I finally tried this place on SE Powell. Its really out of the way for me since I live in the northwest and I bike my way around. Chao Cafe is really small and gives that san francisco hippy vibe that contracts with the Portland hipster vibe. I have to say the menu isn't very distinctive and unique. You've got the basic sandwiches, salad, soup, rice bowls, and breakfast egg meals. What I love though is the food. They taste really good! Really fresh and satisfying. The portions are quite small compare to your local Denny's...disgusting Denny's. I like how its small so i don't feel guilty that I can't finish the food. Their vegan broccoli cream soup is probably the best broccoli cream soup I've ever had. It beats all the non-vegan soup as well. So good! They also have delicious whole wheat spelt bread, which I'm not sure if they baked it themselves. It taste really soft and spongy. Almost like eating a cake. I crave it all the time now. Is it Dave's bread??? Or some sort of gluten free thing?
Vegan Cream of Broccoli Soup
Chips and Salsa
vegan friendly, diner, cafe, daily 9am - 10pm, sunday 9am - 3pm
2620 SE Powell Blvd. Portland, OR 97202