Oasis Vegetarian Cafe is (in fact) an oasis. This all vegetarian (and very vegan-friendly) restaurant is set in the middle of meat land. It’s attached to a Seventh-Day Adventist grocery store and has seating inside. You order at the window at the front of the store and they will bring your food to you if you are dining inside. The menu is a mix between burgers/wraps and Mexican Food – my kind of place. I definitely went a little crazy on the Mexican side of the menu when I came here with my mom awhile back. I think the people at Oasis thought we were crazy by the amount of food we ordered. I don’t think any two people have ever order this much (but we did take most of it home).
The Taquitos ($4.99) are served with veggie chicken, potato, lettuce, tomato, and guacamole. Fried, tasty goodness. And look at all the guacamole they give you!
I think my favorite item from our feast was the Pupusa ($4.69). I’ve never had this before (probably because no other place I’ve been to has made it vegan). I didn’t know what it was, but it was described as corn masa filled with beans and cheese served with sauerkraut and tomato sauce. It’s like a giant stuffed tortilla. Delicioso.
I’ve also never had meat Carnitas, but I got to try Oasis’ version of it ($3.49). It was corn tortillas, fried steak, chopped tomatoes, cilantro, onions and tomato sauce. I liked it, but I liked the other dishes better. It was sort of hard to eat, and the steak wasn’t my favorite of the fake meats.
An Oasis Vegan Burrito ($5.69) was also ordered. It was simply rice, black beans, pico de gallo, guacamole, and vegan cream, but was another one of my favorites. I love bean burritos! And this one had extra awesomeness to it (vegan cream? yum!!).
My next photo doesn’t look that great, but, believe me, this Tamale ($4.15) was good. Made with corn masa, steak, tomato sauce, olives, and bell peppers. Even though this dish was filled with gross bell peppers, the steak tasted a lot better covered in corn masa.
I didn’t realize how much steak we ordered until I wrote up this post. We got one non-Mexican entree: a Steak Wrap ($5.79). It’s made with steak, hummus, spinach, and pico de gallo. It’s a fresh lunch option, but since vegan Mexican food is so hard to find, I’d probably order one of the other entrees instead.
My mom decided to wash this all down with a Soy Milkshake ($3.99) which turned out to be just fruit blended with soymilk. Not what I call a milkshake, but hey, whatever floats your boat. My mom thought it was good.
11550 Pierce St.
Riverside, CA 92505
Monday-Thursday: 8am – 7pm
Friday: 8am – 4pm
Sunday: 9am – 5:30pm