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“Great Tasting Fresh Food!”
Review of Holy Cow - CLOSED

Holy Cow
Price range: $4 - $10
Cuisines: American, International
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Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Takeout
Description: The Cow on Willamette is Holy Cow's newest adventure. An organic, flexitarian menu with food inspired from around the world featuring local ingredients. Not just coffee and salad greens (the easy stuff: sure we use Cafe Mam and our greens are from our own in house farmer, Camas Swale Farm),but we have organic everything, including spices and oils....we have local beans and grains, local organic chicken and sustainably fished rock cod from Port Orford Sustainable fisheries, local and organic beer, kombucha and wine too! Vast kid's menu (or anyone with a smaller appetite, gorgeous patio, warm and inviting environment, with live music when you're lucky. Salad bar, own own chai and Big Pink drinks, every changing menu and desserts, too. This restaurant is aimed at the healthy eater from across the spectrum of diets. Gluten-free and vegan our specialty. Don't forget we cater: from sumptuous weddings to box lunches.
Eugene, Oregon
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61 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
“Great Tasting Fresh Food!”
Reviewed March 26, 2013

We had driven by here previously without stopping, but after reading the TA reviews we wanted to give it a try …and we will be baaaaack! My husband had the Veggie Volcano and it was delicious. It was a large variety of fresh chopped vegetables including roasted potato, steamed beets, carrots, broccoli, and kale on long grain rice then topped with pumpkin seed pesto and creamy tahini sauce on the side. There was a choice of spiciness, and based on their recommendation we chose medium, but while flavorful it did not have any noticeable heat. While I could not identify the spices used, they blended well and made for a very delectable lunch. I ordered the Indian Combo with saag paneer and vegetable sampar. They were heavenly! The vegetable sampar, which is lentils, potato, carrot, yam in a curry on top of their yummy rice was slightly spicy, but full of aroma and flavor. The saag paneer was also perfectly seasoned with just the right amount of creaminess and rice to balance. The 2 different chutneys and raita were a spot-on accent to both dishes. They also offer meals with free-range chicken or tofu, but our meal was 100% satisfactory without them. While we each ordered a separate entrée, the portion size was enough that next time for lunch we will just share one. Their website says they buy organic, local and make their food from scratch. I believe it, because it tastes fabulous!

  • Visited March 2013
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Thank Sbow2
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Eugene, Oregon
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67 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
“Fresh and flavorful”
Reviewed March 22, 2013

I've enjoyed eating lunch at the Holy Cow Cafe at the University of Oregon's Erb Memorial Union for years: soups are always excellent and now that I've discovered the Tempeh Platter with its colorful abundance of roasted vegetables and peanut sauce, it's hard to come up with an alternative option... however, in a fit of ennui last fall, we made our first visit to the Willamette Street Holy Cow restaurant and ever since have been wondering why we waited so long. Extremely reasonable prices, an astounding variety of Middle Eastern, Asian, Central American, and Indian entrees, a daily soup and an organic salad bar AND kombucha and daily beer choices on tap with happy hour prices... and the food is served generously, the presentation is beautiful and it all tastes perfectly delicious. Holy Cow elevates itself above the limits of rice bowl-based vegetarian cuisine. Technically, it's not a vegetarian restaurant - they offer the option of chicken, but it's free range, etc. There is also a fish and chips dish, though that is probably the least interesting item on the menu (why would I eat fish and chips at Holy Cow? Why?). But they are so vegetarian and vegan focused that it's easy to forget about the discreet meat option. The pad Thai with tofu is utterly delectable; the veggie volcano is a masterpiece of saturated color with a diverse array of roasted vegetables and kale over brown rice with rosemary lentil sauce and pumpkin seed pesto, and the vegie sambaar over rice is drizzled with chutneys and raita. There is an impressive selection of child-sized meals as well and perhaps this is one reason why HC seems to be very popular with families.
The atmosphere is airy and light with natural wood and bright colors, and there is a large covered outdoor patio with warmers. Staff is universally friendly and helpful.
This is not a "date night" destination, rather it's a great alternative to cooking at home and getting some real choices at a very modest cost. And It's always great to have another option that's vegie-oriented and satisfying on an aesthetic and nurturing level!

  • Visited March 2013
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Thank Rowan916
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Eugene
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17 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Great fish tacos”
Reviewed March 21, 2013

A lot of things on the menu look good but I always end up having the fish tacos. I like the quality of the fish, the slaw and salsa and the side of black beans. I had them again last week when I ate here with a friend who likes healthy food but is not vegetarian. Her chicken curry on brown rice looked and smelled good.
I have brought vegan friends here too and they have been pleased by the choices.

  • Visited March 2013
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Thank Hecetamom
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Oregon
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44 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Hippie Food -- but it's good!”
Reviewed January 26, 2013

Eugene is full of places where you can get hippie food (kinda-sorta healthy for you, but they always serve meat too, and most of the menu is composed of bland versions of ethnic foods). At first glance, Holy Cow looks like more of the same, but you'll be surprised. Their pad thai is really good (made to suit your spice level). The Eug Burger is extremely flavorful and moist. The hummus and pita is good as well. They currently have a great happy hour deal: a pint of microbrew for $2.50 (3 - 5 and 8 -10 pm every day). A decent amount of vegan options.

  • Visited January 2013
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Thank VeganRoadrunner
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Vancouver, Washington
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176 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
“Good healthy and fast”
Reviewed October 23, 2012

Nice varied menu. Healthy food that tastes quite good. Fast food of a sort, but feels like slow food. A favorite when we pass through Eugene.

Visited October 2012
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