This Is What A Neighborhood Feels Like

First, the facts: Clifton Market is open now seven days a week, from 7am to midnight. It’s a coop, which means you can buy a share,  an option that still remains now the store is up and running. That said, anyone can shop there. As I walked around, I saw a store where most of the shelves were filled, plus there were signs announcing that such-and-such would be available soon (in most cases, later this week).

Them’s the facts, but there’s a lot more to it than facts. There’s the whole vibe of a neighborhood that had a grocery store forever and was a bit shell-shocked after it was lost…but slowly recovered its mojo and is in a perfect position to capitalize on Clifton Market. This really hit home for me last night when, as one of the thousands of people who live within walking distance, I realized when I walked outside about 11pm that I could saunter on over to a grocery store and buy a couple things. It’s been awhile since that’s been an option! And when I walked inside I ran into some old friends. I bet I’ll run into more of them during the opening festivities on January 26, 27, and 28.

And there are plenty of other things going on Ludlow Avenue, including the Whole Bowl, which was an immediate hit, and Clifton Barbers, which is about to reborn. Spring isn’t far off, and when it comes we’ll have more activities than ever at Clifton Plaza. As you may know, Plan A for the resuscitation of the grocery store went south and was replaced by the idea for a coop, which got the community much more involved than it would have if a business bought it. Now that’s what a neighborhood feels like!

For more on the Gala Opening Festivities, here’s the flyer – and remember, everyone is invited!

The Whole Bowl Opens on Ludlow Avenue

 

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A warm smile on a cold day, courtesy of Ashlyn

The Whole Bowl is a restaurant that has seven locations in Portland, Oregon…and until recently, nowhere else. But one just popped up at 364 Ludlow Avenue, for reasons that must trace back to the fact the founder, Tali Ovadia, is originally from Cinci. With a walk-up window, the Whole Bowl is a food cart and therefore take-out only. The menu is as simple as can be: basically a 12- or 16-ounce bowl of healthy, gluten-free, vegetarian items (rice, black and red beans, Tillamook cheddar cheese, salsa, black olives, sour cream, avocado, cilantro, and a lemon garlic sauce) that is also available in a dairy-free (and therefor vegan) option.

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I should confess here that I am not a vegetarian or a vegan and that my food choices are solely dictated by my taste buds. When I visited the Whole Bowl yesterday, I ordered the 16-ounce size with one simple goal: to eat good-tasting food and fill my tummy.

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And I succeeded on both fronts. Partly that’s because the bowls contain what’s been dubbed the “Tali sauce,” which has a top-secret recipe and tastes delish. And 16.5 grams of protein left me feeling full.

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So check out the Whole Bowl; their hours are 11am to 9pm daily, their phone number is (513) 751-2695, and here’s a link to their Facebook page. Personally, I don’t think they could have timed their entrance better. Spring ain’t far off, and soon you’ll see people sitting with their bowls of healthy, filling, quick, tasty food around Ludlow Avenue, including Clifton Plaza, which as soon as the weather gets warm always draws a crowd, with movies, live music, Monday’s farmer/flea markets, and so forth. Oh, and one other reason the Whole Bowl timed it well is – well, let’s just say that I snapped this photo on the way home; looks like they’ve got “food carts” of their own!

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