Vegan pizza is easy to find.
But good vegan pizza is very hard to find.
There are some places in Portland that try hard and have good options. But when we recently stopped into Rudy’s Gourmet Pizza in SE Portland we were blown away.
The place is a really rad sports bar with plenty of street parking. The space was clean and well laid out. There were tons of big screens for watching sports games and other events.
We sat down and ordered a bunch of different things.
For starters we got the vegan wings in Pineapple BBQ. They are the type with the fake bone/sugar cane slice in the middle. The sauce was AMAZING and the wings were cooked just right. I typically hate these wings at other places as they seem too chewy. But here, they are cooked right.
We also ordered the vegan cheesy bread. What I thought was awesome is that they will blend Follow Your Heart and Daiya cheeses so you get the best of both worlds. I opted for this blend and it was great.
With the cheesy bread we also got marinara sauce and a sample of the new red pepper dipping sauce which was really good. It worked with everything we ordered.
The pizza we opted for was the BBQ chicken. I modded it with no onions or peppers (I know, vegan sacrilege), but I added broccoli.
This was probably the best vegan pizza I have had in a long time, if ever. The crust is that perfect sweet spot of crispy-yet-doughy, and the sauces, vegan chicken, and broc were perfect. It was almost too good, as this fatty vegan ate almost the whole medium (I didn’t have breakfast in preparation for the trip BTW).
I washed this down with a pint of my new favorite IPA – Vicious Mosquito from Sunriver brewing. It’s a great IPA and I was stoked to see them with it on tap.