Monday, November 9, 2015

Vegan Thanksgiving in Portland - Portobello Vegan Trattoria

When asked to suggest a great place to enjoy a fabulous vegan Thanksgiving dinner in Portland, I instantly thought of Portobello Vegan Trattoria. This well known and popular Portland restaurant will be offering a four course prix fixe Thanksgiving feast for $45 per person.

I was also told that you can call ahead to order take-home dinners for just $25. What a thoughtful way for non-vegan hosts to dazzle the "vegan at the table" with a beautiful meal, without having to fuss or puzzle over what to make. Now there's something to be thankful for!

The Thanksgiving Menu has just appeared on their website, and I'm hungry just looking at it. Start with Corn Bread with Maple Butter, Warm Olives with Citrus, Roast Pepper Stuffed Mushrooms, and then make your choices from the elegant options created just for this meal. 

Soup isn't just soup. It's Heirloom Squash Soup with Fried Parsnip and Pumpkin Seed Cracker. If you prefer salad, choose the Warm Roast Beet and Carrot with Hazelnuts, Maple Mustard Vinaigrette, Mixed Baby Greens, and Crouton.

The main course offerings are Confit Delicata Squash with Chanterelles, Roast Chestnut, and Cannellini Cassoulet, or Roast Portobello with Fried Shallots, Savory Stuffing, Brussel Sprouts with Trumpet Mushroom Bacon and Cranberry Chutney. 

And then for dessert... Pumpkin Cheesecake with Chocolate Chili Crust, Candied Pepitas, and Chocolate Chili Sauce, or Apple Pie Crostada with Bourbon Vanilla Bean Ice Cream, Salted Caramel Sauce and Candied Rosemary.

Pardon me while I dap the drool off my chin. It all sounds amazing, and fortunately, if at least two people are dining together, you can order everything and sample all of it. They also serve beer, wine, and cocktails, and offer wine pairing, which I really appreciate. I love wine, but know nothing about it.
As I've written about Portobello in the past, it's absolutely one of my favorite places in Portland (or anywhere) for a truly extraordinary meal. If you can't make it for Thanksgiving, visit them any time you get the chance, for dinner or Sunday Brunch. The vibe is special without being stuffy, and the food is always incredible. The menu changes seasonally, so there will be surprises every time you go. What I've sampled at other times of the year has always been truly inspired.

Roasted Portobello Mushroom with Polenta

Asparagus and Beet Salad
Be sure to make your reservations well ahead of time, either by calling the number below, or online. No matter when you dine at Portobello, you'll walk away well fed, happy, and no doubt grateful to have found a new favorite place to share a memorable meal whenever you're lucky enough to be in Portland.

Strawberry-Rhubarb Tart
Portobello Vegan Trattoria
1125 SE Division Street
Portland, OR