Vegan Options in Bellingham

I originally started this site in 2008 to share information about vegan topics and vegan options at local restaurants, but in 2016 I decided to change it from a blog with regularly updated posts 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 hope it is information that is useful to you! Restaurants are listed below in alphabetical order.

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!)

Pigs Peace Sanctuary: 27631 56th Ave NW, Stanwood, WA

I can't believe I have wanted to visit the Pigs Peace Sanctuary for nearly 20 years, and then finally, yesterday, my wish came true. And the experience was truly amazing. If you are not yet familiar with the Pigs Peace Sanctuary, I encourage you to learn more about it. We are so lucky to have such a valuable place so nearby Bellingham. Not only does it provide a safe place for rescued animals to recover from trauma and live out their lives in peace and happiness, it also offers humans a place to connect with and learn more about these beautiful, often misunderstood creatures.

 Judy Woods and  the volunteers that help her are doing really incredible work and you cannot help but be moved by the stories of bravery, survival, recovery, and connection that Judy shares with you when you visit the sanctuary. Tour appointments have to be scheduled and approved with Judy in advance, and people are eligible to sign up as volunteers with the sanctuary after attending a tour. My tour experience yesterday was so profound, I am determined to work as hard as I can to overcome my driving anxiety so that I can visit at least once a month and help where needed.

I encourage you to check out their website, learn more about this awesome sanctuary, and consider making a donation of your time, skills, and money to support this valuable place that provides such love and care to so many who would not otherwise have any. Thank you to my wonderful friends who made this life-changing day possible for me (especially you, Molly!), and thank you to Judy and all of the incredible animals at the Pigs Peace Sanctuary. I will see you again very soon!