I recently went to the Portage Bay Cafe in South Lake Union for lunch. I wasn't super hungry and was looking for something light. There were a few good looking vegetarian options including a portobello burger (assuming that you, unlike me, actually like the fungal beast), a quesadilla, many salads including a grain salad and a tofu noodle salad, etc. There were also vegan options, including a hummus burrito.
Everything cost a little more than I tend to favor. All for good reasons, no doubt, as the Portage Bay Cafe takes the idea of organic, local, properly fed/grown/harvested to heart, but still, it gave it all a fancy feel that automatically upped my expectations into the realm of nearly inevitable disappointment.
I ordered the soup of the day, which was creamy broccoli. Came with a delicious gluten-y sour slice of bread with soft butter.
The soup was fine. Nothing to write home about.
My dining companion got the portobello burger and enjoyed it. It came with a hearty serving of tasty spicy oven potatoes.
Not sure what exactly stuck in my craw about this place, but I'm not totally sold. It appears their main attraction is brunch, maybe if I liked brunch and I went I'd get it. In the meantime, I'd be interested in hearing other impressions.