The Great Portland Tofu Scramble Census

Portland, OR: Tofu Scramble Capital of the USA?

jan 08 017

There is no denying that Portland is a vegan mecca. People seem to travel from around the world to sample deep fried vegan corn dogs, soft serve from Blossoming Lotus and biscuits and gravy from Vita or Paradox, among hundreds of other delicious ideas that immediately popped into your head. Well, here’s another crown you can bestow upon this city – Tofu Scramble Capital of the USA.

The Stumptown Vegans have joked about how we could spend a month eating nothing but tofu scrambles for future reviews, and have projects and podcasts up our sleeves, on top of recently being interviewed about all things tofu scramble, vegan breakfast and more on Breakfast in Bridgetown. The past few years have seen an expansion in tofu scrambles across this city, overall shifts from cubes to scrambles and a decrease in the many menus that used to say ‘sub tofu/pay more’. Why, I remember when I first talked my way into a ‘subbed’ tofu scramble with smoked tomatoes at Genie’s

So!

I decided it would be, well, fun, to see just how many tofu scrambles are available at different restaurants in Portland. I started making a list and couldn’t stop, and that became a table, which I’m calling a census.

Portland is home to excellent local tofu and some of the best produce in the country, and really, it’s an easy, cholesterol-free dish for any restaurant to offer during breakfast & brunch.  But who’s got your favorite? Who cooks that tofu just right and has the best sides?

The Great Portland Tofu Scramble Census.

Tofu Scramble Location Neighborhood Variety Spices Notes
Asaase Ital Palace cart SW/PSU * * breakfast scramble
Bar Carlo SE scrambled Yes
Beaterville N pressed/grilled Braggs chewy and delicious
Beulahland NE scrambled * sub tofu for eggs
Bijou Cafe Downtown/SW * *
Blue Moose NE * *
Blue Pig SE scrambled * sub tofu for eggs
Bourgeois Z Vintage SE (outer) * *
Byways Cafe Pearl/NW * *
Chaos Cafe SE small cubes Yes wholesome!
Cricket Cafe SE cubed lots of black pepper seriously, lots of pepper.
Crush SE * * ‘Veganator’ + tofu, brunch
Cup and Saucer Cafe various scrambled varies order the special for flavor!
Equinox N/Mississippi cubed/scramble seasonal
Francis NE * *
Genie’s SE cubed No sub tofu for eggs on menu
Gravy N/Mississippi scrambled tur-mer-ic! hot stuff, but eh.
Hungry Tiger Too SE scrambled Yes, light, lots of garlic small and full sized options
Isabel’s Pearl/NW * *
Jam on Hawthorne SE scrambled Yes sub tofu for eggs on menu
Juniors SE Big chunks Yes, light the first to use spice?!
Laurelthirst NE * *
Morning Star Downtown/SW * *
Mother’s Bistro Downtown/SW scrambled/mush *
Old Wives’ Tales Inner Eastside baked Yes interesting.
Paradox Cafe SE squares lightly seasoned available as a side/in #2
Proper Eats N/St. John’s scramble Yes tempeh scramble!
Red & Black Café SE during Saturday brunch? *
Ruby Dragon cart N/Mississippi scrambled Yes tempeh scramble!
Schavone’s SE cubed No sub tofu for eggs
Slappy Cakes SE * *
Star E Rose NE scrambled * daily specials
Stepping Stone NW cubed/large pieces Ask for them (cajun) sub tofu for eggs
Sweetpea Brunch SE scrambled, buffet serving mild rotating brunch items
The Original Downtown/SW * * foie gras fig newtons here.
Tube Downtown/NW scrambled mild served in tacos!
Virgo & Pisces NW * * *
Vita Cafe NE scrambled Yes tofu and tempeh scrambles!
Wild Abandon SE scrambled No reach for the hot sauce.

*If you see something missing, retired or worth mentioning in this directory, please say so! There are places I haven’t managed to order a scramble yet, or I’ve blocked out of my mind.

Italics = my favorite places for scramble.

Onto some tofu scramble examples:

Superhero Scramble from Junior’s.

One of my favorite plates of food in this city (or their Vegan Potatoes + Tofu = Whoa, Yes).

Junior's

Curry Scramble from Jam - on a ‘big pieces’ day!

december 035

Portland Scramble from Hungry Tiger Too. This one wears their cheesy sauce.

Portland Scramble

Greek Scramble from Hungry Tiger Too.

My go-to order here. Because I really love kalamata olives and garlic in my scramble.

Hungry Tiger Too

Vegan Scramble from Jam Cafe & Arthouse on Hawthorne. Adore their jams and hash browns.

Check out the Everyday Dish cooking video to learn the spice mix!

August 2007 004

Tofu Scramble Taco from Tube bar

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Cricket Cafe Make-Your-Own Tofu Scramble.

Tons of black pepper – this was gigantic, but I’ve heard a friend mention theirs was tiny.

Cricket Cafe

Genie’s (Subbed) Tofu Scramble – go for the smoked tomatoes! They have great roasted potatoes and an amazing cocktail menu.

march 2008

P.S. I have to give my friend Bazu credit for the origin of this idea, with her post on The Great Tofu Scramble Debate. Personally, I go all three ways – scrambled mush, cubed, and the in-between.  Oh, and don’t forget about baked scrambles! Not such a fan.

P.P.S. You probably make the best scramble in town.

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22 thoughts on “The Great Portland Tofu Scramble Census

  1. I wish I lived even remotely close to Portland because some of those pics are making my mouth water. I’m making breakfast food for dinner tonight and tofu scramble is definitely on the menu! :)

  2. Funny! I’m working a similar spreadsheet of the tofu scrambles of NYC (but have only had 3 or 4 so far) because I’m determined to find some good ones around here.

    Those hash browns look SO good.

  3. Bridges has a tofu scramble. Seems that they’ll sub tofu in their other scrambles as well. I got the special which included sweet potatoes and it was mighty tasty.

  4. i have to say, I will never go to Cricket again, the scramble was so small i went home and made ANOTHER entire breakfast, and i’m not a huge person. plus they charge so much extra for the sub, which gives you so much less food. uncool.

  5. My goodness, that is a lot of tofu scramble! I live in Ottawa Ontario and I am pretty sure there is not 1 place here that serves it. What a shame, Canada’s capital needs to get with the times!

  6. I didn’t think I could be more excited about our move to Portland next summer (from tofu-scramble-less St. Louis), until I saw this post. Holy Bejeezus! I can’t wait to eat my way though the city! :)

  7. again, awesome!!

    weird, i’ve always liked cricket’s! tasty
    and your genie’s scramble looks 100x better than mine was last weekend. it was like feta with nothin’ on it.

  8. wow, this list is crazy comprehensive!

    this was a really interesting list, but yeah, i’m not sure if i personally make the best scramble in portland, but certainly if not me, one of my friends does. i don’t think i’ve ordered more than 5 of these, if 5!

    p.s. beaterville is in N (not NE)

  9. Has an update to this been considered since its been over 5 years since the original publication? vegan options have changed quite a bit and some of these places are closed or have different menus of course. I still loves the scrambles though!

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