If you are hoping to start your New Year off with cleaner eating think BOWL! Bowls encourage mixed ingredients with distinct textures and layers of flavor. Get all your nutrients in one bowl! We have searched all of Portland and found 6 healthy one bowl meals for you and your family. Read on to decide which bowl to dip into first!

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Canteen is known for consistently good food, quick service, friendly staff, a great location, and lots of indoor and outdoor seating. If you are looking for a large serving of healthy eating with a short wait try the Portland Bowl. It’s filled with quinoa, black beans, baked maple tempeh, special NW sauce, kale & carrots, and chopped Oregon hazelnuts. It satisfies your cravings while giving you a boost of balanced nutrients. While the price may seem a little steep the bowls are large enough to share. We recommend adding on an Apple-Ginger-Greens Smoothie. You won’t regret it!

2816 SE Stark St
Daily 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.

11 S State St
Lake Oswego, Or
Daily 8 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Online: canteenpdx.com

Yama Sushi & Izakaya
Treat young tummies with respect by ordering the Kimchee Ramen at Yama Sushi & Izakaya. Try it once and this spot will likely become a family favorite. The Kimchee Ramen is rich, full of flavor, and incredibly satisfying. It’s big enough to share but so good you might not want to! You may want to hold the garlic for young eaters.

2038 SE Clinton St.
Online: yamasushiportland.com

photo: City Foodsters via flickr

The Whole Bowl
The Whole Bowl gives a whole new meaning to comfort food. All the bowls here are nut, gluten, wheat, hydrogenated oil and guilt free! They are served with brown rice, black and red beans, avocado, cilantro, black olives, Tillamook cheddar, sour cream, salsa and Tali Sauce. While that may sound like the inside of a burrito the Tali Special Sauce brings out new layers of flavors that you didn’t know existed. These simple and satisfying one meal bowls offer grains, protein, and delicious vegetables that are worth the wait.  If you have a vegan bambino, don’t worry! Just ask your bowlista to “veganize” your meal.

Find your nearest location and plan your next delicious meal.
Online: thewholebowl.com

Boke Bowl
Calling all Bambinos! The Boke Bowl offers the tastiest kids bowl in town! It’s available as ramen served with pork, seafood miso, or caramelized fennel dashi. Not feeling the ramen? Try it as as a rice bowl. It’s $7 of nourishing goodness that kids love. This is a great spot for a chilly rainy evening with food that will warm you to the core. The Eastside location is set-up cafeteria style with shared tables and tall ceilings. Gluten free eaters can easily substitute yam noodles in any bowl.

Boke Bowl East
1028 SE Water Ave

Boke Bowl West
1200 NW 18th
Mon.-Sun. 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Online: bokebowl.com

Love Joy Bakers
Have you been searching for the best oatmeal ever?! If so, drive yourself straight to Love Joy Bakers for oatmeal heaven! Their steel cut oat bowl is cooked with fresh cream and topped with brown sugar brulée. It’s decadent, filling, and delish. Get a full bowl for $6 or for small appetites try a $4 cup then cozy on up to a window seat for people watching on a chilly Portland morning.

939 NW 10th Ave
Daily 6 a.m. – 6 p.m.

33 NW 23rd Pl
Daily 7 a.m.-4 p.m.

Weekend Brunch 8 a.m.-3 p.m.
Online: lovejoybakers.com


photo: Rpavich via flickr

Luc Lac
At Luc Lac you order first, sit, and get served within minutes. This trendy Vietnamese restaurant serves a Grilled Chicken Vermicelli Bowl large enough to serve 2-3 people. It comes with vermicelli, bean sprouts, pickled daikon & carrots, 2 egg rolls, and 3 chicken breast skewers marinated in honey. It’s fresh, healthy, and super tasty. Unless you are a family of patient eaters we recommend avoiding peak dinner and lunch times. If you’re prepared and willing to wait in line don’t fret; it goes quickly and is worth it!

835 SW 2nd Ave
Online: luclackitchen.com

Double Dragon
Double Dragon is a fantastic hipster restaurant on Division where you can enjoy Vietnamese inspired fare. The House Ramen is made with rich coconut milk, chicken, & pork broth and served with tonkotsu noodles, garlic, kaffir limi, char sui pork, a soft poached egg, scallions, and herbs. Order a side of gravy fries to compliment your bowl of rich deliciousness. Order at the bar, take a number, find a cozy spot, and chow down. The staff is friendly and welcoming and able to tell you a list of farms where they get their meat. The dining ambiance has a modern arcade-like feel that is fun for the whole family.

1235 SE Division Street
Portland, OR 97214

Sun-Thurs 12 p.m.-12 a.m.
Fri & Sat 12 p.m.-1 a.m.


Online: doubledragonpdx.com


What’s your favorite food in a bowl? Let us know in the comments!

—Elissa Cirignotta