Serving love in a bowl for more than ten years, The Whole Bowl is one of Portland's most cherished vegetarian food carts. The Bowl's award-winning combination of quality ingredients and friendly service has earned the cart a substantial following since 2001, when owner Tali Ovadia opened the first Whole Bowl in Portland's Pearl District.

Six Locations + Delivery + Catering

We now have Portland Pedal Power! Order same day delivery or order catering for your next event.

All locations accept Credit cards, cash or checks.

Vancouver Location

Newest Location - Now Open!

3540 N Vancouver Ave, 97227

Super Bowl

The Super Bowl - 4411 SE Hawthorne

  • Hours of Operation Monday - Saturday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
    Sunday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • (503) 753-7071
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Downtown Bowl

Downtown Portland - SW 9th and Alder

  • Hours of Operation Monday - Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Free Wi-Fi available
  • (971) 212-4626
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Pearl Bowl

The Pearl District - 1100 NW Glisan St

Coming Soon

Hollywood Bowl - 4615 NE Sandy Blvd


The Mo-Bowl

What's in it?

The Whole Bowl is a comforting and healthy medley of brown rice, red and black beans, fresh avocado, salsa, black olives, sour cream, Tillamook cheddar, cilantro, Tali Sauce and trace amounts of attitude.

Tali Sauce is The Whole Bowl's secret weapon. Referred to by many as highly addictive, this lemony-garlicky blend has been tantalizing tastebuds in the Pearl, Downtown and at the new Hawthorne location, for more than twelve years. Sauce devotees have been known to experience a prolonged sense of well-being and tremendous relaxation upon consumption.

Menu & Nutritional Information

Nut , gluten, wheat, hydrogenated oil and guilt free. Vegan? Just ask your server to “veganize” it!

Bambino Bowl - $5.50

  • Fully Loaded
    • 473 calories
    • 22 grams fat
    • 13 grams protein
    • 14.5 grams fiber
    • 252 mg sodium
    • 3.25 grams sugar
    • 63 grams carbohydrates
  • Veganized Bambino Bowl
    • 422 calories
    • 17.5 grams fat
    • 11 grams protein
    • 14.5 grams fiber
    • 194 mg sodium
    • 2.75 grams sugar
    • 62 grams carbohydrates

Big Bowl - $6

  • Fully Loaded
    • 576 calories
    • 23 grams fat
    • 16.5 grams protein
    • 19 grams fiber
    • 256 mg sodium
    • 3.8 grams sugar
    • 84 grams carbohydrates
  • Veganized Big Bowl
    • 525 calories
    • 18 grams fat
    • 14.5 grams protein
    • 19 grams fiber
    • 198 mg sodium
    • 3.3 grams sugar
    • 83 grams carbohydrates


  • Tortilla Chips: $1
  • Cookies: $1
  • Drinks (Soda Pop, Water, juice boxes): $1
  • Locally Baked Treats: 85¢

Gift Certificates

  • Available for 3, 5, or 10 bowl purchases

Customer Love

We're very proud of the many compliments we've received over the years.
In addition to the praise noted below, check out all the positive reviews we've garnered on Yelp.

  • "The long line of people I observed at this truck confirmed for me the fact that a simple, satisfying meal with grain, protein and terrific vegetables can be worth standing in line for." The New York Times • Read the full article
  • Voted "Best Lunch Cart in Portland" Willamette Week Readers Poll
  • Named "Best Lunch Cart" - "...Serves the best movable feast in town - and that's according to veg heads and meat lovers alike." Portland Monthly "The Best of the City," • Read the full article
  • "My new favorite food cart, the Whole Bowl serves only one thing: a big, hearty bowl of tasty hippie stuff." The Portland Mercury • Read the full article
  • "A secret lemon and garlic "Tali" sauce (named by creator Tali Ovadia) has been attracting accolades since the early 2000s." • Read the full article
  • "The best and most rewarding experience I have had thus far on my voyage into Portland street food has been The Whole Bowl." Hot Off the Quill • Read the full article
  • "It’s the hot fudge sundae of lunch." Portland Tribune • Read the full article
  • "This tin shed serves up one thing (bowl of beans, rice topped with cheese, veggies, sour cream and the mysterious tali sauce) but they do it SO well. It's addictive I tell you! ADDICTIVE!" The Portland Mercury • Read the full article
  • "The 'bowl' is a comforting and healthful mix of brown rice, black and red beans, avocado, cilantro, olives, cheddar cheese, sour cream and cilantro. On the surface, that sounds like the inside of a burrito, but Tali's Special Sauce, a thick lemon garlic, ties all the disparate elements together and gives it an entirely different- and delicious- taste." The Northwest Examiner • Read the full article
  • "After experimenting for a summer, owner Tali Ovadia perfected her 'Tali sauce' and has been building local addictions in the Pearl ever since." Portland Tribune
  • "After 2 years on the wagon, Ovadia's special sauce has become The Whole Bowl's secret weapon. Even confirmed rice-haters adore the bowl, drenched as it is in the delicately spiced sauce- scientifically developed in Ovadia's test kitchens." The Portland Lunch Times • Read the full article

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