For those who are following a plant-based diet Portland, Oregon offers a great range of places to dine out or grab a quick meal
Update 30th August 2021. Since the original post, the Covid-19 pandemic has had a massive impact on the hospitality industry. Sadly, four of the 10 restaurants I reviewed where you could enjoy tasty vegan food have gone out of business. RIP ‘Back to Eden’, Rabbit’s Cafe, ‘Prasad’ and ‘No Bones Beach Club’. Hopefully, in the future new vegan-friendly restaurants will pop up in Portland.
We often travel to Portland, Oregon for weekends and as we follow a plant-based diet having places to go that are vegan-friendly is very important to us. Luckily, there are plenty of great places to try out as vegans.
1. BYE AND BYE, ALBERTA STREET
We are always on the lookout for new places to eat when we travel to Portland, Oregon – which happens frequently throughout the year. One place that has been on my list is Bye and Bye on Alberta Street. It is a real treat to find a bar that serves a totally vegan menu – saves having to ask a lot of questions when ordering our food!
2. OFF THE GRIDDLE. SE FOSTER ROAD
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!
3. HOME GROWN SMOKER, N LOMBARD STREET
We decided to take a break from our staple vegan diet of quinoa bowls and tofu hashes and try out some good old BBQ and comfort food at the Homegrown Smoker in North East Portland.
Despite our early reservations about Homegrown Smoker, we were glad to have seen beyond the slightly shabby (but clean) setting and truly enjoyed both of the dishes we were served. We’re definitely be coming back here on a future trip to Portland.
|Location:||8638 N Lombard St, Portland, OR 97203|
|Hours:||Wed – Sat 11 am – 9 pm, Sun 11 am – 8 pm, Closed Mon -Tues|
|Telephone:||+1 (503) 477-7274|
|Type:||Simple cafe offering vegan versions of BBQ plates & Southern soul food favourites.|
|Prices:||Relatively inexpensive food – about $11 to $13 for the main course dishes|
4. LOS GORDITOS, NW DAVIS STREET
Los Gorditos is located on NW Davis Street and is part of a Portland-based Mexican food chain that serves traditional food as well as having a separate menu for vegetarian and vegan options. The food options include tacos, burritos, huevos rancheros and chilaquiles. If you are looking for something tasty, fast and filling then Los Gorditos is an excellent option.
|Location:||922 NW Davis St, Portland, OR 97209|
|Hours:||Monday to Friday 10 am to 5 pm, Closed Saturday & Sunday|
|Prices:||Relatively inexpensive food|
5. PETUNIAS PIE & PASTRIES, SW 12TH AVE
After a hard morning (well not really) we were in need of something yummy, despite having had a large and filling breakfast. We were not on for a full-on meal so we decided we’d settle for a snack – we needed some pastries!
We had heard about a vegan bakery called Petunia’s on the periphery of Portland’s Pearl District so we decided this sounded perfect for what we needed.
|Location:||610 SW 12th Ave, Portland, OR 97205|
|Hours:||Tuesday-Sunday 10 am-6 pm|
|Telephone:||+1 (503) 841-5961|
|Type:||Pies, pastries and some main courses|
|Prices:||Relatively inexpensive food – $4-$8 for cakes and pastries, $8 to $12 for savouries|
6. SWEET PEA BAKING, NE 6TH AVENUE
Started in 2005, Sweetpea was Portland’s first all-vegan retail bakery. They started small and grew into opening our current retail space in 2008.
They have expanded our menu to offer breakfast, daily homemade soups, sandwiches, bagels, and a full range of pastries and cakes. Saturday is always doughnut day. Every Monday is Cronut day!
Their focus is on making quality vegan baked goods that will rival any counterpart. They set out to prove that no animals need to be harmed to make a delicious moist cake, a soft doughnut, or a flaky scone. They use many organic ingredients, as well as locally grown flour. Much of their seasonal produce and fruit is also sourced locally. We compost 80% of their waste and use compostable to-go packaging, cups and utensils.
|Location:||1205 SE Stark St, Portland, OR 97214|
|Hours:||Monday – Saturday 8:00 AM ~ 6:00 PM|
Sunday 9:00 AM ~ 5:00 PM
|Type:||Vegan baked goods, coffee and other beverages|
|Prices:||Relatively inexpensive food – $5-$10 for cakes and pastries|