While in the Pacific Northwest, we were lucky enough to visit a wide variety of vegan and gluten-free restaurants in Portland. I set out to try the very best ones and I discovered some real winners along the way! Since I’m gluten intolerant, all of the restaurants in Portland we dined at had gluten-free options. I really had some spectacular meals and am happy to be sharing them today!
My very favorite place we ate at during the trip was Departure. On our second to last day of the trip, Thomas and I had been to just about all the restaurants on my list. While nearly every place was delicious, all of them were casual and we had been wanting to go to at least one fancy dinner. Luckily, I came across a review of Departure by Vegan Miam and her gorgeous photos and glowing review persuaded us to try it out.
We got there and the wait for a table inside was about 2 hours, but the outside dining area only had a short wait. We put down our names and headed to the rooftop bar. After only 10 minutes, we were called to our table! We were so pleasantly surprised that the wait was so short. The outside dining area also boasted spectacular views of the city so we were happy to be dining outside.
I requested the vegan and gluten-free menu from the server which he kindly brought over. I was so excited with all of the vegan and gluten-free options! We had a tough time deciding because everything sounded delicious! We decided to start with their edamame which had coarse salt crystals that made the edamame extra tasty. It was the best edamame I’ve ever had! For our main course, Thomas ordered the Sweet Potato Tempura Roll and Shiso Roll while I ordered the Greens and Seeds Roll and the Grilled Shiitake Roll. I requested that the Greens and Seeds Roll be made gluten-free (since it wasn’t originally) and they kindly obliged! It’s not often that places are so flexible with allergies and special diets so I was really grateful for Departure’s great service.
The plates of sushi were much larger than anticipated! We had looked at Yelp prior to eating there and the dishes appeared to be small but that was not accurate. So we had a table filled with 5 rolls of delicious sushi! Thomas’s favorite was the Shiso Roll while my favorite was the Shiitake Roll. Overall, Departure was truly a great experience and I highly recommend it!
Back To Eden Bakery
Our other favorite spot in Portland was Back To Eden Bakery. We visited 4 times while on our trip! It was too delicious to skip a daily treat from Back To Eden. Everything is vegan and gluten-free and not only do they serve sweets, they also have soups, salads, and a few other savory foods. It’s such a delightful bakery!
They have two locations, one is a traditional bakery on Alberta while the other is a food cart on Division Street which made it even easier to get our daily fix! Before we headed to the airport on our final day in Portland, we made one last stop at the bakery and I got a kale salad, gluten-free bagel with vegan cream cheese and swirl soft serve. I saved the bagel and salad for the plane and it made the perfect vegan dinner! Thomas got the root beer float which was his favorite and I can also attest to it being delicious since I got it as well on one of our visits. They use Virgil’s root beer which has clean ingredients unlike most sodas and then they fill it with their vanilla soy-based soft serve!
Harlow is an all gluten-free vegetarian, primarily vegan cafe in Portland. We ate here after the Saturday Market for lunch. They mostly serve breakfast scrambles, smoothies, and bowls but all were very healthy and wholesome! It reminded me a little bit of Cafe Gratitude, except smaller and a slower paced.
I ordered the Cilantro Chili Bowl which was so flavorful! I really loved the cashew cream drizzle and the spicy cilantro sauce! I also loved how energizing this meal was, it was perfect for a busy day of Portland adventures! Thomas ordered the Outlaw Scramble which he liked a lot!
One of the most unique places I ate at was Earth Burgers which was a food cart in the same lot as Back To Eden. It had veggie burgers, all with unique flavors and titles. They also had gluten-free buns so of course I had to try it!
I ordered The Casbah which was a chickpea burger with a tahini sauce, mixed greens, pickled red onion, tomato, and cucumbers. I also couldn’t resist adding a slice of Chao cheese to it! It was so flavorful and the gluten-free bun was incredible! I also loved their hand cut fries!
Laughing Planet Cafe
After an evening of exploring North Mississippi Avenue, Thomas and I were starving and noticed the Laughing Planet Cafe was conveniently located on the same street! It was a place I had on my list since they have vegan and gluten-free options so we decided to give it a try.
I ordered the Thai Bowl which had tofu, broccoli, carrot, and cabbage all served on a bed of brown rice and drizzled in a peanut sauce. I really loved this meal! The sauce was delicious and flavored the bowl so well and it was really satisfying! Thomas got a berry smoothie and bean burrito for his meal! We both liked this place and it was quick service which was nice since we were really hungry!
White Owl Social Club
Another place we paid more than one visit to was White Owl Social Club. It’s a bar that happens to have a menu with great vegan and gluten-free options! It was less than a mile from our AirBnB so we actually walked over there both times.
Our go-to at White Owl Social Club was their crispy shoestring fries with “perfect sauce” and sriracha ketchup. Seriously, these were the best fries I have ever had! I loved the coarse salt on them and both of the sauces were amazing! I also ordered their apple & beet salad which made for a great light dinner. My favorite drink to order anywhere is Tito’s vodka with club soda and lime so I also got that!
On our last day in Portland, we met Amanda (aka Little Bird Vegan) for lunch at Blossoming Lotus. Blossoming Lotus was a place I was really excited to try so I was eager all week for this lunch.
I knew I had to try their fingerling potatoes because I love potatoes and they’re served with caper ranch and I am a vegan ranch addict! For my entree, I ordered the portobello poblano tacos which were pretty good! I wasn’t a big fan of all the cabbage slaw in it and thought they were a little dry but the portobello was marinated well. I really loved the potatoes and ranch and would recommend those! Thomas got the BBQ sliders while Amanda got the Thai salad. Overall, it was a fun lunch and had it not been our last day, I would’ve gone back to try something new.
Portobello Vegan Trattoria was another one of my favorite restaurants in Portland but sadly, I didn’t get a good photo of my delicious meal. I got a portobello mushroom burger on a gluten-free bun with cashew cheese and then a side of fries with their curry ketchup which was amazing! Thomas got the potato pie which was a pizza with carmelized onions, thinly sliced potatoes, and olive oil. He really enjoyed his meal as well!
Sushi Love was another food cart we ate at! It was our very first meal in Portland and we were quite pleased. We both loved their avocado rolls but they also have some fancier rolls! You can see a photo from our meal there on my Instagram!
Papa G’s Organic Vegan Deli also had really delicious food! We ate there after our morning spent ziplining so I was too starving to take a photo! I got the TLT on a gluten-free bun and it was so good! It had tempeh bacon, lettuce, tomato, vegan ranch and veganaise. Thomas got the BBQ Tofu Sandwich which he loved as well!
We also found ourselves becoming regulars at Townshend’s Tea while staying in Portland. I got hooked on their Strawberry Sencha Tea while Thomas loved their Nilgiri Black Tea. They also have vegan cookies and pastries! We enjoyed their teas so much that we purchased a few ounces of their loose-leaf teas to take home!
So that’s it for my list of the very best vegan and gluten-free restaurants in Portland! If you have ever been to any of these places or somewhere I missed in Portland, comment below!