I had read about this place on happycow and decided to stop in on my Portland trip a while back. Here's my Backspace Cafe review.
It was my first trip to Portland, and I had eagerly mapped out a string of restaurants I'd want to visit while there, and this was one of them.
The space is quite big, and the atmosphere is relaxed. The patrons are mostly young people using computers. Not really a restaurant, but more of a coffee lounge and computer and gaming zone.
There is a glass case display of baked goods including vegan ones. The food menu offers a good amount of choices. My husband and I got a lentil soup, a mac n cheese, and the meatballs and sketti. Everything vegan. The lentil soup flavor was good but the lentils were a bit hard. The mac n cheese was UNLIKE mac n cheese but rather a spirals pasta with a watery yellow sauce that's suppose to be the cheese. As a pasta it was alright but not passable as mac n cheese.
The meatball and sketti was okay. The noodle was al dente (firmer than my preferrence), and the sauce was on the salty side. The presentation of the food, however, was appealing. We also had a strawberry cupcake, and that was yummy. The cafe gets it from a local baker.
Backspace serves Portland's famous Stumptown Coffee brand.Pros: friendly service, relaxing space
Cons: food could be better