Get your smoked fake meats and vegan southern comfort food at Homegrown Smoker Vegan BBQ.
Many moons ago, they had a cart across from my office at PSU, and that’s where I started an affair with Macnocheeto with soy curls — “Mac no cheese,” beans, peppers & onions, and smoked soy curls, all wrapped up in a whole wheat tortilla. With BBQ sauce.
Yes. Saucy, smoky, savory, satisfying — this is the kind of meal that makes me laugh at meat-eaters who think vegetarians and vegans are “missing out” on something. The macnocheeto may or may not make you feel smug about your choices, but it’s huge so save it for when you’re very hungry or can save half for the next day/dinner/second lunch.
To be honest, I haven’t been to Homegrown Smoker since I left that job at PSU, and they’ve since moved to St. John’s, which is a bit of a trek from my homebase of Parkrose. But when you’re headed out to that part of town, or to Sauvie Island, remember that they’ll announce specials on Twitter/Instagram/Facebook. Something might strike you that you just HAVE to have.
It’s definitely worth a trip at some point, and all y’all vegan tourists should plan half a day in the area to try some smoked vegan proteins.
Gluten-free items noted on menu. 100% vegan, as Homegrown Smoker Vegan BBQ would suggest.