Portland, Oregon’s breathtaking city views of the magnificent Mount St. Helens and Mount Hood are just one of the many perks of living or working downtown. Portland’s urban culture has grown extensively with a fascination for top-tier performing and visual arts venues, shopping, and recreational activities. This Pacific Northwest city has been recognized as one of “America’s Healthiest Cities” by Food & Wine Magazine and Forbes. This comes as no surprise since Portland is sprawling with massive hiking trails, recreational and leisure parks, urban bike paths, and healthy cuisine.
Yes the city has been acknowledged for its healthy dining, most notably for their vegetarian and vegan food carts and restaurants. At first it’s hard to visualize a food cart being recognized for healthy cuisine as they usually bring to mind greasy (but delicious) festival food, but not here in Portland. Downtown Portland has a large selection of food carts dedicated to providing customers with the freshest vegetarian and vegan options. If you’re looking for a fresh and healthy take on lunch this afternoon, take a look at these fabulous Portland vegetarian and vegan food carts and food trucks that will have you feeling full and light on your feet!
Savor Soup House
Just like the name implies, Savor Soup House is full of delicious and savory soups perfect on a rainy day in Portland. Located at 1003 Southwest Alder Street, this food cart features a rotating soup selection for customers with vegetarian, vegan, and gluten free options. Popular soups include the Hungarian Mushroom (served Mondays) and the Curried Red Lentil and Cauliflower (served Tuesdays). Another great menu item is the Grilled Cheese Bar. It’s a build-your-own grilled cheese sandwich lunch special, featuring an assortment of cheeses, homemade spreads, vegetables, and fruits on Grand Central Como bread. Savor Soup House accepts credit cards and makes deliveries!
The Cheese Plate
The Cheese Plate located on 23rd & NE Alberta is a small, yet highly acclaimed vegetarian and vegan food cart with a focus on providing patrons with exceptional quality cheese sourced from local and sustainable farms. This food cart has been praised throughout Portland for their mac & cheese dishes with mentions in the “15 Best Restaurants for Mac & Cheese in 2014” by Cheeserank and “8 Best Mac & Cheeses in Portland” by Thrillist. Their menu is bound to vegetarian and vegan cheese dishes. Guests can pick between scrumptious assorted cheese plates with cart-made crackers, delectable grilled cheese sandwiches, Cheddar Ale soup topped with sage croutons or their famous mac & cheese.
If you love fusion rice bowls, then you’ll adore the Native Bowl stationed in the Mississippi Marketplace! Influenced by Asian cuisine, the Native Bowl is a delicious lunch spot serving up locally made tofu, soymilk, and soy curls in a variety of lunch bowl specials for hungry customers. The Broadway is a popular gluten-free bowl with a peanut ginger sauce and garlic tofu mixed with fresh veggies and served over jasmine rice. The Couch is a spicy dish made with organic spinach, garlic tofu, and a sweet & spicy gochujang sauce. Make it a meal by adding a cup of freshly brewed peach vanilla iced tea.
DC Vegetarian is an all vegan and vegetarian food cart located on Southwest 3rd Avenue downtown. DC breakfast is open from 8:30 am-11:00 am and serves a nice selection of on-the-go breakfast sandwiches. If you feel like a vegan burger, DC can do that for you too with all day lunch served between 8:30 am-3:00 pm. Their menu includes a wide arrangement of American food, such as vegan burgers with tempeh bacon, hummus and veggies, seitan steak and cheese sub, and their hearty breakfast sandwiches.
Bombay Chaat House
The Bombay Chaat House is a popular lunch destination spot in downtown Portland. Located on Southwest 12th and Yamhill Street, Bombay Chaat House serves authentic vegetarian and vegan Indian cuisine with fresh ingredients and genuine ground spices. Favorite menu items of Bombay Chaat are the Vegetable Masala and the Malai Kofta. These dishes are served over a bed of basmati rice with mild, medium, or spicy-hot homemade sauce. Make sure you top off your meal with tasty garlic naan bread and the Mango Lassi-a traditional Indian beverage blended with yogurt and mango.
El Nutri Taco
The El Nutri Taco has two locations in Alberta (dine-in eatery) and Woodstock (food truck) that serves top-notch vegan and vegetarian Mexican food. El Nutri Taco offers guests tofu, soyrizo, and chipotle tempeh surata for meat substitutions. Choose between a variety of lunch options, including burritos, nachos, tacos, chimichangas, and enchiladas, with the option to add a dairy substitute or a vegan side. Popular specials among patrons are the Super Burrito with tofu and homemade chipotle aioli and the Vegan Nachos topped with pickled jalapenos and fresh avocado.
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