The soul food hit Vegan Mob is expanding to San Francisco and San Jose

Photo by Janelle Bitker

March 3, 2021 Updated: March 3, 2021, 9:52 am

Vegan chicken, coleslaw, macaroni and cheese as well as cabbage vegetables fill a plate in the Vegan Mob. The Oakland restaurant expands to San Francisco and San Jose.

Yalonda M. James / The Chronicle 2019

Oakland’s Vegan Mob is bringing its meat-free dishes to San Francisco and San Jose this month of spicy fried chicken, brisket, and gumbo.

The hit eatery north of Lake Merritt, which has been inundated with crowds since it opened in 2019, announced on Instagram that it is opening a haunted takeaway and delivery-only kitchen in San Jose on Tuesday. In San Francisco, Vegan Mob is scheduled to park a new food truck in the Mission District on March 20.

Expansion beyond Oakland has long been part of the plan, part of a growing vegan fast food movement led by people of color in the Bay Area.

Vegan mob owner Toriano Gordon has been trying for years to find a location in San Francisco. He told SFGate that Señor Sisig offered a spot on the mission to park the Filipino fusion car when his initial plans failed. (The San Francisco Chronicle and SFGate are both owned by Hearst, but operate independently.)

Expect a similar mix of barbecue, soul food, and Creole dishes from Vegan Mob at the new locations, as well as creative fusion products like fried spring rolls filled with mac ‘n’ cheese and candied yams.

Vegan Mob Food Truck. Opening March 20th. 701 Valencia St., San Francisco.

Vegan mob ghost kitchen. Opening March 9, 949 Ruff Dr., San Jose.

Janelle Bitker is a contributor to the San Francisco Chronicle. Email: [email protected] Twitter: @janellebitker

Janelle Bitker joined The San Francisco Chronicle in 2019. As a reporter for food companies, she covers restaurant news and Bay Area culture in general through a food lens. Previously, she was a reporter at Eater SF, editor-in-chief at East Bay Express, and editor-in-chief for arts and culture at Sacramento News & Review. Her writing has been recognized by the California Newspaper Publishers Association and the Association of Alternative Newsmedia.

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