Famished and craving for some delicious, healthy vegan grub nearby? No worries, as a good many vegan and vegan-friendly restaurants, bars and food carts are waiting for your growling belly right within walking, biking or short driving distance from the Portland Eco House! Here are five of the best:
1.) Yes Please. 3535 N Vancouver Avenue — kitty-corner from New Seasons Market. If you haven’t yet connected the experience of super-duper delicious with “healthy” and “whole plant food,” then you have to come to this bright clean spot. Owner and chef Emily Andrews’ rotating menu of bowls, burritos, soups, salads, and more, using fresh local ingredients — including locally grown microgreens — will have you eager to come back to find out what other delicious healthy whole plant food meals and treats she’ll be whipping up.
2). The Bye and Bye. 1011 NE Alberta Street. The Bye and Bye is a 100 percent vegan bar, and a super popular scene with a nice open, naturally-lit interior and tons of outdoor seating. It’s especially nice to sit in the cheer of the afternoon sun while digging into one of their scrumptious vegan entrées and quaffing a local brew or other drink. Their Peanut Butter Broccoli Bowl is my favorite, but their Spaghetti with Veggie Meatballs is a big hit, and you won’t go wrong with any of their other entrées.
3). Mis Tacones. 1670 NE Killingsworth Street. After serving out of food carts and pop-ups since 2016, this wildly popular queer-owned all-vegan taqueria is now in a brick and mortar location, and its popularity has only increased. Its empanadas, tacos, tortas, chimichangas, burritos & other Mexican dishes come paired with their own in-house seitan vegan asada. Also on the menu is vegan fried ice cream, flan, and other vegan Mexican desserts. From its full bar expect horchata, mezcal and tequila cocktails, as well as wine and beer, including beers from Salem’s Xicha Brewing.
4). Rabbits Café. 1640 NE Killingsworth Street, Portland. This is also a new location for this all-vegan venue whose original location is still in the “Big Pink” US Bancorp building downtown, serving up savory belly-filling wholesome breakfast bowls, salads, waffles, pancakes, French toast, burgers, burritos and more that you can wash down with smoothies or mixed alcohol drinks. And it’s in the same building and right next door to Mis Tacones.
5). Native Bowl. 4233 N. Mississippi Avenue. Native Bowl is an all-vegan food cart situated at the far side of the Prost Marketplace food cart pod on North Mississippi by the corner of Skidmore Street. Its focus is on big, healthy vegan bowls stuffed with organic, locally sourced ingredients and their own in-house sauces. Order the Broadway Bowl with its garlic tofu, peanut ginger sauce, cabbage, carrots and more, and sit down to enjoy it on the Bloodbuzz pub cart’s covered deck with one of their beers or other drinks.
A few more nearby vegan and vegan-friendly options deserve honorable mentions:
Ben and Esther’s. 1800 NE Alberta Street, Portland. This is a spanking new third location for this Jewish Deli that originally had been omnivore. When one of the owners went vegan, the deli gradually transitioned to going 100% vegan too, with all-plant-derived meat analogs served on bagels and schmears.
Chilango PDX. 2215 NE Alberta Street. If you’ve been to Mexico City, then you may have appreciated its street food. Here’s an all-vegan take on that cuisine, including tacos with jackfruit, quesadillas, and Mexican snacks and desserts.
Victoria Bar. 4835 N. Albina Ave. Owned and operated by the same group that owns and operates The Bye and Bye and several other local vegan and vegan-friendly bars in town, the Victoria Bar has ample indoor space floating around a large stylish bar serving whatever beers and other drinks you may wish, and their generous outdoor spaces are surrounded by large leafy plants. Its menu is chock full of mostly vegan brunch/lunch and dinner/happy hour options.
Carioca Bowls. 827 NE Alberta Street. A mostly vegan health-conscious eatery, Carioca Bowls is just nine blocks from the Portland Eco House and it features fresh healthy juices, açaí bowls with super-food toppings, and more. Guests of mine have raved about this place.
Wild Thing PDX. 1483 NE Alberta Street. The Wild Thing was originally all-vegan, steering from vegan junk food or meat and dairy analogs, and specializing in whole plant food bowls, puddings, porridges and smoothies. Unfortunately, they recently added chicken and eggs to their menus.
Fuel Cafe. 1452 NE Alberta Street. On Alberta and 14th Place, just across the street from the Tin Shed Garden Cafe, this bistro takes in refugees from the Tin Shed’s hour-plus wait times, with only a short wait or no wait at all, yet with even more fulfilling vegetarian and vegan breakfast and lunch options, including sandwiches, burgers, scrambles, a nice selection of bowls and burritos, and smoothies.
Tin Shed Garden Cafe. 1438 NE Alberta Street. This long-time neighborhood fixture has very pleasant outdoor garden seating. The last time I was there, in February 2023, I enjoyed a sumptuous vegan bowl, and they say that all their non-vegan entrées can be veganized.
El Nutri Taco. 2124 NE Alberta Street. Located inside a one-story former laundromat, El Nutri Taco is a little hole-in-the-wall in the best sense of the word, authentic Mexican restaurant, with full vegetarian and vegan menus. Their vegan enchilada with crumbled tempeh is to die for.
Teote Mezcaleria. 2700 NE Alberta Street.
This Mexican restaurant/bar has a large pleasant seating area and has vegan options in the form of arepas, bowls and plates.
V3 PDX. 1331 N Killingsworth Street. (Closed until March 1, 2023) If you’re curious about or used to a California take on vegan tacos, burritos, asada fries, quesadillas, and nachos with smoked seitan, this all-vegan cart in the Killingsworth Station Food Cart Pod just past the I-5 freeway overpass will fill you up. Look for their seasonal and weekly specials.
The Celery. 4008 N Williams Avenue. All-organic juices, smoothies, bowls and salads. All vegan, with the exception of bowls that have the option of adding fish or chicken, but strangely not the tempeh option that they offer for one of their bowls.
Crisp Salads. 3901 N Williams Avenue. Large build-your-own salads with vegan dressings, soups, hot bowls and wraps are the focus of this spot just a block down from The Celery. If you’re looking to get your fresh raw veggies and healthy grains in sumptuous combos, you’ll definitely get them here.
Los Gorditos. 902 N Killingsworth Street. This local Mexican chain was started as a food cart in southeast Portland in 2006, as a high school project for the daughter of the family that owns and operates it. A HUGE vegan menu offers an array of traditional vegan tacos, burritos and other dishes in a casual setting.
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