Photo by Janelle Bitker

March 3, 2021Updated March 3, 2021 9:52 a.m.

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

Yalonda M. James / The Chronicle 2019

Oakland’s Vegan Mob is bringing its meat-free versions of Spicy Fried Chicken, Brisket, and Gumbo to San Francisco and San Jose this month.

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 take-away-only ghost 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 20th.

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

Vegan mob owner Toriano Gordon has been trying for years to get hold of a location in San Francisco. He told SFGate that when his original plans didn’t work out, SeƱor Sisig had offered a place in the mission where the Filipino fusion car was parked earlier. (The San Francisco Chronicle and SFGate are both owned by Hearst but operate independently.)

Expect a similar mix of Vegan Mobs Barbecue, Soul Food, and Creole dishes 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 9th. 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, as well as Bay Area culture in general, through a food lens. She was previously a reporter for Eater SF, editor-in-chief at East Bay Express, and arts and culture editor at Sacramento News & Review. Her writing has been recognized by the California Newspaper Publishers Association and the Association of Alternative Newsmedia.