Insiders Guide To Portland’s Vegetarian Foodie Scene

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If there is one thing that I love about Portland, it’s the abundance of amazing local produce, healthy eating options and amazing creativity behind many dishes.

There is no denying that Portland is a major foodie city. And if you’re a vegetarian, vegan, intolerant diner, this town is your Mecca. You’ll find that nearly every Portland menu has something for vegetarians with a strong focus on local produce, a lot of creativity and flavor. Here are 7 of the best Portland restaurants serving up vegetarian fare.

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The Whole Bowl

The motto behind this place is “it’s like eating a hug” and that is correct. With many locations throughout the city, The Whole Bowl draws big crowds for its simple rice-and-bean bowls topped with a garlicky sauce and all sorts of other delicious ingredients. Various locations;

The Blossoming Lotus

The Blossoming Lotus in the Llyod District is serving up raw and vegan food fare. Some favorites to order here are the Live nachos and baked Brie. They are packed with flavor, making you forget that they are vegan. 1713 NE 15th Ave, Portland;

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Found in an unlikely location, Prasad is a counter-serve vegetarian and gluten-free cafe inside Yoga Pearl. The Portland staple serves up light and fresh fare like rice bowls, smoothies, and raw food. The breakfast menu here is also filled with delicious treats like oatmeal, parfaits, and chia pudding. 925 NW Davis St., Portland;


….And, if you enjoyed your meal at Prasad, you’ll love their sister restaurant Harlow, which is in Southeast. You’ll find similar tasty vegetarian fare here as well. 3632 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland;

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Sonny Bowl’s

Sonny Bowl’s in downtown Portland takes a bowls to a new level. They serve up heaping bowls of tangy, zesty, crunchy chickpeas and thick pieces of kale and other delicious ingredients. Expect a line here, but it’s worth the wait! SW 3rd and Washington, Portland

Natural Selection

Natural Selection offers pan-European influences, featuring vegetables as the main star as entrees. You won’t find meat subs or tofu burgers here. The creativity in all of these dishes takes vegetarian dining to a whole new level. 3033 NE Alberta St, Portland;

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Papa G’s Vegan Organic Deli

Located in Southeast Portland, Papa G’s Vegan Organic Deli offers delicious salads, sandwiches and raw specialties for lunch and dinner. The house nochos with chili are a favorite here. But, whatever you order, you’re bound to have a great meal. 2314 SE Division St, Portland

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