Three Places to Try on the Central Eastside: Part 2
Now that the snow and ice is melting you are more than likely ready to venture outside. If you’re at all like me, these past couple of weeks had you in hibernation-mode, possibly being stuck indoors, curled up on the couch with blankets (lots and lots of blankets). But alas, the weather is shaping up and there are a ton of delicious and nutritious food options on the other side. Here we have featured a couple of healthier Central Eastside spots we recommend. Bundle up, strap on those galoshes, and enjoy!
Greenleaf is great for your morning, afternoon, or midday snack. Hit up Greenleaf after your morning yoga class – yes this healthy juice bar is connected to Modo Yoga right off NE Grand. Greenleaf has hearty and real fruit and vegetable smoothies and juices. If you are looking for something a little more filling in the AM you might be interested in their acai bowls or oatmeal bowls – the Fields Acai Bowl is highly recommended. Ingredients include acai, avocado, cashews, almonds, chia seeds, hemp seeds, almond butter, cayenne, kale, blueberry, granola, orange, banana, and ice . Greenleaf is also a great idea for a lighter lunch, with their steamed soups or tasty quinoa bowls.
Prasad – East is a favorite if you are looking for a wide range of healthy options. This spot is an extension of the successful Prasad – in the Pearl and Harlow – on SE Hawthorne. Prasad-East like the others, offers a vast menu that vegans and vegetarians are going to love. Prasad- East is situated on the 2nd floor of Portland Rock Gym, which is a fun and inspiring atmosphere.
Their food is delicious! We highly recommend any of their bowls, like the Dragon Bowl or Yogi Bowl, they’re filled with healthy grains and a uniquely well balanced cabbage-apple kimchi. If you are looking for salads we would recommend the Harvest Salad which is filled with the perfect amount of kale and mixed greens and added root veggies like beets and squash all tossed in a sesame miso dressing. Prasad-East can also accommodate to-go orders for up to 12 people, so this is a great to-go meal for meetings. Also try their delicious juices, smoothies, and speciality coffee drinks. If you are interested in exploring the unique, try the Turmeric Latte and or their Tumeric Toddy for some added warmth and healthy kick.
Nicholas Restaurant | Lebanese and Mediterranean Cuisine – 318 SE Grand Ave, Portland, OR 97214
Nicholas Restaurant is a popular and busy Portland institution. If you and your colleagues are hungry for something flavorful and filling then Nicholas’ has got your back. Known for their gigantic freshly made pita bread and mezzanine plates, there are a plethora of options for your group or if you dineout solo. I would recommend their Mediterranean Bowls lunch special for $8.50, they have a wide variety of combinations.. Some highlights from here would be their Chicken Shawarma, Beef/Lamb or Salmon Kabobs. Another great selection is their Mezza Bowl, filled with delicious Falafel, Baba Ghanouj, Tahziki, and Hummus. Nicholas Restaurant also caters and offers to-go. We recommend carry-out, this place is always jam packed with people.