Vegan Hacks in julian

Ahhhh - the San Diego backcountry. Here you will find peace, tranquility, a slow pace of life and a lot of meat. So what's a vegan to do? Having lived in Julian since 2011, I've developed a few tricks. Here are my favorite vegan hacks in Julian! 

The apples are all vegan. I've asked.

The apples are all vegan. I've asked.

Vegan friendly

There are a few shops and food spots that are officially vegan friendly: Wynola Pizza, Jeremy's on the Hill, Juliantla Chocolate, Apple Alley Cafe and my shop, Crow and Lilac. Beyond that, you'll be scanning the menu and asking detailed questions as to what is and isn't vegan. But don't worry - I've already done that for you.




Soups and Such Cafe

This is the best place to get a simple avocado toast. Toast, side of avocado and roasted red peppers and a side of potatoes. The coffee is great. The english muffins have whey.

Candied Apple Pastry Company

Tell them you want the Sonja Vegan Special. They might have no idea what you’re talking about but then again they might. Depends on who is at the register. Order the avocado toast, no egg, sub the sauteed veggies. I like to add a side of potatoes. I alternate between Soups and Such and Candied Apple for breakfast.

Miner's Diner

The grilled onions and mushrooms are not made with butter. So for breakfast or lunch you can order avocado toast with grilled onions and mushrooms. I suggest ordering a double side of avocado. The breakfast potatoes are kinda like french fries and I love them. 



There are a surprising number of vegan options in town. Don't be fooled by all the veggie burgers. Only one is made without egg! 

Heros Restaurant

Heros has a vegan burger. But they don’t have vegan buns. But you can order a salad with the patty on it

Soups and Such Cafe

Veggie sandwich, no cheese with fries is great! There are a lot of delicious salads, but you'll need to knock off the meat and cheese. There are two vegan friendly soups daily. 

Julian Beer Company

There are several options for your pizza, and they did tell me they'd be interested in carrying a vegan cheese. On last look they didn't have one. I'd suggest asking and that might help them get one! I like to do  their artichoke and garlic pizza. They'll substitute a topping for the cheese which is awesome. Not everyone does that.

Granny's Kitchen

Spring rolls and some very addictive peanut butter cookies. 


I love the pasta primavera (say no parmesan, just in case). 

The veggie pizza without cheese is amazing. I prefer to change the toppings and they'll substitute them for you if you ask.

The rolls are vegan too! Be sure to tell your server not to bring the giant dish of butter to the table.

Don't be too tempted by the veggie plate - the carrots are sautéed in butter and the sicilian rice has cheese. However, if you have a hankering for the cabbage from the plate its actually really tasty. 

The house salad comes with meat and cheese on it. Be sure to ask for none and extra veggies if you order this. Its still a great little salad. 

Miner's Diner

The grilled onions and mushrooms are not made with butter. So for breakfast or lunch you can order avocado toast with grilled onions and mushrooms. I suggest ordering a double side of avocado. The fries are great. The veggie burger is a morning star patty made with egg whites. 

Jeremy's on the Hill (Wynola) 

Jeremy's has a tempeh loaf on the menu that can be used in a quinoa bowl, on a burger or dinner plate. Hella vegan! 

Wynola Pizza (Wynola)

They have a vegan pizza and it is great! Another option is to order the thai chicken pizza and sub tofu for the chicken, no cheese.

The pizza crust is vegan. You can also build your own pizza. They also have great salads. If you hit the right night you'll have live music or a comedian, too! Another option is to enjoy the hummus, be sure to say no dairy on the bread.

My current favorite is the Sumi salad. An asian slaw with ramen noodles and a rice vinaigrette on top.

Mr. Manitas (Wynola)

A great taco bar in the Julian Station. Everything can be made vegan. Just ask for grilled veggies and no dairy! The food here is mostly organic and totally delicious. 


PIE and more!

Juliantla Chocolate

Vegan pie, cakes, cupcakes, cookies and vegan chocolate - handmade by a local! 

Apple Alley

Vegan and gluten free pies for a double whammy! 

Eaglenest Bed and Breakfast

Jim and Julie go out of their way to accommodate their guests. Breakfast is included in your stay and they'll make yours vegan! They do their research too - black salt and nooch are in the kitchen. Plus you'll be checked in by their loving golden retrievers.

Wikiup Bed and Breakfast

Great folks who are also willing to go out of their way to make you a vegan breakfast!

To the Julian merchants - what your vegan customers want is a meal that is already vegan! When we have to remove meat and cheese we feel a little ripped off. Consider adding one or even an off menu meal. Let me know and I'll be sure to post it here.