La Vida Vegan: Sol Food
The Dish: Sol Cal Burger
The Spot: Sol Cal Cafe, 910 J Street, East Village
The Scene: The small spot across from Petco Park is a popular grab-and-go option, but with decor so bright, colorful, and inviting, it doesn’t hurt to sit and stay awhile. The menu spans juices, smoothies, and savory eats like avocado toast, panini, and soups.
Recipe for Success: The bean-based burger is juicy, the avocado and hummus spreads are generous, and the bun is fluffy. Veggie burgers are usually messy, and while the grainy patty remains intact, it’s the spreads that make it slide—nothing that a few napkins can’t help. It’s served with a side salad, which is just enough, considering how filling the burger is. Pre-Padres game perfection!