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October 19th, 2011 RUTH BROWN | Restaurant Guide
 

Restaurant Guide 2011: Ninja Veg

Five unlikely places for great vegetarian dining.

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Ned Ludd

This pre-industrial-inspired hideaway on busy MLK cooks every conceivable pig part and whole fish in its big wood-fired oven, but it also uses the hearth to roast buttery carrots and toasty potatoes and bake flatbread to order. Not to mention the creative salads and an almost entirely vegetarian appetizer menu. Read full review here.

3925 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., 288-6900, nedluddpdx.com.


DOC

Super-sexy Killingsworth Italianish restaurant DOC has an a la carte menu, but you’d be mad to order anything but the tasting menu—a five-course mystery meal customized to each diner’s dietary preferences that goes well beyond the standard risotto and pasta offerings. Read full review here.

5519 NE 30th Ave., 946-8592, docpdx.com.


Evoe

Chef Kevin Gibson sure loves his pig, but typically about half of the dishes on the ever-changing chalkboard menu at his Hawthorne small-plates bar are all about the vegetables. Well, the vegetables and the cheese. Gibson and company mine adjoining grocery store Pastaworks’ treasure chest of a cheese case to accent their super seasonal dishes and build one killer cheese board. Read full review here.

3731 SE Hawthorne Blvd., 232-1010, pastaworks.com.


Olympic Provisions

Great vegetarian in a charcuterie deli? Believe it. The eastside location usually has four to five beautifully composed vegetable plates—I’ve seen dedicated omnivores swoon over the farro salad—while the newer westside branch makes some of the best vegetarian sandwiches in the city. Read full review here.

107 SE Washington St., 954-3663; 1632 NW Thurman St., 894-8136, olympicprovisions.com.


Toro Bravo

Look past the oxtail croquettes, bacon-wrapped dates and That Burger, and you’ll find several meals’ worth of carcass-free cuisine at John Gorham’s nuevo-tapas joint. As of this writing, the menu contained no fewer than 23 vegetarian plates, and that didn’t include dessert. Now you just have to find a seat. Read full review here.

120 NE Russell St., 281-4464, torobravopdx.com.

 

 
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