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Portland Is The World’s Most Popular City for Vegans, According to Search Data

Plus, the NBA hasn’t approved any Portland restaurants for after-game meals

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Brooke Jackson-Glidden is the editor of Eater Portland.

Portland Ranked Most Popular City for Vegans in 2020

The site ChefsPencil has ranked Portland the most popular city for vegans worldwide, based on Google search data in 2020. Although the city searched for terms like “vegan recipes” and specific vegan foods, the actual number of searches for “vegan restaurants” dropped over the last year. The United Kingdom was the country with the highest vegan search ranking; the United States as a whole lands at 12th place, with Oregon considered the state with the highest vegan search ranking. [CP]

The NBA Has Not Approved Any Portland Restaurants for After-Game Meals

The NBA has quite a few rules of conduct for players during the pandemic; one of those rules is that players can only dine onsite at restaurants approved by the NBA. The criteria for which restaurants make that list includes a number of specific factors, including masked servers, outdoor dining rooms or private rooms that don’t share “air space” with the rest of the restaurant, and a “secure entrance and exit path to limit exposure to the restaurant staff and other diners.” Last week, the association released a list of NBA-approved restaurants; none from Portland appeared on the list. Restaurants from cities like Los Angeles, Minneapolis, New York, and San Francisco also failed to make the cut. Fortunately, those players can still get takeout from restaurants throughout the city. [ESPN, WWeek]

In Other News...

• Chop Chop Chicken Sundaes, the food-cart-turned-brick-and-mortar serving salads and customizable chicken bowls, will give away 16-ounce chicken “sundaes” as a part of its grand opening Sunday. The sundaes start with white rice, a blend of brown rice and quinoa, or bean sprouts, followed by a protein like soy ginger chicken or chipotle lime chicken, and a choice of toppings. The restaurant is located in Bridgeport Village. [EaterWire]
Portland Monthly released its “Ten Portland Dishes Not to Miss in 2021,” which includes things like the steamed bao burger at Han Oak, Gracie’s tomato pie, and the dinners within Kann’s yurt pop-up. The full list is worth a perusal. [PoMo]
• Wanna feel sad? Look at the New School’s list of breweries that closed for good in 2020. [TNS]