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!

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 ]

Apr 092015 Saigon Restaurant is located downtown on Court St. next to the Govenor’s Cup. Like most Asian restaurants, they have a lot of tofu dishes with vegetables over rice. If you are tired of Thai or Chinese, though, Vietnamese food adds some nice variety. Our favorite dishes are the two tofu banh mi sandwiches. It’s unclear if their “homemade mayo” has eggs in it (we asked and they said they thought it did) so order without and of course order without the pate which they told me is pig liver (YUCK!!!!) The banh mi comes with pickled vegetables and cukes for a nice crunchy tasty sandwich. The banh mi pictured here has vegenaise I added once I got home. The price is extremely reasonable at $4.50 for a meal-sized baguette sandwich.

[Saigon website || menu || directions]

Mar 222016

Taproot offers a bright and hopeful spot for Salemites who eat vegetarian/vegan or who just like healthy food. An extremely hip and attractive cafe setting that offers a variety of vegan bowls – not so much in the way of vegan sandwiches. There are a few vegan (or veganizable) tapas, too. They have a lot of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drink options (house-made, fruit-infused drinking vinegar- yum!!) We hope they add more vegan options in the future, but for now we are just happy that they have vegan items on the menu and a staff that can speak to what is/isn’t vegan on the menu.


[Taproot website || (incomplete) menu || directions]

Jan 082015

Like most Thai restaurants, you can easily find or make things vegan (by asking for no fish sauce) at Thai Beer, but this local chain goes one step further in offering tofu AND their own house-made tempeh. The tempeh is not what you usually think of as tempeh — the texture is more like a mock meat similar to “ham tube” for people familiar with that. We appreciate them going the extra mile with more options for us. They are down to one location in Salem only- Lancaster Dr.  They also have a Lincoln City location.

[Thai Beer website || menu || directions]

Nov 072014


This spot, located at 260 Liberty St SE, Salem, has 11 vegan sushi rolls! They go way beyond your typical avocado and cucumber rolls, too! Green Roll, Shitake Roll, and Potato Head Roll were all delish. This is in addition to the usual suspects like seaweed or cucumber salad, edamame, miso soup, veggie tempura, agedashi tofu, etc. Remember to specify no spicy mayo (not vegan) on the rolls.

[Tiga Sushi Bar website || menu || directions ]

Jan 082015

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.

[Trader Joe’s website || directions]

Nov 072014

Located downtown (325 Court St NE, Salem – cafe & basement bar) and in South Salem (2840 Commercial St SE, Salem — cafe & taphouse), Venti’s is probably in the top 3 places for vegans to eat in Salem. They have vegan pizza, nachos, falafel, Asian noodle bowls, tofu dishes and more. They are kind of an Asian-international-American fusion kind of thing with a lot of beer. The downtown location is a bit less formal, and also has a basement bar, while the larger taphouse is more of a traditional sit-down restaurant with a bigger menu and more vegan options. The taphouse has over 100 beers and ciders on tap. We could see some improvements like offering Daiya cheese on the pizza instead of just roasted veggies, but otherwise this place is pretty solid.

[Venti’s website || menu || directions ]