Times Visited: 1
Another day, another tofu scramble. It had been awhile since I wasn’t happy with a tofu scramble, and this will tell the tale.
Stepping Stone Cafe is located a couple blocks north of NW 23rd; with booths, bustling wait staff and greasy home cooked style food. If I hadn’t done my homework, I may never have sough it out, but I had a day off and a tofu scramble in my future. Who knew vegans in Northwest Portland had breakfast options besides baked goods?
While breakfast is served all day, the tofu scramble is the only option for a full meal that stood out. Come afternoon, and there is also vegan-friendly pasta with olive oil and garlic (yawn) and a hummus plate (snore). Their oatmeal is cooked to order so one would hope they’d make it vegan if you were to request such a thing.
The default tofu scramble plate ($7) is huge, but it was only borderline good. You could dare call the tofu pan fried. While ordering, I inquired as to what their scramble consisted of – there are veggies yes, but spices? herbs? My question was answered with the offering of cajun spices. This translated into a welcome sprinkling of cajun on top of the dish. The scramble also included sauteed spinach, mushrooms and tomato. Since Portland has induced my local food snobbery, the watery tomato chunks didn’t hold any appeal. The other two vegetables and spice gave this scramble all it’s flavor. If this had been cajun-less, I would have been utterly bored. There was a ton of spinach, which was frankly almost too much. Helping things out were hash browns and toast.
The scramble comes with two full slices of toast, cut in half – definitely take advantage of the jams available here, as there was no vegan margarine. As a vegan in new territory I asked the obvious – for my toast dry. A bite of tofu and potatoes does scream hangover cure, but I wasn’t hungover and the potatoes were mostly undercooked. I found myself eating maybe 1/3 of my plate and taking the rest to go. Let me add that the person I gave it to, however, enjoyed how simple it was. To each their own!
If Stepping Stone was not in Portland, I’d give it a hell of a lot more recognition. This should be the starting point for diners across the US! It’s always relieving to have an option on a menu, but here it’s just that. It’s not something to seek out from across town, though it could be borderline temping for a vegan in NW on a tired morning. It’s merely a breakfast option at an otherwise homey diner.
Rating: 2.5 out of 5
Address: 2390 NW Quimby Portland, OR 97210
Sunday: 7:30 – 10:00
Monday – Thursday: 6:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Friday: 6:00 a.m. – 3:00 a.m.
Saturday: 7:30 a.m. – 3:00 a.m.