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Restaurant Review: Rudy’s Gourmet Pizza [Portland]

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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).

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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.

Trail Recipe: BBQ Beyond Meat Chicken Sammies!

When campin’ or Jeepin,’ there isn’t anything better than a nice warm, hearty meal – especially one that is super yummy and easy to make.

One of my favorite camping sandwiches is this BBQ Chicken sandwich courtesy of Beyond Meat!

You’ll need a whole pack of Beyond Meat chicken strips and whatever else you like on a sandwich (avocado, lettuce, toms, Veganaise, etc). Grab your favorite BBQ sauce too.

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Restaurant Review: Homegrown Smoker [Portland]

OFFROAD VEGAN TOP 5!

There is a small, obscure, sea-foam green food cart tucked into the corner of the Mississippi cart pod.  To the untrained eye, it is yet another cart slinging hipster chow.  To the vegans of Portland, it is a shining beacon of real-deal, home-smoked, vegan BBQ.

The little cart that can. And does.

And it is amazing.

I have been a fan of Homegrown Smoker (HGS) since they had a spot down in SW Portland.  Ever since those early days, Homegrown has been a pinnacle of the vegan scene in Portland and is one of my Top 5 spots in the US.

My favorite used to be the Loafaroni, a “meat”loaf sandwich made up of a slathering of BBQ sauce, a heaping scoop of mac no cheese, meatloaf, and two buttered, crispy buns.  It is still my favorite, but I accidentally read the fat content of the Field Roast meat loaf they use, and well….the nutrition facts were a little startling.  Even for vegan food, it was a little “rich.”

Slow Smo Mo Fo with a side of Mac.

HGS also revised their menu and the Loafaroni took a bit of a sabbatical.  During that time I became pretty enamored with the SlowSmoMoFo, a BBQ sandwich of seasoned soy c urls, cole slaw and maple bourbon BBQ sauce.  Order it with a side of Mac no Cheese and you have a winner.

The menu at HGS is a collection of southern-esque BBQ fare; with offerings such as the Carolina Chicken Sandwich (BBQ and Beyond Meat together in a sammy), Smoked Tempeh Burger, Sweet Potato Fries, and a Combo Platter.

The menu at HGS.

The menu has a decent variety of food for the regulars, but the specials are really where the tough decisions need to be made.

With specials like “Another Good Burrito” (A grilled wheat tortilla filled with psstrami, sweet potato fries, Daiya, Mac No Cheese, Broccoli, Grilled Peppers, onions and mellow yellow sauce) and the “Buff Burrito” (Tempeh Facon, smoked Beyond Meat, Buff Sauce, Mac no Cheese, french fries, tomato, raw greens, and creamy ranch), it can often be hard to choose your lunch.

Today’s special: The Buff Burrito.

There really aren’t any complaints with HGS.  Their food is top notch, vegan BBQ comfort food.  Their hours can be a bit flimsy, but that is to be expected with a food cart operation.  If you are traveling in from a distance, be sure they are open (the cart life seems to be plagued with closures for many issues).

My personal goal is to try more of their options, and not the same ol’ slow smo mo fo.  Honestly, though it is really hard when you have an absolute favorite!

Homegrown Smoker is a pillar of the vegan food scene in Portland.  I hope one day to see them mature out of the cart and into something more permanent…so I can sleep better at night.

Restaurant Review: Harlow [Portland]

Tonight we wanted something new.  Not the same burrito run to El Nutri, or a quick bowl at the B&B.  Melanie rolled the random dice on Yelp and we pointed the car at Harlow on SE Hawthorne.

The bright, spacious area was warm and somewhat cozy.

Walking in, I was surprised with the bright, slightly sterile atmosphere.  The heavy influence of wood and twang of vintage in the space’s design plays well with the open, bright layout.  They have a nice section of vegan odds and ends, and some branded clothing on one side of the restaurant. Continue reading Restaurant Review: Harlow [Portland]