Corvallis is one hell of a city for vegetarian food options, thanks in part to the ever-changing younger population. The real challenge for those looking for a veggie bite to eat is determining which place to try next. We’ve got some pretty aggressive veg-heads on staff, and here are their recommendations.
Market of Choice Salad Bar – 922 NW Circle Blvd #110
By Johnny Beaver
I’m incredibly lazy, but still really like fresh food. A great way to have the best of both worlds is to go the route of the incorruptible salad bar. Market of Choice has a fantastic incarnation with great tasting veggie-friendly doodads of all shapes and sizes. To boot, they have a Mandarin-style tofu that will pulverize your innards with stupid levels of pure goodness. You can sneak in, throw together a container of your favorite garden bits and choose to sit outside or head home and jam it down the neck hole while watching Adventure Time.
Cafe Yumm! – 2001 NW Monroe Ave
By Hank Greaves
If you haven’t been to Café Yumm, go there next! The Original is divine; brown rice, black beans, shredded Tillamook cheese, black olives, sour cream, tomato, cilantro, and the one-of-a-kind, mouth-wateringly good Yumm sauce. Get it in a tortilla to eat on the run, or make it vegan with avocado. You can also find their Yumm sauce for sale around town at such places as Market of Choice and First Alternative Natural Foods Co-op.
Baguette – 121 SW 3rd St
By Lu Beck
Wallet-friendly, and centrally located in downtown on 3rd Street, Baguette offers super tasty French-Vietnamese sandwiches. Veg-heads are treated well, especially with the hearty Wheaties sandwich, which is stuffed with juicy marinated seitan, shredded carrots and cucumbers, and cilantro.
Brew BQ – 150 SW Madison Ave
By Callie Rivera
No need to shy away when your carnivore friends want to hit up this barbecue joint; smoked tofu, curly fries, and some of the best dang hushpuppies ever are also on the menu. Slaw, chopped green salad, and vegan green chili and potato stew round out the vegetarian menu. It may not smell it, but this place is vegan-friendly.
The Woodsman – 529 Main St, Philomath
By Jesse Tomaino
It may not be in Corvallis, but The Woodsman is worth the drive to Philomath. You won’t hit traffic on the way—so buck up and make the six-mile drive for the best Thai food on the planet. Seriously. Cities like New York and San Francisco don’t have Thai food that even compares. Hell, even Bangkok might not; this woman’s cooking is magical! Take a date, split the green papaya salad and order both the massaman and green curries. Oh, yeah—this is about vegetarian food, so order tofu or extra veggies in those curries. Or pork.
Nearly Normals – 109 NW 15th St.
By Tom Baker
A menu with nothing but diverse, fantastic options for vegans and vegetarians alike. What else can you even say? If you’re craving a solid, quality meal this is your option. Throw in a cool kids menu, seasonal specials and more. Did I mention they’re the home of the Sunburger? You know, the best veggie patty on Earth? Nearly Normals is like a food hug – a home cooked meal with gourmet flavor.
First Alternative Co-Op – 1007 SE 3rd St.
By Anis Plummer
With a great selection of local and organic fruits and veggies, a salad bar and a ridiculously wide variety of veggie-friendly foodstuffs littered throughout the place… well, it’s a no-brainer. While it may not be the cheapest place to shop, you can rest assured that you’re supporting the hard work of locals, and walk out with meal starters of your own design that are guaranteed to tantalize.
Nooch – Lurking At Cafe Yumm, Nearly Normal’s and all Over Corvallis
By Lana Jones
My favorite meatless option in town isn’t a specific dish or place, it’s a flavor. I love everything about nutritional yeast, affectionately known as nooch. My favorite places to get my nooch fix are Nearly Normal’s and Café Yumm! Normal’s has a nooch-based tofu seasoning that they sell in little plastic baggies. It’s packaged like a drug, which is appropriate given how much I crave it. Besides tofu, it’s great on popcorn or mac and cheese. Café Yumm!’s sauce comes on their bowls and can also be purchased by the bottle. Beware the addictive qualities of nooch!
Gathering Together Farms
By Beth Krentzil
Just out of town, Philomath features something that can’t be left out of any local veggie-lover’s list of options: Gathering Together. Literally in the woods, this almost Euro-style country restaurant with a rotating menu of nothing but the best our earth has to offer. With a nearly perfect score on Yelp, this is definitely a dining experience that foodies from all over will love.