Restaurant Review: Sweetpea Baking Co. [Portland]

Believe it or not, we have so many vegan establishments in Portland that it is still a possibility to explore new ones.  And this is exactly what happened to me recently when visiting Sweetpea Baking Company in SE Portland.

I had been there before, but usually only to pick up a special order cake, or for a coffee emergency.

But today I visited with the intention of actually exploring the place – starting with one of their ginormous cinnamon buns.  And what a place to start!

A warm, inviting space.

The cinnamon monstrosity was absolutely amazing, with just enough cinnamon-frosting ratio and a caramelized, crunchy bottom.   Sorry to say, a large portion of it was donated to compost lest I suffer from early onset diabetes or something.  And I would have eaten the WHOLE thing.

Laptop added for scale. This puppy is huge. Bring a friend.

I also mated a soy latte to the order and the Water Avenue coffee was perfect and prepared well.

The bakery is spacious, well-lit and clean.   There are plenty of power outlets for the laptop jockeys and the classic bakery smell and commotion was a warm and cozy benefit to my temporary office space.  The staff is also warm and helpful.

Baked goods galore.

For lunch, I opted for the “The Zurek” which is a vegan club sandwich stuffed with house-made seitan, pastrami seitan, tempeh bacon, lettuce, toms, and the usual mayo.

This sandwich is NOT messing around.  It’s imposing bulk acts as a forewarning of the deliciousness you are about to enjoy.  I found the flavors in this sammy to be surprising – probably from the pastrami. The bread was perfect and accompanying salad was a nice touch (but I have no idea when I will be able to finish this).  Have extra napkins handy.

The Zurek: Must be Greek for “big ass sandwich.”

Sweetpea’s menu continues to really impress me.  With breakfast staples like Biscuits & Gravy (A Portland law, I think), openfaced sandwiches and tons of delish baked goods, I will be back again.

The coffee bar.

Lunch is equally impressive with three huge salads and over ten sandwiches to pick (and even a build-your-own option).

Prices are reasonable, nothing really seems out of place as a vegan bakery is concerned.

Traffic control and reasonable prices.

Business must be good at Sweetpea – the door was hardly closed for a minute while I was there…and that is a REALLY good thing for these core vegan establishments in Portland.

Stop by Sweetpea – but be sure to bring your appetite.

A welcoming sign.

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