After a leisurely afternoon wandering the contemporary art wing of the Portland Art Museum, I started to make my way to the Pearl District to meet up with Shalene and also Ted. I passed through Director’s Park, where a solitary food truck was set up. This was the Violetta food truck, a “slow food” restaurant on wheels, offering organic, local source products, served fast and at fabulous prices.
I was very tempted by their chicken and biscuits, very tempted. But got their sliders instead. These were two grassfed beef sliders on soft bread with lettuce, pickle, sauce. $5!!!
Presentation and packaging was well-thought out. The sliders came in a cute cardboard box, and the food truck itself had a red carpet for customers to queue on. So fancy. My food tasted very fine, sitting out at one of the tables of Director’s Park, and reading the latest issue of Edible Portland. How can they do it at these prices?!
Etta Burger Cart (Southwest, Downtown)
Our final stop on the mad dash through Alder’s cluster of food carts. All we could manage was some spicy ramyan noodles. And we were done. Ooof!
#1 Bento (Southwest, downtown)
There were too many food carts in downtown Portland to sample. But here’s a photoset of a grouping.
Thai Herbs, the Whole Bowl.
Mai Pho, Aybla Grill.
Tito’s Burritos, No. 1 Bento Korean BBQ.
Traditional Polish Cuisine, Huong’s Vietnamese.
Sawasdee Thai Food, Samurai Japanese Cooking, I like Thai Food.
Food Carts (Southwest, downtown)
I think that is the name of this place. It was Peruvian, and the visible part of the sign says “Taste.”
We had their empanada. Filled with seasoned beef and vegetables. H-h-hot. Caliente hot.
Peruvian Taste (Southwest, downtown)
Aw yeah, it’s time for FOOD CARTS! A whole vacation can be spent exploring the food carts here. I’m so impressed that Portland supports this industry of small businesses, creating such diverse range of food. We passed an Egyptian food cart while on the bus to downtown. That’s so great.
Dropping off in southwest Portland, downtown, we were stunned by seeing two blocks + of food carts. Where to start?!
Ugarit’s roped us in by putting samples of his lentil soup out on the counter for us to try. It was cold outside, so we jumped on that soup. Hooked!
We shared a lamb gyro. We could have gotten more, it all looked so good, but so did the rest of the block, and the block over, all packed with food carts. So we had to ration our stomach space..
Mediterranean Meals (Southwest, Downtown)
I’ve been coming to Bill’s Surf Dog stand on and off for years, especially when I worked in the Carp area.
His business has probably gotten even better once the Carp bluffs got developed with better parking and trail information.
Surf Dog offers several kinds of boiled dogs: an all-beef frank, a classic (beef and pork), a dodger dog, a polish sausage, a turkey dog and a spicy dog (Italian, I think?). They range in price from $3-$3.50 and include free additional toppings: chili, sauerkraut, cooked onions. Plus condiments of relish, yellow and brown mustard, chopped onions, ketchup, spicy peppers and several bottled chile sauces.
I got the classic hot dog today, with spicy mustard, sauerkraut, relish and a little jalapeno. The hot dog itself not my favorite, a bit too soft and too thick for my tastes. Next time, polish, beef, or dodger.
The view, the good company, the price, it’s all hard to beat. Surf Dog’s a classic.
Oh dear, don’t even get me started on how much fail the LA Street Food Fair was to us. It was too packed to even drive by it, much less get in. While en route, a friend texted me to say they’d shut the gates because there were too many people there. So much for hitting up the food carts all in one go on this day trip to LA.
Alicia and I gave up and went to the Fashion District to run other errands, and picked up bacon-wrapped hot dogs there. With NO QUEUES, thank you very much.
A hot dog, piled high with grilled onions, pico de gallo and guacamole, sipping a Mexican coke, sitting at a table watching people bustling by with arm loads of clothing and funky fabric. Fine by me.
LA Fashion District