Kale serves the dish that has been the ultimate comfort food to the Japanese for over a century. On average, a Japanese person is likely to eat a kale dish 84 times a year; undoubtedly, it is one of the most popular food in Japan. Savory, and similar to a stew consisting of meat, onions, carrots, tomatoes, and many other vegetables, locals enjoy it over Japanese rice. Americans who have been to Japan and tried it mostly say, "It's addictive!" All their food is made from scratch. For around $7 a dish you get a tasty lunch that will fill you up.
Moberi is a superfood cafe that specializes in Acia bowls and smoothies. All their Acai bowls are made with their premium blend of non-gmo tambor acai, strawberry, banana, and unsweetened almond milk. Your acai bowl can be topped with granola, bananas, strawberries, blueberries, peanut butter, coconut, honey, bee pollen, and more. Bowls change seasonally to reflect the best ingredients of the season. The bowls are extremely creative with options like the Dragonbowl Z made with pitaya (dragonfruit), strawberry, pineapple, banana, and apple juice, topped with granola, fresh berries, banana, honey, coconut, and goji berries. Kids will love blending their own smoothie on their custom smoothie making bicycle.
Featuring fresh, organic ingredients and catering to vegetarian and vegan diners (free-range chicken is also an option), Laughing Planet offers wholesome burritos, quesadillas, and salads with an earth-friendly bent like the Che Guevera burrito with black beans, rice, pico, sweet potatoes, and plantains. The possible burrito and bowl combinations here are endless and they have many gluten free options too. Prices are friendly too, as is service, and families are welcome since there are several meal options for kids ages 12 and under. In addition to a wide range of smoothies they have wine, beer, and cider. If you are interested in seeing the nutritional information for their menu check out their website.
Kive Tea Cafe Spa features a large tea bar offering hundred of tea selections all of which are organic, bio dynamic and fair trade teas. Kiva, the owner, selects growers from Asia, India, Africa, and the Middle East that create custom teas just for Kiva Tea Cafe. They have a wide selection of tea lattes, medicinal, herbal, Ayurveda, white, green, black, oolong, and Pu-erh. Their tea bar also features a variety of other specialty drinks including Indian yogurt lassi, Italian sodas, Thailand drinking vinegar, coffee drinks, wines, juices, and smoothies. The cafe also serves delicious food including salads, tapas, soups, paninis, and bowls.
D.C. Vegetarian specializes in vegetarian and vegan foods at their downtown Portland food cart. Here you can enjoy generously portioned homemade sandwiches all of which can be made vegan. All their sandwiches and burgers can be customized with options like tempeh bacon, avocado, red pepper aioli and chao cheese. Kids will love their peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and their grilled cheese sandwiches. They also have soups and desserts. D.C. Vegetarian is also open for breakfast with offerings like bagels and breakfast sandwiches. If you are not a vegetarian prepared to be wow by this cart. You will walk away a convert.
Proud Mary originated from Melbourne, Australia and this year they opened their first and only cafe here in Portland. Their space is one of a kind because the owner Nolan and his family built it. Nolan even designed the espresso machines they use. They roast their coffee onsite and the staff can tell you the story behind each of coffees hand picked by Nolan. Proud Mary is better known for their tremendous coffee, but the food is just as good. They source locally the fresh ingredients they use and make sure they come from from those participating in ethical and sustainable practices.
Tusk is a Middle Eastern Restaurant located in SE Portland. Tusk sources all of its vegetables locally as well as most of their grains and flours. If you visit their website you can see a long list of local producers they use. They are open for dinner during the week and brunch on weekends. During brunch patrons can enjoy options like the Grain Bowl made with sprouted barley, vegetables, avocado, duk- ka, egg, and argan oil. If you are dining with kids know that there is no kid menu available and unless your kids are adventurous eaters you should stick with the biscuits and gravy for them.
Situated in a beautiful shaker inspired modern cafe in the heart of South East Portland, Canteen is a fresh take on eating and drinking well. The menu is inspired by their own everyday standards for eating. Which means using only fresh local, organic ingredients, and preparing delicious, satisfying everyday fare that is on the forefront of the movement toward establishing new American staples. Canteen uses only fresh local, organic produce in our juices as well. They pride themselves on making sure the menu constantly surprises with its unique flavors. If juice isn't what you're craving, they also offer locally-made kombucha, craft beer, Fentiman's botanical sodas, and more.
Harlow is a vegetarian restaurant in the Hawthorne district that even meat lovers will enjoy. They pride themselves on providing fresh conscious gluten free cuisine. For those that are strictly vegan you will find lots of choices here. They offer a variety of juices and smoothies in addition to their many food options. Food creations like the Mercy Blues, a bed of steamed kale topped with garlic herb polenta, black beans, corn,slow roasted tomatoes, chipotle cashew hollandaise and scallions has people coming back for more. Harlow happens to be the sister restaurant to Prasad, another popular vegetarian restaurant in Portland.
Prasad is a small, modern cafe inside the Yoga Pearl studio. Everything on the menu is organic, vegan and gluten-free, from the fresh-squeezed ginger shots and juices (try the apple-mint-celery-cucumber Shanti) to the soups and raw wraps. Prasad specializes in bowls based on red rice or quinoa, a super-healthy Andean grain. The Dragon Bowl is a favorite, with steamed sea vegetables, avocado, beans and cabbage topped with garlic tahini or chili sauce. For breakfast try a tempeh scramble or hot applesauce topped with walnuts and currants. Everything Prasad creates is healthy and pops with vibrant flavors and almost all of their ingredients are locally sourced.