It’s March and you’re still going strong on your New Year’s resolution to eat a plant-based diet and you need to find the best vegan restaurants in Portland, right? If so, we’ve got the list for you. Amidst the best vegan restaurants in Portland lie so many great juice bars, cafes, smoothie havens, food carts and full-fledged multi-menu restaurants and you may not know where to start.
BEST VEGAN RESTAURANTS IN PORTLAND
Maybe you just finished a workout and want a smoothie bowl loaded with elite superfoods. Maybe you’re famished but want a clean food “bowl.” Maybe you’re beyond famished and want to hit a bar and grab a giant plate of vegan nachos topped off with vegan taquitos and a vegan banana ball sundae. Maybe you want a green or blue juice. Maybe by now you’re already feeling lost and ready to go eat a biscuit and a plate of bacon. If so, do not fret but instead take a seat and read our 10 picks for the best vegan restaurants in Portland so you won’t waste any more time or brain space.
10. BLOSSOMING LOTUS
Harlow is a funky vegan spot on Hawthorne Ave in Southeast Portland and definitely a must-hit spot for vegan eaters in Portland. You can order everything from toasts made on vegan bread served with vegan spread, or jam, or avocado; a nice bracingly green juice; lots of hashes, scrambles and grain or veggie bowls, and a good selection of pastries.
Easily among the best vegan restaurants in Portland, Aviv is our only pick that features solely Mediterranean cuisine. Technically Aviv considers itself “Plant Based Israeli Cuisine.” You can think of it as the vegan version of the wildly popular Tusk. Located all the way at the western end of Division Street, and across the street from Pine State Biscuits if you want to send your gluten and fried-chicken-and-gravy-fiending friends for a hike, Aviv makes amazing felafel, beet and regular hummus, salads and also offers an attractive brunch menu. Try the challah french toast if you’re feeling like something sweet. If you’re feeling savory, we love the jackfruit brisket, or vegan schwarma and falafal. Or order a bunch of small plates such as fries, hummus, roasted carrots, muchroom calamari and tofu feta and scoop everything up with some of Aviv’s wonderful homemade pita.
7. HOMEGROWN SMOKER
And now for some vegan southern food: Homegrown Smoker. Located in the St. John’s neighborhood of Portland, Homegrown Smoker is the only one of our best vegan restaurants in Portland that started out as a popular food cart. We currently crave the nori wrapped “fish” and chips (tofu) that is expertly breaded; and the tempeh “ribs.” The best deal for a group of hungry eaters is to construct your own plate where you choose a couple of proteins (fish, ribs, chicken – all veganized and made from such things as seitan, tempeh or tofu or soy curls), and then add on your sides such as macaroni and cheese, cole slaw, braised collards, sweet potato fries, or hush puppies. Wash it down with some kombucha and you’re good for the day foodwise.
6. VIRTUOUS PIE
5. NO BONES BEACH CLUB
4. ROOT WHOLE BODY CAFE
Root Whole Body Cafe is sibling to Blossoming Lotus Restaurant (#10 above) and part of a Wellness Studio/Space (bodywork, yoga and movement classes, naturopathy medicine, nutrition & detox, skincare, chiropractic, acupuncture, alt medicine) that will tackle your every health and serenity need whether or not you knew you had the need. Not strictly 100% vegan but 99% vegan. Located in the booming Slabtown District (in Northwest PDX), Root Whole Body Cafe is a nice departure from other vegan restaurants in that the dishes are really curated towards a specialized niche of diners who know their food combining, their doshas, their chakras and/or their meridiens. With a vast tea and alt-coffee selections, a domed platter of superfood truffles and energy balls, toasts, hot cereal, all kinds of superfood infused broths, veggie and smoothie bowls, Japanese macrobiotic plates, smoothies, juices, tonics and shots, Root Whole Body Cafe is a nice quiet and satisfying respite where you’ll leave feeling like you did right by your body and soul.
3. ICHIZA KITCHEN & TEA HOUSE
2. HOLIDAY PDX
1. FARM SPIRIT
BONUS: TREATS, WELLNESS CENTERS AND JUICE BARS
3. BACK TO EDEN BAKERY & CAFE
Back to Eden Bakery is another old-school Alberta Street wonder bakery that became a bakery and cafe in 2018. Legendary cinnamon rolls, savory scones, and now a fuller menu with hot food items such as biscuits and gravy, hashes, chili, veggie bowls and scrambles and quiches and savory tarts. A greet place to consider if you want to order vegan treats for a party or special event, including beautiful cakes.
More of a Juice Bar (“mealshakes”) with a solid but small menu of hot cereals and lunch bowls, Kure has a few locations throughout the city of Portland and is the place you want to go to for a delicious freshly pressed juice, a blue majik milk, or vegan eats when you don’t have a lot of time. Lots of superfood boosts to add to your mealshakes or smoothie bowls, and a great read-to-go case for hurried vegans.
A specialized menu if ever there was one, Vtopia is a teeny little shop that makes vegan cheeses and offers a few select things to eat as well as their cheeses for sale in the deli case. Think Mac and Cheese with dipping sauces, cheesy toasts, and salads with cheese. A good place to eat for vegans when you don’t feel like tackling too many menu choices. Next door (literally) to Ichiza (#3 above) Vtopia is in the Goose Hollow District close to the stadium if you’re catching a Timbers game and also within walking distance to downtown proper.