Natural Selection

Editor’s Pick

$$ vegan, Vegetarian

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With its exposed Edison bulbs and gleaming copper-and-steel kitchen, this little Alberta Street spot is that rare place in Portland: all the intimacy and design savvy of our best locavore restaurants without a speck of meat. In short: vegetarian, not hippie. Two four-course, mix-and-match menus appear nightly, but you can also pick à la carte choices tailored for a vegetarian, vegan, or gluten-free meal. Whatever your dietary path, you’ll be charmed by chef Aaron Woo’s whimsical approach: edible foraged flowers, swirls of colored sauces, artfully cut veggies, and unexpected mash-ups of sweet and savory and fresh ideas, from tempura-fried oranges to grilled peaches over savory stew. Spring for the wine pairings and turn each course into a vino adventure for less than you’d pay for a bottle.

Last updated: 10/22/2012