Omnivorous eating habits were the standard across much of the Western world until the best-selling 1971 book “Diet for a Small Planet” by Frances Moore Lappe became a definitive guide to vegetarianism. Decades later, the trend continued with veganism. While many critics thought these were fads, it’s become obvious that these eating habits are here to stay. If you’re already vegan or vegetarian, or you want to see if it fits your lifestyle and tastes, Tacoma has several restaurants to cater to your palate and health.
Located at 2602 N. Proctor St., Viva is one of the most acclaimed vegan restaurants in Tacoma. Featuring a menu of fresh, nutritious ingredients, the restaurant’s aim is to improve health, vitality, and prevent illness. When you bite into one of their globally influenced dishes, you’ll be glad you’re living the Viva life.
Not only is everything here vegan, but it’s also dairy-free and gluten free, adhering to the preferences of many vegan diners. However, the menu is familiar enough for meat eaters to enjoy as well. Start your dining experience with Viva nachos, featuring all the familiar vegetables in Mexican cuisine, as well as Mexican walnut meat. Move on to a vegan sandwich or salad, and don’t forget to end your visit with vegan brownie a la mode, which tastes just as good as the dairy-heavy options out there.
Viva is open Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday.
While Tatanka Take-Out is arguably the home of Tacoma’s best bison burger, the restaurant is also a hidden gem for vegetarians. Nearly everything on the menu comes in bison, tofu, and vegetarian options, so you never have to feel left out if you’re dining with some carnivorous friends.
The house salad, soup of the day, and chili all come without meat, and work as a delicious starter to your meal. After devouring that, choose from entrees such as the vegetarian burrito, or select something from the Meatless Morsels part of the menu, featuring a veggie B.L.T, black bean burger, and more.
Visit Tatanka Take-Out from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and noon to 7 p.m. on Sunday. You can find Tatanka at 4915 N. Pearl St.
Situated in Tacoma’s Hilltop neighborhood at 1324 M.L.K. Jr. Way, Quickie Too is a vegan stronghold, serving up meatless and dairy-free food for over 20 years. What separates this place from all the others is their vegan take on Southern cooking. While this may seem impossible, the vegan mac n’ cheese is amazing, the sandwiches are awesome, and the fried tempah at their Friday night “fish fry” is to die for.
Quickie Too is open Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Thursday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday from noon to 6 p.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. They’re closed on Tuesdays.
Whether you’re making the switch for health, social, or environmental reasons, going vegetarian or vegan has never been easier. Tacoma’s restaurant just makes it a bit simpler than ever before.