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Sunday, September 2, 2018

Vegan Mofo Day 2 - Dinner in Salem

VeganMoFo Day 2

Here I am posting 2 days in a row! It's almost a roll, right? Yesterday I volunteered here in McMinnville at the Walnut City Music Festival. I had a blast and even went to the after party to see Scratchdog Stringband whose set I'd missed. I was up pretty late, but here I am posting!

As I mentioned in my intro post yesterday, one of the things I'd like to highlight is how Portland is not the only great place in Oregon and not the only place for great vegan food. 

Recently I was in Salem celebrating the birthday of my friend Marcus. Now he is definitely not vegan nor is his son. His wife, my friend Julie, is mostly vegan and of course I'm strict vegan. So where to eat? 

 Venti's Cafe has two locations in Salem and has a separate vegan menu! They also have a gluten free menu but I love the gluten so I didn't look at it to see how much overlap there was. The vegan menu has burgers, tacos, tots, bowls, wraps, and more. They also have kombucha and beer/cider on tap. 

Vegan Menu proudly posted on their website
 I decided to go old school and have a burger and fries. Followed by a marionberry hand pie. So yum!
Beyond Burger w/tempeh bacon & Daiya cheese
Marionberry hand pie with side of chocolate sauce
It was all very yummy! I was really too full to have dessert, but it had to happen. I think the pie is from Willamette Valley Pie Company based in Salem and they have other vegan options in their shop. I need to go by and check it out soon! 

So there's one example of tasty vegan eats in Salem, Oregon. What do you think? Have you had the Beyond Burger? Did you like it? I'd love to hear your thoughts in the comments. 


  1. I'm possibly the only vegan in the world who hasn't tried the Beyond Burger yet - I've heard good things though! That pie looks delicious. I'm a big fan of forcing myself to have dessert when I'm already full.

    1. Haha! I'm sure there at least one or two other vegans that haven't had it yet. :) It was tasty and very filling!

      I call the having dessert when I'm full thing the 'But it's vegan' Syndrome. I mean, I know I'm full, but they are offering vegan dessert - so I have to try it!

    2. No, Jenny, I haven't had the Beyond Burger, either.