We also went to Dots in SE Portland to celebrate, home of fries and spicy tofu sauce, plus a few other vegan options as well.
Both of our meals came with soup or salad - I had a salad with ranch dressing. At first bite, the dressing screamed dill, but with every additional bite, I loved it more and more and honestly could have eaten a larger version as my meal.
Thomas choose the soup - mixed vegetable. Stew-y, potato-y goodness. Just throw on a little salt and pepper and you're set.
We also had an order of fries, quite possibly the crispiest in Portland, and Thomas had a mug o organic beer. They had a TON of organic, vegan wines, but only 2 were available by the glass.
I went with the dish I've heard the most (positive) things about - the fettucine alfredo with garlic bread and veggies. I didn't live up to the hype, and I like pasta and cream sauces and have made a few types of vegan alfredos at home.
Warning: Annoying complaints ahead:
I ate it, and was fine with it, but it was almost bland. The only 'nutritional yeasty' flavor was the dusting on top. Increase the garlic!
It was creamy in a way that vegans crave, not having that sensation. None of the vegetables, which the menu said came steamed or sauteed, but actually only came sauteed, really stood out. The garlic bread was more bun-like and seemed to be 2 day old bread, toasted.. (12.95)
Thomas went with the chicken-fried steak - a very sloppy plate that was mostly potatoes, but what small patty of chicken there was (food fight lita chicken?) was super tasty, in my opinion.
He liked it, our overall verdict is that we didn't like it enough take the bus here, and we'd have to take two different buses to get out there. Both of our meals were luke warm at best. We'd eat there for an event, but it's not something we'd go out of our way for, and I wish it was, being all-vegan and mostly organic.
Personally, I think with some more time under its belt, the food could rock..right?
For dessert we split a piece of Sweet Pea carrot cake. Delicious, of course, though pricey, like the rest of the place. Oh, and if you go, check out the ladies room, creepiest bathroom I've been to that's not in Romania (no offense to Romania).
I'll leave you with a bad joke:
What does a vegan pirate do in jail?