Portland nurtures a strong counter-culture community, and is world famous for its eco-warrior status. Perhaps that’s why it’s gained a reputation as a vegan and vegetarian mecca. If you’re looking for somewhere to eat on meatless Monday, look no further than one of these Rose City favorites.
This Israeli-inspired vegan restaurant builds much of its seasonal menu around hummus, labneh, carrots and eggplant. If you go with friends, order a few hummus plates to share—we recommend trying the shawarma and hatch green chile varieties. On a warm summer’s day, add a jaffa salad with carrot lox, mixed greens, walnut, and cashew zhoug dressing. Aviv: 1125 SE Division St.; 503-206-6280
Executive Chef Jim Vesal and co-founder Lia Loukas introduced Virtuous Pie to Portlandians after experiencing huge success with their first location in Vancouver, B.C.. We love their homemade, nut-based, dairy-free cheeses and their spicy buffalo cauliflower. Try the Superfunghi, with cashew mozzarella, herbed potato cream, wild mushrooms, arugula, and a rich, truffle almond ricotta Virtuous Pie: 1126 SE Division St. #200; 503-334-2073
Off the Griddle
This inventive lunch spot got its start as a solar powered food truck. Its new brick and mortar location in Southeast Portland features a completely meatless menu packed with ten burger options (five vegan and five vegetarian), alongside a wealth of salads, and a popular vegan mac ‘n’ cheese. If you’re around for happy hour, try the Cinnamon Toast cocktail, a delicious, drinkable dessert featuring cinnamon whiskey, root beer, and coconut vanilla ice cream. Off the Griddle: 6526 SE Foster Rd.; 503-764-9160
Because vegans deserve to jeopardize their cholesterol levels, too! This Southeast Portland vegan doughnut shop has both classic and creative takes on the pastry. Some of their current seasonal flavors? Bananas foster fritter, peaches-and-cream cake donut, and marionberry pie. Doe Donuts: 8201 SE Powell Blvd; 503-333-4404
Located in the village of St. John’s, about 15 minutes north of downtown, Homegrown Smoker serves up delightful vegan versions of Southern soul food favorites—smoked tempeh ribs, “macNocheese,” nori breaded tofu filets, and hand cut fried. Wash it all down with a big glass of minted sweet tea. Homegrown Smoker: 8638 N. Lombard St.; 503-477-7274