Native_Foods_Cafe_Vegan_PizzaNative Foods Café, the nation’s premier plant-based restaurant group, announced the grand opening of its second Oregon location on in Clackamas Town Center, 12130 SE 82nd Ave., Suite 3020, Happy Valley, OR 97086. Specializing in fast casual fare, handcrafted from fresh, high-quality ingredients and served in a vibrant setting that emphasizes top-notch customer service, the rapidly expanding eatery, which is making vegan mainstream (over 85 percent of diners are meat eaters), offers all dishes for under $10, served in under 10 minutes, in addition to local beer.

“We’re looking forward to opening in Clackamas Town Center, which is the most heavily trafficked mall in the Portland metro area,” said Native Foods Café’s Andrea McGinty who, with husband Daniel Dolan, owns the fast-growing fresh food company. “We’ll be well positioned within one of the largest areas of growth potential and included among Oregon’s largest collection of restaurants and eateries.”

Native_Foods_Cafe_Shroom_BurgerMcGinty and Dolan plan to open a projected 12 to 15 new locations nationwide in 2014. The company is headquartered in Chicago, with 16 locations throughout California, Illinois, Oregon and Colorado. Clackamas will be the company’s 17th location. “For a restaurant that serves chef-crafted vegan food, it’s just delicious and appeals to a wide range of palates,” McGinty said. “Our recipes are universally enjoyed by meat eaters and non-meat eaters alike. In fact, 85 percent of our guests are not vegan.” All dishes are made from scratch using fresh ingredients. The tempeh and seitan — good, protein-packed meat alternatives — are made in-house, a laborious task very few chefs undertake. “We’re really proud of that,” said McGinty. “We emphasize top quality, top-notch service for all of our restaurants and we’re deeply involved in making that happen.” Back to that startling 85 percent statistic. Because Native Foods Café doesn’t solely market itself as vegan, with most competitors being high-quality casual eateries of the omnivore variety, guests seeking an economically priced healthy meal quick converts.

“The Portland vicinity has long been a focus of our national expansion,” said McGinty, a percipient entrepreneur who drew national attention when she and Dolan built It’s Just Lunch International into the world’s largest matchmaking service for time-crunched individuals. McGinty was featured on Oprah and was a regular on CNN as a result of the company’s profound success. “We love the Portland vibe and can’t wait to spread the vegan love.”

The Native Foods menu changes seasonally and is fashioned by an elite and creative team immersed in both the plant-based and non plant-based food worlds. This is important to Native Foods’ ethos as the team seeks to prepare food that is enjoyed by meat eaters and pleather-worshippers alike. Based on the company’s growth, they’ve succeeded.

In lieu of soft drinks, guests have several from-scratch beverage options, all including a free refill: Lavender Lemonade, Watermelon Fresca, Native Iced Tea (organic hibiscus and wild berry tea, sweetened with organic agave) and organic chai, organic hot teas and coffee. Native Foods also offers a quality selection of beer (including gluten-free options) and wine. Beer options include local and organic selections including Elysian Mens Room Red, Terminal Gravity IPA and New Planet Off Grid Pale Ale. Cooper Hill Pinot Gris, Girasole Chardonnay, Cooper Hill Pinot Noir and Girasole Cabernet Sauvignon wines are also available.

A few menu favorites:

Super Italian Meatball Sub

Greek Gyro Earth Bowl

Portobello and Sausage Burger

Ensalada Azteca Salad

Nuevo Native Nachos

Oklahoma Bacon Cheeseburger

Native_Foods_Cafe_Banana_ShootersAbout Native Foods Café

Founded in 1994, Native Foods Cafè is a fast casual vegan restaurant group with locations in San Diego, CA; Newport, CA; Los Angeles, CA; Boulder, CO; Denver, CO; Portland, OR; Chicago, IL and beyond. Native Foods Cafè specializes in appeasing vegan and omnivore diners alike and its chefs incorporate fresh ingredients into flavorful and undetectably healthy plates, sans the picky eater backlash. Momentous environmental compassion, understanding and honest, good-for-you plates are what drives the 100% plant-based eatery.

Native Foods Cafè is dedicated to keeping both its prices and environmental footprint minimal, charging no more than ten dollars for each plate, except Thanksgiving dinner, and never contributing to toxic ranching emissions. The company remains a socially conscious pillar of many neighborhoods with monthly Native Community Days, where a portion of proceeds go to a local nonprofit. With 17 locations nationwide and overwhelming enthusiasm from meatless munchers and carnivores alike, a whopping 85 percent of Native Foods Cafe diners aren’t vegan, but omnivores.

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