating two, I usually can’t move.


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Sometimes the best dishes are made from an eclectic group of ingredients.  Anthem Vegan’s menu describes the Breakfast Sausage Hash as “a big pile of pretty much everything.”  As the menu suggests, there is a lot going on in this dish.  Potatoes, seasoned herb tofu, breakfast sausage, and onions combine together to create a tasty entrée.  It’s the kind of food I’d be happy to eat any time of the day!


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One of Anthem’s most popular entrees is the vegan Philly Cheesesteak.  Karne, red and green bell peppers, onions, Daiya Cheese and Cheese Whiz lie invitingly on a roll.  Anthem Vegan’s karne is good.  So good, that I have seen non-vegans pause for a sample at the Ocean Beach Farmers Market and decide to eat dinner there based on their taste.  My non-vegan friend who ordered this sandwich reported between mouthfulls that she would happily eat it again!


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Another great option is the SoyCAL Burrito made from karne asada, soyrizo, rosemary garlic potatoes, guacamole, and chipotle aioli.  This time the karne is chopped into smaller pieces and plays more of a supporting role.  The flavors of this burrito, especially the smoky chipotle, set it apart from the masses.


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Below is Anthem Vegan’s full menu.  Its rumored that Anthem Vegan also sometimes features amazing specials.


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Where Can You Find Anthem Vegan?


Monday: 1st and 3rd Monday @ Ritual Tavern from 6pm – 9pm

Tuesday: SD Humane Society from 11am – 2pm

Wednesday: OB Farmers Market

Friday and Saturday: 30th and Lincoln (Auto Zone parking lot) from 11pm – 2:30am.

Sunday: Hillcrest Farmers Market


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