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In last week's Friday Open Thread, Eater asked readers to name their favorite vegan dishes around town, and the response was overwhelming: More than 75 comments — some from longtime vegans, others from self-proclaimed meat eaters — flooded in to discuss the local vegan scene, with mentions for dedicated vegan restaurants to places that happen to offer solid vegan offerings.

Here now, a small sampling of that conversation, in the form of a map of 21 of Portland's Favorite Vegan Dishes, as voted by readers. The 21 dishes here just scratch the surface — for the original discussion, head here, and to continue the party, head over to the map's comments section.


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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. White Owl Social Club

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1305 SE 8th Ave
Portland, OR 97214
(503) 236-9672
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The newish east side bar White Owl Social Club considers itself an "omnivore" restaurant with a killer back patio and ear for rock 'n roll. But several commenters write that its vegan offerings stand out. Says one: "The beet burger at White Owl Social Club is a new gold standard. I've seen full tables of die-hard meat-eaters order it, and come back for it, too." [Photo]

2. Canteen

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2816 SE Stark St
Portland, OR 97214
(503) 922-1858
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Canteen, the neighborhood cafe by the folks behind Sip Juice, has earned a cult following for its menu of bowls and salads. Though each of its vegan bowls garnered votes, the most praise came in for its Portland Bowl, featuring quinoa, maple tempeh, kale, and Oregon hazelnuts. [Photo]

3. Blossoming Lotus

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1713 NE 15th Ave
Portland, OR 97212
(503) 228-0048
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Blossoming Lotus received many shout-outs, with votes for its Thai salad, curried phyllo purses, and other specials. But according to one self-proclaimed meat eater, BL's raw falafel takes the cake: "It is not really falafel in a strict sense, but I don't care what it is pretending to be. It is full of satisfying textures and flavors, and the dressing seems to have a bit of ferment on it, lending a kind of lactic 'tingle'. Super good." [Photo]

4. Boke Bowl

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1028 SE Water Ave
Portland, OR 97214
(503) 719-5698
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Ramen spot Boke Bowl offers a vegan option in the form of a carmelized fennel broth with tofu, and one reader writes that it boasts "incredible flavor (salty dashi, smoky tofu, spicy kim chi, tangy pickled enoki mushrooms, you name it), varied textures, and perfectly chewy/soft noodles." [Photo]

5. Homegrown Smoker Vegan BBQ

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4233 N Mississippi Ave
Portland, OR 97217
Vegans missing the smoky taste of barbecue queue up at the Homegrown Smoker food cart, which offers vegan versions of favorites like mac and cheese, cornbread, and "ribs." Readers are particularly enamored, however, with the "SloSmoMoFo" sandwich, with smoked soy curls in a bourbon barbecue sauce, and the "Macnocheeto," aka mac and cheese mixed with veggies and beans. Argues a reader: "It has a nice spice to it and I want it daily. What more could you ask for?" [Photo]

6. Native Bowl

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4237 N Mississippi Ave
Portland, OR 97217
(503) 330-7616
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Julie Hasson's Mississippi cart Native Bowl is known for its "fusion" takes on vegan bowls, and again, readers were split pretty evenly between Native's menu of five Portland-named bowls. Frequent votes came in for the Broadway (rice, garlic tofu, house-made peanut ginger sauce) and Alberta (garlic tofu, Fire-Breathing Dragon Sauce, house-made furikake), with near-unanimous love for Hassan's desserts. [Photo]

7. Lucky Strike Chinese Restaurant

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3862 SE Hawthorne Blvd
Portland, OR 97214
(503) 206-8292
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Spicy Sichuan restaurant Lucky Strike is obviously best known for its meaty dishes (spicy pork ears; hot pepper chicken bath), but the kitchen can make many of its dishes vegan upon request. One commentor recommends the spicy and sour tofu custard in particular, "which is not what is sounds like. Super scrumptious." [Photo]

8. El Nutri Taco

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2124 NE Alberta St
Portland, OR 97211
(503) 473-8447
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Mostly vegan/vegetarian spot El Nutri Taco serves killer vegan burritos, with one commenter recommending the grilled onion and potato burrito in particular: "It is super fresh, filled with yummy ingredients, and massive — enough for two meals if you don't eat it all in one sitting. The folks who own the place are very nice and the space on NE Alberta is perfect for eating in or outside." [Photo]

9. Prasad Cuisine

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925 NW Davis St
Portland, OR 97209
(503) 224-3993
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This Pearl District cafe/smoothie bar offers an expansive vegan and raw menu. But one reader advocates for the simple things in life, particularly Prasad's "Mighty Bowl," featuring rice or quinoa, steamed greens, beans, and your choice of sauce. [Photo]

10. Portobello Vegan Trattoria

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1125 SE Division St
Portland, OR 97202
(503) 754-5993
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Chef Aaron Adams' Portobello Vegan Trattoria puts out soulful Italian food that just happens to be vegan, and readers professed love for everything on the menu, from tiramisu to portobello "roast" to spaghetti and beetballs. But the most frequent odes were to the spot's potato gnocchi and "beet tartare." [Photo]

11. Sweet Hereafter

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3326 SE Belmont St
Portland, OR 97214
The bar menu at SE Belmont's Sweet Hereafter is all vegan, but drinkers report that they flock to its buffalo sub sandwich, featuring buffalo-marinated soy curls, miso-chive cheese, and ranch dressing. Says one reader: "I crave the buffalo sub at the Sweet Hereafter weekly...at the very least." [Photo]

12. Fire On The Mountain

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1708 E Burnside St
Portland, OR 97214
(503) 230-9464
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Chicken-wing joint Fire on the Mountain famously offers both vegetarian and vegan wings, and according to one reader, the fake-boned (!!!) vegan version flies away with the competition: "These 'wings' have fake sugar cane 'bones' and a very satisfying chew. Their vegetarian wings don't hold a candle to their vegan ones, so make sure you get the right ones." [Photo: Photo]

13. Natural Selection

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3033 NE Alberta St
Portland, OR 97211
Chef Aaron Woo's all-vegetarian, mostly vegan Natural Selection menu changes so frequently, it's difficult to pin down one signature/favorite. (As one reader says, "I haven't had a single meal there that didn't blow every other vegan offering in the city out of the water.") Readers recommend keeping an eye out, however, for the seasonal gnocchi. [Photo]

14. The Old Gold

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2105 N. Killingsworth
Portland, OR 97217
(503) 894-8937
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NoPo's neighborhood bar the Old Gold is best known to drinkers for its whiskey list and Champagne button, but vegans turn out for its tofu banh mi, which commenters simply describe as "delicious." [Photo]

15. Departure Restaurant & Lounge

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525 SW Morrison St
Portland, OR 97204
(503) 802-5370
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Chef Gregory Gourdet offers an all-vegan menu at downtown's high-flying Departure, with one fan praising both the sweet potato tempura "sushi" roll and a spicy salt-and-pepper version of tempeh: "I love tempeh and nutritional yeast and spicy, so this is the mixture of all my favorite things in a way I could never figure out how to make it at home." [Photo]

16. Chickpeadx

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6550 N Interstate Ave
Portland, OR 97217
Brand new falafel food cart Chickpeadx made a strong showing in the comments section, with several readers praising its "naturally vegan" falafel, served simply in salad or as part of a banh mi sandwich. One commenter enthusiastically and eloquently writes: "Shit is delicious. Sauces are fucking ????" [Photo]

17. AND Cafe

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5240 East Burnside Street
Portland, OR 97215
For vegan brunchers, the all-vegan AND Cafe offers meat-free takes on many morning favorites: Readers praised everything from their breakfast sandwiches (with "homemade jalapeño jelly"), tofu-based "veggies in a mess" and tofu-stuffed waffles. [Avila]

18. Mi Mero Mole

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5026 SE Division St
Portland, OR 97206
(503) 232-8226
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Nick Zukin's guisados restaurant usually offers several vegan and vegatarian stew options, according to one commenter: "Mole verde with green beans and chayote, potatoes and cactus, and they always have yummy mushroom dish. No meat substitutes, always just fresh vegetables." [Photo]

19. Harlow

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3632 SE Hawthorne Blvd
Portland, OR 97214
(971) 255-0138
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Harlow just debuted a few weeks ago on SE Hawthorne, but this sister restaurant to Prasad has already earned fans. Votes came in for the Hawthorne Mac (a gluten-free and vegan mac and cheese) and the Thai collard wrap, described as having "amazing Flavors. Not spicy. Just right." [Photo]

20. Lazy K’s Gumbo Shack

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3503 N Mississippi Ave
Portland, OR 97227
(503) 282-1196
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Food cart Lazy K's puts a vegan spin on Louisiana cuisine, and its gumbo includes vegan Andouille sausage, okra, bell pepper, onion, and tomato. Says one reader: "I've never had gumbo before, so eating this was a revelation for me. And you can't find anything like this (made vegan) in Portland, so it's new, fresh and awesomely delicious!" Good news: the accompanying corn muffins are vegan, too. [Photo]

21. Lovely's Fifty Fifty

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4039 N Mississippi Ave
Portland, OR 97227
(503) 281-4060
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One reader offers this pro-tip about vegan hacking the normally cheesed pizzas at Lovely's Fifty-Fifty: "Just ask the server for a vegan creation with a either garlic/olive oil or red sauce base, and the chef will surprise you with what's in season. Soooo good." [Photo]

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1. White Owl Social Club

1305 SE 8th Ave, Portland, OR 97214
The newish east side bar White Owl Social Club considers itself an "omnivore" restaurant with a killer back patio and ear for rock 'n roll. But several commenters write that its vegan offerings stand out. Says one: "The beet burger at White Owl Social Club is a new gold standard. I've seen full tables of die-hard meat-eaters order it, and come back for it, too." [Photo]
1305 SE 8th Ave
Portland, OR 97214

2. Canteen

2816 SE Stark St, Portland, OR 97214
Canteen, the neighborhood cafe by the folks behind Sip Juice, has earned a cult following for its menu of bowls and salads. Though each of its vegan bowls garnered votes, the most praise came in for its Portland Bowl, featuring quinoa, maple tempeh, kale, and Oregon hazelnuts. [Photo]
2816 SE Stark St
Portland, OR 97214

3. Blossoming Lotus

1713 NE 15th Ave, Portland, OR 97212
Blossoming Lotus received many shout-outs, with votes for its Thai salad, curried phyllo purses, and other specials. But according to one self-proclaimed meat eater, BL's raw falafel takes the cake: "It is not really falafel in a strict sense, but I don't care what it is pretending to be. It is full of satisfying textures and flavors, and the dressing seems to have a bit of ferment on it, lending a kind of lactic 'tingle'. Super good." [Photo]
1713 NE 15th Ave
Portland, OR 97212

4. Boke Bowl

1028 SE Water Ave, Portland, OR 97214
Ramen spot Boke Bowl offers a vegan option in the form of a carmelized fennel broth with tofu, and one reader writes that it boasts "incredible flavor (salty dashi, smoky tofu, spicy kim chi, tangy pickled enoki mushrooms, you name it), varied textures, and perfectly chewy/soft noodles." [Photo]
1028 SE Water Ave
Portland, OR 97214

5. Homegrown Smoker Vegan BBQ

4233 N Mississippi Ave, Portland, OR 97217
Vegans missing the smoky taste of barbecue queue up at the Homegrown Smoker food cart, which offers vegan versions of favorites like mac and cheese, cornbread, and "ribs." Readers are particularly enamored, however, with the "SloSmoMoFo" sandwich, with smoked soy curls in a bourbon barbecue sauce, and the "Macnocheeto," aka mac and cheese mixed with veggies and beans. Argues a reader: "It has a nice spice to it and I want it daily. What more could you ask for?" [Photo]
4233 N Mississippi Ave
Portland, OR 97217

6. Native Bowl

4237 N Mississippi Ave, Portland, OR 97217
Julie Hasson's Mississippi cart Native Bowl is known for its "fusion" takes on vegan bowls, and again, readers were split pretty evenly between Native's menu of five Portland-named bowls. Frequent votes came in for the Broadway (rice, garlic tofu, house-made peanut ginger sauce) and Alberta (garlic tofu, Fire-Breathing Dragon Sauce, house-made furikake), with near-unanimous love for Hassan's desserts. [Photo]
4237 N Mississippi Ave
Portland, OR 97217

7. Lucky Strike Chinese Restaurant

3862 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR 97214
Spicy Sichuan restaurant Lucky Strike is obviously best known for its meaty dishes (spicy pork ears; hot pepper chicken bath), but the kitchen can make many of its dishes vegan upon request. One commentor recommends the spicy and sour tofu custard in particular, "which is not what is sounds like. Super scrumptious." [Photo]
3862 SE Hawthorne Blvd
Portland, OR 97214

8. El Nutri Taco

2124 NE Alberta St, Portland, OR 97211
Mostly vegan/vegetarian spot El Nutri Taco serves killer vegan burritos, with one commenter recommending the grilled onion and potato burrito in particular: "It is super fresh, filled with yummy ingredients, and massive — enough for two meals if you don't eat it all in one sitting. The folks who own the place are very nice and the space on NE Alberta is perfect for eating in or outside." [Photo]
2124 NE Alberta St
Portland, OR 97211

9. Prasad Cuisine

925 NW Davis St, Portland, OR 97209
This Pearl District cafe/smoothie bar offers an expansive vegan and raw menu. But one reader advocates for the simple things in life, particularly Prasad's "Mighty Bowl," featuring rice or quinoa, steamed greens, beans, and your choice of sauce. [Photo]
925 NW Davis St
Portland, OR 97209

10. Portobello Vegan Trattoria

1125 SE Division St, Portland, OR 97202
Chef Aaron Adams' Portobello Vegan Trattoria puts out soulful Italian food that just happens to be vegan, and readers professed love for everything on the menu, from tiramisu to portobello "roast" to spaghetti and beetballs. But the most frequent odes were to the spot's potato gnocchi and "beet tartare." [Photo]
1125 SE Division St
Portland, OR 97202

11. Sweet Hereafter

3326 SE Belmont St, Portland, OR 97214
The bar menu at SE Belmont's Sweet Hereafter is all vegan, but drinkers report that they flock to its buffalo sub sandwich, featuring buffalo-marinated soy curls, miso-chive cheese, and ranch dressing. Says one reader: "I crave the buffalo sub at the Sweet Hereafter weekly...at the very least." [Photo]
3326 SE Belmont St
Portland, OR 97214

12. Fire On The Mountain

1708 E Burnside St, Portland, OR 97214
Chicken-wing joint Fire on the Mountain famously offers both vegetarian and vegan wings, and according to one reader, the fake-boned (!!!) vegan version flies away with the competition: "These 'wings' have fake sugar cane 'bones' and a very satisfying chew. Their vegetarian wings don't hold a candle to their vegan ones, so make sure you get the right ones." [Photo: Photo]
1708 E Burnside St
Portland, OR 97214

13. Natural Selection

3033 NE Alberta St, Portland, OR 97211
Chef Aaron Woo's all-vegetarian, mostly vegan Natural Selection menu changes so frequently, it's difficult to pin down one signature/favorite. (As one reader says, "I haven't had a single meal there that didn't blow every other vegan offering in the city out of the water.") Readers recommend keeping an eye out, however, for the seasonal gnocchi. [Photo]
3033 NE Alberta St
Portland, OR 97211

14. The Old Gold

2105 N. Killingsworth, Portland, OR 97217
NoPo's neighborhood bar the Old Gold is best known to drinkers for its whiskey list and Champagne button, but vegans turn out for its tofu banh mi, which commenters simply describe as "delicious." [Photo]
2105 N. Killingsworth
Portland, OR 97217

15. Departure Restaurant & Lounge

525 SW Morrison St, Portland, OR 97204
Chef Gregory Gourdet offers an all-vegan menu at downtown's high-flying Departure, with one fan praising both the sweet potato tempura "sushi" roll and a spicy salt-and-pepper version of tempeh: "I love tempeh and nutritional yeast and spicy, so this is the mixture of all my favorite things in a way I could never figure out how to make it at home." [Photo]
525 SW Morrison St
Portland, OR 97204

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16. Chickpeadx

6550 N Interstate Ave, Portland, OR 97217
Brand new falafel food cart Chickpeadx made a strong showing in the comments section, with several readers praising its "naturally vegan" falafel, served simply in salad or as part of a banh mi sandwich. One commenter enthusiastically and eloquently writes: "Shit is delicious. Sauces are fucking ????" [Photo]
6550 N Interstate Ave
Portland, OR 97217

17. AND Cafe

5240 East Burnside Street, Portland, OR 97215
For vegan brunchers, the all-vegan AND Cafe offers meat-free takes on many morning favorites: Readers praised everything from their breakfast sandwiches (with "homemade jalapeño jelly"), tofu-based "veggies in a mess" and tofu-stuffed waffles. [Avila]
5240 East Burnside Street
Portland, OR 97215

18. Mi Mero Mole

5026 SE Division St, Portland, OR 97206
Nick Zukin's guisados restaurant usually offers several vegan and vegatarian stew options, according to one commenter: "Mole verde with green beans and chayote, potatoes and cactus, and they always have yummy mushroom dish. No meat substitutes, always just fresh vegetables." [Photo]
5026 SE Division St
Portland, OR 97206

19. Harlow

3632 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR 97214
Harlow just debuted a few weeks ago on SE Hawthorne, but this sister restaurant to Prasad has already earned fans. Votes came in for the Hawthorne Mac (a gluten-free and vegan mac and cheese) and the Thai collard wrap, described as having "amazing Flavors. Not spicy. Just right." [Photo]
3632 SE Hawthorne Blvd
Portland, OR 97214

20. Lazy K’s Gumbo Shack

3503 N Mississippi Ave, Portland, OR 97227
Food cart Lazy K's puts a vegan spin on Louisiana cuisine, and its gumbo includes vegan Andouille sausage, okra, bell pepper, onion, and tomato. Says one reader: "I've never had gumbo before, so eating this was a revelation for me. And you can't find anything like this (made vegan) in Portland, so it's new, fresh and awesomely delicious!" Good news: the accompanying corn muffins are vegan, too. [Photo]
3503 N Mississippi Ave
Portland, OR 97227

21. Lovely's Fifty Fifty

4039 N Mississippi Ave, Portland, OR 97227
One reader offers this pro-tip about vegan hacking the normally cheesed pizzas at Lovely's Fifty-Fifty: "Just ask the server for a vegan creation with a either garlic/olive oil or red sauce base, and the chef will surprise you with what's in season. Soooo good." [Photo]
4039 N Mississippi Ave
Portland, OR 97227

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