UPDATE: Veggielicious is closed for the winter.
Date: September 22, 2007
Times Visited: 2
Dear Portlanders, the Veggielicious food cart on Hawthorne is back and as adorable as ever.
Although it is under new ownership, the menu is currently similar to the old one, but they will be updating with new additions in the next few weeks. The menu still includes plenty of faux meat, soy cheese and tofu filled sandwiches, and there is talk of vegan pancakes!
On sale 2 for $8 (as opposed to $4.50 each), my partner and I each had an Egg Mock Muffin. This vegan take on the classic breakfast sandwich consists of a toasted English muffin, grilled vegan ham tube, lightly seasoned tofu, Tofutti American cheese and house made Hollandaise sauce. The Hollandaise sauce was creamy and I only wish there was a bit more of it, and hope that it’s in constant rotation at the cart. The combination of flavors, textures and the sauce really did make my sandwich almost ‘eggy’. I really dig that every part of the sandwich was warm and cooked – grill lines on the ham and all. Though they weren’t available yet on the day I went, a daily smoothie will be on the menu ASAP, and the thought of one plus the Egg Mock seems perfect, since I felt like I could comfortably eat one and a half of of them alone.
My partner also ordered the Big Mock – another favorite from previous ownership. This featured a juicy soy burger, soy cheese and a toasted bun. This was also raved about, and although he liked both sandwiches he tried, preference went to the burger: offering a delicious, veganized, bite of burger nostalgia. That’s Veggielicious for ya, offering fast food with a conscious. Sure, I could buy these ingredients and make it at home, but it just wouldn’t taste the same.
Yes, you do have to wait for your food being cooked by one person, but even with three sandwiches, we walked away from the cart within 15 minutes and a dose of friendly conversation. There are two stools available while you wait, but no tables as of yet for dining – although you can walk and eat the wrapped sandwiches it can become annoying with an open drink. However, this may change, as Veggielicious is contemplating a move in front of People’s Coop on SE 21st Avenue where there is some seating.
Egg Mock Muffin – see you next weekend.
Sorry McGonnigle, but it has you beat.
Rating: 4.5 out of 5
Address: SE 32nd and SE Hawthorne Blvd, in front of House Vintage
Sun 11:00am-4:00pm, Mon closed, Tue-Fri 11:00am-6:00pm, Sat 11:00am-4:00pm