Dining & Food

Salem and the Mid-Valley has one all vegan (The Space) restaurant, and we’re looking to have more! In the meantime, below are features on those local restaurants or dining establishments that, through community sourcing, we’ve found offer vegan menu items or are otherwise accommodating of vegans. Please support them and make yourself known so we can continue to grow the choices available to us…without having to drive to Portland or Eugene.

We don’t mention every Mexican, Japanese/Sushi, Thai or other ethnic restaurant here simply because you can order a veggie burrito, avocado roll, or veggie stir fry. If you feel there is a place that has particularly good options, please let us know and we’ll check them out. The goal is to have more, not fewer, listings here. Help us keep this list current as, hopefully, more restaurants come on board and see the business opportunity in the local vegan community.

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Happy vegan dining!

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Dec 122014

Al-Aqsa is cheap and good.  What more could you ask for? In addition to vegan falafel (make sure to order with tahini and not tzatziki sauce) they also have a delicious roasted eggplant/cauliflower sandwich and other vegan Lebanese fare. It looks a little dive-y from the outside, but then again all the best places do.

[Al Aqsa website (Yelp only) || Menu || Menu2 || directions ]

Mar 222016

_DSC1423.JPGIf you are in the mood for something different and a little bit fancier – Amadeus in downtown Salem has several vegan entrees all of which are very tasty. They even have the word “vegan” on the menu, which is always a plus. The staff is knowledgeable about what is/isn’t vegan and can make suggestions/modifications to other items. It’s a bit pricey, but worth checking out if you want something nicer for a special occasion.

[Amadeus website || menu || directions]

Jan 182015

Serving up these little cinnamon and sugar guys at @archivecoffeeandbar on Saturday the 20th from 9am-12pm. Hope you can make it! (Photo: @ashlie.rene) (at Archive Coffee & Bar)A new all-vegan and gluten-free donut business in Salem. They don’t have their own shop yet, but do a “pop up” style donut shop at Archive Coffee and Bar most Fridays from 9am to 1pm. We can’t currently recommend Archive for anything (other than coffee) as they have no vegan items on their menu (boo!) They don’t even appear to have anything vegetarian (it is 2015, right?) but hopefully that will change. But Friday mornings, if you want to get a coffee and donut fix, that’s where to go!

[Bigwig Donuts website || Facebook ]

Nov 062014

cafe yumm This local chain is located at 2755 Commercial Street SE, Suite 100 in Salem and is one of the newest veg-friendly restaurants in town. Their menu features veg    bowls as well as a very tasty tempeh reuben (have to order with no cheese to make it vegan), BBQ tofu, and more. They’re very accommodating of vegan requests and know to leave off the sour cream and cheese from the deluxe toppings…even asking if you want extra avocado or cabbage and ginger instead.  Top it off with a ginger cookie for dessert and it’s a tasty place to fill-up.  Definitely worth checking out!

[Cafe Yumm! website || menu || directions]

Nov 172014


Maybe someday Salem will have good enough vegan options that we won’t need to eat at big national chains, but for now this is one of our best options.  If you have never been, you can choose your burritos, bowls, or salad items at the location on Lancaster Drive in North Salem. If you get the vegan one (without cheese), guacamole is included for no extra charge. They also now have sofritas:  a delicious tofu “meat” option, making what would otherwise be just beans and rice (and maybe the fajita vegetables) a lot more exciting. Another nice feature they have is you can put together your order online, then just stop by and pick it up.

[Chipotle website || menu || directions ]

Jan 142015

IMG_1816It may come as a surprise to some that Costco is an amazing resource for vegans (who don’t live alone, or if they do, have an intense love for large quantities of Field Roast and Vegenaise). They carry so many products vegans needs and love: organic veggies, prepared foods, soymilk, tofu, fair trade chocolate bark, almond milk, and often vegan products like Daiya cheese. Sometimes their stock changes and you won’t find your favorite product there for a month, only to have it appear again the following month. Their prices are much more reasonable than other grocery stores, mainly because you are buying “in bulk.” An annual membership is $100 but if you shop there as much as we do, you earn that back as a cash rebate at the end of the year.


[Costco Salem website ||  directions]

Mar 222016

IMG_6122Salem’s newest Indian restaurant is a welcome change for vegans. Indian food generally offers plentiful vegetarian dishes, however most Indian restaurants add ghee (butter) or cream to everything. Cuisine India has a variety of vegan dishes and options. The staff is knowledgeable about dairy-free options. Worth checking out and supporting!


Apr 092015

Donatello’s Pizza, located next to Northern Lights Theater & Pub is big — it can accommodate about 200 patrons or so. Really friendly/helpful staff and management. They have a decent selection of local beers on tap, live organ music, and serve Daiya cheese as the vegan option. They have thick or thin crust choice (both tasty).  There is a jukebox, pinball machines, some video games, and a bunch of tvs with sports on. Kind of what you’d expect from a pizza place (except they serve vegan food!). We were told the gluten-free crust is not vegan. We don’t know why their online menu says nothing about Daiya being available, but one of our members confirmed that they do have it.

[Donatello’s Pizza website || menu || directions]

Jan 282015

Falafel King is tasty and reasonably priced. They now have 2 Salem locations–on Church St. near Cinnabar and in the newly reopened bus mall. Falafel King has (surprise!) falafel sandwiches and platters, eggplant, lentil soup, hummus, babaganouje, dolmas, and other vegan Lebanese food. Just make sure you specify that you are vegan and you want tahini sauce, not tzatziki (yogurt) sauce.

[Falafel King website || Menu || directions ]

Mar 312015

The Laughing Lunchbox is a food truck and they have a vegan sandwich every day! They love their vegan customers and their ideas/suggestions (as seen in the photo)! They have made extraordinary efforts to have legit vegan options and are open to feedback. This is so unique among Salem businesses and we appreciate it! They are a mobile food business, but can often be found at the f/Stop Fitzgerald’s Public House. Check their Facebook page for days where they may be at other locations.

[The Laughing Lunchbox website (Facebook) || menu & directions change daily]


Dec 112014

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LifeSource Natural Foods grocery store is a great resource for vegans in Salem. Not only do they carry just about any product a vegan could want or need–stuff like bulk soy curls, vegan milks, Tofurky, Field Roast, Gardein, Treeline vegan cheeses, Daiya products, and more–but they also have a buffet and salad bar which often feature vegan foods. They even carry pre-made deli items like vegan sandwiches, too. This is a great alternative to take-out when your family is tired of the limited vegan choices to-go in town.

[LifeSource website || directions ]

Mar 232015


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]

Mar 182015

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.

[Love Love Teriyaki  Website|| Menu || directions ]

Nov 172014
Marco Polo

General Tso’s Mock Chicken


Marco Polo is considered by many to be the best restaurant for vegans and vegetarians in the greater Salem area. They have an entire extensive separate vegetarian menu with both Asian and European cuisine with vegan options clearly identified. They have vegan mock meats and also cater to gluten-free folks. We especially love their General Tso’s mock chicken, veggie dumpling soup and the North Atlantic tofu.

[Marco Polo website || menu || directions ]

Jan 072015

These are the two McMenamin’s pubs in Salem and they’re listed together because they both offer the same vegan options on their regular menus. Boon’s is in North Salem at 888 Liberty St. NE (where Liberty, Broadway & High St. all converge) and Thompson’s is out South at 3575 Liberty Rd. S. On the plus side, McMenamin’s has taken to noting which of their items are vegan on their menus.  On the down side, they’ve segregated them (at least online) on a dietary restrictions menu with the gluten free stuff and then annotated them with an X (like “beware!”).  Huh?  We vegans hate to be thought of as “restricted” as we know this way of eating is about abundance not doing without. I’m sure it’s just about efficiency for them, but words and perceptions matter, in our humble opinion.

Regardless, the vegan items you’ll find are the usual pub grub like fries, tots, sweet potato fries (w/o chipotle mayo).  They used to have a vegan burger but not only seem to have a veggie burger (not vegan).  Recently we were told the hemp burger is back and is vegan–you may want to confirm this with your server.  There’s also now a sandwich called The Bean & Seed which is a couple of vegan slider patties on a hoagie type bun with the usual fixin’s.  They also have many items labeled as vegetarian that can easily be made vegan by leaving out or subbing the cheese or dairy sauce/dressing (e.g. – greek salad, hummus & pita, veggie sandwich, etc.).

Boon’s also has live music many nights and both locations have nice outdoor seating at picnic tables which is a fun option in the warmer months.  Dogs are even allowed at Boon’s on the front porch (only).

[Boon’s Treasury website || menu || directions]

[Thompson’s Brewery & Public House website || menu || directions]