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Bay Leaf Vegetarian Restaurant: Good, if somewhat Expensive, Veggie on Division
The restaurant is nominally Chinese, and in many ways Chinese customs are followed. Chinese music plays over the PA system, and to add to overall feng shui there is a fountain in the corner.
A large bar occupies one side of the main dining floor, and both it and the tables are beautifully crafted wood.
As a general rule, the prices seem to be a little above average compared to what you get. For example, $7 for a relatively small plate of food, and between $3 and $5 for tea. So, while the prices are relatively low compared to Portland's most expensive restaurants, the amount of food is much less too.
At the same time, by keeping the restaurant relatively crowd free, it is a relatively quiet and pleasant dining environment.
Favorite Dish: Whatever is on special.
Paradox Palace Cafe: Vegetarian Food even some Meet Lovers enjoy
Please note that the Paradox Palace cafe is NOT a 100% vegan or vegetarian restaurant. There are also dishes that contain meat. HOWEVER, be that as it may, this place is well known for its good vegetarian dishes, and in the mid to late 1990s even meat lovers discovered that vegetarian food from this restaurant was woderful. As this restaurant was one of the first places to start popularizing vegetarian and vegan foods, they also offer on their menu definitions of all the various words (starting with the difference between vegetarian and vegan) used for those unfamiliar with the terms.
There is a lunch counter for single diners or small groups, and booths for larger groups of people. This place has been crowded for years, and these days a waiting list is not unusual. One labor day weekend Saturday, when everyone should have been out of town or asleep, the waiting list was 1/2 hour.
At one time, the restaurant featured some very eccentric decorations, and changed themes every few months. For example, one of the more memorable themes was the alien theme, in which even the lights in the restaurant were decorated with special pieces to make them look like flying saucers, and a small fountain by the cash register had little green men. These day, unfortunately, the Paradox Palace Cafe is somewhat more conventional in its decorating tastes.
Credit cards are not accepted.
Favorite Dish: The vegetarian ravioli was excellent.
Their somewhat healthful chocolate cake is terrific.
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Kalga Kafe: Vegan paradise good for omnivores too!
An eclectic menu, romantic atmosphere and delicious food make this place special. It's in my neighborhood, so I go regularly. Wonderful Thai Basil Martini! Menu is a mix of Asian and Indian dishes, all very fresh and carefuly balanced flavors. Sometimes service in Portland can be slow, but I have always had great experiences here.
Favorite Dish: I especially like their salads and samosa!
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Vegetarian: Aw Noodlin' where'd you go?!
My first week here I found Noodlin', a fabulous place on Hawthorne. It had a wonderful vibe, great service, prices, and food. A week later it was gone. I guess there's still a location in Beaverton if you really want to bother hanging out in that lame-land.
Favorite Dish: I ordered the "Plain Jane" - a giant bowl of bow-tie pasta with butter and garlic and parmesan, with broccoli added, all for under $5. Simple, filling, cheap and delicious.
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Old Wives Tale: Bring the kids!
This place is great if you have little kids, there is a play area to keep them busy! Also the food is great especially if you are vegetarian/vegan. They have a salad and soup bar (I love their soups) and a huge menu. This place is very health and environmentally concsious which I love.
Favorite Dish: Generally I stick with the specials or the soup (hungarian mushroom) and salad bar is great. Breakfast is great. Some of there dinner items can be a little bland, so I stick with breakfast and lunch. All of their ingredients are organic and most of them are homemade.
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