Being a vegan on the west coast it is no surprise that most recommendations were for the PNW. Just last week we were lucky enough that our mountain bike race circuit took a turn and would bring us to wonderful Portland… But first we had to get there.
After hours of driving from the incredibly hot and miserable Sacramento area we were starving and relieved to find an adorable and ALL VEGAN cafe located in Eugene, OR. With an oldschool diner vibe we sat down and salivated over the extensive and delicious sounding menu.
The Cornbread Cafe The food was a perfect mix of southern soul and comfort food. Similar to Sole Vegan in Oakland, CA.
It was incredibly hard to decide on just one thing so I opted for the Sampler platter complete with Southern-fried tofu, Phish phillets, BBQ seitan steaks, sassy slaw, Mac Uncheese and a delicious dipping sauce.
Definitely way to much food for one person but I couldn’t put it down. The southern-fried Tofu was the perfect mix of crunchy, salty, flavorful wonderfulness. The Phis Phillets were so believable that I had to ask the server to double check the entire restaurant was vegan. The BBQ seitan stakes were a bit to dense and tough for my taste. I like my seitan soft and juicy. The Strawberry Milk shake was more like icecream in a cup (but who doesn’t like Icecream) I have to say my all time favorite part of the meal was the Mac and Uncheese. Yet another dish that caused a second of panic wondering if it was actually vegan. It required a bit of salt but over all it was cheezy deliciousness that was creamy and super flavorful. I recommend you add a touch of hot sauce to bring a little spice to it.
Alex had THE EUGENEWICH -Southern-fried tofu patty, Daiya cheddar, carrot bacon, haystack onions, lettuce, tomato, smoky sauce on a grilled bun. Based on the fact that he finished it faster than I could finish taking pictures and he didn’t share with me I will have to just take his word on it that it was phenomenal.
Over all it was delicious and reasonably priced. A really nice surprise for our first stop in the PNW.
EDITED TO ADD: We loved it so much that after leaving the PNW we stopped back at the Corn Bread Cafe on our way out of town.