Independence/Monmouth

Mar 232015
 

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Los Dos Amigos is a local chain with restaurants in Salem, Independence, Albany, Eugene, Springfield and Sweet Home. They have several vegan friendly entrees, including soy fajitas and molcajete veggies on NE Lancaster. We haven’t been to the other locations outside of Salem, so we aren’t sure if the menu is the same at all of them. We were very impressed that the vegetarian fajita has Beyond Meat fake chicken, and not just a bunch of vegetables. The molcajete is something unique that we haven’t seen at other Mexican places and is very tasty. Order both with no cheese or sour cream to make vegan. I asked two different employees and both confirmed there is no lard in the beans. Has a nice atmosphere and good margaritas, too!

[Los Dos Amigos website || menu (see above) || directions]

Dec 122014
 

While there are not a huge number of options for vegan dessert in Salem, there are a few worth noting…

  • Pure Decadence — Located in South Salem on Liberty St. in the Mail Depot building, they offer vegan baked goods in the case every day and can bake vegan cakes and cupcakes to order!
  • Frozation Nation — A frozen yogurt place downtown that always has at least one dairy-free option on tap (usually a fruit or sorbet) and vegan toppings.
  • Sweet Papaya Frozen Yogurt on NE Lancaster generally has 2 vegan (usually fruit sorbet) options for when you’re craving a ‘soft serve’ type dessert. They are attached to a Starbucks where you can now get coconut milk in addition to soy milk in your drink.
  • Ike Box — Many coffee shops in Salem offer soy/hemp/almond milk alternatives, but this downtown cafe takes it a step further. If you have a sweet tooth, they also carry vegan and gluten free cookies. The house made scones are all-vegan all the time! Currently, other snack options include vegan and gluten free oatmeal, veggies with hummus, or chips and salsa. They can also make your smoothie vegan with any non-dairy milk you’d like.
  • LifeSource Natural Foods — Located in South Salem on Commercial St., it often has vegan cookies, brownies, and other fresh baked goods in addition to the usual vegan ice cream, chocolates, and other things you would expect to find at an alternative grocery/health food store.
  • Ricky’s Bubbles and Sweets — Downtown Salem there is a cute little candy shop that has vegan items you can’t get anywhere else in Salem including Goldberg’s Peanut Chews and Missionary Chocolate Vegan Truffles. They also have other vegan stuff you can find most places (Swedish Fish, licorice, hard candies, etc.) and a huge selection of craft sodas.
  • Salem Wednesday and Saturday Markets — Unfortunately seasonal only (April – October), these local open air farmer’s markets have vendors like Two Sisters and others that make vegan food. Two Sisters, in particular, has vegan jelly and cinnamon rolls!
Nov 172014
 

willamettasThe only current all-vegan bakery in the Mid-Willamette Valley!  They are also all gluten-free. You can find their tasty selections at Rafns’ Local Grocery & DeliDallas Health & Vitality Center health food store as well as the Independence Riverview Market (runs Saturdays April through October) and the Independence Indoor Winter Market at the Independence Elks Lodge. They hope to announce other retail outlets soon. They also do special orders of all sorts (bulk orders of  regular selections, small orders of regular selections, as well as special requests not on the menu). We have posted the menu below. Here’s a nice write-up about the bakery in Salem Weekly.

[Willametta’s website || menu ]