how to be VEGAN in PORTLAND!

Mind power.

I SAID I was going/wanted to go to Portland this summer. I didn’t know exactly when. With who or by myself. I was just looking for the “perfect” time to take away from auditions and #setlife to come adventure. But I knew it was going to happen. And of course, my gifts made room for me and I ended up here! YAY!

To me, in my head, Portland is the vegan Mecca. Maybe it’s because of stories I may have heard from vegans who have come to the great city. Or maybe it’s because every time I see an uber delicious food post on IG, such said meal just so happens to be in Portland. So far away from me. So far from my tastebuds…

But really- what are the chances I end up here for #setlife? My reviews are limited as I only had so (not so much) much time to explore the food. Like seriously. Only a couple days each trip and most of that was spent on set. For these reviews, I woke up hours early before my call time to explore the city and the breakfast. And while the other models got to their departure gate at PDX early, I chose to stuff pizza in my mouth ’til the very last minute and get to the airport just in time for boarding ๐Ÿ™‚ … both times. YEP.

There were no disappointments. Except that in myself that I couldn’t finish ALL of my meals. Hurts my heart just thinking about it. But I admit, I did go over board and my tummy couldn’t fit it all. No matter how hard I tried!

 

HOMEGROWN SMOKER

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I ordered the COMBO PLATE. I chose tempeh ribs and the fufish filets as my proteins. As well as the mac n’ cheese and collard greens as my sides. It also comes with hush puppies and remoulade.

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AND

The FRIED PICKLE SPEARS with (ranch?)

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AND

the BUFFALO THWINGS.

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AND of course FRENCH FRIES.

REVIEW: I don’t like tempeh (unless it’s bacon) so I should not have ordered the ribs. They are basically a block of tempeh smothered in (extremely delicious) bbq sauce. I sucked the sauce right off but I still couldn’t get with the tempeh. The fufish filets were delicious! Especially with the sauce that comes with it. But my 3 favorite things were the hush puppies, mac n’ cheese, and the collard greens. I’d go back for these 3 things in a heart beat. SOSOSOOOO good! The flavors of them all were unique. I didn’t care for the fries or the chicken thwings. The sauce, yes. The chick’n, not so much. The employee recommended I get sweet potato fries. And I’m thinking I should have. Sometimes I’m just a stubborn little fry queen ๐Ÿ˜‰

 

A.N.D. CAFE

I got the BERRIES AND CREAM waffle. It’s gluten free and so so good.

 

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local house made berry compote, sweet cream, fresh berries, and powdered sugar.

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As well as the BLUE PLATE.

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hash browns, sausage, biscuit and gravy and herb tofu.

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REVIEW: So delicious. I’m not much of a breakfast food type person, but this is DEFINTELY the spot for an extremely delicious vegan breakfast. The place is vegetarian and majorly gluten free and vegan friendly. They do serve eggs (uck) but make sure you’re clear you don’t want that ๐Ÿ™‚

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VIRTUOUS PIE

…is virtuous indeed ๐Ÿ™‚

I got the STRANGER WINGS

 

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bianca, spicy buffalo cauliflower, crisp fried shallots, blue cheese drizzle and scallion.

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As well as the MEATBALL + CHEVRE

 

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san marzano tomato sauce, baerlic brewing chorizo meatballs, creamed spinach, lemon herb chevre, basil, fresh parm.

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and for dessert…DOUBLE CHOCOLATE ICE CREAM

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pure yum

 

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REVIEW: WOW. WOW.WOW. Just so good. Just trust me on this one. If you looove pizza like I do, you will love the place. Not only is it completely vegan, gluten free friendly, AND has unique pizzas with unique flavors, they have VEGAN ICE CREAM. Like really delicious ice cream. In ALL types of flavor combinations. This spot IS A MUST.

 

NO BONES BEACH CLUB

BUFFALO CAULIFLOWER WINGS

 

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coconut buffalo sauce + creamy ranch
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spicy white beans, red pepper, scallion, sesame & cucumber with nori, crunchy peas, cabbage, carrots, wasabi mayo, sweet soy glaze. GF

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crunchy jaunitas, cashew & smoked poblano queso, black bean & corn salsa, charred tomato salsa, scallions, cilantro crema. GF SFย 
REVIEW: This place is SO cool. It’s like a vegan tiki bar!!! A VEGAN BAR. They have plenty of cocktails- alcoholic and non. ย EVERYTHING I ordered was absolutely amazing. The menu has so many gluten free options as well. The portions are HUGE. Good because you’ll definitely be full…Bad if you want to order a billion things and have no one to share with. HAHA. Must come here! No excuses!
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HARLOW

HAWTHORNE MAC

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quinoa pasta, kale, daiya cheese, garlic, rice mylk, almond parmesan, house spice blend. GF

 

REVIEW:ย I was told that this was one of their most popular items. I stressed to the employee how much I disliked Daiya cheese and he assured me (multiple times. THANK YOU!) that it was just different in this dish. And he was riiiiight. It didn’t even taste like daiya! It was so creamy and delicious and the pasta noodles were awesome. I feel like this is a meal I can easily make home. Other things on the menu include a lot of bowls and such which aren’t really my thing because, again, I can easily make those things at home with no effort/a little bit too healthy for me haha. But if I was in the area and wanted food quick or perhaps lived in PDX and wanted to eat somewhere different, I would definitely come back here. It’s delicious but nothing I can’t recreate myself!

 

 

PDX VEGAN FOOD OVERALL: I was impressed with all of the restaurants- for their unique takes on vegan cuisines. Customer service was AMAZING everywhere I went. People are very helping, welcoming, and just straight up loving/genuine/nice. I plan on being in PDX multiple times each year so I will be sure to update my list each time! My top 2 choices are: No Bones Beach Club and Virtuous Pie. Although each place was delish, these are the 2 that I’d fly back to Portland just to eat…over and over and over again.ย There are still soo many places on my list to try. Although I didn’t eat at any omni restaurants, I’ve been told that there’s something for vegans almost anywhere. So rest assured if you are with people who aren’t about that cruelty free-plant life (yet)!

ENJoi and let me know what you think!

 

 

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