Top 5 Vegan Restaurant in Portland, Oregon
Updated: Jan 2, 2019
After five fast and lovely years here, I am leaving the land of milk and honey, or from the neuro-pathways of my plant-based-food addicted tummy’s perspective—the land of soy curls and cashew cheeze.
This place is a vegheads paradise. Vegan donuts abound, waiters don’t think you are bonkers when you ask for nachos sans cheese, pizza establishments offer a vegan slice 7 times out of 10 (a made-up statistic, but probably accurate.)
And I’m forsaking it all to explore the world, risking accidental forays into the meat-laden markets of the Middle East and Asia, homestays with people who have never contemplated a life without animal products, hunger pains while I desperately search for even a nibble I can ingest with a guilt-free conscious, and extremely confused and possibly agitated looks from waiters.
I will do my best to be a respectful and informative representative of the plant-based community, focusing on positive interactions and leaving everyone I meet as unoffended as they were before our encounter!
Will I be 100% Vegan in my travels? I sure hope so. Will I collapse in anguish if I falter? Absolutely not. Presently traveling vegans can make the world a friendlier place for future traveling vegans—so I will do my best to be a respectful and informative representative of the plant-based community, focusing on positive interactions and leaving everyone I meet as unoffended as they were before our encounter!
I Can’t wait to share my stories with you!
Here is a list of the fine establishments I will miss the most in Portland:
Aviv - Their soycurl schwarma is seasoned with the sweat of the gods and positively melts in your mouth. (It’s actually seasoned with sauces and spices, but who can tell the difference?). Served with fries, pita, veggies, and this spicy green sauce that was (probably) ordained by the Lebanese legendary figure Adonis himself. I will also greatly miss their vegan bloody Marys.
Pryo Pizza - Onions, Field Roast sausage, Follow Your Heart cheeze, marinara sauce and basel lovingly embrace each other atop a soft yet crisp stone-fired crust. I always pay the extra $2 to add mushrooms. This pizza leaves nothing to be desired. And what’s more—they are making these masterpieces in a food cart!
Doe’s Donuts - Like Blue Star Donuts in terms of gourmet ingredients and artisan donut creations, but 100% vegan! Where Voodoo is the place to turn to satisfy your juvenile donut cravings, Doe’s is where to turn when your donut cravings are addled with the fine air of sophistication.
Food Fight Vegan Grocery - This place has all your healthy grocery staples as well as your vegan junk food needs, from frozen potstickers to soft-serve. And if you are at the Stark Street location you can enjoy ready-made items (like my beloved Higher Taste Veggie Chick sandwich) while enjoying the silliness of dogs and humans alike at the dog park across the street.
Jam - Vegan blueberry oatmeal chai pancakes eaten alongside any mixture of vegetables and hash browns drenched in their sweet red pepper sauce. Boy oh boy.
There are so many different options for a hungry plant consumer here. I imagine that once my 95-97% vegan partner and I touch down in exotic lands, it will really hit us just how much we’ve taken Portland for granted. Here’s to spreading a bit of vegan Portland to the world.