Vegan Options in Bellingham

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.

The information listed on this page is based on my own experiences as a vegan at these restaurants. I update it when I can but there may be some really great places out there not yet listed on this site. I do my best to make updates when I have time, but if you have questions you may want to call ahead to the restaurant you are interested in just to be sure of what the vegan options are in advance of dining there.

I hope this info is useful to you and at least can give you a place to start. Restaurants are listed below in alphabetical order.

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!

Lovitt Restaurant: 1114 Harris Ave. Bellingham

Brunch in Bellingham Just Got Better!

It's been awhile since I have posted anything new to this site, but thanks to a tip from a friend, this past weekend I discovered something that totally inspired me, so here is a little something new to share with you all. 

Some of you who know me already know my answer to the question: "If you could wish for just one thing that Bellingham offered that would make being vegan even better, what would it be?" 

For the past 15 years my answer has been the same: A place that serves vegan biscuits and gravy. Vegan biscuits and gravy are right up there with vegan mac & cheese--the long-sought-after comfort food-fantasy for many a vegan. Now, don't get me wrong, I happen to make a killer biscuits and gravy dish myself. But sometimes you want the option of going out with friends for, dare I say it, "brunch." Going out with friends for brunch on a weekend is one of the pleasures in life that has not really been an option for us local vegans. 

That is, not until... NOW! Thanks to the wonderful new Lovitt Restaurant that opened in Fairhaven about 6 months ago, we can now go out for vegan brunch and feast on (yes, my dream-food!) vegan biscuits and gravy! I cannot tell you how happy this makes me. 

Lovitt Restaurant is a farm-to-table slow foods restaurant that uses fresh local ingredients and has something for everyone, be you omnivore, vegetarian, gluten-free, or vegan. Their weekend brunch menu always includes vegan biscuits and mushroom gravy, and they will even make a vegan hash on request that can be added to this dish. (Make sure you ask that the hash be vegan so that they don't cook it in butter).

The mushroom gravy is absolutely fantastic and my only complaint was that there wasn't more of it! Next time I go I might ask if they can give me a little extra on the side so that I can drown my biscuits in all that mushroom goodness. The waitress who helped us was super-nice and also told me that there is always at least on entree on the dinner menu that can be made vegan, and that if I ever am planning a special occasion dinner or celebration, I can also call ahead to request they make something special. 

Thanks Lovitt Restaurant for making one of my longest-held food dreams come true! I look forward to eating in your fine establishment many more times in the future. (And thanks once again, Kymi, for another fab food tip!)