Respond to Review of Native Foods - Portland
Review: Found my way to Bridgeport Village today to try the new vegan restaurant "Native Foods" which opened this month. They are a chain with restaurants in California and Chicago. The food is wonderful! The tempeh burger called to me with a side of fries. My sister had the wrap with grilled "faux" chicken. Portions are generous, presentation is lovely and the food is delicious with lots of fresh greens and vegetables on both plates. The menu is big, inventive with great choices from salads and bowls to sandwiches and wraps. I love that everything is vegan. Native Foods offers fake meat choices in the form of Seitan or Tempeh. I'm not a fan of calling something "chicken": I eat plant based because I like my veggies and beans and rice. They serve beer and wine and also have a Lavender Lemonade that I may try next visit. Go for the food because it's great. The service, however, is in your face attentive and really distracted from our first visit. Instead of table service, one orders at the counter in the very small entry. As soon as the door opens behind you, the pressure is on because it gets crowded real quick. Read the menu online before you go so you'll be able to order in a timely way. Also, they have a bussing crew that is invasive and hovering. Only five minutes into our meal, the help asked if we wanted "to go" boxes. To refill our water, our glasses were taken from the table and refilled from a central dispensary. Couldn't they have some pitchers and unobtrusively refill on their rounds? Also, the server waited, with her hand held out, to take my glass from me as I finished the last of my water. We left sooner than we would have liked and didn't get to chat because we were interrupted so often. The conversation is why I find time to have lunch with my sister! We felt ushered to the door even though many tables were open. This was just enthusiasm I guess. I will definitely return.