Portland >Food & Dining > Laughing Planet Cafe
3320 Se Belmont St, Portland, OR | Directions 9721445.516380 -122.630461
Neighborhoods: Southeast Uplift Neighborhood Program, Sunnyside
Vegetarian food to die for – Most of the time when I frequent a restaurant I know exactly what I want (one of the two vegetarian options). When I go to LPC, I have no idea what to order. The vegetarian/vegan options are extensive (and my carnivorous friends can only get free-range chicken as a meat option at LPC). So far I have had several burritos, chips and salsa, and the most AMAZING vegearian chili ever. As of yet, I have not had any meat found in my food, no slow service, and no problems at all. The food is always piping hot and delicious, and a good break from macaroni and cheese, and sandwiches. For those worried about bland flavor, I assure you this is not. I order my burritos without the Pico de Gallo (cilantro is yuck), but add the habanero salsa for an extra spicy kick. There is a large children's menu, with the most expensive item priced at $3.75. You can keep your lunch extra cheap with no drink (trust me, you won't have room for anything but water), and no added meat or tofu (beans and rice make complete protien anyway). Go get some today, and make sure to try the chili. It might burn your intestines, but it is the best thing I have ever eaten. Be sure and take your kids, as the Belmont location has fun dinosaur toys to keep them busy.
Great cheap eats – It's fun but not always fast. Again, sometimes they even forget to give you soup before your other food. The chili is too tomatoey, the burritos should be a liltle smaller and the menau a litle bigger.
Flavorful burritos – I've been to the one on NW 21st and the new Woodstock location, so can't vouch for Belmont, but I assume the food is standard across the board. The Che Guevara burrito is awesome! Get it with tempeh, it's very tasty. The Hole Mole burrito was good, as was the spinach burrito... but really they pale in comparison to the Che. They also have vegan baked goods - the peanut butter brownie is tasty.
Vegees whine when the food is porkely! – I'm vegan and I am very sensitive to the fact that I am asking for something out of the ordinary from MOST restaurants. Laughing Planet is a place, one of a handful in Portland, that makes me feel pretty comfortable. I actually have never had to ask them, " Is there any cow butt in that? " Or, " It's ok. I will just peel off this mucous forming from my " vegan " 'tito. "
It's one of my destination spots and soon there will be one even closer to me on Woodstock.
Not all Vegetarians are bitter and angry . . .really – I've eaten at Laughing Planet at least 25 times and have never had chicken in any vegetarian item that I have ordered. If you read the reviews on this website often - you would get the idea that all vegetarians are whiny, complaining, cheap people - I swear we are not all like that. The vegan bowls rule at Laughing Planet. The food is good and inexpensive, and the people that work there are really nice.
Neat and yummy place – I love the Laughing Planet Cafe. I've never had a trouble with my vegetarian orders having meat in them as the previous reviewer has said (which I think is really unfortunate and odd). Their burritos are VERY good. The atmosphere is funky and fun. I love the dinosaurs! The vegan cookies are absolutely to die for too, although a little pricey. The Laughing Planet Cafe is definitely worth checking out!
Best Organic Burritos – Laughing Planet adds the most amazing ingredients to create healthy food made to order. I love the green chile buritto with jack cheese and black beans, their salsa is killer too! You definately feel good about what you put in your body after you eat here. Plus they've got a location for whatever side fo the river you're on!
che guavara – ....would be honored to have such a burrito named after him. Hempseed hazelnut cookies are outta this world, and I'm pleased that I can get a carrot-beet juice if I feel like it.
we live two or three blocks away from the Belmont location and use it a lot (and enjoy it) when we don't have time to cook or, say, like today, when it's too freakin' hot. we've eaten there dozens of times in the past several years. i almost always have the bubba burrito, which has smoked turkey, and have never had to take it back. the normal-size burrito is satisfying for this normal-size guy. the vegan cookies are great. the motif is eclectic, with everything from the children's book "everybody poops" to a giant picture of Frank Zappa huffin' a muggle to many plastic dinasaurs and art by Crumb. The atmosphere is loud and the seating isn't comfortable, but the food is solid and they seem to have a sustainable bent so we patronize. suffice to say, i wouldn't drive or ride across town for it, but it's great for the neighborhood.
not worth your time – I've been to Laughing Planet six times, once over on Belmont and the other five on Mississippi. I have been disappointed almost each time. First thing first, they do not serve burritos they serve wraps. The taste is at best bland and you have to add guacamole ( @ $1.50 ) for it to be at all decent. I will say their vegan treats are decent, the chocolate cookie especially. I want to add a note on their consistency. I bought a grilled chicken w/ guacamole one day for lunch on Mississippi and was somewhat satisfied with the content. Whoever created it, made it worth the $6.75(7.75w/ tip) because it was packed with ingredients and I felt sort of good knowing most of the ingredients were local. I decided to go back the next day, bought the same item, same price and was met with almost half of what I received the day prior. That's unacceptable and it was enough to keep me from going back.
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