A Vegan Guide To Portland, Oregon
A VEGAN GUIDE TO PORTLAND, OREGON
A Pan-Asian restaurant in Goose Hollow. At Ichiza Kitchen you will find a combination of different asian dishes, from ramen to gyozas, and long list of teas. We got the Turnip cakes and the Ichiza noodle soup, with an “Orange blossom, Dan Cong tea”, which it was served on a traditional tea ceremony (pretty cool!). Really good! And very filling. If you go with company, definitely share the small plates (1 or 2 tops), and get a big plate for yourself. The soup is huge, and will leave you full.
Ps: everything is Non-GMO, they make tons of their meats and sauces in house, everything is vegan, and mostly gluten free but they don’t take reservations.
PRASAD EAST CAFE
Prasad east has a couple sister restaurants around Portland (Prasad and Harlow). We only visited the one in the east side, inside of Portland Rock gym, since we were spending the day doing some climbing. However, I was so happy we got to try their food. It is on the “healthier” side of things, with a menu focusing on fresh, organic and plant-based food. We got the chipotle chili bowl (with quinoa) and the burnside burrito. We absolutely loved it. Prices are fair, and portions are big.
An Indian inspired vegan restaurant and bar located in the areas of St. Johns and Kerns.
One thing I loved about Portland, was the laid back restaurant service. You seat yourself, and order at bar and pay at the bar. Pretty chill but the food was out of this world.
By far our favorite restaurant. The food was great, fair prices, a lot of teas and cocktails in the menu. And everything is vegan. Indian cuisine tends to be full of flavor, texture and spice, and The Sudra didn’t disappoint. We got a lot fo food, and we think you should too. Here’s what we got (and we recommend it all): Roast cauliflower, Potato samosas, a side of 2 chickpea cutlets, Black lentil kofta bowl and the Kale infused Dosa Plate. Seriously, the best place in Portland.
OFF THE GRIDDLE
Coming back to the American diner food, Off the Griddle was a highly recommend spot by a few friends. We tried going for brunch on a Sunday, and the 45 min wait threw us off so we left (to The Sudra, and it was probably the best thing ever), but we came back on our last night in town. And I am so glad we did! Off the griddle is mainly vegan, but offers a few vegetarian options, like eggs, and very gluten free friendly.
As always, we went to town and ate a lot because well…why not. We got: the loaded fries nacho style, Nashville Hot Chk’n, Smokey blue burger and a Blueberry fresh pie (they change everyday,). We loved everything but the loaded fries nacho style was by far my favorite thing.
We skipped it in Toronto and we skipped in Portland as well. The only thing we tried was the skillet cookie with bourbon vanilla ice cream, and let me tell you, it was GREAT! Best way to spend $9 USD.
An all vegan bar. I repeat, an ALL VEGAN BAR! You don’t have to be that friend that only has the fries because the other veggie options suck. Bring all your friends, share some cocktails, sing some karaoke (yes, they have karaoke and a sick patio!) and have GREAT food. Your typical bar food in a more fancy looking bar. Don’t get me wrong, I still went in leggings and hiking boots and nobody cared, part because it’s Portland and part because a handful of people looked like me, but Capitol it is definitely that bar where you celebrate your birthday or bring your new tinder date.
Food was really good, potentially the best Impossible Burger I’ve tried, and the cocktails well, amazing too. We got: the White Bean Queso Dip & Chips, Buffalo bowl (also really good!), Capitol Burger, True blue cocktail (on the sweet side), and a Dirty Pretty beer.
BYE AND BYE
Another all vegan bar, yes, ANOTHER ALL VEGAN BAR!!!!!!
And not the last one. There’s more. I repeat, there’s more. But THE BYE AND BYE, could be my favorite, since it’s more on the casual chill side, where you can totally get to know your bartender but still get a really good meal. Plus the area was pretty cool too.
I wasn’t particularly hungry that night, so I only got a grilled cheese, that happened to be really good, but if you have a bigger appetite, try the pretzel knots, the BBQ Platter and a couple of Victoria beer.
Not entirely vegan, but really good vegan options. Sizzle pie has A LOT of locations, all open until 4 am, and offer vegan pizza by the slice. Like come on, do I need to say more? The Vegan angel of doom and the Steve Caballero were our favs.
Now, vegan pizza is great, but have you tried Vegan Garlic knots with vegan ranch dressing? Yeh, me neither, until I tried them at Sizzle pie, and well.. THEY ARE AMAZING. We went back four times. FOUR TIMES in one week. So next time you go in Sizzle pie, ask for 12 garlic knots with ranch dressing, and thank me later.
PETUNIAS PIES AND PASTRIES
Moving on the sweets. Petunias Pies and Pastries, is an all vegan and gluten free pastries shop. They have it all from donuts to energy balls to cakes. You can buy cake by the slice or a whole one for your birthday (no judgement if you it all by yourself! is that good).
We got the Dulce de leche cake, and Bumble berry peach pie. Both really good!
SWEET PEA BAKING
Located in an all vegan mini mall in the South east side, Sweet Pea Baking is an all vegan dreams. They offer breakfast, lunch, coffee, and of course bake goods. We weren’t able to try much but the bagel with veggie cream cheese and the chocolate coconut bar were really yum!
BLUE STAR DONUTS
Blue Star Donuts is a Non-vegan donut shop with really good vegan options. They have a bunch every morning but I tried the Blueberry cake and fell in love. Matt got the seasonal Apple brandy crumble and was also good. Bunch of locations around town!
Another non-vegan donut shop that has really good vegan options. Voodoo Doughnut eclectic locations are worth visiting. We hit the South East location and felt like we traveled in time. All pink and with a 1950’s feeling, Voodoo Doughnut it is more of a tourist attraction than just a donut shop. Oh and is open 24 hours, just in case the late night cravings hit your way. We tried the School Daze PB &J, and the Plain cake with oreo cookies. Really good!
EB AND BEAN
Eb and Bean, is also non-vegan but my favorite vegan soft serve so far. They have plenty of non-dairy options, and everything is natural and mainly organic, either house made or sourced from small batch producers in Oregon. A very local shop!
Ok, now what to get. I am a vanilla person, and to me, the Vanilla roasted macadamia soft serve was insane, I topped with bakeshop salted caramel sauce and pieces of cone. Matt got a swirl of the Vanilla roasted macadamia and peppermint cocoa. Highly recommend visiting if you are in the area. They have two locations, and one is next to Capitol (the vegan bar).
TEA CHAI TE
Te Chai Te is a tea shop that serves the best vegan boba tea. Very creamy, very tasty and eco-friendly! They serve it in a jar with a reusable straw. You can make it any tea a boba tea, and they have plenty non-dairy milk options. You gotta ask for it though! I went to the Burnside one (close to Prasad East and a Sizzle pie location!).
I wouldn’t say Triumph coffee has the best coffee but definitely the best local coffee shop. The coffee wasn’t bad at all, but honestly the whole vibe was just amazing. I can see ourselves living in the hood and walking to Triumph everyday. Best part was seeing people walking dressing however they wanted and no one caring, we saw a guy well in his 40’s rocking up with a bunny onesie, best thing ever.
They have plenty of non-dairy options, and vegan baked goods. Great wifi, and tons of comfy sofas.
There are plenty more vegan restaurants and restaurants with vegan options, check my google maps with some of them, so please tell me in the comments what else to include! Can’t wait to be back and to keep updating this list.