A fast food kind of Americanized Japanese/Asian place with locations in Keizer, Salem and Albany. They have the usual stuff– tofu with noodles, vegetable tempura, etc. Check out the menu for options and do be sure to tell them you are vegan in case something has fish sauce in it.
Yes, another chain…and a Mexican restaurant (which we said we weren’t going to include because there are so many places you can get a veggie burrito). But we’ve got to give this one props for actually using the word VEGAN on their menu…of a national chain! Awareness is the first step. But on to the food.
So, there’s a vegan burrito which you can get mondito (regular size) or mondo (huge!) or in a bowl with no tortilla. It comes automatically with guacamole and then you add rice, beans (black, pinto or refried), and veggie toppings. All in all, pretty standard, but you can grab a quick bit at the one off Mission St. or further north at Keizer Station. And sometimes all you want is just a good, ‘ol reliable veggie burrito.
Ok, if you’re vegan and live near any kind of major city, you know that Trader Joe’s has everything you need to keep you alive. Thankfully we also now have one here in Salem out on South Commercial St.
Recommended items include prepared chicken-less salad (soo yummy!!), vegan soy and coconut coffee creamer, vegan soy and coconut ice creams, the best/cheapest tofu and tempeh, soyrizo, and much, much more. If you’re vegan and you just shop at one store for the rest of your life, make it Trader Joe’s and you’ll do alright.