Earth Day

Our Favorite Sustainable Restaurants in Portland

Spots for Earth Day 2023 and Beyond
April 12, 2023
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You'll find a wealth of sustainably sourced seafood at Bamboo Sushi. (Bamboo Sushi)
Since 1970, tree-huggers all over the world have celebrated Earth Day on April 22. This year's theme is "Invest in our Planet," and supporting local sustainable businesses is a great way to do just that. To prove that being green can be easy after all, we've gathered this list of some of our favorite environmentally minded eateries, from Bamboo Sushi to Higgins. For more ideas, check out our food and drink guide.

Bamboo Sushi
If you'd like to nosh on nigiri with the peace of mind that comes from knowing your seafood was sourced sustainably, look no further than this sleek chain advertising itself as "the world’s first certified sustainable sushi restaurant." Choose from dishes like king salmon carpaccio, "The Unicorn" (a roll with spicy crab, shrimp tempura, albacore, avocado, jalapeno dressing, gochugaru oil, and micro cilantro), chirashi bowls, wagyu burgers, and more.
Various locations
Pickup, delivery, dine-in

Clarklewis List
Since its inception in 2003, Clarklewis has blazed a trail for farm-to-table dining in Portland. The ever-changing menu features house-made pasta and wood-fired pizza made with impeccably sourced seasonal ingredients.
Pickup, delivery, dine-in

DesiPDX List
DesiPDX owner Deepak Saxena's guiding values of health and sustainability shine through in his creative Indian fusion meals, which rely on local and organic ingredients whenever possible. Expect flavorful dishes like cardamom chai chicken, masala pulled pork bowls, and seasonal dhal. 
Pickup, delivery, dine-in

Fermenter List
The "friendly neighborhood beneficial bacteria emporium" offers wholesome meals and a wide selection of house-made fermented goods, including hot sauce, vegetable kraut, nut-based spreads, and plant-based cheese, all sourced from local organic agricultural products.
Pickup, delivery, dine-in

The self-proclaimed "reverse steakhouse" (which serves an abundance of veggie-based dishes supplemented by a handful of animal protein dishes) partners with local Olde Moon Farm to source its ingredients. It also happens to have a covered patio with heaters, so you can enjoy its inventive fare, like the popular ensalata bomba and crusty avocado, all year round.
Nob Hill
Pickup, delivery, dine-in

Portland Mercury contributor Brian Yaeger writes, "Don’t take it from the line of yoga-mat-toters streaming out the door—take it from a carnivore: Harlow serves straight-up amazing food. This mostly vegan, gluten-free café serves jalapeño cashew cheese instead of pepper jack. Kale is listed on the menu as often as pork belly appears on most others. In this non-satirical Harloworld, tempeh and quinoa are fungible counterparts to eggs and tots. The Outlaw Scramble (which can include eggs if you deign) is a bountiful heap of chipotle black bean chili, dark greens, and wilted spinach topped with the aforementioned cashew matter along with a scoop of guac and a mound of brown rice (or quinoa) on the side. Collectively, the faintly smoky, tangy/savory concoction impresses across the spectrum of texture, flavor, and heartiness. And lest ye think there’s no room for decadence, hidden among the spirulina and echinacea juices and smoothies is the Stumblebee, a hedonistic mélange of chocolate, peanut butter, and banana. Then again, cacao nibs are a superfood."
Hawthorne, Nob Hill
Pickup, delivery, dine-in

Higgins List
Higgins has been preaching the farm-to-table gospel since opening in 1994, and it still does it just as well today. James Beard Award-winning chef and co-owner Greg Higgins cultivates relationships with a number of farmers in the Pacific Northwest and even uses herbs and produce from his personal garden.
Pickup, delivery, dine-in

Mirisata List
This hit Sri Lankan pop-up-turned-restaurant is entirely BIPOC worker-owned and serves an all-vegan menu. One of the most popular dishes is a rice and curry plate with a variety of curries served over banana leaves. They also have a vegan version of kottu roti (a famous Sri Lankan street food typically made with godhamba roti and vegetables, egg and/or meat, and spice), made with meatless Chick'n or polos (jackfruit).
Pickup, delivery, dine-in

Noble Rot List
Gaze out over downtown Portland from the balcony patio while sipping wine and snacking on locally sourced small plates. (In fact, some of the ingredients are even hyper-locally sourced from Noble Rot's very own rooftop garden.) The wine bar offers a curated selection of Pacific Northwest wines in addition to their famous “Sex With a View” cocktail, which is served for two in a pineapple. Save room for the chocolate brownie with vanilla ice cream and sea salt caramel.
Pickup, delivery, or outdoor seating

Obon Shokudo List
Formerly a Japanese food hall stand, this plant-based restaurant slings house-made udon, Japanese curries, kenchinjiru miso vegetable stew, agemono (deep-fried foods), and boozy drinks. Everything on the menu is farm-to-table and/or organic.
Pickup, delivery, dine-in

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