We needed way more than 50 spots. To properly reflect the Atlanta of today—its many cultures, neighborhoods, and iterations of dry-fried eggplant—a reckoning was in order. But even settling on 75 restaurants was hard.
Approximately two hours south of Portland and three hours north of the California border lies EugeneOR. And then there is the vegan food. Breakfast includes vegan scrambles and omelets made with crispy shredded potato shells; for lunch you might try a black-bean burger, Cajun tempeh, or sesame stir fry.
Save room for pastries, all of which are vegan and include scones, muffins, cakes, cupcakes, chocolate banana bread, cookies, and vegan ice-cream sandwiches. However, the Eugenewich is a classic: a Southern-fried tofu patty with Daiya cheddar, carrot bacon, haystack onions, lettuce, tomato, and smoky sauce on a grilled bun served with fries. Fresh desserts include pie, cake, cupcakes, and moon pies.
The University of Oregon is also worth a visit for a stroll through its verdant, red-brick campus. From the University of Oregon, you can also access Alton Baker Park, which is acres along the north bank of the Willamette River with urban gardens, a dog park, and trails that lead into the woods and along the river.
The market features local artisans and musicians, an abundance of fresh produce, and food stalls with cuisine from around the world. The truck is often on the go and was most recently seen at 8th Avenue and Oak Street check the website for current locations. Vegan soft serve includes cups and cones of chocolate, vanilla, and chocolate-vanilla twist; also available is hand-scooped ice cream in flavors such as chocolate marshmallow and caramel snickerdoodle twist.
Voodoo Doughnutwhich has food carts in Portland, Austin, and Denver, has a permanent location in downtown Eugene. Midge Raymond is the author of My Last Continentnow out in paperback from Scribner, and co-founder of the boutique environmental publisher Ashland Creek Press.
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