Native Bowl

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Native Bowl

Location: N Mississippi at Skidmore in Mississippi Marketplace
Hours: Wednesday-Sunday, 11am-3pm

The Story: 

Changing of the guard happens every so often at the carts. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. I’m happy to report that Native Bowl has new owners and will continue to serve the quality and flavorful bowls we have come to expect. Mmm, BBQ Soy curls for the win! Suzzette and Ted Easton who live in the neighborhood and own and operate the Akemi Salon on Williams took over the cart in November of 2013 after working with Jay and Julie to master the menu. The bowls are the same, but expect some new items to hit the menu in the future. Welcome to the food cart world Suzzette and Ted!

Our original article about Native Bowl:

When we were over at Mississippi Marketplace showing an out of town guest the carts, we decided to grab one of the dishes from Native Bowl, another vegan cart in the pod. The dish had what they called “crack gravy” a gravy so good, you’ll get addicted to it like crack. I only got a couple of bites, but it was enough for me to return the following day and meet the owners and try one of their bowls.

Native Bowl is another brand new cart in the pod. The owners Jay and Julie have been open for about 4 weeks and are fully vegan. Jay relayed a story that one day their 8yr old son came home and asked if they could try vegan and it went from there. The Native Bowl specializes in what we would traditionally call rice bowls. A layer of rice (in this case, jasmine rice), then some sauce, some protein like marinated tofu topped with veggies. Pretty simple concept, but if you prepare each item very well, you come out with an amazing dish.

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Couch Bowl from Native Bowl

I chose the Couch Bowl (pronounced cooch) per the owner’s recommendation. I’ll be the first to take someone’s advice, keeps me from hand wringing over all the choices. While they prepared it, I walked over to PROST!, the German pub in the lot, grabbed a table and ordered a beer. Before I knew it, Julie was actually bringing me my bowl. I don’t think this is standard, but what a great gesture. Upon opening the bowl, I was overwhelmed with the bright colors and savory aromas. The top of the bowl was a mixture of freshly chopped green onions topped with a savory sauce and sesame seeds. Just below the onions were bean sprouts, some mixed greens, chopped carrots and then marinated tofu and the rice. I’m the eater who prefers to mix everything together so you don’t end up with one single item at the end of the meal, yet this bowl was a mix of amazing flavors from top to bottom. The sauce had some spice to it also, something I didn’t expect but was glad was there.

The Native Bowl is another great addition to the Mississippi Marketplace pod. Jay and Julie are kind and welcoming to everyone who walks by. If you’re up in North Portland and need a great dish, check out Native Bowl and tell them Food Carts Portland sent ya.

Sample Menu:

  • Bowls are all vegan, $6.50
  • Mississippi Bowl – peppercorn ranch sauce, BBQ soy curls, house coleslaw, scallions, and jasmine rice
  • Couch Bowl – seasoned tofu, sesame bean sprouts, Kochujang sweet and sour sauce, jasmine rice, lettuce, carrots, scallions and sesame seeds
  • Alberta Bowl – seasoned tofu, house-made fire-breathing dragon sauce, jasmine rice, shredded cabbage, carrots and scallions

Twitter: NativeBowl
Facebook: Native Bowl


  1. I went last week for the first time and will DEFINITELY be returning! They let me try a couple of the sauces. I tried the peppercorn ranch sauce and BBQ and it left me no choice but to order a large Mississippi Bowl! At $7 that large bowl was a steal. Not only was it delicious and satisfying but it was huge and filling!

    I highly recommend trying a Mississippi Bowl the next time you’re at the marketplace!

  2. As a vegan who’s addicted to the myriad west- to east- to south-east-Asian foods, I don’t too often go in for what I’ve always called “hippie vegan” food. . . but this sounds pretty appetizing! Have to starve myself for a day or two and then go up to Mississippi and try all these new carts! (Plus room for a waffle).

  3. Ok, what’s the 411 on the Chocolate Bowl. Not currently in Portland, but am daydreaming about what a Chocolate Bowl from Native Bowl might be. Spill the (cacao) beans, man.

  4. My boyfriend and I shared an Alberta Bowl on Sunday and were wildly impressed. Neither one of us is vegan, but the tofu, veggies, and rice (with the awesome dragon sauce) came together in a harmony that was just awesome. I will totally be going back there (especially while drinking at Prost! What a fantastic idea to have a pub and a cart pod work hand-in-hand like that!).

  5. I’m not vegan, but I find myself totally addicted to Native Bowl, especially the Alberta Bowl with its nice kick and perfect combination of ingredients. Someone asked about the chocolate cup: it’s like an airy chocolate cake, served warm with chocolate sauce. At only $1.50, it’s the best dessert for the money around.

  6. So gosh darn good! Yum!

  7. So, i am a huge meat eater and have never had vegan before…Well today Julie @NativeBowl de-virginized my non-vegan belly with The Alberta Bowl and The Rueben. NativeBowl is a must have for PDX. The combo of flavor was intense and filling. Oh and the cookies, yum..Keep up the tasty food. I am a loyal eater of NativeBowl now.

  8. Like many other commenters, I’m not a vegan either. However, I could eat the Broadway Bowl everyday for lunch. It’s delicious! And all of the baked goods I’ve sampled have been excellent as well. Not good for vegan food, but good food period. I highly recommend trying this cart!

  9. I was there just today.

    This place is awesome for people with peanut allergies and of course, with dairy allergies. They can make a grilled “cheese” for peanut allergy and milk allergy kids (and grownups). Also, their deserts are nut free, milk free.

    The chocolate cake in a cup is totally awesome!

  10. This is easily the best rice bowl I’ve ever had. And not in a brown-rice-bland-hippie way. You can’t beat it anywhere.

  11. I had the Couch bowl and it was like spicy heaven with every mouthful.

  12. I will be going back for sure. The BBQ sauce mixed with the cole slaw was awesome!

  13. Best Iced tea ever! vanilla rooiboos with a bit of black tea. My first time to Miss Marketplace and I got food at another cart, but they sent me here for iced tea.

  14. My owners had both the broadway bowl and couch bowl. Loved the spiciness of the couch bowl. My owners will be visiting again.
    bow wow


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