Best Restaurants 2012
Relax, vegetarians! It's not all about prime cuts in this town.
This brick-and-mortar sister to Portland’s Sip juice carts offers juices, smoothies, local kombucha on tap, and organic vegan bowls and salads—all in a space that feels more Swedish design studio than crunchy granola cabin. 2816 SE Stark St
Overlooking Pioneer Courthouse Square, chef Greg Gourdet’s modern, 15th-floor Asian eatery is a launchpad for great vegan sushi, like the grilled shiitake roll, which sports scallions, avocado, and cucumber and carrot sauce. 525 SW Morrison St; departureportland.com
Los Gorditos Perla
The third location of Portland’s vegan-friendly taqueria delivers satisfying spins on Mexican street food. Try the herbivorous brunch menu, the chile relleno burrito, or anything with the house-made, gluten-free soyrizo. 922 NW Davis St; losgorditospdx.com
Food-cart veteran Rose Guardino dishes up her addictive BBQ tofu, smoked tofu, and tempeh reuben sandwiches with a side of nutritional know-how at this recently resurrected mobile vegetarian kitchen. 4262 SE Belmont St; divinepdx.com
Petunia’s Pies and Pastries
Lisa Clark has wooed legions of farmers market shoppers with her decadent gluten-free and vegan Peanut Butter Crispy Bars, Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Whoopie Pies, and Cowgirl Cookies. This winter, head for her new West End retail shop, offering sweet and savory treats paired with cocktails.
Opening in January at 610 SW 12th Ave; petuniaspiesandpastries.com