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Healthy Living Guide: Portland (Oregon!)

January 26, 2012

Continuing down the Pacific Coast, our next stop is Portland, Oregon! I’m lucky enough to call Portland home and couldn’t be more excited to share some of my favorite healthy hangouts with all of you!

Recently, Portland has come to be known as quite the food town, and a healthy food town at that. It is truly a locavore’s paradise (see video at the end of this post!), with almost all of the popular and trendy restaurants serving only local, organic dishes.  In addition to the booming restaurant scene, Portlanders have taken their food obsession to the streets in the form of dozens of food cart pods littered around the city.

When we’re not eating in Portland, we’re out enjoying the natural beauty that is the state of Oregon. With the majestic Cascade Mountain Range only a short drive away in one direction and the Pacific Coast in the other – not to mention the miles and miles of forests, trails, rivers and lakes in between – there is never a shortage of outdoor activities in the area!

Now that I’ve (hopefully) successfully sold you on a trip to Portland, check out our list of healthy restaurants to try while you’re there. Can’t make it to Oregon? Check out our other Healthy Living Guides for recommendations in your area!



Vita Café
3023 Northeast Alberta

Vita Café is a long time Portland favorite, serving mostly vegetarian and vegan food, along with some all-natural, hormone-free meats and eggs, since 1999. All ingredients are organic and locally sourced from the Northwest. Everything on the menu is delicious, and as a bonus, kids eat for a buck every day from 5 to 7 pm!

blossoming lotus

Blossoming Lotus
1713 Northeast 15th

This café specializes in Asian-inspired cuisine with a vegan or live food twist. They are located on the Willamette River in Portland’s Irvington District, and are open for lunch, dinner and Sunday Brunch. All of the meals are nourishing and delicious, but we especially love the Live Pesto and Portobello Pizza!


portobello portland

1125 Southeast Division

This vegan restaurant offers a delicious Northwest-inspired menu that is absolutely delicious! Choose from several pizza and veggie burger options (we love the house made beet-veggie burger) or small plates to share with the table. The chef also hosts vegetarian cooking classes at the restaurant if you are interested in learning how the dishes are made!


sweet pea baking

Sweetpea Baking Co.
1205 Southeast Stark

Sweetpea Baking Company in Southeast Portland is a completely vegan, and occasionally gluten-free, bakery. In addition to the sweets and confections that patrons have come to love, Sweetpea also sells homemade soups, sandwiches, and bagels. Stop in on Sunday for all-you-can-eat brunch and a hot cup of Portland’s own Stumptown coffee!


red and black cafe

Red & Black Café
400 Southeast 12th

Red & Black is a very unique restaurant model – it is a completely worker-owned cooperative community space. The non-hierarchal structure leads employees to love their jobs, and you can taste the time, love, and dedication that they put into each dish. For a delicious meal in a friendly atmosphere, head over to Black & Red Café!


papa g's

Papa G’s
2314 Southeast Division

At first glance, Papa G’s might not seem like much, but once you step inside you will see what a hidden gem this little organic deli really is. The menu features 100% organic, vegan dishes, and several of their house made specialties, such as raw organic local sauerkraut, can be purchased in bulk!


clark lewis

101 Southeast Water

If the atmosphere of Clarklewis, housed in a refinished, old warehouse, doesn’t draw you in, then the menu definitely will. At the forefront of the farm-to-table movement in Oregon, the Italian-French inspired menu features dishes made of all locally sourced organic ingredients.



4835 North Albina

This Mexican restaurant in North Portland specializes in Oaxacan cuisine made with all organic and local produce. They also run their restaurant as sustainably as possible, including a compost for all leftover food and an eco-garden on the roof to help insulate the building!


laughing planet

Laughing Planet
Multiple Locations

This casual café offers burritos, soups, salads, quesadillas, and rice bowls made of all natural, healthy ingredients. Laughing Planet provides their customers with food that makes you feel good in a laid-back environment. This is a great spot for a quick lunch or take-out during the workweek!


park kitchen

Park Kitchen
422 NW 8th

This upscale restaurant in downtown Portland’s North Park blocks is housed in a beautiful space, and the warm and inviting atmosphere makes this the perfect spot for a celebration or dinner date. The menu changes seasonally, sometimes even daily, depending on what local, organic ingredients are available.


toro bravo

Toro Bravo
120 Northeast Russell

Toro Bravo is definitely a hot spot in Portland. This Spanish restaurant features many tapas and large plates, all made with local organic ingredients. The menu changes seasonally and is based on the availability of local produce. If tapas isn’t your thing, head other to Toro Bravo chef’s other restaurant for Southern-inspired comfort food made with the same local, organic philosophy.


por que no

Por Que No?
3524 North Mississippi

Another hot spot, Por Que No? Taqueria in North Portland is always packed, so make sure you have a reservation. That said, this is one Portland restaurant that you don’t want to miss! It’s hard to go wrong with anything on the Mexican inspired menu, all of which is made from local organic ingredients.



2601 Northwest Vaughn

This Portland staple is famous for its farm-to-table approach to food. The chef gets the produce directly from a 5-acre plot of land owned by Meriwether’s in the West Hills of Portland, meaning the food travels less than 3 miles from ground to plate. The ambience at Meriwether’s is very homey and inviting, making it a great place to meet friends for a casual and delicious happy hour!


the farm cafe

The Farm Café
10 Southeast 7th

Another farm-to-table favorite, The Farm Café offers Portlanders a wide selection of New American cuisine at a very moderate price. The chefs make a lot of their own ingredients in-house, including homemade spicy chocolate and coffee liquor. All other ingredients are organic and locally sourced.


noble rot

Noble Rot
1111 East Burnside

Noble Rot, a popular wine bar turned restaurant, is located on the lively East Burnside in East Portland.  The menu features many local Northwest wines and the food is local and organic. So local, in fact, much of the produce is straight from the restaurant’s very own rooftop garden!


smith tea

Smith Tea
1626 Northwest Thurman

This adorable teashop was started by Steven Smith, who originally founded Tazo tea before selling it to create the more boutique Smith Tea. Ingredients in all of the teas are fresh and original, but Smith is very well-known for the peppermint tea made with local, Oregon peppermint!

Food Carts


local motive

Local Motive
3838 Southwest Moody

Local, organic soups, salads and sandwiches on artisan bread. All ingredients are local, organic, non-GMO, and sustainable. Many menu options are vegan or vegetarian.



The Wrapture
Northwest 19th and Quimby

This cart has a local, organic menu serving wraps with unique ingredient combinations. Many vegan and vegetarian options available.



North Killingsworth at Greeley

An organic, handmade ice cream cart with special, seasonal flavors!


off the griddle

Off the Griddle
4926 Southeast Division

A sustainable food cart serving fresh, homemade vegan and vegetarian burgers made with organic ingredients.


solar waffle works

Solar Waffle Works
North Williams and Northeast Tillamook

Partially powered with solar energy, this cart sells waffles, both savory and sweet, all made with ingredients sourced within 200 miles of the truck.



new seasons market

New Seasons
Multiple Locations

A local, health food store that carries a wide selection of local organic produce, meat, fish, fresh baked bread, and all of your favorite healthy brands.



10500 Southwest Beaverton-Hillsdale

A Japanese grocery store stocked full of exotic vegetables, sea vegetables, meat, fish, and other healthy Japanese items.


people's food co-op

People’s Co-op
3029 Southeast 21st

A co-op in Southeast Portland that serves organic produce and meat. Also, check out Sip juice bar at the co-op for fresh pressed juices! 

For more restaurant options around the country, have a look at all of Integrative Nutrition's Healthy Living Guides, or explore all our recommendations on the map below!

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