Oregon: Portland – No Bones Beach Club
An energetic tiki-themed vegan restaurant in a trendy area of town.
|Location:||3928 N Mississippi Ave, Portland, OR 97227|
|Hours:||Mon, Wed, Thu 4 pm – 9 pm; Tues: Closed;
Fri & Sat 11 am – 10 pm; Sun 11 am – 9 pm
|Type:||A two-story space doling out vegan fare and tiki cocktails amidst tropical decor.|
|Prices:||Relatively inexpensive food – about $11 to $13 for the main course dishes, the drinks run out around $8 to $10 for cocktails and about $6 for a Hawaiin beer.|
Essential to credibility for any Tiki Bar are the accoutrements that are associated with the genre: floor-to-ceiling beach decorations (surfboards, fishing nets and bamboo screens); tropical drinks (with plenty of rum and coconuts) and tasty bites.
While most Tiki menus contain a heavy focus on seafood and meat, No Bones replaces this with vegan alternatives such as jack fruit, soy curls and even cauliflower. Yes, cauliflower – it makes a great alternative to chicken in a hot-wings started when fried and smothered in a hot sauce!
A lot of people associate “vegan” with healthy food and there are undoubtedly health benefits to following a plant-based diet, but much of the food No Bones serves is super-sized and fried.
For our dining experience at No Bones, we opted for the Fish n’ Chips; panko-breaded tofu fish with nori served with slaw and fries and the Jackfruit Flautas;
jackfruit carnitas, cheese, peppers and onions, rolled up in crispy white corn tortillas topped with cashew crema and tomatillo avocado sauce. Delicious!