Ingredient Focused: Mindful Meals & Eateries

We all have complicated diets these days. If you are vegetarian, vegan, gluten free, or other, you are not alone here. Many Corvallis establishments happily cater to these regimes, while also focusing on providing diners with locally grown, organic items. This way, you can support both your body’s functioning and agricultural practices that take it easy on our community’s natural resources. Better yet, there are many affordable choices in the bunch.  

Laughing Planet Cafe • $
127 NW 2nd Street, Corvallis

Laughing Planet offers locally-sourced burritos, bowls, salads, soups, agua fresca and smoothies. With thoughtfully-selected ingredients, their dishes are fresh yet global in flavor. Even on a dreary day, you can be put in a sunnier place thanks to brightly painted walls, comical art, and dinosaur figurines. Less than $10 in your pocket? Don’t worry, this place has you covered.

First Alternative Natural Foods Co-op & Purple Moon • $-$$
2855 NW Grant Ave & 1007 SE 3rd St. (Purple Moon), Corvallis

While primarily a grocery store, the Co-op also has an extensive deli at both its locations. Featuring a hot and cold food bar, fresh baked goods, sandwiches and salads to-go, and kombucha on tap, there is selection aplenty. If you need to hunker down, the eating area is conducive to productivity, and you can fill the mugs provided with fair-trade and organic drip coffee for $1. $1! If you’re on your way through South Town, and decide you need another coffee or milkshake break, look no further than Purple Moon on the north side of the Co-op building.

Nearly Normal’s • $$
109 NW 15th St, Corvallis

Believe it or not, Nearly Normal’s is another crunchy-burrito-and-smoothie locale. Established in 1979, they serve self-proclaimed Gonzo Cuisine in a home-turned-restaurant featuring handcrafted wood décor and expansive outdoor seating. Fan-favorite dishes have original names, such as the “nearly nasty burrito” and “15th St curry”. They also serve a fine selection of booze here. $10 will get you breakfast or lunch but bring a little extra for dinner.

Eats & Treats • $$
1644 Main St, Philomath 

Eats & Treats is a great gluten-free stop on your way back from an ocean beach or coast range excursion for any meal, from brunch to dinner. Here, you will find waiters donning cowboy hats, barbeque, and remarkably moist quinoa flour bread. It’s the ultimate in fusion food, served sincerely. You can get away with lunch for $10 or less here, but better bring two $10s for dinner. 

White Wind Superfoods • $$
252 Southwest Madison Ave, Corvallis

White Wind offers organic juices, smoothies, and soups. Containing an eclectic set of armchairs and tables, colorfully painted walls, art, and a library of health and wellness related books. It is a place conducive to work in, though every now and then you may catch yourself listening in on conversations about chelates. Too much for you? You can order anything on their menu to go. Wanting more? They occasionally offer workshops on foods with healing properties. Though a little pricey, $10 will do the trick.

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By Ari Blatt