Crown Q BBQ



Location: 5523 SE 28th Ave
Hours: M-Fri, 11:30am-8pm; Sat, 1pm-8pm
Updated 12/2012

Description: BBQ’d Turkey leg! Need I say more? I was off to visit my buddy who was working the swing shift at a local retail store and decided to stop in at the cart fest that is SE 12th and Hawthorne. It was Tuesday evening, so only a couple of them were open so I opted for Q BBQ. I knew I was in for a treat as I could smell bbq sauce coming around the corner and there wasn’t anyone around so I knew I would get excellent service.

As I walked up, I was heartily greeted by Gary, the owner and bbq master. Before I could even take a moment to look at the menu, he told me that this week was Chicken. I must have had a look on my face of misunderstanding so he explained. Due to the size of his cart, The G-Men stated he couldn’t offer everything on his menu all the time, so he switches it up by the week. Week 1 is pulled pork, week 2 is ribs, week 3 is brisket and week 4 is bbq chicken. Week 4 is also BBQ Turkey leg. As with all BBQ, I don’t have it enough, so always want to try everything on the menu. I ended up with a Turkey leg and 2 pieces of bbq chicken for $9.75. Oh, and he threw in some excellent rolls to sop up the bbq sauce when I was done.

I have to say. I loved that turkey leg so much, I wanted to ….. Not really, but it was tasty. I know the trick to good bbq is making sure the meat stays moist. Well, Gary has that figured out. Like I said, I was taking some for my friend who is a Texan and he too enjoyed every bit. Gary mentioned he wanted to expand in the future. Well, Gary, I think that would be a great idea.

Update, December 2012: Crown Q has re-opened in SE Portland and is ready to serve you.

Sample Menu:

  • Turkey Leg: $4.75
  • BBQ Chicken: $4.75
  • Brisket: $4.75
  • The Underdog (Veggie dog): $3:50
  • Our Original Beignets (Hot Fresh): $2.50

Hours: M-Fri, 11:30am-8pm; Sat, 1pm-8pm
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  1. Ok, I’m sold. That turkey leg looks killer.

    Nice write up!

  2. The tofu nuggets are awesome, too. They are lightly breaded and flash fried, with his fab BBQ sauce on top. A superb veggie option.
    He’s also planning to make his grandmother’s sweet potato pie ….

  3. I had a “Red Hot” here. It ruled. So did the service.

  4. Fiona Weisenberg says

    This was the best BBQ I have ever had, Gary was super cool and the beef brisket was so amazing, I also had me some of the yummy beans. I wish there was one on the west side. Worth the drive for me, I think I’m going right now!

  5. Gary has moved….but when I looked by PSU, I didn’t see the cart….Gary, where are you? I need my tofu nuggets w/ bbq sauce!

  6. …when I looked by PSU, I didn’t see the cart…

    I can confirm this move. I saw Q earlier, though closed, at the SW 4th & Hall cart complex!

  7. I have tried it once at the Hawthorne location. Enjoyed it, maybe not the best I’ve ever had, but its in the top ten. I returned two other separate times to the Hawthorne location and both times it was closed.

    Today I went to go check out the new PSU location and was closed again, this time for ‘Holy Days.’ Not sure what that meant other then Mardi Gras, but I would at least hope Q BBQ is open half the time I drop in.

  8. The cart is for sale on craigslist.

  9. Actually it isn’t on craigslist anymore. It was there last weekend and a week before that. Had a picture with the sign. Said owner was having some sort of trouble, not sure what kind.

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