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“Vegetarian comfort food, wonderful stuff!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of The Vita Cafe

The Vita Cafe
3023 NE Alberta (between 30th & 31st), Portland, OR 97211-7036
(503) 335-8233
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Ranked #278 of 3,617 Restaurants in Portland
Price range: $1 - $20
Cuisines: American, Vegan, Vegetarian
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Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Outdoor seating, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch
McMinnville, Oregon
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“Vegetarian comfort food, wonderful stuff!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2013

Went here for the first time today, and can't say enough good things about the place.

Inside is vintage quirky, looks like the booths were handmade. We tried the fries and tempeh with peanut sauce as appetizers, and both were excellent. The tempeh had a coating like fried chicken but I thought it had a pork taste/texture, but it was wonderful. The fries were excellent as well.

I got the macaroni and cheese with (vegan) chili on top and though at first it felt like the chili had been a bit watery and collected in the bottom of the bowl, it turned out to be very tasty, and the portion was huge! My partner got a single biscuit with gravy (a bargain at $3) and I tried it too, and though parts of the biscuit seemed harder than they should have been, the gravy was not too heavy and had a nice country gravy flavor. She also got the grilled cheese on sourdough with onion and tomato and said it's one of the best grilled cheese sandwiches she's ever had.

We are both confused why they haven't gone full vegetarian as a few meat dishes sneak in the menu, and we both were also disappointed that the beer selection was limited, but we both consider this the best dining experience we've had in Portland and will definitely be back.

PS. Don't confuse this place with Caffe Vita a few doors down which is a coffee house!

  • Visited May 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Seattle
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5 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
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“Delicious food, quick service”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2013

Came here for a late lunch on Sunday afternoon, and had to wait a little bit (10-20 minutes) for a table. The service was fast and the food was excellent. They are "mostly vegetarian" and have loads of vegan options too. Meat is not the main event, but I saw real bacon, grass fed beef, and chicken apple breakfast sausage, if you want to dine with someone who must have carne. Everything was fresh and healthy. Definitely a feel-good meal!

Visited April 2013
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Los Angeles
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62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
“If you choose right, the food is good.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2013

Don't get the Reuben with Daiya and Tempeh. The kraut makes the bread soggy, the tempeh is a giant slab of bland and the daiya doesn't fit in. Do get the club sandwich. The Fries are weird, but good.

Visited April 2013
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“Great Vegan Food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2013

A gem of a place when it comes to food. Our waitress wasn't terribly friendly, but man was it nice to be able to go out and eat nachos! The white bean chili was also delicious!

  • Visited January 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Tasty”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2013

Had a delicious quinoa salad - but a bit too much dressing, something I thought I'd never say. Great neighborhood and a really nice vibe to this cafe.

Visited December 2012
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