I love where I live because Portland is basically a mecca for vegans and special dieters alike. There is no lack or awesome restaurants, grocery stores, and even food carts that cater to all sorts of dietary restrictions. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for the rest of the state of Oregon. Nevertheless, I spent some time in Lincoln City on the Oregon Coast this weekend and I was determined to find SOMETHING to eat.
The Yelp app on my iPhone is my best friend whether I’m in town or not, but especially when I’m not. When I searched “gluten-free, vegan” and “Lincoln City”, only one restaurant came up, so naturally I had to check it out.
The restaurant is called Andaman Thai and its located in a little strip mall off the 101. The first thing I noticed when checking out the menu was the note at the bottom saying any dish could be made to order and special diets including vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free could be accommodated. That statement was music to my ears!
The service was a bit slow, but that was definitely due to the fact that the only people working were the woman who I’m assuming is the owner and her husband. He served everyone out front and she did all the cooking from scratch in the back. Anytime you are getting something made to order, it’s going to take a bit longer. I have absolutely no problem with that, especially on vacation when I have nowhere else to be.
I’m an absolute curry fiend, so I decided to try both the red and green curries (we ate there twice…). They were able to make everything vegan (no fish sauce, which is usually hard for me to find), without soy sauce and they replaced all the sugar (of COURSE there’s hidden sugar, it’s a restaurant) with palm sugar. And the food was AMAZING…my favorite Thai food to date. It’s crazy how much tastier fresh, healthy food with no nasty additives is. My boyfriend, also a big Thai connisseur, was equally impressed with the food; he looooved the pad thai.
Needless to say, I was less than thrilled with the rest of my eating experiences in Lincoln City. The first night we went to McMenamins and I couldn’t have a single thing on the menu so I skipped dinner, watching longingly as the rest of the group chowed down their pizza and burgers. Luckily, I’d made a tofu burger wrapped in collard greens before I left home, so I ate that at 1 a.m when we came home drunk from the casino. I felt like the healthiest wasted person ever sitting there eating my collards while everyone else ate DiGiorno pizza and breadsticks…
We also went to Kyllo’s, one of Lincoln City’s most popular, well known seafood restaurants. I knew going into it that I was going to have a hard time finding something I could eat, but I had no idea just how bad it would be.
Looking at the menu, I found a Greek salad that without the feta and tomato would have been perfect. However, when I asked the server if I could get the salad without the two taboo items, she gave me this bullshit story about how the salad is pre-made and can’t be changed. Especially after being at the thai place earlier in the day, I got so angry at the fact that they wouldn’t make it to order. Why they hell would I spend money at a restaurant to get some pre-packaged garbage that took no time or effort (and therefore, no nutrition) to prepare. It disgusts and outrages me that Americans are okay with paying up the butt for food that they could probably make better and healthier themselves. Ugghhhh, so yeah I was definitely in a wine-drunken rage at that point.
They ended up bringing me a spinach salad with garbanzo beans and cucumbers on it (apparently that wasnt premade?), but I was so hungry still afterwords that I had a bit of a slip up…I ordered a dungeonous crab cocktail. The worst part was, although I used to absolutely love fresh crab from the coast, it wasn’t anything like I remembered and I’ve felt like I weigh freaking 500 pounds ever since. To make matters worse, I had nothing to eat upon our return from the casino that night so I had a giant piece my friend’s not gluten-free and definitely not vegan birthday cake. It was delicious, but I know the consequences won’t be worth it.
If there was any question that I may decide to become an occassional seafood-eating vegan, it’s not a question anymore. I don’t want to eat meat ever again and I couldn’t be happier about it. So in a way it was a good mistake to make, now I just need to recover and get back on track!