The Noochy Noodle

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Portland Tour de Macaroni: Part 2 Homegrown Smoker

On Friday we had lunch at Homegrown Smoker, an all vegan barbeque cart in southwest Portland. Not only do they have vegan mac and cheese, but the rest of the menu looked tasty as well. I put on my eating pants and went prepared to go big or go home.

The food was so good I sort of felt like crying. I didn’t, but I could have.

I tried out the Macnocheetoh wrap, which consisted of a healthy scoop of MacNoCheese, bbq beans, onions, peppers and smoked soy curls all on a warm and starchy flour tortilla. This thing was delicious. I think it’s moving to the top of my list of foods I would eat everyday if I was stranded on a desert island. The smoked soy curls inside were like eating the best barbequed brisket I had ever had as an omnivore, minus gross, chewy, fatty deposits, and the unnecessary death. Even better!


Gross, but totally necessary inside shot:


Now, while this thing was mind numbingly delicious, I didn’t really have a way to properly judge the MacNoCheese since it was all wrapped up in a tortilla and covered in BBQ sauce. So I tried a little side of MacNoCheese by itself (I DID NOT EAT THE SANDWICH THAT IS NOT MINE STOP JUDGING).


I’ve got to hand it to them, this is the best vegan mac and cheese I have had that was not made in my own kitchen. The sauce was decadently creamy, and a good balance between mellow, tangy, savory and cheezy. I don’t really know what else to say…good job?

My only complaint is that there is not a Homegrown Smoker in San Francisco. Get down here people! Bay Area vegans need you!