Summer Vacation: Portland in July

I just came back from a whirlwind trip and am already planning my next one. This time I swore I would blog every day but there was just no time. For example, I went directly from the airport to fireworks on Oregon/Washington border because it was the fourth of July.

We had a big bonfire and sang songs all night and the next day I woke up and went directly to the Flavor Sport for one of their delicious sausage and maple cream stuffed waffle tacos. Sadly, I was foiled just like the last time I went; this time they were out of vegan batter! I had to go back the next day. As in, I had to. I am powerless against the siren song of this crazy ass breakfast taco.

After the “we are out of vegan waffles” debacle all I wanted was a breakfast taco and I decided to check out El Nutri Taco, an unassumning vegan friendly truck on Alberta. The tacos didn’t sound too exciting so I got, what turned out to be, a GIGANTIC burrito. I didn’t even take any pictures ’cause you all probably know what a gigantic burrito looks like. At first, I couldn’t decide what to get so I just randomly ordered what the people in front of me ordered and got the “Super Gabby” which had tofu, chipotle soyrizo, button mushrooms, grilled onions, fresh jalapenos, cabbage, avocado, & chipotle aioli. It was fantastic and wayyy spicer than I thought I would get up in the Northwest. I worried that I couldn’t eat another bite.

But don’t you worry, I still went across the street to Back to Eden for some softserve because I needed to cool down after all that.

Another day I stopped at the Native Bowl which is in a PACKED food court off Mississippi. I remember a couple summers ago when they were just opening and it was an empty lot and now there are so many trailers it’s like the freaking state fair. Native Bowl, by the way is probably the cutest trailer I have ever seen, it’s so well designed calling it a trailer doesn’t even feel right.

I got the Mississippi Bowl only because I have head so much about it. It had Jasmine rice, ranch sauce, barbecue soy curls, two kinds of barbecue sauce, fresh crisp slaw, and scallions. It was pretty tasty and a very large portion but I think next time I would try something else. I didn’t even really notice the ranch and the slaw just made it taste like a salad which I have a life long aversion too. I’m trying to break out of it!

My last stop in the city was Green Papaya for Pho. I have been continually disappointed with vegan pho in Austin. It’s either way too much star anise or really bland broth and always full of vegetables that don’t make any sense…if you are lucky to get vegetables at all. Although it wasn’t the best I have ever had it was so much better than versions I have had here. The broth had flavor! The green beans were crisp and delicious! I was so happy.

So that’s the city of Portland portion of my trip, next up is Willamette Valley, Seattle, and then Chicago. Dang.

8 thoughts on “Summer Vacation: Portland in July

  1. mollyjade

    I ate pho yesterday at PhoNatic, and really enjoyed it. But I just went back and looked at the photo I took, and you’re right. What the hell is baby corn doing in there? It makes no sense.

    1. lazysmurf Post author

      baby corn makes more sense (I think) than carrots and cauliflower which I have gotten before. And it’s clearly the frozen mixed veggie bag, YUK! I will have to try PhoNatic but the best recipe ever is Terry Hope Romero’s.

  2. Nikki

    Whoa, I live in Portland and haven’t heard of the waffle tacos. They look awesome! Glad you found some good foods here. We definitely have an abundance. And not to be a big know-it-all or anything, but I think you got the soft serve at Back To Eden on Alberta. Sweet Hereafter is awesome too. Just replace the ice cream with booze🙂

  3. Eileen

    We also went to Portland for whirlwind 4th of July trip! We went to 100% different restaurants and trucks, of course, but no surprise there, considering the vast array of food delights on offer. Hooray for Portland!

  4. pamela

    PhoNatics veggie pho was the first I thought had flavor and it was packed with veggies and you can choose to have the tofu fried which I liked for texture. There was some veggie in there that I could not identify tho…it tasted alright but the fact that I didn’t know what it was made me a little uneasy. And the mushrooms, oh the mushrooms!!

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