Re-Up BBQ – Pulled Pork Sandwich and Southern Tea

The Food

Pulled Pork Sandwich – Pulled pork in BBQ sauce with mustard coleslaw on a Portuguese bun.
Price: $7.00

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Southern Tea
Price: $2.25

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

The Review

Food carts can be the ultimate in cheap eats. That’s why we are glad Vancouver is finally clearing (some of) the red tape and allowing street food other than hot dogs, popcorn and roasted nuts. While it’s not Portland, it is a little closer to home. Re-Up BBQ has been a stand out favourite review wise, but we hadn’t been able to get into the city around lunch hour to try it ourselves. We finally had some holiday time and Re-Up BBQ was on the agenda.

Located in the plaza outside the art gallery, the cart had steady business even with the drizzling rain. We couldn’t wait to get some shelter from the rain and ate it awkwardly under our umbrellas. The soft Portuguese bun was filled with tender and juicy pulled pork. There was a perfect amount of sauce on the meat; enough to taste and enough to keep it moist, but not too sloppy. The mustard coleslaw was a great compliment, reminiscent of Southern Carolina BBQ, with just enough vinegar to complement the rich pork. The southern tea was tangy and not too sweet but definitely thirst quenching.

Re-Up BBQ has a new cart rolling out that should have some beef brisket and some vegetarian chili. We can’t wait!

Reviewers

B – Pulled Pork Sandwich, Southern Tea
M –  Pulled Pork Sandwich, Southern Tea

Re-Up BBQ
700 Hornby Street, Vancouver, BC
Tel: (604) 724-0894
www.reupbbq.com

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Azul Tequila Mexican Taqueria – Classico Burrito and Chorizo Burrito

The Food

Classico Burrito – Grilled steak and a chile relleno, pinto  beans, rice, sour cream in a flour tortilla.
Price: $4.75

Rating: ★★½☆☆ 

Chorizo Burrito – Chorizo sausage, black  beans, spanish rice, guacamole and pico de gallo in a flour tortilla.
Price: $4.75

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

The Review

So far on this blog, we have avoided the Mexican food trucks. Part of the reason may be because they are so ubiquitous in the United States and there are so many other types of carts to go to, they’ve been kind of passed over in favour of grilled cheeses and smores. On our last trip to Portland, we brought some food reviewing back up. Now that there were 4 of us, it let us try more things by eating less of each item as we would split it four ways. It also got us out of our own comfort zone to try things we might have passed on including the Azul Tequila Mexican Taqueria cart at the A La Carts pod.

Two very large and solid burritos were set down on the table and knowing we were heading to more food carts, they looked a little daunting. Undeterred, we tried some of each burrito. The chorizo burrito had lots of flavour especially when we reached the middle of the burrito. You could really taste the distinct flavors of the chorizo, black beans and the cilantro from the pico de gallo. Unfortunately, the same could not be said for the classico burrito. It started out bland and continued to be bland all the way through. The plain refried beans and sour cream only added to the blandness. The only thing that saved it was the side of red sauce provided, liberally doused onto the burrito. It was not the worst burrito in the world but it could have used some spicing up.

We never did finish these two large burritos, it was just too much food. If you are looking for a good, cheap, filling meal then these burritos will fit the bill. If you are on a one day eating tour of Portland’s food carts, this might be one to avoid.

Reviewers

B –  Classico burrito, Chorizo burrito
M –  Classico burrito, Chorizo burrito
M – Classico burrito, Chorizo burrito
M –  Classico burrito, Chorizo burrito

Azul Tequila Mexican Taqueria
4926 SE Division St, Portland, OR 97206
Tel: (503) 477-3253

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Sweet Pea’s Brûlée – Lime Essence Crème Brûlée, Smore, Habeñero Marshmallow

The Food

Lime Essence Crème Brûlée – Lightly lime flavoured crème brûlée.
Price: $4.00

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

Smore – Classic graham crackers, Hershey chocolate and homemade vanilla marshmallow.
Price: $2.50

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

Habeñero Marshmallow – Habeñero, cilantro and lime flavored homemade marshmallow.
Price: $1

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

The Review

Crème brûlée is a favorite dessert of ours. Even though we were full from partaking in many other food carts that day, we couldn’t pass up the crème brûlée (or the smore or the marshmallow. Oh my!) The crème brûlées and smores are torched while you wait. That’s how they got me with the homemade marshmallow. How could you pass on trying a habeñero, cilantro and lime flavored homemade marshmallow for a dollar?

I brought the sweets back to the group of weary food travelers and we all shared the sugary goodness. The lime essence crème brûlée was thick and rich with a perfectly crispy top and a subtle lime flavour. It was quite good and the only drawback is the size of the crème brûlée is quite small for the price, unlike our previously reviewed crème brûlée at Christiano’s Pizza.

The smore was reminiscent of camping trips but was more successful at being melted then I ever have been with a fire and similar ingredients. While the graham crackers and Hershey chocolate squares are the old standbys, the homemade marshmallow really makes this treat special.

Now to the more unusual treat, the habeñero, cilantro and lime marshmallow. You get two for a dollar so we each got a bite. The marshmallow was incredibly soft and light. It was sweet but not that harsh sweetness you get from store bought brands. The lime flavour was dominant and there was not much in the way of cilantro flavour. The heat comes later, giving you a nice, not too strong, warm mouth feel.

Because this cart was serving dessert, we hit this cart last after a long day of food cart eating. Big mistake! After sampling their food, we wanted more but there was absolutely no room left. I can’t wait to get back to Portland and see what crème brûlée flavours will be available next time. I heard there has been coconut, a personal favourite!

Reviewers

B –  Lime Essence Creme Brulee, Smore, Habenero Marshmallow
M – Lime Essence Creme Brulee, Smore, Habenero Marshmallow
S – Lime Essence Creme Brulee, Smore, Habenero Marshmallow
G – Lime Essence Creme Brulee, Smore, Habenero Marshmallow

Sweet Pea’s Brulee
4298 SE Belmont St., Portland, OR, 97215
Tel: (503) 893-4897
www.sweetpeasbrulee.com

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Om Nom Nom Sandwiches – Italian Sandwich

The Food

Italian Sandwich Finocchiona, mortadella, soplessata, provolone, olive salad, pickled peppers, butterleaf lettuce, onion, tomato, pesto aioli on focaccia.
Price: $6.00

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

The Review

At the A La Carte pod, there is a cart with a cute one eyed, horned monster painted on the side, serving up five different tasty sandwiches. We decided on their Italian Sandwich. As we all grabbed a quarter of sandwich, you could see the multiple layers of the different meats and cheese and the veggies looked fresh.

The meats were a good combination and full of flavour. The bread was soft and thin, allowing for the meat and cheese to take centre stage and the pesto aioli and olive salad gave the sandwich enough moisture. As a person who is not too fond of olives I found the olive salad subtle, so if you are expecting a “muffaletta” style sandwich you will be disappointed. The only downside of the sandwich was that most of the meat was humped up in the middle of the sandwich leaving only bread and veggies on the edge. This made the presentation of the cut sandwich nice but made me feel like I was missing out at the end.

Reviewers

B –  Italian Sandwich
M – Italian Sandwich
G – Italian Sandwich
S – Italian Sandwich

Om Nom Nom Sandwiches
4926 SE Division Blvd, Portland, OR 97206
Tel: (971) 269-7587
www.facebook.com/omnompdx

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