Cinderella Russian Bakery and Cafe is the oldest authentic, homestyle Russian bakery in the Bay Area. They offer ample dairy-free options, and show their dietary awareness by even adding an amazing vegan sandwich to the menu (albeit only shown online). According to Hannah at Bittersweet Blog, the service is a little surly, but the food is worth it:
Their Vegan Sandwich takes the guess work out of what to order, arriving fully loaded with roasted red peppers, tomato, sorrel, avocado, sprouts, and romesco sauce on satisfyingly crunchy focaccia bread, toasted to a fetching shade of golden brown. It’s a sandwich that deserves far more fanfare than it seems to get, appearing only on the online menu and not in store. Press forward and ask for it anyway; the unsmiling staff will grudgingly oblige.
She also recommends trying the borscht sans sour cream at Cinderella Russian Bakery – it was well worth it even in the midst of summer.
Location: 436 Balboa Street, San Francisco, CA
Phone: (415) 751-9690