Italian Sandwich Finocchiona, mortadella, soplessata, provolone, olive salad, pickled peppers, butterleaf lettuce, onion, tomato, pesto aioli on focaccia.
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.
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
Cheese & Bread – Cheese fondue with lemon and garlic served with garlic toasted french bread.
Fruit & Chocolate fondue – Chocolate fondue with sliced Granny Smith apples and icing sugar dusted french bread.
Fondue was a New Year’s Eve staple for 8 years for us with a group of our friends. It is one of the most social eating experiences you can have. So when researching our Portland Food Tour, I was excited to see a fondue cart at the A La Carts pod. The small cart serves up variations of the cheese or chocolate fondue. Since we had a lot of food ahead of us but we wanted to try both kinds, we went with the smaller offerings of the cheese and chocolate fondues.
The cheese fondue was served with toasted garlic french bread. The melted cheese was topped with a lemon garlic sauce. This made the cheese amazingly light tasting and good depth of flavour. We couldn’t stop eating it. I wished I had gotten a bigger dish!
The melted chocolate tasted like it was a decent quality. Really smooth. It was great with the apples and (surprisingly) the icing sugared french bread.
This is a cart I definitely want to visit again on our next trip. I can’t believe we forgot to try their chocolate covered bacon!
B – Cheese & Bread and Fruit & Chocolate Fondue
M – Cheese & Bread and Fruit & Chocolate Fondue
G – Cheese & Bread and Fruit & Chocolate Fondue
S – Cheese & Bread and Fruit & Chocolate Fondue
Fon-due-It – Fast Fondue
4926 SE Division St
Portland, OR 97206
Brisket Sandwich with Au Jus – Carved smoked beef brisket on bun with au jus.
Cartopia was our first stop on our whirlwind tour of Portland’s food carts. Here at Bubba Bernie’s, we picked up a beef brisket sandwich to share. The sandwich had some weight to it, piled high with smoked brisket. Brisket can be very dry if not done properly. Our sandwich at Bubba Bernie’s had very juicy brisket that had a good smoked meat flavour. The bun was soft but was tough enough to hold together with the meat and the au jus. Speaking of the au jus, it was a good compliment to the meat. We also tried out their BBQ sauce with the sandwich (not shown) and it was tangy with a good depth of flavour.
B – Brisket Sandwich with Au Jus
M – Brisket Sandwich with Au Jus
G – Brisket Sandwich with Au Jus
S – Brisket Sandwich with Au Jus
SE 12th Ave & Hawthorne Blvd
Portland, OR 97214
Triple Rib Taster
Three pork ribs covered in BBQ sauce.
Pulled Pork BBQ Sundae
Pulled pork layered with BBQ sauce, BBQ beans, Uptown slaw and topped with a pickle
Walking around Seaside, we were tempted to try some take-out BBQ from a side door of the larger McKeown’s Restaurant. Being BBQ connoisseurs, something called a “pulled pork sundae” especially caught our eye. Of course we couldn’t pass on trying their ribs as well. It was a little late in the day and unfortunately, the ribs had been left under heating lamps (and therefore kind of dried out), then were warmed up in the microwave (yikes!) and then slathered with sauce. The pulled pork sundae was made and then we headed outside in the sun to try out our fare.
The ribs were expectantly dried out, but the flavour that was there was alright and they did have a nice smoke ring. The BBQ sauce was better than store bought but nothing to write home about. Overall, they could have been good ribs, but the way in which they served them, made them a little underwhelming.
The pulled pork sundae had a lot of promise but fell flat because of one main issue. Instead of using a thicker BBQ baked bean, these ones were watery. Join that with a wet coleslaw and the whole thing ended up a soggy mess (see second photo). Every component of the sundae had a decent flavour so if they fix up the sogginess then this could be a killer walking around type food. In fact, it is something we might try once we get the smoker going for the season.
B – Triple Rib Taster, Pulled Pork BBQ Sundae
M – Triple Rib Taster, Pulled Pork BBQ Sundae
McKeown’s Smokin Rack Shack
724 Broadway, Seaside, OR, 97138
Tel: (503) 717-0276