Cafes in South University

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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.

2055 Patterson Street
Eugene,
OR
US

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.

1189 Willamette Street
Eugene,
OR
US

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.

980 Oak St
Eugene,
OR
US

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.

1044 Willamette St
Eugene,
OR
US

Good Times neighborhood pub hums with lively chatter and upbeat music from the early morning until late at night, attracting and catering to all types of crowds. Bartenders craft mixed drinks and dish out drafts from the bar's selection of 32 microbrews, domestics, and imports on tap. Servers dodge wayward pool sticks as they seek out tables, juggling trays of specialty burgers, crispy nachos, and?during weekend breakfast hours?giant stacks of crispy hash browns.

The atmosphere is equally energetic out on the outdoor patio, a covered terrace that reporters from Eugene Weekly described as "huge" and "pool bedecked". Here, customers perch on tall black chairs, their faces illuminated by glowing heat lamps and TVs broadcasting live sporting events or breaking news from the trusted source of Sesame Street.

375 E 7th Ave.
Eugene,
OR
US

Grown under shade, the fair-trade, organic coffee locally roasted by Café Mam flavors all of Park Street Cafe's coffee drinks, from americanos to mexican mochas. Café Mam's mindful approach to its coffee matches Sherri Thieben's own approach to food. Thieben, the owner of Park Street Cafe, counts more than 80% of her ingredients as organic; fresh produce, oils, and grains lend earthy flavors to her sandwiches, salads, and all-day breakfast treats. Plates of huevos rancheros are made from tempeh or eggs, and customizable salads come with seaweed, shredded beets, or other healthy fixings. Thieben's organic feasts unfold in a cozy space surrounded by exposed brick and large windows that aptly frame a farmers' market across the street.

776 West Park Street
Eugene,
OR
US