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Chuck’s Donuts: Chuck’s Donuts is a beloved fixture in Redwood City. Open 24 hours a day, the donut shop is constantly baking fresh batches of classic donut varieties and vegan donuts with flavors including matcha, vanilla and maple.

Chuck’s Donuts, 801 Woodside Road, Redwood City.

The Falafel Container is one of four main dishes at Falafelle and includes six falafel served with hummus and various vegetables. Courtesy Falafelle.

Falafel: Falafelle is a fully vegan, counter-serve Mediterranean restaurant that’s a cult favorite among falafel fanatics. Their menu, consisting of pitas and falafel combos, is simple, but each entree is served with a multitude of toppings including pickled cucumbers and sumac onions. Guests can end their meal with a piece of vegan baklava. Falafelle also opened a new sister restaurant earlier this year in San Carlos, Jood, which also offers several vegan and vegetarian sides and “sandweeshes.”

Falafelle, 1035 Ralston Ave., Belmont.

Customers at Que SeRaw SeRaw can expect items such as this fennel arugula salad to be featured in the weekly menu. Courtesy Kerry Bitner.

What SeRaw SeRaw: Que SeRaw SeRaw releases a fully vegan menu every week, with grab-and-go breakfast items, salads, entrees, snacks and desserts available for pickup throughout the week. In addition to these special menu items, baked goods and treats such as raspberry cheesecake and blueberry scones are sold at their storefront in Burlingame.

That SeRaw SeRaw, 1160 Cappuccino Ave., Burlingame.

Diners at Monsoon Himalayan Cuisine can start their meal with Vegetable Momos, steamed dumplings filled with minced vegetables and tofu. Courtesy Monsoon Himalayan Cuisine.

Monsoon Himalayan Cuisine: Along the coast, Monsoon Himalayan Cuisine specializes in traditional Nepalese dishes with plenty of meatless options such as vegan samosas, dal and seven other vegan and gluten-free entrees. Owner Ram Chandra Subedi immigrated to the United States from Nepal in 1995 with the hope of sharing his family’s recipes in America after serving guests from around the world at his restaurant in Nepal.

Monsoon Himalayan Cuisine, 20 Stone Pine Road, Half Moon Bay.

Each soondubu dish at Dae Jang Geum Tofu House is served with rice and a variety of side dishes. Courtesy Jen L./Yelp.

Dae Jang Geum Tofu House: Dae Jang Geum Tofu House serves several vegan and non-vegan variations of soondubu, a spicy Korean tofu stew served in a bubbling pot. Plant-based guests can enjoy kimchi, mushroom, ramen or vegetable soondubu varieties.

Dae Jang Geum Tofu House, 235 Southgate Ave., Daly City.

“Chicken” dishes from Garden Fresh, including the Orange Chicken, are made from a vegan soy bean gluten mixture. Courtesy Bryan W./Yelp.

GardenFresh: With locations in Mountain View and Palo Alto, Garden Fresh is one of the few fully vegan Chinese restaurants on the Peninsula. The restaurant puts a creative twist on traditional Chinese food by using plant-based proteins and vegetables to mimic popular dishes such as Kung Pao chicken, beef with broccoli and sweet & sour pork.

Garden Fresh, 1245 W El Camino Real, Mountain View; 460 Ramona St., Palo Alto.

Tin Pot Creamery has five locations on the Peninsula, plus a location in San Francisco, all of which carry a selection of vegan ice cream flavors. Photo by Michelle Le.

Tin Pot Creamery: Tin Pot Creamery has been satisfying the ice cream cravings of Bay Area residents since 2012, founded by former Facebook culinary team employee Becky Sunseri. The ice cream shop has five locations on the Peninsula, plus a location in San Francisco, all of which carry a selection of vegan ice cream flavors. The vegan flavors currently available at Tin Pot locations are brownie batter, coconut, mango and strawberry lemonade.

Tin Pot Creamery, Palo Alto, Los Altos, Campbell, San Mateo, San Carlos.

The vegan Mylapore Dosa from Dosa Point is served with chili, herbs and onion. Courtesy Dosa Point.

Dosa Point: Dosa Point proudly serves both North and South Indian food, with countless vegan options from both cuisines. South Indian dishes typically include dosa and other dishes centered around rice, lentils and stews, while North Indian cuisine is based around breads and curries. To accommodate vegan diners and fans of both North and South Indian cuisines, Dosa Point offers 10 vegan dosas on its menu, plus vegan Nutella banana and chocolate dosa on the kids’ menu.

Dosa Point, 840 Willow Road, Menlo Park.

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Stephanie Gerson writes for, a sister publication of Palo Alto Online, covering what to eat, see and do in Silicon Valley.

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