My Top Ten Vegan Restaurants in Portland, OR
Living in the Pacific Northwest is such a blessing. The air is clean, the trees are green and it has the BEST in vegan living. In this article I will be telling you about my top 10 vegan restaurants in Portland, Oregon. I hope you try them out!
Run by celebrated chefs, owners and co-authors Mark Renfield and Bo Rinaldo, of Vegan Fusion and The Complete Idiot's Guide to Green Smoothies fame, Blossoming Lotus is the Standard when it comes to fine Vegan Cuisine. If you've been around Portland any significant amount of time you will soon find out that the award-winning Blossoming Lotus is THE best in vegan restaurant offerings where they unite cooking traditions from around the world. Beautifully presented meals are delicious, fun, and healthy. There are two other locations as well in California and Hawaii. People can't say enough good things about this place and just like in Highlander the movie there can be only one and in this instance that means the Blossoming Lotus.
The Bye and Bye
Named after one of my favorite old style hymns, The Bye and Bye is another great Portland find that has cool, retro artwork and a down home rustic feel. I personally love the Evil Knievel painting. It is owned by the same people who brought you number 7 on my top ten list of Vegan Portland eateries. Try The Bye and Buy cocktail and the Grilled Cheese you won't be disappointed. Also try the BBQ Brussels Bowl, add a pint of beer and your good to go.
Living Well Bistro
Located in a Medical Center pavilion, Living Well Bistro is a fresh take on standard Hospital cuisine. No cafeteria food here, just fresh, organic, locally grown and sustained foods. Located near Mall 205 it is a great East Side Vegan choice since most gravitate towards downtown or the trendier west side. Bursting with flavor, you'll find a fresh twist on a delicious plant-based hearty menu, filled with the best produce of the season. Enjoy the casual dining atmosphere, the vibrant healthy food choices and a wide selection of reasonably priced menu options.
Located in a far corner of downtown Portland, Loving Hut is a quiet vegan restaurant. The look is bright and the staff uniforms are cute.The service is great, the food is yummy and very reasonably priced. Interestingly enough, Loving Hut is an international chain of vegan restaurants run by the followers of Supreme Master Ching Hai, a spiritual teacher who has millions of followers around the world. I found that incredibly funny because I have been watching her on late night TV for decades now and had no idea about the restaurants. She has a Supreme Master TV station, which is often playing in the restaurants, usually with the sound turned off, which is okay because she has like 20 languages interpreted on the bottom of the screen. I like to pretend I am a world traveler and can read and speak German. The Loving Hut motto is “Be veg, go green to save the planet!”. There are more than 200 Loving Huts globally.
Petunia's Pies and Pastries
Looking for some naughty treats but not the effects of giving in to temptation, well look no more! This place is jam packed with yummy vittles that are so good while keeping you guilt free. Looking like something out of a cute Parisian pastry dream Petunia's will have the kid in you applauding. All of the pastries made by Petunia’s Pies & Pastries are gluten-free AND vegan. If you’ve ever tried to make gluten-free baked goods, you know how challenging it can be to make them moist and truly, TRULY delicious. These cupcakes are divine! Think of them when you need someone to cater your wedding, you'll be in for a treat.
Sweet Lemon Bistro
It's a small place in a strip mall, with only a handful of tables and some counter seats by the windows. It seems like the owner and his wife take orders and do all the cooking themselves. They have an extensive menu plus specials posted by the register that are all vegetarian, Asian inspired and don't forget the desserts. A hidden gem.
This Vegan Trattoria is small and intimate, that being said they easily accommodated our party of 8. Absolutely delicious, seasonal and fresh Italian-Pacific Northwest cuisine. Yes there may be the occasional individual staff person that might be a touch friendlier, but most servers are very friendly, the ambiance lovely and the chef(s) outstanding. Their Portobello steak entree was so good, I hope you try it, and for the kids they have some awesome pizzas too. Highly recommended to vegans and non-vegans alike.
The Sweet Hereafter
The Sweet Hereafter is a very cool,hipster place that surrounds you with dark wood paneling, pictures of vintage baseball players and picnic tables. It is owned by the same people who brought you number 2 on our list, as well as two other non-vegan establishments, Jackknife Bar and Dig A Pony, all of whom have that vintage vibe to them. Consisting of strong, interesting drinks, a menu chock full of vegan bar food, and an outdoor patio for sun-soaked sipping and primo people watching the Sweet Hereafter is one cool place to drool. During happy hour, which runs from 4 to 7 p.m. daily, the house white and red wines run $4 a glass, and $1 is shaved off most menu items.
Papa G's All Organic Vegan Deli is 100% vegan, 100% organic, and mostly gluten-free. The menu consists of mainly sandwiches, salads, tacos, and veggie-loaded tempeh and tofu bowls. Papa G's is a diverse company offering some of the best tasting all organic vegan food on the market today. They have an all organic vegan deli, an all organic packaged ready to eat product line, and an all organic catering company. You find the ready to eat meals at Whole Foods and New Seasons, as well as local Co-Op's. They also have an extensive local beer menu.
The Veggie Grill's menu features American dishes using meat substitutes, marketing themselves as a comfort food restaurant, serving mostly variations of Veggie Burgers and salads. They are an up-and-coming food chain with locations in Northern and Southern California, as well as 3 locations on the west side of Portland, Oregon and 3 similar locations in up in Seattle. This works well as it tends to cater to college students and young professionals. The restaurant also sells children's meals, beer, dairy and sugar-free desserts. Prices range from $3.50 to $8.50.
So there you have it, my top ten favorite Vegan places to grab so great grub and enjoy some lovely Portland ambience as well. Remember you don't even have to be vegan to enjoy these great places, just be open to healthy, healing foods. Check them out and leave a comment below about your experiences at any of the above mentions restaurants.