Leading the resurgence in the Albina neighborhood is a bright, quirky, veggie-friendly place known as the Vita Cafe (3023 NE Alberta St., 503/235-8233, 9 a.m.–10 p.m. Mon.–Fri., 11 a.m.–10 p.m. Sat.–Sun., $7–17). With an easy-on-the-wallet menu that pleases vegans as well as burger lovers (serving free-range and hormone-free beef), and a clientele that runs the gamut from eastside matrons to spike-haired students, this place embodies the changing character of the neighborhood. Local artists’ creations adorn the walls, and all kinds of meat substitutes fill the plates.
by Judy Jewell and W. C. McRae from Moon Oregon, 8th Edition, © Elizabeth & Mark Morris and Avalon Travel