A dedicated vegan for 13 years, Brian decided to channel his passion for animal rights into place where locals can stop in for their daily lunch break and enjoy a healthy, 100%%vegan meal. After running two food carts in Portland called Sip, serving as vegan juice-bars with other treats such as oatmeal and vegan milkshakes, Brian decided that he wanted to expand. Canteen started in June of 2011 after he noticed that Mojo, a coffee shop around the corner from his house was closing down. “I had always really loved the shape of the building as well as the location. I always told myself ‘I’m going to open up something there someday,’” and when the opportunity came, he didn’t hesitate to make his dream a reality.
The name Canteen comes from the European idea of a lunch break in a cafeteria as being a place for workers to come every day and eat a solid healthy meal. The café serves a variety of things, such as coffee, raw locally made chocolates, cheesecake, organic bowls, salads, and coming in 2015, local beer and wine (everything vegan of course). One of Canteen’s signature bowls is called the Portland Bowl.
- Black beans
- Green kale
- Maple-baked tempe
- Northwest sauce (a garlic-lemon-cheesy type of sauce) kind of like the Yumm sauce from Café Yumm.
This local café serves as a place where vegans can come enjoy a healthy meal without having to worry about being in the presence of meat. “The vegetarian/vegan culture in Portland has evolved so much. You’re hard pressed to find a restaurant in town that doesn’t have at least one vegetarian option”.
This little café is absolutely delicious and if you’re looking for a mellow place to stop and have a quick meal, Canteen is the best choice. Stop by, eat well, and support this animal-friendly local business.