Local vegetarian and vegan restaurants you don’t want to miss

Vegetarian and vegan options can be found at many restaurants in Eugene. Each place has a variety of unique meals to keep you coming back. (Connie Ma / Flickr Creative Commons)

Eugene is an incredibly welcoming city for vegetarians and vegans. There are multiple restaurants in the area dedicated to serving animal-free meals, local products and organic produce. The offerings are tremendous, with enough options to keep any vegetarian or vegan munching on new dishes all year round. These four unique restaurants are just a few of the great choices available within Eugene.

Cornbread Café

This Whiteaker restaurant rightfully claims to be ‘vegan comfort food.’ For any vegan missing the gooey goodness of mac and cheese, this is the place to go. After starting as a food cart, the Cornbread Café opened as a restaurant in 2011 and has been serving local vegetarians and vegans ever since. Even if you are an omnivore, the menu will entice you with a tempeh bacon ranch burger, a moody portabella sandwich or a plate of southern fried tofu. The Cornbread Café is located at 1290 W 7th Ave and is open weekdays 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sunday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Lotus Garden Vegetarian Restaurant

Opened in 2000, the Lotus Garden Vegetarian Restaurant is a twist on classic Chinese food. It is often hard to find quality vegetarian options when ordering Chinese food, but this unique restaurant has filled that gap. With a diverse offering of tempeh, tofu and veggie focused dishes, the Lotus Garden has enough options to keep you coming back for something new every time. The Lotus Garden Vegetarian Restaurant is located at 810 Charnelton St. and is open Tuesday through Saturday 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

The Morning Glory Café

Earning the title of ‘Eugene’s oldest vegetarian and vegan restaurant,’ The Morning Glory Café entices passersby with the savory smells of vegan biscuits and gravy, breakfast quesadillas and Cajun tempeh sandwiches. The work of local artists decorates the walls, bringing a bright and colorful atmosphere to the unique restaurant. The Morning Glory Café provides a cozy vegetarian and vegan breakfast and lunch spot with a classic Eugene feel. The Morning Glory Café is located at 450 Willamette St. and is open every day from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Viva! Vegetarian Grill

The Viva! Vegetarian Grill is one food cart that veggie lovers don’t want to miss. From Polish Soysage to Tempeh Tacos, this place provides a 100 percent vegetarian and vegan menu. For anyone craving a vegetarian twist on classic hotdogs, Viva! is the perfect place to stop by. The cart uses all compostable utensils, plates, cups and travel containers. Don’t forget to grab some vegan ice cream when you visit. Viva! Vegetarian Grill is located at 1171 Willamette St. and is open Monday through Saturday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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