So what’s on a raw and live food menu? More than you might think. Cacao truffles, gazpacho soup and cashew sour cream are just a few of the kinds of healthful and tasty treats you’ll find by exploring Portland’s growing “live” food destinations.
One of the city’s most celebrated vegan restaurants, Blossoming Lotus maintains a dedicated raw and live food menu with unexpected options for breakfast, lunch and dinner. In fact, the eatery’s most popular dish is the live nachos: spicy seed-based chips smothered in creamy nacho cheese sauce, pecan chorizo, cashew sour cream and avocado. Other rotating recipes include collard wraps st\uffed with pesto and almond cheese; fish-free sushi rolls made with cauliflower rice and pickled veggies; and seasonal salads piled high with crisp produce. Whatever you choose, don’t leave without a slice of rich raw cheesecake for dessert. (Trust us on this one.)
Eatin’ Alive lives up to its billing with 100% raw, vegan and gluten-free fare. Look for this small but mighty eatery at Portland Farmers Market at Portland State University on Saturdays, peddling creative farm-fresh lunch fare to the omnivorous masses. Chomp into a barbecued beet burger wrapped in a collard roll with cashew goat cheese and crispy onions, with a “razzle-dazzle” raspberry brownie for a guilt-free dessert. If you miss market day, never fear: Eatin Alive’s grab-and-go falafel wraps and zucchini noodles are waiting at Kure and New Seasons Market locations seven days a week.
Still hungry for heat-free eats? Plenty of other local plant-based restaurants offer raw entrées too. Just another indication that Portland’s food scene has never been more lively.
Almost every Portland restaurant offers plant-based options, and dozens of local businesses are entirely vegan. (There’s even a vegan mini-mall!)
Nearly every Portland menu features vegetarian options made from fresh, local ingredients, and many restaurants serve vegetarian food exclusively — experience the Portland vegetarian scene that foodies of all stripes have come to love.
As the demand for gluten-free options has grown, Portland’s forward-thinking chefs have set their tables for diners with dietary restrictions.
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