When the house heats up, cool off with a family trip for frozen yogurt or gelato made from locally-sourced ingredients. Or, if you’re not in the mood to cook, pick up vegan sushi or super-stacked sandwiches to munch on at home or the park. Whichever you choose, Portland has you covered with a four new hot spots that just opened on the east side of the river.
Photo courtesy of Eb & Bean
Eb & Bean
Eb & Bean changes the froyo game with organic and locally-sourced ingredients — think granola and cookie crumbles made at nearby Bakeshop, local honey, dye-free sprinkles, and caramel made with Jacobsen’s sea salt. Instead of dishing your own and paying by weight, the staff will carefully craft a delicious concoction for you. This spot was inspired by a mama for kids (Eb and Bean are the owner’s sons), so expect no artificial sweeteners, flavors, preservatives or corn syrup. Non-dairy flavors rotate, but one is always available. Inside, there are colorful, kid-sized seating arrangements.
1425 NE Broadway
Online at: ebandbean.com
Photo by Kelley Gardiner
Previously, this spot on upper Hawthorne was Bar Dobre, a Polish restaurant, but the owners decided it was time to change things up. Now it’s a casual joint with sammies, burgers, salads and sides. A little bit of that Polish flavor remains: Sandwiches come with a side of fresh potato salad and gardenia (aka pickled vegetables). Despite the chalkboard menu, it still feels like a bar that serves sandwiches rather than a sandwich shop that happens to have a cocktail menu. Even still, minors are welcome until 9 p.m., and yes, high chairs are available. For smaller appetites, try a side salad or the hummus and toasted bread.
3962 SE Hawthorne Blvd.
Photo by Kelley Gardiner
Here are two words you don’t hear together very often: vegan sushi. Try the “bok bok” roll, a fishless homage to Pok Pok’s pungent fish sauce wings, courtesy of braised tofu. For kids with more simple tastes, try the one-ingredient rolls with carrot or avocado. If your food needs to be gluten-free, you’re in luck; this food cart steers clear of the stuff. The bright green shed is set in a fairly lonely cart pod, but more carts are expected to join this space in their near future. For now, take your sushi home or for a picnic in nearby Laurelhurst Park.
2623 SE Belmont St.
Photo by Atlas Scoops via Yelp
If you’re in Sellwood on a warm day (or a cold day, for that matter) drop by this inviting cart for fresh gelato made with local ingredients. Enjoy your “adult” flavors like honey lavender or salted caramel while the kids can try trusty favorites, like mint chip or chocolate. A sweet grassy area with comfy chairs, umbrellas, and hula hoops is a friendly and comfortable spot to munch down those messy cones. Be sure to reserve a little time for the possibility of a long line. Even though it just opened, this place got popular fast.
8005 SE 13th Ave.
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— Kelley Gardiner