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Herbivore’s Guide to Eugene Eats

Finding exceptional pescatarian, vegetarian or vegan meals can be a challenging task. Stumbling upon a tasty dish that also contains substantial amounts of protein is nearly impossible. When simply substituting beans becomes bland, check out these hidden gems for the herbivores of Eugene:

For Pescatarians:

Black Widow Sushi Burrito from Unami ($13.95 or ½ order for $8.95)

When you’re in the mood for a unique and delicious lunch, a sushi burrito will certainly hit the spot. The Black Widow is a popular choice, but you can’t go wrong at Unami (4205 Main St in Springfield). This roll is stuffed with tuna, shrimp and crab, so it will provide you with plenty of protein to fill your belly and combat the midday slump. Ask for a side of their sweet wasabi sauce to add a mild kick to your burrito.

Pescado Tacos from Tacovore ($3.75 each)

If you’re tired of your typical meatless bean and cheese tacos, these fish tacos from Tacovore (530 Blair Blvd) are a must try. The crunchy and salty breaded cod is sure to please any pescatarian or seagan. Delicious fish cradled by a corn tortilla and topped with cabbage, radish, cilantro, onion and house-made crema. These tacos are quite the crowd pleaser.

For Vegetarians:

Marge Pizza from Mezza Luna ($3-4 for a single slice)

Caprese is an essential part of a vegetarian’s diet. The Marge Pizza from Mezza Luna (933 Pearl St) is caprese on pizza! You’ll drool when you see the fresh mozzarella, sliced roma tomatoes, basil and roasted garlic/olive oil piled on thin pizza crust. While you’re there, try their Caesar salad. The croutons are legendary.

Thai Peanut Tempeh Wings from Hot Mama’s Wings (7 wings for $8)

Next time your omnivore friends are craving chicken wings, suggest Hot Mama’s (420 W 13th Ave). They serve outstanding cut tempeh “wings” with your choice of any of the 14 sauces. The Thai Peanut sauce is mild and pairs perfectly with the tempeh flavor. Make sure you don’t leave without trying their deep fried pickles; it is an unforgettable experience. This is a great spot where meat eaters and vegetarians can unite in victory and satisfaction.

For Vegans:

Cornbread Café (Build Your Own Meal for $11.50)

If you’re a vegan Eugenian, you better know about Cornbread Café (1290 W 7th Ave). Everything on the menu is vegan. Whatever you’re in the mood for, whether it’s chicken fried tempeh or phish phillet, you’re sure to find it here. For just $11.50, you can select a main dish and two sides. Try the mac uncheese! This is a vegan paradise. And good news, they deliver!

Che Burrito from Laughing Planet Cafe ($6.50)

If you are an adventurous eater, you may have just struck gold. The Laughing Planet (with two locations – 760 Blair Blvd and 2864 Willamette St) has dozens of top-notch vegan dishes. The Che burrito is an unlikely winner among a tasty bunch. This burrito is packed with black beans, brown rice, pico de galo, plantains, sweet potatoes and a yummy chipotle barbeque sauce. It might sound unusual, but it is a sweet and savory classic.

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Taylor Dalton

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