Reviews written by PDX Vegan
Registered on Jan 1 07
I think this is the best vegan place in Portland. Even if you're not vegan, the food is just outstanding in its own right. Fresh ingredients, excellent preparation, abundant flavors and beautiful presentation. The kitchen is tiny and there are just a few indoor tables, so don't be surprised if you have to wait or if your service isn't perfect. I go to this place usually at least once a week. When it gets really busy, they do sometimes make a mistake on my order, but they are always eager to make it up to me and remedy the situation. The people who work here are very nice folks. My favorite things are the tempeh fajitas, the raw pesto pasta, the spicy avocado sandwich, the noodle soup and the monk bowl are always good. I've never had anything at Blossoming Lotus that I didn't like. Even my kids love this place. My daughter (11 yrs old) loves the raw pizza. Don't forget to try the freshly squeezed juices. Pineapple Greens and Lemon/apple/ginger are my favorites. If you're there in the morning, the oatmeal is outstanding.
In the last few months, they've started doing things a little different at night. During the day, you just order at the counter, find a seat and wait for your food to come up. usually someone will bring it to you, but if it's busy, I sometimes go pick up my own. But now in the evenings, you will be seated at a table with cloth napkins and water goblets and someone will take your order and serve you. I think they are in the process of getting a wine and beer license (if they haven't already done so).
The food here will please anyone, omnivore, vegetarian or vegan. They don't take reservations, so don't' be surprised if you have to wait for an hour on a Friday night. I think it's worth it. The food is great, the bar is well-stocked and you can always order a drink and take it out to the heated back porch while you wait for a table. You can also order off the full menu while seated at the bar, and the bartender makes a mean mojito! I have always had good experiences at The Farm and have found the staff to be very polite.
Food is mediocre, ambiance is nonexistent, service was below average. Our first visit was over 10 years ago, and our second and last visit was 2 years ago. Things had not changed much. Family-friendly means that there is a room in the restaurant where kids can go and be loud and annoying. Vegetarian-friendly means that some of the entrees are made with Tofu, but it doesn't mean that you'd want to eat any of them. There are plenty of veg-friendly places in Portland to get great food, but Old Wives' Tales is not one of them.
Some of the food is really good. Try the haystack sandwich, corn cakes, or the vegan nachos. Just avert your eyes from the kitchen on your way to use the toilet. Paradox isn't fancy and the service can be slow, but it's inexpensive and has some good comfort food on the menu.
Breakfast at the Tin Shed is always a treat. You'll probably have to wait awhile for a table on the weekends, but help yourself to some coffee and relax outside by the outdoor fireplace if it's not too cold. Scrambled tofu can be substituted for eggs in a number of their dishes. The oatmeal and rice/coconut hot dishes are very good (I think it's called "Tummy Pleaser" or something sort of silly like that).
This is our favorite Thai restaurant in Portland. Plenty of delicious vegetarian options to choose from. The flavors are fresh and the portions are generous so ordering "family style" is easy.
I love this place. Menu consists mostly of soups and sandwiches and salads. Most of their sandwiches are grilled panini-style. They also make pretty good cookies and muffins and have a nice selection of other vegan desserts. Veganopolis is clean and well-lit with plenty of seating, a friendly staff and great food at affordable prices!
I really like Vita and so do my kids. The corn cakes, "SOS" and vegan nachos are my favorite menu items. The booth seats are a little uncomfortable, the ambiance is pretty casual, and the service runs the gamut from good and attentive to slow and forgetful. Still, we keep coming back. It's a friendly place and we like the food.