When Dave Wagenheim started selling tofu dogs in downtown Eugene in 2006, he had no idea his modest venture would blossom into Viva! Vegetarian Grill, a food cart honored as the city's third best by Eugene Weekly in 2012. From his corner on 12th Avenue and Willamette Street, as well as a café inside the Eugene Family YMCA, the team crafts a rotating selection of 100% vegan and vegetarian items. Those include Polish-style soysage, locally made organic tempeh tossed in a vegan hot-wing sauce, and an original vegan soft serve made from a cashew base, rather than just the ice part of ice cream.
Organic coffee from Wandering Goat Coffee Co., organic chai and rooibos teas, and a selection of organic juices complement each meatless feast. Along with the mainstay locations, the Viva! team feeds hungry herbivores at music and arts festivals throughout the Northwest.
The sisters who own Yogurt Extreme take pride in serving up a probiotic frozen treat that far exceeds the National Yogurt Association's minimum number of active cultures per gram. This wholesome frozen yogurt is made locally and serves as a flavorful base for a buffet of toppings, including fresh fruit, nuts, candy, mochi, and juice-filled exploding boba. Yogurt Extreme also offers no-sugar-added and dairy-free options for those with dietary restrictions or a hatred of cows.
After training at the feet of Mike Lee Kanarek—founder of the HaganaH self-defense program named for the military based organization—Colin and Kaz Rhoads decided to spread the gospel of their teacher’s real-world fighting system. Adapted from Israeli military training, it strips confrontations down to their key elements and then trains students to decisively act to disarm their attackers. Instructors teach students to attack an opponent’s weak points while defending themselves, and they employ repetition to build pupils' instinctive responses and take-no-prisoner tickling skills. As certified personal trainers in their own right, Colin and Kaz also integrate elements of circuit and strength training into their workouts, blending combat sessions with TRX, kettlebells, and high-impact conditioning to produce a well-rounded warrior.
Visitors walking past Crumb Together’s storefront catch sight of brightly colored red, yellow, and green outdoor tables. The satisfied looks of customers sipping mochas and lattes gives them pause, but it's the smell of melted chocolate that finally draws them in. Once indoors, vibrant local artwork welcomes them, as do different cookie varieties that sit on the counter waiting to be sampled. Just below them in the glass display case, made-from-scratch ginger snaps lay side by side with oatmeal raisin cookies cookies. Gluten-free options and upon-request vegan options promote the bakery's belief in the inalienable right to snack. Once selected, the gourmet treats can be nibbled on the premises.
For more than 15 years, New Odyssey Juice and Java has quenched the thirst of environmentally conscious patrons with organic, fair-trade beverages that are as good for the body as they are for the earth. In addition to serving steaming cups of joe and raw juices squeezed from fresh, locally grown fruits and vegetables, New Odyssey's multitalented staff also fixes up vegetarian salads and sandwiches made of seasonal ingredients. The shop maintains a fun, colorful setting with tropical wallpaper and games of hot potato with paintball grenades.
For nearly 20 years, chef Ib Hamide has put his distinct spin on Mediterranean cuisine at Cafe Soriah. He fuses Old World and New World flavors by using local ingredients, such as wild-caught salmon and Pacific Northwest clams, in classic recipes culled everywhere from Cairo to Athens.
With those fixings, he crafts starters such as bruschetta crowned with grilled lamb and feta relish, plus mains such as chicken breast wrapped in pastry and served with goat cheese-flavored brown sauce. He caters to vegetarians with options such as local tofu and stir-fried veggies doused in coconut-milk curry sauce.
Locally made wine and beer complement feasts, which unfold amid local artwork inside the cafe?s spacious 110-seat dining room. When the weather?s nice and the sun isn't shooting laser beams from its eyes, guests can dine out on a cozy outdoor patio.