CLOSED: Aunt Mary's Toaster Bistro

  • Vegetarian Vegetarian
    ( 17 reviews )



1347 NW Highway 101 (at NW 14th), Lincoln City, Oregon, USA, 97367

Veggie food bistro situated in the central coast vibrator museum. Must be 18 years and older to dine here. See website for live shows and events. Reported closed to HappyCow.

Categories: Vegan-friendly, Lacto, American, Fast food, Beer/Wine, Take-out

17 Reviews

First Review by francesj

Skip it - Edit

The "kitchen" consists of a toaster oven and a counter top. It is a unique dining experience and one I only had once. The "experience" is more about being able to tell people you ate in a meal in a sex shop than the quality of the food.

Cons: food, doesn't seem hygienic

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I love Aunt Mary's - Edit

I loved my experience at this establishment. The Yellow curry soup I had was delicious. I would have to say it was better than some similar dishes i have been served in "Thai" restaurants. It was a brief visit but I will return there again next time i am in Lincoln city.

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I wanted to like this place but... - Edit

I just couldn't. The atmosphere was certainly NOT hygienic, especially with the dog sitting at your feet. It might be "homey" (not my home, fortunately), but it's not a pleasing restaurant experience. The porn crap was humorous, but not appetizing at all. I suppose they must do both to pay the bills. The food was mediocre at best, and the service was slow with very meager selection. I have to give some points for staying relatively cruelty-free, but that's it.

Pros: Vegetarian fare

Cons: Filthy, POOR selection, Slow service

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its a bar not cafe - Edit

This place, other than being a sex shop, which is fine by me, is really a bar that has a few options for food. When running a bar in Oregon, OLCC rules stipulate that food must be served. The food is almost secondary (or tertiary here behind the sex and booze). The first thing I noticed here was not the toys and decor, which was done in a manner that is humorous, not offensive, but the smell that had to be cat urine. There was some antique furniture, which is cool of that's your motif, but not if it has been soiled. It took 20 minutes to adjust to the smell. Luckily(?) it took 20 minutes to get served. And when I say served, it was not w a menu. They have 3 options which they make behind the bar. A hummus wrap, a grilled cheese and something else (Mex tofu?). Not too thrilling. Alas, the hummus severely upset my stomach. I really wanted to like this place, I thought it sounded like a lot of fun. It is however a sex shop w a bar inside that serves a vegan wrap, a cheese samich and something else. The juice they serve is for mixed drinks. Next time, I will just power through to the next stop, or eat pb in the car.

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Not Your Ordinary Eatery - Edit

I love this place!

Aunt Mary (yes, there really is an Aunt Mary) is youthful, gregarious, and honest-to-goodness genuine. She cooks amazingly good food on a pink range behind the bar.

I'm a gluten- and lactose-intolerant vegetarian. Usually when I go to restaurants I have to ask question after question about their ingredients. More often than not I have to ask for substitute after substitute as well. I'm not trying to make life harder for the server or cooking staff. It's just what I have to do. Yet, inevitably, I feel bad about it, guilty almost.

What a wonderful surprise it was when I started my apologetic inquiries and Mary got enthusiastic! about the creative challenge my limitations presented her. She brainstormed aloud and came up with a bunch of choices for me. This is the first time I've ever felt great about ordering dinner. I felt part of a creative process rather part of a big burden.

My friend and I chose the taco dinner. Oh my but it was good. As were the real-greens salad with a Mary-made beet vinegar dressing and the tofu pate with rice crackers--all part of the dinner, of course.

We didn't go at a time when there was live music, but among other regulars who play there is Lloyd Jones---darn good blues.

We didn't know that the restaurant is part of another shop--sort of similar to a coffee shop in a bookstore. But when we walked in and saw The Central Coast Vibrator Museum to our right and noted the "toys" that held the tablecloths in place, we figured that this was not your run-of-the-mill eatery.

As I said it's part of another business and that "other" business is a sex shop. This may be disturbing/off-putting/offensive (whatever) to some folks. And I would have been among them. I'd never been in a sex shop before and, truth to tell, I never thought I ever would. Way out of my realm of interest or sense of morality. But, you know what, the whole place cracked me up. Aunt Mary's is a playful and whimsical place, endearingly so. I never in the world thought I'd say such a thing about a sex shop--endearing?! But, let's face it (well, at least I faced it) our seriousness about sex has a whole load of silliness about it.

If you can laugh at human foibles and want some really good food, Aunt Mary's is a one-of-a-kind experience.

Pros: great food! , accommodating to special diets

Cons: it's necessary to lighten up before ente

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Sooooo Good - Edit

My husband and I had been on the road for more than a week traveling across the Northwest section of the US. We were craving healthy food. I had the hummus wrap and my husband had the mexi-wrap. They were both perfect. The filling was yummy with the soft but slightly crisp tortilla wrap. Mary was so nice too. Just after a late night/morning of band and fun and still able to make a good lunch. There are not enough of these places when traveling across country. Thanks Mary.

Pros: service, food, price

Cons: none

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Delicious and One of a Kind - Edit

My husband and I are biking the West Coast and stopped in Lincoln City after a long day of cycling. We were stoked to find Aunt Mary's here on happycow and hastened to check it out.

Aunt Mary's is a one of a kind place. Part vegetarian restaurant, part sex shop, it was unlike anywhere we'd ever been. Aunt Mary herself welcomed us in, asked us if we were vegan or vegetarian, then told us the offerings off the top of her head.

She walked back behind the counter, where she had a stove, and started cooking everything up. She told us there was a lot to see and we should look around, and we gladly obliged. After browsing the entertaining knick knacks and stickers, we returned to our table. Aunt Mary brought over a bowl of soup, which was incredible. We finished it off quickly and looked around some more while she cooked up the entrees. I had the hummus wrap, which was quite tasty, and my husband had the special, which had hummus, a quinoa salad, tofu pate, and awesome barbecued baked beans.

We liked it so much we came back again the next day and were equally impressed. If you let the somewhat risque setting deter you, you'll be missing out on some of the tastiest vegetarian food Oregon has to offer.

Pros: Great Food, Unique, Good Value

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aunt mary's is the best - Edit

we go there everytime that we're in lincoln city. the "f*** me it's good" is awesome. my boyfriend always let mary decide his meal and it's always awesome. definitely an amazing place to visit.

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Great little place - Edit

I called in for take out. It was great. The place has a look of their own. I will be back for more. Next time I will dine in.

Pros: Very Friendly, Great Food, Have Take Out

Cons: Small

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. . . and now for something completely different - Edit

We found Lincoln City uninteresting but Aunt Mary's was interesting. The restaurant was not busy and Aunt Mary (I assumed) was very friendly and the sandwiches and beer were good. I suppose one could argue that sex and food don't mix but we just wanted to eat so it made little difference to us. Much ado about nothing me thinks.

Pros: good food, friendly/helpful

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I play in a touring band, and being a vegetairian on the road is a hard thing to do. Aunt Marys is by far the best place to get all orgainc vegetarian & vegan food on the Oregon Coast.
I know everyone who works there personaly, and they are the nicest, and most down to earth people I'v ever met.
Im think those other people might just be some CRANKY VEGAN A-HOLES!



Pros: Great food!, Great people!, Great atmosphere!

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Great Place! - Edit

My boyfriend and I made our first visit to Lincoln City as vegans and so were looking for new places to try. We found Aunt Mary's on this website and decided to try it. It was difficult to find but totally worth it. The place has a cool funky style- yes there are vibrators in one corner of the room, but there are other pictures and art too. The walls are carpet and the floor is cheetah print. The food was tasty and homemade. The soup was a carrot bisque and extremely tasty. My boyfriend and I are usually pretty conservative- we don't drink or do anything illegal- but we thought this place was great. We laughed through dinner and had some great conversations with Aunt Mary. It was great that nobody under the age of 18 was allowed in there- not even babies! No crying children to talk over! It was not gross or distasteful- more of a place to enjoy vegan food in a grown-up setting. There are some funny knick-knacks for sale and I even bought my baby niece a couple of funny onesies there. I don't know why people are so offended by this place. I will definitely return when I'm in town again.

Pros: Tasty food, Funky atmosphere, No kids!

Cons: Hard to find

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A unique vegetarian restaurant, to say the least - Edit

This place is best described as eclectic with no boundaries. Kind of a cross between Grandma's house, and the creepy guy next door. Nestled among the small shops in Lincoln City near the beach is a vegetarian restaurant that you won't forget. We are both vegans, and for some reason, everyone in Lincoln City seems to crinkle their nose when they say "vegan", and not a single store carries vegan soy cheese. This place was a pleasant surprise, and we really enjoyed our visit. Now the disclaimer - be ready to keep an open mind and walk in with a sense of humor. Although you may find an occasional adult toy displayed amongst the embroidery and nun dolls, the "vibrator museum" is just another joke to keep things light. As long as you avoid the back room labeled "filthy", and leave your kids outside as you get take-out, you'll have a great time. We ordered the Mexi Wrap and a Taco Salad, and it was the best meal we've had during our entire vacation. The host/waiter/chef was very nice and washed his hands twice that we counted. Very clean, gracious, and fun.

Pros: Unique, Fun, Tasty

Cons: No Children

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Totally Unique Experience - Edit

Okay, so this isn't the *best* veggie food, I've ever had, but it was easily within the range of "good." Why 5 Happy Cows then? You will never visit another restaurant like this. When in Oregon, visit Aunt Mary's for good food and a great time.

Pros: Fun, Unique

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Fun!!! - Edit

You would have to be a total prude not to enjoy Aunt Mary's. Tell me where else you can purchase adult party supplies of all flavors, gifts for your open-minded family members, have a glass of wine, sit with the friendliest blind-deaf dog in Oregon at a decently-stocked bar, and have delicious veggie food with pornographic names? Yeah, didn't think so. If you are on the Oregon coast, GO HERE. Seriously. Aunt Mary rules.

Pros: Must-see Bathroom, Fun, More fun

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unappetizing - Edit

Was unable to try the food because I was so off- put by the atmosphere. It was like I was in my kid brothers garage. I am no prude, but this place was not only dirty but the so called "museum" was more like a smoke shop in a red light district. Now this Aunt Mary may have a way with her skillet but it's unfortunate for us travelers that the only people that will be enjoying this meal will be the creeps that frequent the place.

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mute-Ade 22 Feb 2013 - I am sorry, but you must be the most uptight person to ever step foot into a vegetarian restaurant. This place is awesome, and you missed out on some totally decent food. Come back when you've learned about the "birds and the bees." Also, can I visit your kid-brother's garage?  

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Fun place, great cookin' - Edit

This place is fun; the owner has a great sense of humor. The menu includes veg food in "adult" shapes, as well as some standardly shaped food. You'll have to do take out if you have kids with definitely don't want to bring your kids.

The cooking is high end, the atmosphere quite entertaining. Prudish attitudes are best left in your car...don't worry, this is no sleazy sex shop...this place is a hoot, you'll not soon forget.

Situated on Route 101, perfect before the long drive from the shoreline to Portland.

Don't miss this.

Pros: great cooking, fun adult atmosphere

Cons: no kids allowed

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