Food & Drink

Our Favorite Vegan Restaurants in Portland for 2024

Mis Tacones, Chubby Bunny, and More
January 4, 2024
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 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.

Ben & Esther's List
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. 

Black Water Bar 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.

Boxcar Pizza List
This 100% plant-based pizza parlor specializes in Detroit-inspired pies. Mercury culture editor 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."

Chubby Bunny List
This cart slings "secretly vegan" breakfast sandwiches and "potato mittens" (deep-fried hash browns in that puck shape you might be accustomed to finding at the Golden Arches).

Cosmic Bliss Scoop Shop 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

DC Vegetarian List
Have a hankering for classic fast food? This vegan joint slings hefty burgers, sandwiches, and subs as well as bagels and breakfast sandwiches.

Dirty Lettuce List
You'll find plant-based "sinful Southern eats" at Alkebulan Moroski's food cart. Former Portland Mercury news editor Isabella Garcia praises the "silky 'mac and cheeze,' smoky barbecued ribs, and crispy fried seitan-based chicken that can actually satisfy a KFC craving."

Doe Donuts 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.

Epif List
A favorite of herbivores and omnivores alike for its flavorful, inventive menu, this vegan South American spot offers dishes like empanadas, sopapillas, pimentones rellenos, and chocolate canela cheesecake.

Fermenter 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.

This vegan spot serving stoner-friendly eats like loaded fries and the "Hunky Tony" (a towering spicy PB&J burger with spicy provolone, crispy "bakon," Portland Spicy Peanut Butter, jalapeños, and blueberry compote on toasted sourdough) just moved into its new home inside Swan Dive and will host a grand reopening Past Event List from 4-8 pm tomorrow, complete with DJ tunes, vendors, and tattoos from artist Jason Hudson.

The Groovy Floret List
Channel your inner flower child at this vegan food-truck-turned-restaurant, serving tacos, breakfast hash, nachos, and other plant-based fare.
St. Johns

Ice Queen 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."

Kate’s Ice Cream 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.

Lilla List
Run by chef-owner Pasquale Liotti, this vegan Italian restaurant with pizza and pasta offers options like asparagus risotto, soy ricotta and spinach pizza, and gnocchi with textured vegetable protein bolognese.

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).

Mis Tacones List
After moving to Portland, Los Angeles transplants Carlos Reynoso and Polo Abram Bañuelos began making vegan tacos inspired by California street food. Their pop-up-turned-restaurant Mis Tacones serves up plant-based tacos, tortas, papas nachos, and Cali burritos, with hand-pressed tortillas and plenty of panache. Inspired by the Oakland restaurant Gay4U Vegan Eats, Reynoso and Bañuelos also offer free food to trans people of color upon request.

Norah List
The team behind Mestizo List opened this sister restaurant serving plant-based pan-Asian fare with Pacific Northwest ingredients on Belmont a little over a year ago. 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.

Obon Shokudo 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.

Off the Griddle 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

Plant Based Papi List
Chef Jewan Manuel's coveted vegan comfort food pop-up, known for its mouthwatering dishes like truffle mac and cheese and crispy fried "chick'n" sandwiches, can be found at Fortune List inside the Sentinel Hotel List . Portland Mercury contributor 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

Petunia’s Pies and Pastries 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

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 with Candied Pecans, Toasted Oat Milk and Cookies, Red Velvet with Cream Cheese Frosting, Marionberry Oatmeal Cobbler, and Death by Chocolate Chocolate Cake (the double chocolate is intentional!).
Nob Hill, Vernon, Lake Oswego, Richmond

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 

Top Burmese Bistro Royale 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.

Unicorn Bakeshop 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.

Vegan Junk Food List
Just because vegans abstain from eating animal products doesn't mean they want to spend the rest of their days eating nothing but piles of quinoa and leafy greens. EverOut managing editor Janey Wong wrote of this plant-based comfort food destination, "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."

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