Sure, Portland’s not actually Utopia. But it certainly seems like paradise when you’re browsing at Powell’s City of Books, strolling across the Hawthorne Bridge, hiking the Wildwood Trail in Forest Park, and—most importantly—sampling the vegan eats at restaurants, food carts, and bakeries around the city.
During the past year, I was lucky enough to spend two weekends in the vegan capital of North America. Here’s a quick look back at 10 memorable meals in PDX (host city for the upcoming Vida Vegan Con 2013), complete with grainy Instagram pics.
1. Vegan French toast breakfast
Where: Junior’s Café (1742 SE 12th Avenue).
2. Mixed berry pie
Where: Whiffies Fried Pies (Cartopia, SE 12th Avenue and Hawthorne Boulevard).
3. Biscuits with tempeh and gravy
Where: Dovetail Bakery (3039 NE Alberta Street).
4. Mushroom ravioli
Where: Portobello (1125 SE Division Street).
Where: Homegrown Smoker (Mississippi Marketplace, 4233 N Mississippi Avenue).
6. The vegan Cam
Where: The Grilled Cheese Grill (SE 28th Avenue and SE Ankeny Street; NE 11th Avenue and NE Alberta Street; SW 10th Avenue and SW Alder Street).
7. Vegan faux turkey Florentine
Where: Vita Café (3023 NE Alberta Street).
8. The vegan Loop
Where: Voodoo Doughnut (22 SW 3rd Avenue; 1501 NE Davis Street).
9. Vegan Southeast Club
Where: Hungry Tiger Too (207 SE 12th Avenue).
10. Vegan poutine
Where: Potato Champion (Cartopia, 1207 SE Hawthorne Boulevard).
Don’t forget to visit Sweetpea Baking Company (1205 SE Stark Street) and Food Fight! Grocery (1217 SE Stark Street) at the Vegan Mini-Mall, and the Red and Black (400 SE 12th Avenue) around the corner.