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Our Favorite Vegan Restaurants in Portland for 2023

Mis Tacones, Lilla, and More
January 11, 2023
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Have yourself a meatless feast at the queer-owned taqueria Mis Tacones. (Mis Tacones)
If your New Year's resolution involves reevaluating your meat and/or dairy consumption, adopting a vegan diet, or going plant-based for the annual "Veganuary" challenge, you've got plenty of delicious options to ease you through the transition: Portland happens to be one of the most vegan-friendly cities in the world. We've rounded up this list of vegan restaurants worth trying, from the taqueria Mis Tacones to the Italian spot Lilla. Check out our food and drink guide for more ideas.


Baby Ketten Klub Add to a List
The popular karaoke "klub" boasts a mean vegan menu, with plant-based versions of snacks like mozzarella sticks, fish and chips, hot dogs, burgers, crunchy tacos, and more.
Hosford-Abernethy
Pickup, dine-in

Ben & Esther's
This formerly vegetarian Jewish deli transitioned to a fully vegan menu in 2021, serving bagels, deli sandwiches, salads by the pound, matzo ball soup, and baked goods like babka, hamantaschen, and black and white cookies, with plenty of gluten-free options. 
Roseway, Vernon
Pickup, delivery, dine-in

Black Water Bar Add to a List
The stalwart spot for punk rock shows offers a great selection of vegan eats, like seitan French dips, grilled Chao cheeze, and buffalo soy curl sandwiches.
Irvington
Pickup, delivery, dine-in

Boxcar Pizza Add to a List
This 100% plant-based pizza parlor specializes in Detroit-inspired pies. Suzette Smith wrote, "Boxcar Pizza easily falls into the category of vegan food that you crave, even if you aren't vegan. The luscious imposter mozzarella and ricotta on Boxcar's Bianca pie may as well be real cheese for all its melted, gooey goodness. While walking home from Boxcar on a misty winter evening, I achieved a perfect hygge moment after chomping into a garlic piece buried inside seasonings of basil, sea salt, and red pepper flakes, all while grease ran into the palm of my hand."
Kerns
Pickup, delivery, dine-in

Cosmic Bliss Scoop Shop Add to a List
The Eugene-based ice cream brand Cosmic Bliss's flagship scoop shop serves up both grass-fed and plant-based ice cream, with flavors such as peanut butter blitz, twisted cookie dough, strawberry lemon shortbread, sea salt caramel chocolate, and sweet cherry amaretto, plus shakes, cookie sandwiches, ice cream bars, and other treats.
Pearl District
Pickup, dine-in

DC Vegetarian Add to a List
This vegan joint slings hefty burgers, sandwiches, and subs as well as bagels and breakfast sandwiches.
Richmond
Pickup, delivery, dine-in

Doe Donuts Add to a List
This popular vegan donut shop was declared best vegan donut in the country by VegNews readers two years in a row and offers distinctive flavors like salted vanilla bean, strawberry milk, Portland fog, and tiramisu.
Hollywood
Pickup, delivery

Epif Add to a List
This vegan South American spot is a favorite of herbivores and omnivores alike for its flavorful, inventive menu, with dishes like empanadas, sopapillas, pimentones rellenos, and chocolate canela cheesecake.
Kerns
Pickup, delivery, dine-in

Fermenter Add to a List  
The "friendly neighborhood beneficial bacteria emporium" offers meals and a selection of house-made fermented goods, including hot sauce, vegetable kraut, nut-based spreads, and plant-based cheese.
Buckman
Pickup, delivery, dine-in

Homegrown Smoker Add to a List
You'll find vegan versions of comfort food like barbecue, burgers, fried chicken sandwiches, Crunchwrap Supremes, and more at this local favorite.
St. Johns
Pickup, delivery, dine-in

Ice Queen Add to a List
This native- and Chicana-owned plant-based frozen dessert shop makes treats like paletas, ice cream, and even hot chocolate bombs. Pop flavors range from mangonada and "Oatchata" (cinnamon and oat milk) to the "Tickle My Pickle"—Suzette Smith wrote of that particular eyebrow-raising flavor, "The Tickle My Pickle bar had a full-blown dill spear frozen in there. I had my reservations, but the tastes really worked. The salty brine never wavered in its vinegar deliciousness, and that dill wedge surprise had me engaged right down to the personalized Ice Queen popsicle stick."
Hosford-Abernethy
Pickup, delivery, dine-in

Kate’s Ice Cream Add to a List
This ice creamery makes 100% vegan ice cream using organic coconut and cashew milk and local, seasonal produce, with flavors like marionberry cobbler and salted peanut butter brittle.
Boise
Pickup, delivery, dine-in

Lilla Add to a List
The Sudra chef-owner and former Aviv co-owner Sanjay Chandrasekaran opened this vegan Italian restaurant with pizza and pasta in the former Aviv space in Southeast Portland last May. Choose from options like asparagus risotto, soy ricotta and spinach pizza, and gnocchi with textured vegetable protein bolognese.
Hosford-Abernethy
Pickup, delivery, dine-in

Mama Đút Add to a List
Thuy Pham's Vietnamese pop-up, which she started at the beginning of the pandemic while unable to continue her usual job as a hairdresser, specializes in vegan Vietnamese food, with remarkably realistic plant-based versions of crispy pork belly, chicken wings, and other meats. In November 2020, she debuted her brick-and-mortar restaurant. Suzette Smith wrote of the restaurant's vegan pork belly buns, "The marinated fake pork is soft, the buns are steamed, and the delicious homemade kimchi and vegetables hit with the perfect spicy fermented punch." Pham is also set to open a second location Add to a List at Alberta and 15th.
Buckman
Pickup, delivery, dine-in

Mirisata Add to a 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).
Buckman
Pickup, delivery, dine-in

Mis Tacones Add to a List  
The queer Chicanx-owned vegan taqueria pop-up-turned-restaurant is known for its tacos, tortas, papas nachos, and Cali burritos.
Vernon
Pickup, delivery, dine-in

Norah Add to a List
The team behind Mestizo Add to a List opened this new sister restaurant serving plant-based pan-Asian fare with Pacific Northwest ingredients on Belmont in December 2022. The spot's name comes from a traditional dance performed at celebrations and community gatherings in Southern Thailand, where co-owners Nan Chaison and Prae Nobnorb grew up. Dishes include tom yum tofu "wings," lotus root salad, crispy curry rice salad, mushroom wonton soup, volcano tempura noodles, and coconut caramel bananas.
Sunnyside
Dine-in

Obon Shokudo Add to a List
Formerly a Japanese food hall stand, this restaurant slings house-made udon, Japanese curries, kenchinjiru miso vegetable stew, agemono (deep-fried foods), and boozy drinks.
Buckman
Pickup, delivery, dine-in

Off the Griddle Add to a List
The menu at this vegan brunch spot is full of hearty, craveable, stick-to-your-ribs fare, such as biscuits and gravy, nacho fries, jackfruit brisket sandwiches, mac and cheese, waffles, and a "brunch wrap supreme" made with house-made vegan chorizo and cheese sauce.
Mt. Scott-Arleta
Pickup, delivery, dine-in

Plant Based Papi Add to a List
Chef Jewan Manuel's coveted vegan comfort food pop-up-turned-restaurant, known for its mouthwatering dishes like truffle mac and cheese and crispy fried "chick'n" sandwiches, can be found at Fortune Add to a List inside the Sentinel Hotel Add to a List . The Portland Mercury's Jenni Moore wrote, "Plant Based Papi isn’t just 'good vegan food'—Manuel’s rightfully earned his cult following for meals that are consistently flavorful, creative, and delicious."
West End
Pickup, dine-in

Petunia’s Pies and Pastries Add to a List
This woman-owned gluten-free and vegan bakery has been featured in Food & Wine and The New York Times, and bakes up treats like cookie monster "babycakes," salted caramel cookie bars, coconut cream pie, pecan sticky buns, and more.
West End
Pickup, delivery

Salt & Straw
As it does each January, the Portland-based artisan ice creamery has released a seasonal menu of plant-based flavors. The "Dairy-Free Decadence" series includes Bananas Foster, Chocolate Sorbet, Toasted Oat Milk and Cookies, Peanut Butter Brittle Caramel Fudge, and Red Velvet with Cream Cheese Frosting.
Nob Hill, Vernon, Lake Oswego, Richmond
Pickup, delivery, dine-in

The Sudra
This popular restaurant serves inventive and colorful vegan versions of Indian staples, such as soy curl tikka masala, kale saag paneer, and jackfruit vindaloo.
Beaverton, Boise, Kerns 
Pickup, delivery, dine-in

Top Burmese Bistro Royale Add to a List
While not a 100% vegan restaurant, Top Burmese's vegan-friendly Beaverton spinoff offers plenty of plant-based dishes to keep herbivores satisfied. You might also spy a robot server gliding through the dining room—the business added them to help increase efficiency and cut down on unnecessary human contact.
Beaverton
Pickup, delivery, dine-in

Unicorn Bakeshop Add to a List
This playful bakery whips up whimsical vegan and gluten-free sweets, including cakes, cupcakes, bars, and more, and will even deliver right to your door.
Creston-Kenilworth
Pickup, delivery

Vegan Junk Food Add to a List
Previously a takeout-only operation, this plant-based comfort food destination opened a dining room in fall 2021. Janey Wong wrote, "The chicky nuggies were very convincing, lookin’ darn near identical to their animal counterpart, and satisfying to this omnivore’s palate. The curly fries that accompanied it were pitch-perfect, but the real revelation was the vegan ranch."
Creston-Kenilworth
Pickup, delivery, dine-in

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