the lowdown: Bye and Bye | 1011 NE Alberta, Portland, OR 97211 | 503.281.0537 | Lunch, Dinner, Happy Hour | Food Items $5 – $8 | *****

Alberta Street bar with stiff bevys and righteous vegan food!

The Alberta hood is known for their restaurants, boutiques, art galleries, and most definitely Last Thursday. This is the part of town where you can dine on vegan biscuits and gravy, gaze at countless varieties of art, buy a rain barrel then grab a beer before heading home. I visit quite regularly and most recently rallied to my next door neighborhood to hang with a pal at the notorious Bye and Bye. We ate, we laughed, we people watched, but this was after feeling completely out of place with only two tats.

Want to know what happens when 6 guys open up shop on lower Alberta street offering stiff drinks, vegan grub, and an atmosphere derived from their bare hands? Nothing other then legions of folks lined up just to get inside! Nevermind the vegan food, these cats go because it is the place to be! We were there to eat and damn do they have a great menu! Previously I have had the BBQ Veggie “Chicken” which was a plate of grilled tofu, beans, and collard greens. During my last visit I ordered the Meatball Sub and my dining partner had the Weepying Tiger sandwhich.With each menu item you have the choice of a side, tofu, greens, tortilla chips, black-eyed peas, and broccili. I choose the tofu because it is crusted with nutrtional yeast and tastes better then french fries!  Be aware that the food is spicy, messy (meatball sub anyway), and damn good. I need to start going more often, despite my shortage of hipster traits!

19 Comments to "Bye Bye Bye Bye at Bye and Bye"

  • jess said:

    Wow, it looks like you got way more tofu there than we did! That bbq sauce is so damn good.

  • admin said:

    I totally agree about the BBQ sauce!

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  • Eating_Vegan said:

    I was there last night for the first time, and just had to comment on how great the Weeping Tiger sandwich was (it made me weep!) as well as the service. Can’t wait to return to check out more of the food, but oh my, I’m dying to have another of those sandwiches with the oh-so-wonderfully-hot Rooster Sauce! :-)

  • VeganFabulous said:

    Thank you for checking out the site Eating_Vegan!!! I need to go back to Bye and Bye soon! I am very excited that my new place will be MUCH closer.

  • Kat said:

    chip and I make a point of going to the bye & bye every Friday! I agree the weeping tiger is the bomb! This is our staple! Plus we checker out the store right next to it and bought two really cool pieces of art for cheap!!

  • VeganFabulous said:

    What store??? I need some art!

  • Chelsea said:

    I know what you mean about the crowd! The last time I was there was for an IDA get together, and it was so packed with beautiful cool people… we were jokingly wondering how many of them were vegan! I don’t remember seeing tofu as a side option on the menu, but it sounds yummy! I need to hang out there more.

  • VeganFabulous said:

    You and me both!!! I have heard some of my single friends talk about going to Bye and Bye on Saturday nights to meet men. I’m not sure if that is what the owners intended but it has reached meat market status!

  • Anne said:

    Mmm I’m looking forward to their stiff drinks. Hopefully they’ll still be open in 21 months!

  • jd said:

    The post is back!

    I seriously look for excuses to go here. It doesn’t happen enough! The amount of tofu in the BBQ platter still totally varies everytime, though.

    Anne – It doesn’t look like business is slowing down, they’ll be there!

  • veganazi said:

    I go there so much that I am a friend with one of the waiter… jordan. super cute.

    I love Bye and Bye… the drink.
    They also carry sweetpea bakery cakes.

  • VeganFabulous said:

    Hey Anne! I doubt that they are going anywhere :) Plus if academia has its way maybe the drinking age will be lowered!!

    JD – Hell yeah it is back. I have been cleaning up old posts. I generally re-write the entire thing because I don’t like what I said a year ago :)

    Veganazi – I went to bye and bye specifically for dessert one time and one of the owners went to the back room and came back out offering to give the piece of chocolate they had for free. It was a little strange but I was sad they didn’t have anything else.

  • Destiny said:

    I’m not a hipster either, but if their food is so damned good, I’m going there anyway (in all my uncoolness)! It’s pretty close to my sister’s house, so we tried to go there once, but they were closed for the 4th of July (until later that night). I’ll have to send her your review!

  • VeganFabulous said:

    Hey Destiny! Cool! I hope you enjoy it! Don’t let them intimidate you :)

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  • TC said:

    My partner and I went there for the first time yesterday. it was fabulous. I’m originally from the South and grew up on collard greens and field peas. I don’t usually get to order them in restaurants because they’re traditionally made with pork. What a treat not to have to worry about that. I got the BBQ plate, with so much food I could only finish half. The collards, though? Inhaled ‘em. Plus, those nice guys gave us happy hour prices because we ate there at 3 PM. Love the rockabilly theme, too. Portland is becoming vegan heaven!

  • Mindy said:

    I don’t get the hype behind Bye and Bye. I would be happy if they went Bye Bye!

  • Epos said:

    The weeping tiger sandwich is the nuts, I would recomend it to anyone