Portland is starting to get a bit famous for its cheap eats, which makes sense. It's a working class town with a beer budget, worldclass local ingredients and champagne expectations. It's the kind of town where for fifteen bucks a day, you can eat like a king if you play your carts and your happy hours right.
How is it then, that I only JUST had my first official food cart experience?!?
Because I am an EEEEEDIOT. That's why.
My first venture was to a cart pod in North Portland. We were on the hunt for breakfast sammiches, but that cart was closed for the winter, so I ended up going for Guamanian BBQ at Six, Seven, One instead.
This is a decision I will never regret.
Right there? That's some marinated chicken thighs with shrimp fritters and seasoned rice. That may or may not have been the best chicken I have ever ingested. I'll let you know as soon as I try it again.
That same morning, Liza (the baldman's daughter) ordered breakfast from a wonderful, gluten-free cart called Rock, Paper, Scissors, where rock is a creative, deep fried rice ball, scissors is spicy enough to burn your hair off and paper looks something like this:
There are over 200 food carts in Portland open any given day of the week.
So how did I manage to come across the Brunchbox cart?
BECAUSE I AM OBSESSED WITH CHEESEBURGERS.
I ordered the I Can Haz Cheeseburger because DUH. Obviously.
Yes. That's two texas-toast grilled cheese sandwiches with meat and produce between them.
No. I didn't eat the whole thing.
But I TRIED, people. I gave it my college best.
There's rumored to be a cart on Belmont with a $10 foie gras on the menu. I promise to try it and report back.
You know. For RESEARCH.
Now I'm curious. Does your town have food carts? I've heard not all municipalities are copacetic with the street eats. If you're local, what should I try next?!?