Originally posted October, 2007. Updated June, 2013
Locations: A lot on North Lombard and N. Brandon & another location on the corner of N. Mississippi and N. Fremont
Description: Flavourspot was one of the early Food Cart Portland posts way back in ’07. Much has changed in Portland’s and the U.S. street food landscape since then. The New York Times came a knockin’ on our door followed by a constant stream of local, national and international media. Food Trucks became the “hot trend” in dining and doesn’t seem to be slowing down. Gourmet carts begin to emerge en masse, and cities all over have gone cart crazy. Portland’s food cart scene in particular exploded, from about 300 carts to over 700 these days and have become a well loved local and visitor destination.
Flavourspot, was a game changer cart in Portland and remains a strong and steady presence in Portland’s ever evolving food cart scene. With a spot on popular N. Mississippi St. and another in the heart of N. Portland on Lombard, these two little carts continue to charm with fun, price friendly menus, and satisfying offerings.
As far as we know, this is Portland’s home of the “Dutch Taco – America’s Waffle Sandwich” (Flavourspot’s genius description, not ours). Imagine large, round, “old school” waffles made fresh to order (the thin kind with the small indents, not Belgian waffles), stuffed, spread and folded into a type of giant burrito-sandwich hybrid with all kinds of inspired fillings both sweet or savory. Or both.
Over the years Flavourspot has managed to create some well craved classics such as a sausage with maple spread, or my perennial favorite – the ham with smoked Gouda cheese – a smokey, oozey, mess of goodness with just a hint of sweetness. Newer additions include a soul food boneless fried chicken and waffles (with or without syrup as you like). Sweet waffle choices include the basic Butter and Powder Sugar or the Peanut Butter & Jelly. Or try one of the more complex and decadent things like the sugar coma inducing Black Forest with Nutella and Blackberry Jam, or the S’More that comes with sweet as sin Mallow Fluff and more of that excellent Nutella.
In the past couple of years, Flavourspot has evolved from just waffles. Menus vary slightly between locations, but the N. Mississippi one has also added soft serve ice creams, deep fried hot dogs, and chili dogs.
Beverages include coffee made by local roaster Spella Caffe, Italian sodas, good old fashioned egg creams, and a limeade drink. They even serve my childhood favorite Ovaltine, either solo in milk or mixed in their signature Maltball Mocha.
The carts are nicely decorated, but simple. While the N. Mississippi has plenty of covered seating on a private, fenced-in lot perfect for eating in place, the Lombard location is much more pared down, so plan on curb or car dining, or take your waffle home to eat it (if you can wait that long – I can’t).
In a world of constant flux, Flavourspot continues to be one of those special carts in Portland, just doing their thing, and doing it well, since 2006. Keep on cartin’, Flavourspot.
Sample Menu: Please refer to the Flavour Spot Website for all their menus.
Hours: Generally early morning – mid afternoon Mon-Sun. Check website for details.