Specializing in meatless Asian cuisine, Green Wok Vegan Restaurant's sushi menu includes a lineup of entirely vegan and vegetarian rolls. Nimble sushi chefs create a modest marriage of basic flavors with seaweed salad rolls ($2.50 each) and the landlocked tempura sweet-potato roll ($2.50). Mouths reeling from celebratory birthday shots of wasabi can cool oral jets with soothing sushi portions of avocado ($3) and the vegan cream-cheese salve of the crunchy asparagus roll ($5). Or double-down on bold flavors with the shiitake roll's aromatic alliance between marinated mushrooms and green onion ($5.25). Elegant Asian wall hangings surround Green Wok's handsome, WiFi-equipped dining space, where the casual atmosphere inspires diners to readily try adventurous new things such as vegetarian seafood and sewing various fillets together to make a stylish sashimi scarf.
Off the Griddle grills up sizzling veggie-based burgers while conserving Earth-juice with solar-powered cooking machines. Peruse the menu of eats served hot off the grill including the Smokey Bleu burger, a vegan patty topped with homemade blue-cheese sauce and smoked-barbecue tempeh bacon ($8). Eschew animal magnetism altogether with a vegan bacon cheeseburger drenched in vegan mayo ($7.50). The Messy Bessy packs a gooey pile of Tillamook cheddar, an organic cage-free egg, and organic avocado atop a vegetarian patty ($8). Cap off eco-friendly meals with a sweet mouthful of Monkey Wrench Vegan Bakery’s cookies, chock-full of chocolate chips or peanut butter ($2 each).
Elephants Delicatessen has been providing Portlanders with fresh deli fare since the dying days of disco. Items are made from scratch daily, with the menu and prices varying from location to location. A few staples pop up at several Elephants eateries, however—namely, the delicatessen's highly praised soups, including the beloved tomato orange soup ($4.50 for a bowl at the Elephants on Wheels location), said to have the ability to align stars in a single spoonful. An array of sandwiches is also available at Elephants Delicatessen, including an albacore tuna salad mini-hoagie ($4.50 at the three Flying Elephants locations), or the Elephants' Own Hamburger ($8.95 at the NW 22nd Avenue location). Depending on which Elephants you choose to harness with your lunch-grabbing lasso, you can also opt for pizza, spinach salad, a black-bean burger, fish and chips, or a Carolina pulled-pork sandwich. Be sure to check your location's menu before making crazy-eyed demands for lobster-and-squash cookies, which don't exist.
Ordering from the counter, sitting in funky furniture, dreaming about Alexander Graham Bell, and staring at arty light fixtures encompasses the experience one might expect from the Alberta Arts District of Portland, where Bella Faccia has made its home for the past eight years. Its menu consists of colossal pizzas and regular head-sized pizza slices ($2.75–$3.50) made only from the highest-quality ingredients. The kind folks at Bella Faccia use 100% whole-milk mozzarella, imported parmesan and romano cheeses, locally made sausage, and 100% virgin olive oil. An 18-inch pizza runs between $16.50 and $26, you can get a 12-inch from $10 to $16.
Ten-year veteran baker Amanda Felt prides herself on treats and sandwiches that tickle both vegan and non-vegan taste buds. High demand for Black Sheep's wholesale organic goods at coffee shops and farmers' markets encouraged her to open two stores in the past five years. Items on the menu combine quality ingredients with handily launchable designs. Visitors frequently flock back to devour the peanut-butter and chocolate-chip brownie ($1.75). The muffins ($2) are moist, light, and available in varieties such as maple applesauce and marionberry. A muffin's breakfast marriage to a small cappuccino ($3) builds a white-picket fence around the Tudor of your mind, and the bakery also serves savory lunch dishes all day. Choose your own sandwich adventure ($4 half, $6.50 whole), and you can graze on salad greens for $2 extra. Black Sheep also carries an array of handcrafted vegan chocolates, such as caramel turtles ($6 for box of three) and assorted truffles ($10 for a box of five).
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