• bye and bye vegan pub in portland

    August 28th, 2009quarrygirlmore restaurants (not LA), portland


    a 100% vegan pub. i still can’t really wrap my mind around it. since i’m a huge fan of both good beer and vegan food, for me the bye and bye in portland is a dream come true. quality brews on tap, a laid back bar atmosphere, and a menu from which i can order anything. holy hell, i thought i was in heaven this year when i visited an all vegetarian pub…the fact that i now have been to an all vegan pub is almost too awesome for me to handle.

    meatball sub: fresh baguette with veggie meatballs, marinara, and melted cheese with choice of side. $8

    meatball sub: fresh baguette with veggie meatballs, marinara, and melted cheese with choice of side. $8

    the bye and bye’s menu is a slight diversion from your standard pub grub of burgers and chips. they focus more on hearty down-home style entrees, with a healthy twist. you’ll find things like a bbq brussel bowl with tofu, sprouts and rice…or a braised tofu sandwich with a side of black-eyed peas. i ordered the meatball sub because i’d heard great things about it, and man oh man, all the positive reviews were true. the sandwich came on a huge fresh baguette of the highest quality and was packed with loads of thick meatballs and tasty, chunky marinara sauce. the vegan cheese wasn’t really melted as the menu suggested, whatever dude, it tasted good all the same. not since doomie’s (rest in peace) have i had a vegan meatball sub this incredible. for a side dish, i went a bowl of collard greens to round out the home-cookin’ feel, and they were excellent.

    eastern bowl: spicy asian tofu, brown rice, and broccoli served with peanut sauce. $8

    eastern bowl: spicy asian tofu, brown rice, and broccoli served with peanut sauce. $8

    my husband got the eastern bowl, a mix of tofu, rice and vegetables all smothered in peanut sauce. i had a few bites of this thing and it was damn good as well—the crusted asian tofu and crunchy fresh broccoli was just perfect mixed up in the tangy sauce. normally not a peanut fan, my husband completely polished it off. everything in the bowl was perfectly cooked and seasoned, from the flavorful tofu, to the delicate rice, to the amazing gooey sauce.


    on top of the excellent food, the bye and bye also has a great beer selection—better than most los angeles bars, for sure.


    add to all that a slick, comfortable interior and extremely friendly service (the vegan bartender was super nice and gave us the rundown on the pdx vegan scene), and you have quite possibly the best pub in the world.

    don’t miss this place when you are in portland. the bye and bye is the intersection of good beer and tasty vegan food…my two favorite things.


    bye and bye
    1011 NE Alberta St
    Portland, OR 97211
    Hours: Sunday 12pm-2:30am, Mon-Thurs 4pm-2:30am, Friday 2pm-2:30am, Saturday 12pm-2:30am.

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  • that meatball sub… it’s so… beautiful….sniff

  • Yet another place I cannot wait ti visit when I’m in Portland!

  • Wow. I just showed this to my beer-obsessed boyfriend, and I swear he got a boner. (TMI?) I need to visit Portland, like yesterday.

  • I was there a couple weeks ago, that place is awesome.

    That said, so many “Portland is awesome, you could never get this in LA!” posts recently.

    Just move there already.

  • @marcus: dude, i would move to portland today if i could. unfortunately i have a job and shit. :/

  • This is such a great idea. I own an Irish Pub in Santa Monica. If you guys are ever in the area please stop by. We dont have a completely Vegan menu but we have a vegan chopped salad, coconut curry dumplings and a traditional Irish menu and many of the items can be made vegan.

  • I just went here yesterday for a quick bite and it was great!

    I had the asian bowl, and my friend had the daiya grilled cheese.

    Really good peanut sauce in the asian bowl, and I loved how they coated/breaded the tofu.

    I might try to squeeze in one more visit before I return to LA tomorrow…that meatball sub looks dope.

  • I lived a few blocks down Alberta Street until recently and this is definitely one of Portland’s best kept secrets! Myself and about 10 of my friends swear by their “Weeping Tiger” sandwhich. Make sure to check out the back patio with bamboo while you’re there. If you don’t know it’s there, you can miss it. – Missing that Weeping Tiger right now!

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