Recently I visited the Vegan Capital of the US – Portland, Oregon. This trip was sporadic and anything but planned, but those kinds of trips are the best! After a weeks worth of searching for the cheapest flight out there – and booking a last minute AirBnb – my husband and I were ready to take on Portland.
This was our second time visiting this amazing state. We found ourselves back in this forest fairy land, because of its beauty and the endless vegan options. We came the week of my birthday which happened to be the same week of VegFest – an annual vegan festival that takes place in multiple cities around the world. Although it was impossible to try out every vegan restaurant around Portland, I am going to share a few of my favorites!
Blue Star Donuts
One of the most difficult foods for a vegan to find (in my opinion) is a donut (or doughnut, as my husband insists)! I haven’t seen any vegan donuts sold in health food stores around my area, and besides nothing beats a freshly baked round cake.
The one to the left is blueberry and the other is orange cake. Blueberry has always been my favorite flavor but I have to give the orange cake a higher rating when it comes to these two donuts – a moist, fluffy, cake with a hint of orange zest!
If you haven’t heard of Veggie Grill and you live in on the West Coast of the United States (Chicago locations also!) I highly recommend giving this “fast food” vegan chain a try! It is everything my taste buds have ever dreamed of. This restaurant does not fall into the “low fat whole foods” category but if your craving an all-American meal, Veggie Grill is the place to go.
We shared the buffalo wings (comes with celery and ranch) and the mac-n-cheese. Oh, my goodness! The buffalo wings are to die for! We actually ate here twice, I’m not sure what they put in these but I’m confident its crack – or some other addictive substance.
My husband had the Lucky Star Burger (grilled beyond burger, smoked gouda ‘cheese’, balsamic onions, blue cheese sauce, arugula, sriracha ketchup, pretzel bun + crispy fries).
I decided on the Santa Fe Crispy Chickin’ (Fried Chickin’, lettuce, tomato, red onion, avocado, spicy mayo, wheat roll). It brought back childhood memories to when I use to order Burger King’s Crispy Chicken sandwich – without the suffering.
No Bones Beach Club
No Bones Beach Club was featured at VegFest. They had their own booth set up and were serving a couple meals from their menu at the event. Portland’s VegFest was the biggest vegan festival I have ever attended. There were so many amazing booths promoting vegan foods and products! We got pretty full from all of the FREE samples handed out, but obviously there’s always room for cauliflower bites and nachos. DUH…
Coconut Cauliflower Wings
These were crispy, saucy and delicious – served with a side of ranch!
The NW Nachos consists of – Cashew & smoked poblano queso, charred tomato salsa, black bean & corn sala, fresh tomato, grilled jalapenos, scallions, cilantro crema.
Back to Eden Bakery
Obviously, I had to save the best for last! We ate at this Bakery the first time we visited Portland, it was so delicious we came back!
Carrot Cake Cupcakes
Who says you can’t have dessert for dinner? It was my birthday and I told my husband that all I wanted was to eat treats for supper. My absolute favorite dessert ever is carrot cake! These cupcakes met all of my carrot cake expectations.
Deluxe Banana Split
I’d be lying if I said I didn’t finish all of this.
Deluxe Banana Split – Soft Serve, Banana, Peanuts, Holy Kakow Chocolate Sauce, House-made Caramel, House-made Berry Sauce, Maraschino Cherry.
The Rocky Butte
My husband ordered this little marshmellow-y goodness! It is the vegan version of a rocky road.
The Rocky Butte – Soft Serve, Walnuts, Dandies Marshmallows, House-made Caramel Sauce.
If you live in Portland, Oregon or have ate at any of their many vegan restaurants I would to hear what your favorite recommendations are!