Restaurant Review: Homegrown Smoker in Portland, Oregon
To become a vegan, one of the things that can be the hardest to give up is barbeque. But because of places like Homegrown Smoker, you can still get your sweet, tangy, melt-in-your-mouth smokey dishes without sacrificing your lifestyle.
Homegrown Smoker has two locations in Portland: Homegrown Smoker Vegan BBQ Cart in the Mississippi Marketplace and Homegrown Smokehouse & Vegan Deli, a small spot just about a mile west of Downtown Portland.
The cart menu has combo plates, sandwiches, burgers, and burritos. The deli has sandwiches, favorites (from the cart menu), and salads. What’s really special about Homegrown Smoker is that most of their meats are made and smoked in house. (The chicken is by Beyond Meat.)
While you couldn’t fool a diehard meat-eater, this will definitely please those looking for a similar texture without getting dangerously close to the same taste. The Tempe Ribs fall apart like they would off a bone. They are crispy and smoked on the outside, and tender on the inside. Their hush puppies also had great texture — crispy outside, tender inside — which many vegan substitutes have trouble achieving without eggs or butter. And their Mac No-Cheese was also very creamy. It was a bit dense, but it had a very believable cheddar taste and texture.
At the deli location, the Dagwood Sub is a must as it really showcases all of the meats they make in house. In the one sandwich, you can try their setian beif, maple ginger seitan hyam, and seitan salami topped with a vinegary remoulade and fresh greens.
For those looking for something closer to high-quality fast food, they make an excellent Macnocheeto burrito which has the Mac No-Cheese, BBQ beans, smokey soy curls, and peppers and onions wrapped in a flour tortilla. The burrito feels like someone was denied a to-go box and instead received their whole meal in burrito-form, but it’s incredibly tasty and flavorful.
Everything by Homegrown Smoker really knocks it out of the park. If you’re looking to fulfill your BBQ cravings or surprise a meat-eater with some delicious vegan grub, this a great place to show off how great vegan food can be.
*Homegrown Smoker let us know that both of the locations in this review no longer exist. Instead, you can visit the restaurant located at 8638 N Lombard Street. Check out the menu here!