Vegan dining in San Diego: Donna Jean, Part 2

Donna Jean was such an incredibly wonderful dining experience we had to return. And it was just as magical the second time, from the atmosphere to the amazing service to the delicious vegan food.

We brought friends along, which was great fun, in no small part because we got to taste one another’s meals. This time, among us we ordered one pasta dish and three pizzas. The tortelloni was nothing short of perfection, with a light parmesan sauce (and of course we doused it with Donna Jean’s homemade parmesan cheese).


The pizzas are all similarly delicious: fresh ingredients, bright flavors, and cheesy perfection. The Killer Queen is made of crushed tomato, mozzarella, parmesan, oregano, basil, parmesan, and Calabrian chilis; the added fennel-sausage-flavored tempeh added a flavor boost. The About Damn Time comprises mozzarella, fennel-sausage tempeh, sun-gold tomatoes, red onion, pickled peppers, and duxelles. The Bronx is simple and simply amazing, with crushed tomato, mozzarella, gouda, parmesan, and oregano, drizzled with garlic butter. Each pizza is a perfect size for a meal, though if you want to save room for dessert, half a pizza to take home for breakfast is a good idea.

And the desserts are well worth making room for. This time, we had the Tres Leches Cake, a thick buttery cake smothered with coconut-strawberry sauce and topped with fresh and dried strawberries.

Our only regret is that we didn’t have room for the cheese plate (featuring vegan dill havarti, smoked gouda, goat cheese, fresno jack, and lavash crisp), which means we’ll have to make another visit.