I can't believe it took me so long to make a second visit, but now that I have been reminded just how awesome the restaurant is, I think I'll be back much sooner.
|lunch (CW from top left): yam not-fries, toppings for "burger", slaw, portobello steaks on top lettuce, homemade chipotle ketchup, pickled cucumbers and red onions|
I enjoyed lunch at Dick's Kitchen (here and here) today with my mother. Located on SE Belmont across the street from Zupan's, it only recently opened, and today was my first time visiting. I already know I'll be back again. I had seen it shortly after it opened (it's located next door to Laughing Planet, a place I have been known to frequent), but it was the type of place I wanted to enjoy with someone else, and being able to try it with my mother today was a nice treat.
The menu has a conglomeration of omnivore, vegetarian, and vegan dishes (note: all the sides are vegan), which was perfect for my mother and me (she being an omnivore, I being a vegan). I actually had to glance over the menu a few times to really decide what I wanted to eat. It's lovely to have so many choices available! I finally chose the Tempeh Reuben, and switched out the traditional Swiss cheese for some Daiya mozzarella for a dollar extra. The sandwich came with homemade pickles and marinated onions, plus a small bowl of homemade (and vegan) coleslaw. My mother and I also decided to order and share some "not-fries", which are light and tasty air-baked potatoes. They came with a choice of dipping sauce. We picked the garlic sauce, which was a bit sweet and spicy and very delicious. Oh, and I simply can't forget to mention that they also offer Luna and Larry's Coconut Bliss ice cream milkshakes! I enjoyed one in vanilla.
The back of the menu discussed where the food came from and the owner's philosophy, but my mother and I were busy talking, so I didn't really read the information. My impression, however, is that most items are handmade, and those that aren't are purchased from local and sustainable producers or farms.
The food was great. I left feeling full but not overly so, and everything tasted so good that I'm already planning on the next time I can visit. The waitstaff was incredibly friendly (something you can't always find here in Ptown), helpful and attentive. I recommend Dick's Kitchen wholeheartedly!
3312 SE Belmont St
Portland, OR 97214
Hours: Mon - Sat, 11 a.m. - 10 p.m.