Oregon: Portland – Off The Griddle

Off The Griddle is a vegetarian -friendly vegan restaurant serving up an ever-widening array of comfort foods

Location: 6526 SE Foster Rd, Portland, OR 97206
Hours:  9 am–2 pm, 4 pm–10 pm Wed-Mon. Closed Mondays
Map: Google Map
Type: A choice of vegan, vegetarian & gluten-free lunches, brunches & cocktails.
Website: Restaurant Website
Prices: Relatively inexpensive food – about $11 to $13 for the main course dishes

As with many of my favourite food experiences in Portland, Off The Griddle started life as part of the City’s vibrant food cart scene, before transitioning to become a bricks-and-mortar establishment.

Located in a less trendy part of town, South-East of downtown Off The Griddle is a classic comfort food restaurant. My idea of comfort food is hearty breakfasts and wholesome lunches that make you feel warm and full inside. Off The Griddle manages to fit the bill with its breakfast plates, waffles, burritos and sandwiches. Yummy!

The storefront is brightly coloured, a theme that continues inside. There are not a huge number of seats inside. You can sit outside, but when we visited it was a little too cold for that. So, during busy times – such as breakfast at the weekends it gets busy so you might expect to have to wait … and the only place to do this is outside! When we went it was Sunday breakfast and there were a good 20 people waiting outside by the time we left!

I always love exploring a new menu and to be honest I could have happily eaten everything on the menu – but my waistline is far too big already. So, I settled for the Full Mess, comprising of hashbrowns, vegan sausage, greens, herb tofu and diced tomato all topped with a hollandaise sauce. As myself and Karen usually split our meals she went with our “desert” option of Pumpkin Cheesecake Waffle topped with hazelnuts and sweet cream.

Sometimes the menu description sounds better than what actually arrives at your table – but not in the case of Off The Griddle – in fact, it looked better! Karen and I started with the Full Mess and it was amazing – I hadn’t realized how hungry I was until I started. We were both impressed by the hollandaise sauce, which is not something we’d have tried at home – so we vowed to find some good vegan recipes and try them out. But it was great and we still had the waffle to go – which was equally tasty.
If you in the area of Portland and are looking for a lively and friendly restaurant with some great vegan comfort food options then you could do a lot worse than checking out Off The Griddle.

 

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