The Alternative Eating Revolution

Your guide to Portland's five best new vegan, gluten-free, and Paleo restaurants

By Tuck Woodstock November 1, 2013 Published in the November 2013 issue of Portland Monthly

Harlow on SE Hawthorne Blvd


Prasad’s gluten-free sister restaurant expands on bowls and juice blends with a wholesome array of plant-based plates. The airy, healthful Hawthorne eatery is open all day, serving breakfast (quinoa pancakes and tempeh scrambles), lunch (vegan mac), dinner (raw pasta), and even boozy beverages (gluten-free beer and mason-jar cocktails). 3632 SE Hawthorne Blvd; 971-255-0138

White Owl Social Club  

This former dive reopened in January as a hipster haven with a pledge to “accommodate even the fussiest of eaters.” Diners with all manner of aversions chow down on MoonBrine pickle chips, citrus beet salad, and stuffed potato skins, while omnivorous patrons choose between beef, salmon, pork, beet, or jackfruit burgers. 1305 SE Eighth Ave; 503-236-9672

Cultured Caveman

Portland’s first paleo-friendly food cart cooks up a flesh-centric menu, from grass-fed-beef chili to heart and liver meat loaf. But Cultured Caveman isn’t just for carnivores—the cart caters to every conceivable diet, including a vegan-friendly variety of vegetable mashes and salads, all while steering clear of gluten, dairy, and soy. Multiple locations

A·N·D Café 

Ashley Harding is gluten-free and Dan Harding is vegan—but you don’t have to be either to enjoy their savory breakfast and lunch menus. Don’t miss the “Feast Waffle,” stuffed with soy sausage, potato, and nondairy mozzarella and smothered in rich, creamy mushroom-dill gravy. 5240 E Burnside St; 503-233-4550

Verde Cocina 

This Portland Farmers Market favorite opened its second brick-and-mortar in December, doling out handmade tortillas, pasture-fed proteins, and colorful heaps of fresh, flavorful vegetables. The gluten-free kitchen prides itself on its farm-fresh produce and meat-free mole, and the weekend brunch pivots on local huevos from heirloom chickens. 524 NW 14th Ave; 503-894-9321

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