Yesterday, I found myself at Sizzle Pie AND White Owl (same owner), but I ain’t complainin’. I really do love them both for the atmosphere and way-better-than-it-needs-to-be food. I’ll honestly accept sloppier food as long as I can sit in a comfortable spot and listen to good music.
These were two of the must-see places for my out-of-town guests. I’m sure they’re not on everyone’s list—one evening at White Owl, they played nothing but Black Sabbath, which I thought was hilarious and wonderful but I could see it pissing somebody off.
Today I’m presenting all my photos Instagram-style. I haven’t posted all of them on Instagram (I post for @VidaVeganHQ), but I ran ’em through the paces. Enjoy!
So lunch was at Sizzle Pie, a slice and a salad for six bucks. It just might be the perfect amount of food. They’ve pretty much always got two vegan slices, one with Daiya and some fake meats and one without. I got the Spiral Tap, red sauce and onion spread, with a dusting o’ nooch, alongside a Word Salad, pretty basic with red onion, tomato, pepperocini, and pepitas. A word on the onion spread: It’s glorious and delightful and amazing on pizza, but you need to know that if you order it as one of your sauces with breadsticks, it’s going to be a cup of gray onion puree. It still tastes good, but it is not pretty.
After stopping by Skeleton Key to make some tattoo appointments (another must in Portland), it was off to White Owl Social Club, where we grabbed a back-patio table and proceeded to order lots and lots of food. With a brand-new menu, you kind of have to, no? These are the hush puppies. They’re gluten-free (if that sort of thing matters to you), and they’re served with a bright-with-a-bite pepper jelly…which I may have dipped a fry or two in. I’d never had hush puppies before, so I can’t tell you how they compare, but if this is what hush puppies taste like, I guess I like hush puppies.
More fried starch! More fried starch! This crazy-giant basket of fries is covered in fakey cheese, garlic, and jalapeno. I got it last time without the cheese, as I’ve never been a big cheese fry fan, and it was delightful. Folks seemed to enjoy it with the cheese too, though. And it makes your fingers smell forevvvvverrrrrrr. I’ve seen people order this and just pick at it for hours, while the drinks keep coming, like it’s a magic little enabler fairy’s secret weapon.
Ladies and gentlemen, I give you the one, the only (at least as far as I’ve seen) vegan mac & cheese burger. It is a ball of mac & cheese, which is then breaded and deep-fried, which is then delivered to you on a bun. With fries, because that is apparently not enough fried starch on its own. It comes with some sort of sauce but I tell that stuff to hit the road. This thing does fine on its own. A little too much, you say? Do what my friend Chelsea does and just skip the bun. (They do sell just vegan mac & cheese, but it doesn’t come breaded, so to hell with that.) Also, during Happy Hour, this baby is but a mere $5. Otherwise it’s $9. I will say it tastes better as a $5 sandwich.
Another new item on the menu is the Mushroom Banh Mi (the Vietnamese word for “hoagie”), a tamarind-glazed mushroom sandwich with Sriracha mayo. My friend ordered this and I was pretty jealous—so many colors on one sandwich!
Yeah, so that was another day spent eating our way through Portland. As we’re just getting ready to head out for another, I wonder what it will have in store for us.