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Portland’s Healthy Dining Options, Mapped

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Last week, we took a peek inside the vegan-friendly spot Harvest at The Bindery, and profiled Aaron Adams and his upcoming fine-dining plant-based vegetarian spot, Farm Spirit, and one thing looks pretty clear to us: healthy eating options continue to be ascendant, and, increasingly, very progressive in technique and approach.

And even though March is nearly over, it's still—till its final day—National Nutrition month, which is why we've decided to map out some of Stumptown's healthier eating establishments. If we missed one, let us know below in the comments section. In the meantime, pay a visit to one of these nine spots if you haven't already.

All photos courtesy of Dina Avila unless noted.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Blossoming Lotus

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1713 NE 15th Ave
Portland, OR 97212
(503) 228-0048
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Vegan and raw foodies know and love this popular healthy eating restaurant for its many brunch specialties, including a raw plate of “live” nachos, an eggless Florentine-ish Lotus Benedict and one complexly mean Bloody Mary. But dinner—with items like coconut-bacon-studded Cobb salads, golden beet ravioli dishes, bibimbop bowls, and lentil-walnut burgers—isn’t too shabby, either.

2. Departure

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525 SW Morrison St
Portland, OR 97204
(503) 802-5370
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We all know by now that Gregory Gourdet’s a bona fide TV star, as well as a video game kitchen superhero. And if you follow his Twitter feed, you know that he’s into keeping fit by the sheer number of tweets that detail the 12- and 15-mile runs he puts in before his workday even starts. And while Portland’s fallen in love with his food, vegans and carnivores are especially sweet on him, thanks to his ongoing vegan and paleo dinner series.

3. Garden Bar Salad Co.

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135 NW Broadway
Portland, OR 97209
(971) 544-2222
Any grocer knows that if you want to seduce the lunch crowd, you need a good built-it-yourself salad bar, because there’s probably nothing better than light, leafy salads to get us through the afternoon. Which is why it makes sense that two lunch and early-dinner salad spots have sprung up in the last couple of years in the Pearl and Old Town neighborhoods, where retailers, techies and tourists can get Garden Bar Salad Co. salads in the blink of an eye—especially if they take advantage of the company’s no-wait online ordering process. [Photo]

4. Harlow

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3632 SE Hawthorne Blvd
Portland, OR 97214
(971) 255-0138
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Karen Pride already had a hit under her belt when she opened Prasad in the Pearl, but her Richmond breakfast, lunch and dinner spot is the one that bustles most. Sometimes the eats are raw, they’re always organic and vegan (save for some honey and eggs available for vegetarians) and they’re frequently gluten-free, including bottle of wheatless beer served in their own special glasses to avoid any cross-contamination.

5. Harvest at The Bindery

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3101 NE Sandy Blvd.
Portland, OR
(503) 894-9172
Portland’s latest vegetarian spot focuses on seasonal vegetables for its lunch and dinner offerings, a fact that’s made all the more interesting because the menus were designed by a chef who spent time smoking pigs in his parents’ Carolina barbecue joints. Soups and salads rule the day, but the mains look like they’re capable of trumping them: Think tamales with a chicory salsa verde, and spaghetti squash carbonara with a charred cauliflower confit.

6. Homegrown Smoker Vegan BBQ

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4233 N Mississippi Ave
Portland, OR 97217
There’s probably no American food genre more exclusive and insular than barbecue. People know it when they eat it, but even the loudest and most possessive Texans, Missourians and North Carolinians can’t agree on what’s truly authentic. They’d certainly roll their eyes at Jeff Ridabock’s vegan barbecue cart, but this city’s vegans remain loyal to the man for bringing to them the kinds of dishes—smoked tempeh ribs and seitan sausages and chickens—they’ve been so long denied. [Photo]

7. Portobello Vegan Trattoria

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1125 SE Division St
Portland, OR 97202
(503) 754-5993
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When in Rome, you do what the Romans do. But this isn’t Rome, which is why, even at the risk of offending that city’s tradition-rich denizens, Portland’s vegans—and their vegan-friendly friends—adore this trattoria. Lots of salads, anitpasti, pastas and mains make up the trattoria’s large menu, as does a small vegan pizza list. And, of course, if gluten-free is your thing, Portobello offers wheatless pastas and gluten-free pie doughs, as well.

8. Taqueria Los Gorditos

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1212 SE Division St
Portland, OR 97202
(503) 445-6289
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The name of this taqueria translates into little fatty, but the family that runs this Mexican chainlet’s three brick-and-mortars and its sole cart are devout vegans. And while they’re not above offering carnivores all the meat and cheese they want, they have a comprehensive list of soyrizo-based—and often gluten-free—favorites like tacos, burritos and vegan cheese-stuffed chile rellenos. [Photo]

9. Verde Cocina en la Perla

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524 NW 14th Ave
Portland, OR 97209
(503) 894-9321
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Noé Garnica’s kitchen is a green one. Yes, some items are sautéed, but nothing’s ever fried. And, beer aside, you won’t find anything in the house that contains a trace of gluten. But the one aspect that makes his menu special—and which will fill you up without slowing you down—is that Garnica pairs each dish with a generous side of sautéed seasonal vegetables.

1. Blossoming Lotus

1713 NE 15th Ave, Portland, OR 97212
Vegan and raw foodies know and love this popular healthy eating restaurant for its many brunch specialties, including a raw plate of “live” nachos, an eggless Florentine-ish Lotus Benedict and one complexly mean Bloody Mary. But dinner—with items like coconut-bacon-studded Cobb salads, golden beet ravioli dishes, bibimbop bowls, and lentil-walnut burgers—isn’t too shabby, either.
1713 NE 15th Ave
Portland, OR 97212

2. Departure

525 SW Morrison St, Portland, OR 97204
We all know by now that Gregory Gourdet’s a bona fide TV star, as well as a video game kitchen superhero. And if you follow his Twitter feed, you know that he’s into keeping fit by the sheer number of tweets that detail the 12- and 15-mile runs he puts in before his workday even starts. And while Portland’s fallen in love with his food, vegans and carnivores are especially sweet on him, thanks to his ongoing vegan and paleo dinner series.
525 SW Morrison St
Portland, OR 97204

3. Garden Bar Salad Co.

135 NW Broadway, Portland, OR 97209
Any grocer knows that if you want to seduce the lunch crowd, you need a good built-it-yourself salad bar, because there’s probably nothing better than light, leafy salads to get us through the afternoon. Which is why it makes sense that two lunch and early-dinner salad spots have sprung up in the last couple of years in the Pearl and Old Town neighborhoods, where retailers, techies and tourists can get Garden Bar Salad Co. salads in the blink of an eye—especially if they take advantage of the company’s no-wait online ordering process. [Photo]
135 NW Broadway
Portland, OR 97209

4. Harlow

3632 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR 97214
Karen Pride already had a hit under her belt when she opened Prasad in the Pearl, but her Richmond breakfast, lunch and dinner spot is the one that bustles most. Sometimes the eats are raw, they’re always organic and vegan (save for some honey and eggs available for vegetarians) and they’re frequently gluten-free, including bottle of wheatless beer served in their own special glasses to avoid any cross-contamination.
3632 SE Hawthorne Blvd
Portland, OR 97214

5. Harvest at The Bindery

3101 NE Sandy Blvd., Portland, OR
Portland’s latest vegetarian spot focuses on seasonal vegetables for its lunch and dinner offerings, a fact that’s made all the more interesting because the menus were designed by a chef who spent time smoking pigs in his parents’ Carolina barbecue joints. Soups and salads rule the day, but the mains look like they’re capable of trumping them: Think tamales with a chicory salsa verde, and spaghetti squash carbonara with a charred cauliflower confit.
3101 NE Sandy Blvd.
Portland, OR

6. Homegrown Smoker Vegan BBQ

4233 N Mississippi Ave, Portland, OR 97217
There’s probably no American food genre more exclusive and insular than barbecue. People know it when they eat it, but even the loudest and most possessive Texans, Missourians and North Carolinians can’t agree on what’s truly authentic. They’d certainly roll their eyes at Jeff Ridabock’s vegan barbecue cart, but this city’s vegans remain loyal to the man for bringing to them the kinds of dishes—smoked tempeh ribs and seitan sausages and chickens—they’ve been so long denied. [Photo]
4233 N Mississippi Ave
Portland, OR 97217

7. Portobello Vegan Trattoria

1125 SE Division St, Portland, OR 97202
When in Rome, you do what the Romans do. But this isn’t Rome, which is why, even at the risk of offending that city’s tradition-rich denizens, Portland’s vegans—and their vegan-friendly friends—adore this trattoria. Lots of salads, anitpasti, pastas and mains make up the trattoria’s large menu, as does a small vegan pizza list. And, of course, if gluten-free is your thing, Portobello offers wheatless pastas and gluten-free pie doughs, as well.
1125 SE Division St
Portland, OR 97202

8. Taqueria Los Gorditos

1212 SE Division St, Portland, OR 97202
The name of this taqueria translates into little fatty, but the family that runs this Mexican chainlet’s three brick-and-mortars and its sole cart are devout vegans. And while they’re not above offering carnivores all the meat and cheese they want, they have a comprehensive list of soyrizo-based—and often gluten-free—favorites like tacos, burritos and vegan cheese-stuffed chile rellenos. [Photo]
1212 SE Division St
Portland, OR 97202

9. Verde Cocina en la Perla

524 NW 14th Ave, Portland, OR 97209
Noé Garnica’s kitchen is a green one. Yes, some items are sautéed, but nothing’s ever fried. And, beer aside, you won’t find anything in the house that contains a trace of gluten. But the one aspect that makes his menu special—and which will fill you up without slowing you down—is that Garnica pairs each dish with a generous side of sautéed seasonal vegetables.
524 NW 14th Ave
Portland, OR 97209

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