Vegan Eats in Olympia Washington

When we went to Portland, we also drove up to visit Neal’s parents in Washington and made a pit stop in the capital, Olympia. Did you know that Olympia is a pretty vegan friendly city? We didn’t get to explore many of the vegan offerings because we only stayed for two meals worth. Doesn’t everybody measure time in meals?

The first place we visited was Narai Asian Cuisine. This place is very vegan friendly. On the Happy Cow website, it was mentioned that the owner is veg and therefore very accommodating to veg*n. And indeed, when we asked if the dishes we ordered could be made vegan they said–absolutely! It’s always nice when your server confidently knows what the word “vegan” means.

We got the Fresh Rolls (with tofu) – fresh green leaf, cucumber, shredded carrots & Thai basil wrapped in a soft rice skin, cut in half and served with peanut sauce & sweet chili sauce sprinkled with ground peanuts.

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Neal got the Pad Thai (sans the egg and fish sauce) – thin rice noodles stir fried with green onion, ground peanuts, pad Thai sauce & bean sprouts and garnished with shredded carrots, bean sprouts, ground peanuts and a wedge of line.

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And I got the Pad Wooh Shen (no egg) – veggies stir fried in garlic sauce with clear noodles, white & green onion, cabbage, napa, snow peas, bok choy & mushroom. This dish was smoky and garlic-savory goodness!

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We were tempted to eat there again for a second meal, but we decided to try another Asian restaurant called Saigon Rendevous. They have an extensive veg*n section on their menu.  There are some non-vegan items in the veg*n section to be aware of like eggs and mayonnaise, but a quick check with the owner was all we needed to make sure the dishes we wanted were a-ok.

We got Tofu and “Pork” rolls (served on top of pickled cabbage!)

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wonton soup

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and we split the Mongolian “Beef”- spicy stir fry of bamboo shoots, carrots and green onions over a bed of crispy rice noodles.

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Would I eat at these two places again? For sure. The food and service were both great and there were definitely more things on the menu I wanted to try.  I’m a sucker for tasty vegan Asian food.

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9 thoughts on “Vegan Eats in Olympia Washington

  1. Cadry's Kitchen

    Oh, that all looks so good! I totally agree that it always puts me at ease when a server knows right away what vegan means. Neal’s pad thai looks especially delicious!

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    1. luminousvegans Post author

      Yes! If they repeat the word “vegan” with a question mark then I have to explain and it’s annoying :-). Whenever we go somewhere that can make pad thai vegan-style we always have to try it out. It is such a good dish.

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  2. Andrea

    I love when the server knows what vegan means. It’s been a while since I’ve been to Olympia but I remember eating well there. And it’s such a pretty little town to explore.

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    1. luminousvegans Post author

      For sure! I really wish we also had time to check out the all vegan store -Oly Vegan but their hours were kind of strange and did not match with our schedule. 😦

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  3. RG

    Yum vegan comfort food, filling and delicious. My kind of food hehe I’m very curious about Olympia now! So many vegan places to visit, so little time.

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    1. luminousvegans Post author

      Olympia is a cute little town. Emphasis on little. It has charm though. I really wished I had time to visit the all vegan lifestyle store there — Oly Vegan, but their hours did not coincide with our schedule.

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  4. Jojo

    We visited Olympia on our way from Seattle to Portland (I really need to get on with blogging about it), we thought it was a cute little town too but we only had time for one meal!

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