Veggie Love: Essential Eats

5 Must-Eat Vegan Dishes in Portland

From ramen to pizza to doughnuts, here’s a handful of the city’s essential plant-based eats.

By Kelly Clarke August 14, 2017 Published in the September 2017 issue of Portland Monthly

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Kayo’s Vegan Ramen with Veggie Noodles

Omnivorous Kayo’s shiitake-kombu broth bowl is a whisper-sweet umami bomb brimming with long zucchini and daikon strings and hearty tofu chasu—the North Williams café will make any bowl vegan, from rich miso to fiery sesame tan tan. $11–14

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Rudy’s Vegan Ranch Supreme Pizza

It looks like a midwestern rumpus room, but this SE Powell spot boasts the widest mix-and-match selection of pies for vegans, GF eaters, and carnivores in town, including this spicy, creamy number, dotted with buffalo vegan chicken, bell peppers, and coveted Follow Your Heart cheese. (Want more vegan pizza? We've got you covered.) $18.45–30.45

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Doe Donuts Baker’s Half Dozen

Crammed like a punch line next to a dispensary and a sex shop in an 82nd Avenue strip mall, PDX’s first all-vegan doughnut shop is a twee wonderland of crisp, heavy cakes lavished with baroque toppings—bright currant glaze with “buttered toast” crumbs to Nesquik-ish strawberry milk icing. $18

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Homegrown Smoker Blackened Blue Burger

It’s all about smoked “schmeats” at this cart turned St. Johns brick- and-mortar, which boasts tempeh ribs, buffalo “thwings,” and Cajun-seasoned seitan-veggie-soy curl burgers topped with seitan “H’yam” and smothered in blue cheese dressing. $11

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Bye & Bye BBQ Brussel Bowl

Trashy bar food gets a meatless makeover at this spot owned by the vegan-leaning Lightning Bar Collective (Century, Sweet Hereafter). The brown rice bowl topped with roasty brussels and saucy tofu is a local institution. $9

Still hungry? Check out our roundup of more top-notch, vegan-approved Portland restaurants.

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