Homegrown Smoker Vegan...

Overall rating: 4.5 stars 32 Reviews
Vegan barbecue food cart at the Mississippi Marketplace. The menu features Southern-style BBQ without the meat or dairy. Sample items such as chili shroom sammich with fryz, cajun fried tofu sammich, soy curls, tempeh ribs, Field Roast chorizo, barbecue beans, mac-no-cheese. Also sells sweet mint iced tea, vegan desserts and cookies. Gluten-free options. Price: Inexpensive more-less
Vegan, American, Fast food, Take-out
4237 N Mississippi Ave
Portland, Oregon 97217
503-277-3823

Tue-Thu 11:00am-7:00pm, Fri-Sat 11:30am-8:00pm, Sun 11:30am-5:00pm

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First Review by Tigra220
monmart
monmart
  • vegan
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+43

McDonalds without the meat?

3 Posted on 09 / 27 / 2014

Part of living a vegan lifestyle is improving your health through whole fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds. This place contributes to an unhealthy epidemic we have in the US. Perhaps a nice idea for those transitioning into a Vegetarian/Vegan way of eating. Besides that, this is not the type of positive message I would like to see.

Pros: Supports Vegans
Cons: Food choices
drees2014
drees2014
  • vegan
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+76

Awesome Vegan BBQ

5 Posted on 09 / 27 / 2014

This place is located in a cool trendy area. I had the buff burrito after seeing another review about it. This burrito was enormous!!! The burrito was stuffed with so many yummy things including Mac and cheese with a little bit of a spicy flavor.

Pros: Tasty BBQ, Affordable
GlobalVegan
GlobalVegan
  • vegan
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+73

Killer Burrito

5 Posted on 09 / 24 / 2014

Had the 'Buff Burrito', which absolutely kicked ass. Huge and delicious. Probably shouldn't have eaten it in one sitting but it was so good!
Updated from previous review on Wednesday September 24, 2014



nadown
nadown
  • vegan
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+18

They accept credit cards now!

5 Posted on 06 / 24 / 2014

Go-to cart for vegan comfort food.

Pros: Delicious. Large portions for a good price. New menu items. They accept credit cards now. Far enough away from my house that I'm not tempted to go TOO often.

Cons: I butcher the name of my favorite sandwich every time no matter how many times I hear it said ("slosomomofo"). Wish they were open on Mondays.

Pros: Great food, Good value
Cons: Not open Mondays
shirley1
shirley1
  • vegan
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+134

Worth the trip there - Vegan &Gluten Free

5 Posted on 06 / 05 / 2014

The title is about the trip because if you're in downtown Portland its a bit of a trip but we took the bus(you can get a day pass for all the transport in the city) and it only took about 15 minutes from downtown.The other advantage is that the Mississippi area is cool and funky and worth exploring.
Even if it was longer the trip would be worth while as the Homegrown Smoker vegan BBQ is quite fantastic.
I had BBQ soy curls with a tasty cole slaw on a toasted gluten free bun with a side of sweet potato fries and a spicy dipping mayo.i haven't had much BBQ of late but this was tasty comfort food at its best.
My husband had the BBQ chicken on a toasted gluten free bun with a side of BBQ beans that we both really enjoyed.
The food was just great and I'd take the trip agin by time to eat this tasty comfort food.There are chairs and tables to sit at and it is along side a craft brewery so you can have a beer with your meal.
The service was friendly and helpful and the price very reasonable .

Pros: yummy food, seating area, gluten free available
Anthony-Fucito
Anthony-Fucito
  • vegan
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+28

Absolutely excellent

5 Posted on 02 / 16 / 2014

Southern Comfort food meets Northwest veganism ideologies - all served from a food cart in a cool little enclave of different cuisines. Go here, get a sammich and some mac n cheese, and sit down and eat in the Mississippi Marketplace.


vegankiddo
vegankiddo
  • vegan
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+42

Excellent vegan comfort food

5 Posted on 02 / 08 / 2014

Somehow Southern style comfort food made its way to Portland. The food was really good and the service friendly. The BBQ sauce is so yum.


HailSeitan
HailSeitan
  • vegan
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+16

Fan-Freaking-Tastic!

5 Posted on 01 / 16 / 2014

This place is sure to please vegans and even their most carnivorous friends. Their mac no cheese is my favorite comfort food. So ooey-gooey, rich & creamy. The combo platter is huge, big enough to share, and I've got an enormous appetite. It's so good that we go to No-Po from Beaverton just to eat there. The daily specials always make me want to drop everything and run in, and sometimes there are unusual things to try (battered deep fried broccoli?!?). They will feed you well. We have never left hungry, or broke.
Updated from previous review on Thursday January 16, 2014

Pros: Great food, Very reasonable prices, Friendly staff
Cons: Cash only, They close too early, Parking on the street
J.Cow
J.Cow
  • vegan
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+22

Run, don't walk to this little vegan paradise!

5 Posted on 09 / 01 / 2013

If there was one food that I would take with me to a deserted island, it would be the Tofurito from Homegrown Smoker Vegan Barbecue. I kid you not, it is that good. We stopped here on a road trip through Oregon and when I ate this thing I could not stop saying "Omg this is amazing" Pretty soon my kids were rolling their eyes at me. Check it out, this thing has Smoked Tofu, salad greens, grilled peppers and onion, BBQ Beans, sweet potato fries, tomato, daiya mozzarella and chipotle aioli, wrapped in a tortilla!!! What crazy genius came up with this? Seriously, go to Portland now and get one, or if you are lucky enough to live in Portland eat one at least once a week. Peace out!

Pros: Great Food, Fun location
Cons: I don't live in Portland
little_bit
little_bit
  • vegetarian
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+54

Delicious!

5 Posted on 08 / 28 / 2013

Update: I originally reviewed HGS way back when they first opened. I loved it then, and I am quite sure I only love it more now. I'm always trying to find reasons why we need to go into Portland on the weekend so we can swing by and get some vegan bbq as well! The food is so good that my meat eating fiance almost always chooses to eat here over the meat bbq place in the same location. The mac-no-cheese is some kind of miracle food, I do eat cheese but I would choose this over regular mac and cheese any day. The SloSmoMoFo is my favorite - it's a ton of food so I order it with no bun so I can focus on the most delicious aspects.

If you've never been you seriously need to go - keep an eye on their Facebook page because they do shift hours sometimes but they are really good about keeping things updated there!
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Between my boyfriend and I we were able to try all of the proteins and sides in our combos this weekend. I would recommend getting the soy curls, the chorizo, mac no cheese, and the baked beans. The tofu was a little too thick/unseasoned for my taste... but still not terrible. Their mint lemonade is also fantastic! Not too minty and super refreshing. The people working at the stand were very friendly as well, always a plus! I will definitely be making my way back here again.
Updated from previous review on Monday August 17, 2009

Pros: Delicious BBQ, Friendly staff, Covered seating @Mississippi Marketplace
Cons: Hours can sometimes be tough
laurawrld
laurawrld
  • vegan
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+29

Good

3 Posted on 07 / 27 / 2013

They are very friendly here and answer questions when you're not sure what to order. It's very much a vegan junk food cart, with the fried, smoker food, but I think you know that before you go. The chili mac and cheese is very good. I definitely want to try again....I just need to come with the stomach for all the grease!

Pros: Order and Go, Chili Mac and Cheese, Friendly
Cons: Greasy
jmw5577
jmw5577
  • vegan
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+58

Oh so good!

5 Posted on 06 / 21 / 2013

Hands down my favourite place in Portland!

Lots of imaginative options and a lovely array of side dishes alongside more classic choices. My favourite is the platter with tempeh ribs, macnocheese and collard greens with molasses cornbread. The remoulade and barbecue sauces are amazing, too!

Daily specials like cajun eggplant po boys and pesto grilled cheese keep it interesting. And the minty lemonade is perfectly refreshing.

On top of the great food, everyone who works there is super nice and the service is always quick.

My love for this place knows no bounds!

Pros: Fun outdoor atmosphere, Seriously good food, Nice people
Alistra
Alistra
  • herbivore
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+23

I Love Homegrown Smoker!

5 Posted on 01 / 04 / 2013

Homegrown Smoker offers some seriously yummy vegan BBQ. My husband and I both love it! The macnocheeto or the smoker sandwich with a side of mac no cheese are the perfect lunch for chilly Portland. The portions are generous, and the staff is friendly. Just thinking about going to Homegrown Smoker makes my mouth water in anticipation.

Pros: covered seating, tasty specials, vegan BBQ
Cons: sometimes closes early
VintageVariety
VintageVariety
  • vegetarian
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+170

I like homegrown smoker

3 Posted on 09 / 24 / 2012

I like Homegrown smoker but I don't LOVE it. The food looks and sounds really good, but I always find it bland. I have only tried it twice, and I do plan to try it again. Maybe I just haven't ordered the right thing?

Pros: vegan, reasonable prices, lavender iced tea
Cons: bland food
elizabet
elizabet
  • vegan
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+43

House Smoked Vegan BBQ!

4 Posted on 07 / 08 / 2012

The Portorito: smoked soy curls, smoked portobellos, mac-no-cheese, sauteed pepper and onions in a wrap.

Toss in a little Secret Aardvark sauce and welcome to a tasty, tasty mess. It's the only thing I order there and it has my number.

Pros: two locations, mac-no-cheese, smoked vegan meats
Cons: opens late
whitneyvegan
whitneyvegan
  • vegan
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+14

Five starts across the board!

5 Posted on 05 / 20 / 2012

The food is always fresh. The price is pretty darn good for the amount of food you get. Everyone that works there is truly nice. I love the fact that this location has onsite seating!!! The specials are always creative and delicious. I just can't get enough and now that location #2 has weekend hours... nom!

Pros: friendly staff, good value, seating!
Veggietorials
Veggietorials
  • herbivore
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+23

Best of PDX!

5 Posted on 05 / 16 / 2012

Vegan BBQ. Yes, vegan bar-be que! I've been following them on Twitter and salivating over the daily food porn. As I walked up to their original food cart location on SW4th and Hall, I knew I wouldn't be disappointed. The daily special was the "Loaf-a-roni", Smoked Meatloaf smothered in Mac No-cheese and stuffed between a sesame bun served with a side a chipotle cole slaw. This combination is obviously not "healthy" but it's dayum good when you're ready to indulge. The food warrior took a bite and could not believe how packed with flavor, tender and juicy the meatloaf was. Mind you, this is coming from my cousin aka the Bacon BBQ King, so I consider this to be a worthy testimonial. I took a big swig of my mint lemonade and was ready for a carb coma nap.

Pros: Big portions, Excellent flavor, Good Value
PortlandVeganLove
PortlandVeganLove
  • vegan
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I LOVE this cart!

5 Posted on 04 / 17 / 2012

Great food! Creative Menu. Good Price. Good portions. The Specials are wonderful. I HIGHLY recommend this cart. In fact, if you are a visitor to Portland, you HAVE to come here. Go do Voodoo donuts (you know you will, tourists), then swing by Homegrown Smoker.

Pros: Great Food, Good Price, Fair Portions
Cons: Not open weekends (except for summer)
soyorganic
soyorganic
  • vegan
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+38

I like this Vegan BBQ!

4 Posted on 04 / 06 / 2012

Good stuff! It was nice being able to eat BBQ food as a vegan. Words to describe: tasty, filling, flavor-able, finger-licking. This was the best vegan mac and cheese I have had.


Shellie Moore-Allen
Shellie Moore-Allen
  • vegan
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The Best!

5 Posted on 02 / 05 / 2012

I live in Boise Idaho, the NON vegan capital of the world. I luckily go to Portland about every other month and always hit Homegrown at least twice a day while I'm there. The people are friendly, and always laugh that they just met up with other people from Boise looking for great vegan food. Homegrown is the best!!! I found them online last year and immediately became a Homegrown Addict. The prices are excellent and the food never disappoints. My only wish is that they would come to Boise.

Pros: Awesome Food, Fun Staff, Great Portions
Cons: It's hell when it's raining
Meggie and Ben
Meggie and Ben
  • vegan
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+928

Pretty good

4 Posted on 01 / 06 / 2012

My husband and I dropped by Homegrown Smoker while in Portland after walking around in the rain all day. I was a bit bummed to not have a cozy restaurant to sit down in, but the guy running the stand was super nice and told us about a place close by that we could squat and hide from the rain.

The food itself was great. The mac, cornbread, and meatloaf are all a home run. I wasn't so hot on the soy curls.


celynki
celynki
  • vegan
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+61

So delicious!

5 Posted on 09 / 04 / 2011

The first time I went, I got the side plate, hush puppies, and lemonade. The side plate was superb: macnocheese, collards, baked beans, and cornbread, with some comparatively less flavorful coleslaw. The lemonade is amazing and super minty. I've since become a bit obsessed with the side plate, and especially with the macnocheese (my favorite!), but recently tried a fantastic special: the nori-battered 'fu-fish sandwich with mellow yellow sauce, chipotle mayo, peppers and onions, and pickle. I think you would have a hard time going wrong at this absolutely amazing food cart.

Pros: Great food, Good service, Great specials
Laelia
Laelia
  • vegan
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+19

Good for Vegans, Not So Good With Omnivores

4 Posted on 07 / 24 / 2011

I got the BBQ soy curls, cornbread, and coconut-batter dipped oreos. I loved it all and thought it was amazing. My omnivore mom tried the MacNoCheese, and thought it was bizarre and didn't taste like "real" mac n' cheese. It's a great place, just not where I'd bring my omni friends to introduce them to vegan food.
Updated from previous review on Sunday July 24, 2011

Pros: Great Food, Friendly Staff
Cons: Not Intro Comfortable
Annakin
Annakin
  • vegan
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+77

There the best around!

5 Posted on 04 / 22 / 2011

I love Homegrown Smoker. The prices are reasonable and the food is amazing. They do an awesome job. If you visit Portland, you must must must go here! I love the side plate entree. It comes with cooked greens, coleslaw, baked beans, mac "no cheese," and a piece of molasses cornbread. The perfect amount of food!... Don't hesitate to try whatever sounds interesting. ALL of their food is awesome! And they always have great specials too. :)

Pros: Cheap, Delicious, Ample Servings
Cons: Not Open 24/7
Shell25328
Shell25328
  • vegetarian
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+21

Really good BBQ!

5 Posted on 03 / 28 / 2011

This place is really good! The coleslaw, mac, sandwich- everything was yummy!

Pros: Awesome BBQ , Not expensive
Cons: Nothing!
blisssu
blisssu
  • vegan
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+119

What a find!

5 Posted on 01 / 29 / 2011

Sometimes I get cranky that there are too few vegan restaurants in Portland, and so the good ones are always crowded. But then I remember the food carts--so many with vegan options to try! All-vegan Homegrown Smoker is a recent discovery--I found it through getsconedpdx.com--and it's a 10-minute walk from home. Thank you! On my first visit I tried the Combo Meal--smoked soy curls, tempeh and sausage, cornbread, sweet potato fries and the best ever MacNoCheese for $8 and enough for three meals. The smoke flavor is real, not liquid smoke flavoring, and that makes for very tasty food. I almost missed out on my second visit--arrived just past the 3 p.m. closing, but the nice guy at the window sold me his remaining chili, some baked beans, cornbread and excellent collards--enough for two meals for two people (i.e., four meals) at a bargain price. I had been hoping for an order of MacNoCheese, but the lucky customers who preceded me finished off his supply. I am not one of those people who lives for barbecue, but the Homegrown Smoker may lead me to a new addiction.

Pros: MacNoCheese, BIG portions, Everything tastes great
Cons: closed on weekends
  • blisssu blisssu

    Unfortunately, Homegrown Smoker closed its cart near my home. I'm sure their food is still delicious, but I haven't been to the Mississippi location yet to try it out.

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    Homegrown Smoker is now open on Saturdays!

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werve
werve
  • vegan
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+35

Nothing Better Than Home Grown

5 Posted on 11 / 01 / 2010

Spent a couple days checking out Portland and the Veg scene there, Homegrown was by far the best meal we had. In fact it was the best meal we've had anywhere recently, Vegan or otherwise. We sampled the Chili dog, the Mac-No-Cheetoh, a side of beans and the piece de résistance: the BBQ Tofu Curl Sandwich w/ Slaw. We got two meals out of all that in Portland and still had enough to take some back on the plane with us. The ambience of the PDX Food Carts was wonderful and the service 5-Star.
Thanks Homegrown, You Rock.

Pros: Food, Service, Ambience
Cons: No Vegas Location
greenvegan
greenvegan
  • vegan
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+55

Amazing BBQ

5 Posted on 09 / 04 / 2010

When I want some comfort food, I look no further than Homegrown Smoker. They have a great selection, even for a "picky" (i.e., gluten-intolerant) eater like me. Their baked beans and coleslaw are DELICIOUS! What am I saying? Everything is good there! I definitely recommend the Frito Pie.

Pros: everything is delicious, inexpensive, friendly staff
Cons: minimal hours, across the river
Petesternz
Petesternz
  • vegan
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+661

Awesome

5 Posted on 06 / 13 / 2010

The reviews below do not lie. This is one of my favourite places in Portland, especially if you are in the mood for some rib-sticking comfort food. I had their "special" of the day, - a clam sandwich that was fabulous. Great sauce, great substance. The side order of Mac N Cheeze was everything advertised. One of the best by far that I've ever had. Really enjoyable. Do not miss this little gem of a place when you come to Portland.

Pros: excellent food
Cons: a bit heavy!
gallo39
gallo39
  • vegan
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+124

Finding vegan paradise in Portland

5 Posted on 04 / 30 / 2010

This was our first and best stop on a recent visit to Portland.The food was terrific, especially the mac and cheese, which even tastes better than our memories of the so-called regular version. The owners could not be nicer and it was a great experience. Unfortunately they were not open on the weekend but we were lucky to get there on Friday for lunch. It will be the first of many stops there when we return to Portland.


eddielovesyou
eddielovesyou
  • vegan
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+16

The best

5 Posted on 12 / 08 / 2009

If you are craving some smoky, savory, vegan goodness then look no further. Everything on the menu is fantastic, they are always coming up with new fun variations and new dishes. The guy who owns it is an awesome human and is always super friendly. Prices are very reasonable, especially considering the quality of the ingredients (Field Roast chorizo, for example) and the time and love put into the food.

Pros: Taste, Smell, Price
Cons: Not in my mouth right now
Tigra220
Tigra220
  • vegan
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+997

Vegan BBQ!

4 Posted on 09 / 25 / 2009

I had never tasted, or even heard of soy curls, til I travelled to Portland. So I tried Homegrown's bbq soy curls, served on pita. Pretty good. I'm not sure if their bbq sauce is homemade or not, but it is delicious! Baked beans were pretty good too. Next time I'll try the soy chorizo.

The staff was friendly & I love that they have a little hand-sanitizing station. There were open until 8pm on the day I went, which is late for a corner food cart, but perfect for those of us traveling to get to it. I believe that I read somewhere that they'll close in the winter, so I look forward to going back next spring. And they only take cash, so stop by the atm before you go.

Pros: bbq sauce is outstanding!, Friendly staff, Reasonably priced
Cons: Cash only

 

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