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.
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.
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.
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.