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PDX Food Cart Crawl!

Portland is a town where food carts and trucks abound. They’re just about everywhere, and there are special areas designated for them. In the southeast, there are a plethora of these “pods”. So what did I do while I was there? I went on a food cart crawl with B! First, we stopped at D-Street Noshery. Yeah, these pods even have names! And I got me an Awesome Cone. What’s Awesome Cone? They take a waffle cone and put food in it. It’s as simple as that.
A few of the options of the night were already sold out, so I had to go with the chicken and dumplings awesome cone. And yes folks, this is exactly what it is. It’s a bigass waffle cone filled with a heaping helping of homemade chicken and dumplings. It was delicious! The waffle cone itself is sweet, which is a slightly bizarro contrast to the savory filling, but I liked it. It’s actually like having your dessert included with your entree. After you’re done heaping out the chicken and dumplings, you eat your waffle as dessert. They make the waffle cone to order, which takes a surprisingly long time, so these aren’t exactly fast food. I wonder how long of a wait there is when there’s an actual line of people. I don’t want to know!
We also stopped at this adorable mac & cheese cart. Everything is made is small batches, so sometimes, you have to wait, like we did. But that’s ok.
Mmm… my mac & cheese with fresh tomato topping. Creamy and delicious!
There was also an arepa truck where B got a veggie one. It smelled and tasted amazing!
There is also Oregon Soup Works, which is the soup version of Oregon Ice Works. They make 2 fresh soups a night. They were also decked out with all kinds of philly sports decals, so represent!
Pie! Where do all these cute little carts / trucks / trailers come from?
The best thing about these pods is that they actually provide seating! And it’s somewhat covered! You could even get a draft beer from this little truck. It is Oregon, after all!
Next stop – SE 43rd and Belmont. This was another pod with many more occupants. Lucille’s Balls. Hee! They make meatballs! Sadly, I think they just closed.
Euro Trash, definitely the most technicolored truck of the bunch. They serve a wide variety of food with some random european influences.
You gotta have a hot dog cart!
Lardo wins for having the cutest little food cart known to man. And for making everything with lard.
Their delicious and hot lardo fries, sprinkled with cheese and rosemary and salt. It’s served with a little curry ketchup. Yay! I was already stuffed at this point, with the giant cone full of chicken and dumplings and all that mac & cheese, but lard was calling!Last up, we went to Cartopia, at SE 12th and Hawthorne. There are only about a handful of big trucks here, but we mainly stopped by to go to Whiffies Fried Pies so B could get a couple of mini sweet pies, to go. They have savory and sweet pies and they’re mini individual pies. Alas, my weak and tiny stomach could not partake of any more food. Until next time!

Awesome Cone on Urbanspoon
Herb's Mac & Cheese (Food Cart) on Urbanspoon
Lardo (Food Cart) on Urbanspoon

North Third Small Eats

I’ve only had drinks and brunch at North Third, so this was my first time visiting for dinner. This place is crowded and exceedingly loud on a weekend evening. Was this giant eagle always over the bar? When you order french fries here, it comes out in an absolutely huge bowl. Like a small family of cats could live in this bowl. The dipping sauce is pretty good.
I got the mac and cheese and the chicken tortilla soup. The soup was very lukewarm and not too exciting flavor-wise either. The mac and cheese was only ok. I wasn’t particularly enthralled with either. I didn’t even realize until later on that this was exactly what I ordered to eat when I was at Nada in Cincinnati. Am I set in my ways, or what? North Third on Urbanspoon

Euclid Hall – Denver

After walking around the extremely touristy 16th st mall, we walked over to Euclid Hall for some grub. They specialize in pub grub and the place is really cool. I really liked the decor, especially their unique light fixtures. There is a big bar and open kitchen and some seating downstairs. Then there’s also a huge dining space upstairs. At first, I had no idea the place was so big. But looks can be deceiving. There are some outdoor tables as well.
They make a bunch of their own sausages and bratwurst. But as you may have guessed, we were all sausaged out from Biker Jim’s earlier. They have a bunch of local beers on draft, as obviously, Denver is a big beer town. Also, they have a study hall every day, which is their version of happy hour.
I’d never had poutine before but have always wanted to try it. When I saw that they carried it on their menu, I had to try it. I wasn’t sure which one to get but S said we should try the duck one. What is poutine? It is typically french fries topped with cheese curds and gravy. This particular one at Euclid Hall was topped with roasted duck, duck gravy, cheddar cheese curds, and black pepper. I don’t know how authentic this is, but I like poutine! Except I didn’t really like the duck. In fact, I don’t really like duck, except at chinese restaurants. So I would have preferred the meat. Oh well. But fries with cheese and gravy on top? I’m all for it!
We also go their version of the Oyster Po’boy. It is served on a hearty thick potato bread roll, with bacon aioli, Jorel’s hot sauce, cucumber, and red onion. Ooh, this was so good! And the best part? The cucumber, because you know, that makes it healthy, and the Jorel’s hot sauce! Who or what is Jorel’s hot sauce? I have no freakin idea! But it was pretty amazing. If it’s someone who works at Euclid Hall, can I have the recipe? If it is available commercially, I need to get it! The service was fine. The prices are low, but that’s because the portions are not large. They are not teeny portions, they’re normal sized, as they should be, not cheesecake factory size. I recommend it!

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