An overwhelmed vegan goes to Portland

If you are vegan and easily overwhelmed (me), Portland may not be the place for you. There’s too many options! I think you could spend weeks there, only eating in vegan restaurants, and never eat at the same place twice. With only two days, how could I decide?

Related: I was also overwhelmed by Portland’s whole “vegan hipster heaven” persona, and how Oregon overall has a racist history, the current vegan movement has major white supremacy problems, and my own personal complicated life situations. whoa, yeah, I needed a vacation. Which is why this post is only about food and not about any of that. Sometimes we need to give ourselves a break. I deserve 2 days off just eating delicious food and walking across scary bridges!

To narrow the decisions down just a little bit, I asked my travel buddy what they wanted to cover, and we searched for the BEST Portland had to offer!

Categories: brunch (duhdoi), icecream, burritos, doughnuts, burgers, comfort

With limited time, we went by recommendations and tried a few things out.

Papa G

Delicious mac & cheese, bbq tofu, a tempeh reuben + greens. All organic, and they had a lovely patio. It was very casual (a plus for me) and the food was perfect.

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Portabello Vegan Trattoria

Too fancy for my taste. I guess with all the hype I had very high expectations. It was good, but not that good. Also, I had a vegan benedict, which could never possibly live up to my favourite brunch of all time, Champ’s Diner in Brooklyn. Bae had cinnamon french toast and pancakes, because why not.

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Voodoo Doughnut

A touristy experience in Portland: waiting in line for a long time to buy doughnuts while folks living on the street ask you for change. I bought 2 doughnuts that were super cheap and there was tons of selection for vegan ones. I ended up giving one to an artist at the market. The doughnut was too cakey. Not really worth the wait, but it’s very pretty.

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Black Water Bar

So much comfort. Mozza sticks, caesar salad, cheezburger + fries. There happened to be an anarchist fair in the bar at the same time we were there. One of my favourites!

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Back to Eden

I got ice cream here and went back the next day for lunch (chili + cornbread). Not much selection for food but it was delicious.

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Junior’s Cafe

Not a vegan place, served amazing vegan brunch! It’s a cute diner with lots of charm.

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[mmmmm. side note: fave sweatshirt from Migration]

We didn’t finish our list. Notably absent: best burrito! We did try to go to Taqueria Los Gorditos (they have a separate vegan menu) but time was up & they didn’t open until 9.

There you have it! A not at all comprehensive guide to vegan food in Portland. Read this if you want something more: Vegan Guide to Portland by Food Fight! Grocery

 

I wish you joy & vegan burritos,

j

 

 

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