The first cart to stake out a claim in the long-time empty lot at 20th & Morrison. These animals offer a selection of middle eastern and Jewish dishes. No animals are offered on the menu though, everything is vegetarian and pretty damn healthy (not to mention tasty)!
Despite it's location, this place is a vegetarian dream. Almost 100 different vegetarian Vietnamese delights lovingly and beautifully presented. Amazing mock meats, seitan and tofu with delicately cooked veggies, your choice between brown and white rice and almost everything on the menu is under six bucks. This restaurant is owned and operated by a Buddhist nun and profits from the restaurant support a nearby temple, so eating here could be your first step on the eightfold path.
Division street is home to two Taqueria Los Gorditos. The original cart up at 50th and this un-wheeled restaurant. Offering the same tasty Mexican food with all those delicious vegan choices, well even more choices actually since they have a real kitchen and everything. While they don't serve alcohol, you can always get and order to-go and head next door to Apex
, grab a beer and enjoy the patio. They're also open early serving breakfast on Sunday, so WAKE Up and go there dude, you haven't eaten since last night!
The slick, minimal-stylish aesthetic in this lower Burnside pie joint is brought to you by one of the original minds behind the Tube in Chinatown. A ton of options await you with interesting ingredients, a number of nice twists and a large selection of vegetarian and vegan specialty pies as well as breakfast-style and the popular peperoni and sausage varieties. Open late for your post-drinking munchies.
Very much at home in it's close-in Southeast location (now in new digs), this Italian-style vegan restaurant offers delectable meat and dairy-free versions of traditional Italian dishes like: Osso Busco, ravioli, gnocci, lasagna and even tiramisu. And to top it all off, they offer baked goods from that oh-do-delicious Little T bakery!
Organic, vegan deli (formerly located in the late, lamented Daily Grind co-op grocery store). The new location on the corner of Division an 23rd is bare-bones but window-filled. They offer a rotating selection of hot and cold organic vegan dishes and salads, from lasagna to stuffed squash as well as raw foods an impressive salad bar, 3-4 soups per day, a new breakfast menu and all-vegan espresso bar. As well as all compostable to-go containers and flatare. They also make pre-packaged food, available for purchase in select Co-op grocery stores about town as well as Whole Foods and New Seasons.
Okay, it's really not a "house", it's a food cart but that's neither here nor there when it comes to filling your belly with curried goodness. India Chaat house serves up some cheap,fine vegetarian/vegan Indian food. A large selection of lentil, rice and vegetable dishes including the $5 combo with 3 entrées, rice and naan. Snacks like pakora and samosas as well as sweets are also available. With a covered deck/seating area attached this place can draw quite a crowd during the lunch hour but any wait you might have is well worth it.
Perfect for the meat-eschewer and gristle-chewer alike. Brass Tacks offers four vegan and four meat-filled signature sandwiches or pick from their impressive selection of quality ingredients to build your own!
Located right next to the India Chaat House and opened by the original chef of the aforementioned cart (don't ask). Bombay Chaat House specializes in all-vegetarian $5 five-item lunch specials, snacks like poori, samosas and such and even some tasty Indian deserts. Giving their neighbor more than a run for their money.
The inviting atmosphere lets you relax and enjoy Asian inspired vegan and vegetarian dishes. The steamed dumplings are filled with seasoned diced vegetables and browned slightly, making them irresistible. Mushroom crisp also makes for an excellent starter. And standouts like the sweet Sesame Tofu and the Mu Shui Vegetable are not to be missed. All of the food is nicely and artfully prepared and a good selection of teas are available for sipping.
Abby's Table is one part family dinner establishment that cooks up vegetarian/vegan/gluten-free Wednesday and Thursday dinners. Abby's is also one part cooking studio where patrons can take classes, investigate products, and learn about healthy and tasty recipes.
Formerly Friday's Espresso & Deli, this church-run non-profit helps train people in the community for work in restaurants and coffee shops. The menu now boasts a number of soul food inspired sandwich and breakfast items. On Fridays they have a catfish fry dinner, Saturday is barbecue, and both are like neighborhood parties. Look for other theme dinner nights like soul food from around the world coming soon.
At the Montage you will sit right next to complete strangers and quite possibly get to know them while dining on Cajun style eats. From oyster shooters to jambalaya to red beans and rice to mac-n-cheese, there's something for everyone at this raucous, noise filled, tourist-must-see bistro. Great for late-night eats or a cheap weekend brunch. Plus the bar next door (La Merde) is great for all-night drinks.
Located in the Universal Shopping Center, the Creole-style My Brother's Crawfish may seem a little out of place in the plethora of predominantly Asian restaurants of 82nd Avenue. However the proprietors are Vietnamese brothers who grew up in Texas and know their southern food. Crawfish, catfish, jambalaya, oysters and chicken are joined on the menu by choice sides like gumbo, cornbread, Cajun corn-on-the-cob and even french fries.
While Portland has any number of BBQ joints offering a few vegetarian and vegan options, this cart is the first all-vegan BBQ in town(maybe anywhere). Selections like: smoked tempeh, chronic tempeh ribs, vegan sausage, smoked soy curls, mac no cheese, bbq beans, chipotle slaw, jalapeño-molasses corn bread, minted sweet iced tea and a rotating selection of desserts, is probably enough to tempt even less progressive eaters.