We ventured south to Eugene, home of the Oregon Ducks. Eugene has that environmental, alternative lifestyle vibe.
We visited the Cornbread Cafe for lunch. A 100% vegan comfort food diner. How cool is that? This place is small and eclectic. This isn’t your healthy garden salad with a side of steamed broccoli kinda place. Vegan comfort food, think old fashioned diner for vegans. Calista had the Shredded Barbeque Seitan sandwich which she said was delicious, the barbeque had just the right amount of sweetness and spice. Mike had the Eugenewich, which had a fried tofu patty, Daiya cheddar, deep fried carrot slices, onion rings, lettuce, tomato and a smoky sauce. He really enjoyed all the different flavors going on. I had the build your own meal, where you get a choice of phish sticks (my choice, soo good, breaded in cornmeal and fried, perfect imitation of fish sticks but, better), southern fried tofu, chicken fried tempeh & gravy, or barbeque pull-a-parts. Next you choose your first side; mac and uncheese (my choice, so good, creamy, subtle, yum!), mashed potatoes and gravy, or crinkle fries. Then you choose either sauteed greens or sassy slaw. I went with the slaw which tasted just like non-vegan slaw. Finally a choice of cornbread or biscuit. I opted for the biscuit. This place is big on charm with lots of sandwich, salads and create your own plates. If you are in Eugene, give this unique vegan diner a try.
After limited exploring we stopped by the Divine Cupcake, this 100% organic vegan bakery had lots of cupcake options; we got several to go; holiday dream, red velvet, peanut butter cup, warm fuzzy, holiday eggnog, and chocolate vanilla. They had lots of options, and many cupcakes are seasonal. The eggnog was our favorite by far, the frosting was soooo good. Overall the cupcakes were good and flavorful but, all were a little on the dry side. There is nothing better than biting into a moist delicious, vegan cupcake. A little tinkering with their recipes would probably deliver the desired moistness. Having said that, I would definitely go here again for their delicious espresso drinks, the iced pumpkin and hazelnut soy lattes were very good, and their inventive cupcake flavors make we want to try them all. Support your local independent bakery and have a cupcake.