Vegan Options at Bellingham Restaurants

My name is Clarissa and I live in the beautiful Pacific Northwest in a city called Bellingham. I have been vegetarian since Thanksgiving of 1989 and vegan since the spring of 2000. I originally created this site in 2008 as a way to share information about vegan topics and vegan options at local restaurants. At that time, I wrote new posts on a weekly basis, but in 2016 I decided to change it from a blog to a website with some core restaurant information. And now, here I am, three years later, and I realize I am unlikely to return to updating this site in the way that I once did.

Over the last decade, Bellingham has grown substantially more vegan-friendly. I am so grateful to have so many wonderful local options for dining out with friends and family, or picking up takeout for cozy evenings at home. However, while I remain a vegan in Bellingham, I no longer have the passion, time, or commitment I once did to review and post updates about local restaurants.

That being said, I am afraid it is time to let that part of my life go. Maybe there is someone else out there who wants to revive this endeavor and create a site like this themselves, or maybe technology has brought so many changes with it, there is no longer the same need for a site like this as there was when I first started.

At any rate, I want to thank you all and say that I have loved our time together. Over the coming weeks, I am going to un-publish many of the posts that still remain. I may end up converting this site to a recipe archive, but I have not quite yet decided for sure.

I have really enjoyed the time I spent creating this site, and all of the wonderful people I have met along the way. The vegan meet-ups were awesome, and realizing there was a community out there of both vegan and vegan-friendly people was really heartening. I am grateful to you all for your support, kind words, emails, and comments.

Wild Oat Bakery & Cafe - 1305 Cornwall Ave.

I am finally adding Wild Oat Bakery & Cafe to my Vegan in Bellingham site! I know many of us have been longing and wishing for a completely vegan restaurant for quite some time, and now we finally have one.  

Unfortunately, because of my food sensitivities and allergies, I can't give you a lot of specifics based on my first-hand experience. Nearly everything on the menu contains soy, and several of the items that were originally listed as soy-free are not soy-free any longer. They also did not update their paper menus for a few weeks after making the change, and I am still waiting for the online menu to be updated. All of which serves as a great reminder to make sure you always ask questions if you have them, and don't rely on what's listed on a menu, even at a vegan restaurant. 

All of that being said, I have heard their baked goods are delicious and people rave about their french dip sandwich.  I am very very happy Bellingham finally has a vegan restaurant again, and I hope it's a sign of things to come!

Cosmos Bistro - 1151 N. State Street

Cosmos Bistro - Home of Bellingham's Best Vegan Burger!

If you haven't tried the vegan burger at Cosmos yet, I really hope you will after reading this. They make their own vegan patties from beets and black beans and they are packed with flavor! Add a side of their roasted veggies (roasted in olive oil) and you are all set for a super-tasty meal.

This is one of those dishes I have had around a half a dozen times now and it's been good every time. I think there are probably other vegan options at Cosmos, and the waitstaff who work there are always friendly and nice so I am sure they would happily answer your questions--I am just so enamored with the vegan burger and roasted veggies, I end up getting them every time. 

Once again, thanks to my friend Kymi for another great vegan in Bellingham food lead! And to everyone out there who may be reading this, if there is some place you think I should try that I have not yet written about, please email me ( or message me on Twitter (@veganinbham). I always appreciate your tips!