Another hip place to go on Alberta? Say it ain't so. Oh it is so so. The Bye and Bye is a large happenin' place with lots of different rooms and sick (that means cool) art. The relatively small menu is 100% vegan with some good choices ranging from the healthy (the Georgia Bowl, marinated southern-style tofu served over brown rice with a side of seasonal greens) to the indulgent (BBQ veggie chicken, black-eyed peas and seasonal greens). The great big back patio is great for cooperative weather and smoking breaks.
The Bar of the Gods (BOG to kids in the know) is a mainstay of the upper Hawthorne bar district and is that particularly Portland breed of hipster dive bar. It's dark, it (used to be) smoky, and the bartenders are oooh, way cooler than you, but the food is good, mostly vegetarian and the full menu is served until 1:30am! Plus, they've got cheap pinball and pool and there are decent beers on tap. So go even if you don't own a pair of white framed sunglasses.
One of the most popular Middle Eastern/Lebanese eateries in town, and for good reason: fresh ingredients fill an extensive menu that's as easy on your budget as it is delicious. Plan for a little extra wait time during the lunch and dinner hours, as the small space fills up fast.
The Slingshot brings a hipster sensibility to the Foster 'hood. It's a great place to drink (probably because the owner has done his time behind many a Portland bar). The menu is relatively small but features competent versions of standbys like burgers (veggie too) and fries, mac & cheese, skewers and the like. While you're there, don't forget to pet the resident bar cat.
This friendly little sandwich joint, in the basement of a big house right off Broadway, specializes in unique sub sandwiches in lots of varieties from meatball to chicken teriyaki, All chock-full of ingredients. If you're not in the mood for a sandwich, try one of their small selection of bento offerings and ice cream for dessert!
The place where all the cool kids go, Dot's is a one-of-a-kind Portland icon of sorts. It's overpoweringly dark, but once your eyes adjust, you can enjoy velvet paintings of doe-eyed children, anti-drug posters from other countries, and more from their rotating collection of kitschy art. Dot's serves some fantastic junk food and a fine variety of classic cocktails and sodas (Lime Rickey anyone?). Jalepeño cheese fries, the Gentle Ben (the vegetarian version of the Ruben), the generously portioned Caravan Platter (falafel, hummus, olives, tomatoes, feta, pita), and a frosty PBR for me, please!