Updated 4/9/2009 – Slices are $2.75, folks. Toppings are still as local and vibrant as ever, and vegan pie bases include olive oil and herbs, sundried tomato pesto, squash puree and cilantro pesto. I recently shared a vegan pie, pictured below, with friends and it was fantastic – with a surprisingly thin crust for Hot Lips.
Date: August 19, 2007
Times Visited: Too Many Too Count
Hotlips Pizza offers vegan pizza fans the cheapest slice in town. At $2.50, their vegan slice is actually a thick triangle of focaccia, adorned with seasonal, local produce and a base of cilantro pesto, sundried tomato pesto or olive oil and garlic. The local chain’s four locations are in the Pearl District, SE on Hawthorne Blvd, NE 33rd and PSU and all tend to have the focaccia by the slice. Each location will also make an entire vegan pie ($17.20) for dine it, take out or delivery.
My favorite location is on Hawthorne, which typically has the sundried tomato pesto. The beauty of this local chain truly is the variety and appreciation of the local produce they work with. This week your slice may have shiitake mushrooms, Walla Walla onions and arugula, and next week you’re looking at black olives, summer squash and roasted red pepper. In that respect, the element of surprise is there. I must say that I go in hoping it’s not a cilantro pesto day at PSU, but if it is, there are also fresh salads and some locations offer vegan sandwiches. Unfortunately, the tempting bread sticks are not vegan. If you dig hot sauce, be sure to check out their chipotle and habanero varieties, to give your slice an extra zing. These hot sauces, as well as local berry sodas and pickled jalapenos, are all available bottled to go. On top of it all, Hot Lips has the crispest pepperocinis in town. They also have microbrews on tap.
Rating: 4 out of 5
Address: 2223 SE Hawthorne Blvd Portland, OR 97214
Mon-Sat 10am-10pm, Sun 12pm-9pm