Oregon: Portland – No Bones Beach Club

 

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

Map: Google Map
Type: A two-story space doling out vegan fare and tiki cocktails amidst tropical decor.
Website: nobonesbeachclub.com
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.

An energetic tiki-themed vegan restaurant in a trendy area of town

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!

 

We loved the whole Tiki experience on offer at No Bones Beach Club. Our visit was a Friday night in November and the place was busy and high energy. The food was amazing, especially the fish and chips which is about the best attempt at a plant-based version of this meal we have tried! We’re British so we’re somewhat snobby about fish and chips (at least we were before switching to a plant-based diet!). We’ll definitely be heading back here soon or trying one of their other restaurants; in Seattle or Chicago.

 

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