Harlow is easily one of my favorite Portland restaurants.  It’s the sister restaurant of both Prasad and Prasad East, and although the three restaurants possess a number of similarities, there are definitely some features of Harlow that set it apart from the rest.

For starts, Harlow’s location is great– it’s in the heart of SE Hawthorne.  There is ample floor space and the restaurant doesn’t share space with another business (unlike Prasad and Prasad East, which share space with a yoga studio and rock gym, respectively).

All three restaurants have similar menu items; some menu items are identical. My favorite bowl at Harlow, for example, the Urban Bowl, is available at Harlow and Prasad.  The Urban Bowl includes a layer of steamed greens, topped with mixed greens, carrots, kimchi, scallions, sunflower seeds, avocado, and a sauce of your choice.  I opted for the avocado cilantro sauce and added a poached egg (definitely recommend).  The classic oatmeal, my favorite breakfast item, is also available at all three restaurants.  

While the vegetarian restaurants may have some shared menu items, Harlow has some different offerings (especially at dinner!).  At the time I last went to Harlow, the special dinner offerings were the following:

  • Yamhill Stirfry- yam noodles sautéed with veggies in a tahini chili sauce (shown above)
  • Endless Summer- zucchini noodles tossed with basil avocado pesto, carrots, tomatoes, and pistachio parmesan  
  • Jackfruit Plate- marinated jackfruit, slaw, jalapeño cornbread, pasta salad, and pickled veggies 
  • Three Sisters Enchiladas- corn tortillas stuffed with veggies, topped with ranchero sauce, jalapeño cashew cheese, with black beans, corn, guacamole, and rice on the side
  • Curry Peanut Salad- shredded kale and cabbage with spinach and rice noodles tossed with curry peanut sauce and sesame tempeh, topped with sesame seeds, peanuts, mint, and pickled onions

I’ve had the yam noodles before– highly recommend. As a general statement, if you haven’t tried veggie noodles, you are missing out (try spaghetti squash, zucchini, carrots, and yam!).  Moreover, there are also daily specials at Harlow.  If you follow Harlow’s Instagram account, you can learn of the daily special before you g0, as there is almost always a picture and description of the special posted! 🙂

If you’re an avid meat eater, Harlow may seem a bit off-putting at first.  However, I challenge you to give it a chance! I’ve been with a number of meat eaters who really enjoyed their meals at Harlow.  You’ll leave feeling fulfilled, full, and healthy! My one complaint with Harlow is their frequent use of nuts; this is difficult for a consumer allergic to nuts, like me.  However, as long as you ask about the ingredients in your meal before you order, you won’t have any problems.  The employees will gladly show you a full ingredient list for each menu item, including the sauces.  

Vegetarian, vegan, or meat-eater, definitely give Harlow a visit.  It’s a great spot for breakfast, lunch, or dinner (or even a snack- try a smoothie or juice!).  After your meal, you can explore Hawthorne, which is a super fun street with great boutiques and shops.


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