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.
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.
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.
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!