- Christina Melander
- Portland Tribune - Features
Another year's over, a new one's just begun and naturally you're repenting for holiday sin twins, gluttony and sloth. Make good on those dratted New Year's resolutions with helpings from these healthy snack shacks.
The Purple Parlor
Although the Purple Parlor is meat-free, vegetarians aren't the only ones finding their way to this startup smack in the middle of the North Mississippi Avenue boomlet. It's a great place to launch a health kick, as most dishes are low in fat and made with seasonal produce. The menu is short and smart, starting with an egg and soy-sausage sandwich and toasted grain pancakes. For lunch, there's a black-bean burger, red lentil soup and vegan chocolate cake. And for a dose of good luck, this is the right time of year for a helping of black-eyed peas, served here with greens, barbecued tempeh and a corn muffin. Everything costs $6 or less.
3560 N. Mississippi Ave., 503-281-3560
Some diners complain that La Cruda's Mexi fare is too gringo Ñ a valid criticism. But, if the food is not so authentic, it is good for you. The kitchen manages to pull off Americanized Mexican standards without sacrificing much zest. The tofu tacos, for example, deliver a tasty punch thanks to an orange-achiote marinade, and chicken breast dishes can be enlivened with any of the five salsas on hand. Health bonus: The pinto beans are made without lard, and platters come with a fresh little salad topped with cojita cheese.
2500 S.E. Clinton St., 503-233-0745
Ah, where would Portlanders be without the delicious Bibo smoothies we've come to depend on? Even if you're not a fan of smoothies, you can't argue against the restorative powers of Bibo creations. They may provide more of a psychological lift than anything else, but you've got to figure that those Vitamin C and spirulina boosters are doing your body some sort of good. And when you have the post-holiday blues, a little lift goes a long way.
1445 N.E. Weidler St., 503-288-5932; 622 S.W. Broadway, 503-227-2334