Vegan Jewish Deli Concept To Open Location In San Diego

June 1, 2021

Opening later this year's in San Diego is Ben & Esther's, a vegan Jewish deli, bakery and bagel shop concept based out of Portland. 

Named after his grandparents, Ben & Esther's is a New York City-style Jewish deli and bakery that first opened in Portland, OR, in 2019. Although the concept initially sold animal products, it transitioned last year to be vegetarian. The eatery offers a menu of New York style bagels with cream cheese, including vegan varieties, deli sandwiches, knishes matzo ball soups, lox made from carrots, whitefish made from hearts of palm, and a variety of pastries & sweets.

The San Diego location of Ben & Esther's will open within Aztec Village Center near San Diego State University and will be operated in partnership with Marc Bennett, owner of nearby Pappy's Barber Shop. Based on the success of the first area branch, expect other area locations to pop up in the near future. Unlike some other branches, the San Diego outpost will be entirely plant based. 

Ben & Esther's is anticipated to open as early as this fall at 6663 El Cajon Boulevard in San Diego's College Area. For more information, visit