[Closed July 2010]
Location: SW 3rd and Ash St
One of those days. You wander and you wander by 10, then 20, then 30 different food carts and nothing strikes your fancy. You just about to grab something you know will be good, but it isn’t what you’re craving when you decided to walk another two blocks. Those two blocks will be the best decision of the day. What I discovered at the end of those two blocks was Rick’s Wild Seafood, a brand new cart serving up fish and chips. Exactly what the doctor ordered.
As I walked up to this shiny new cart, wondering what they were serving, I spied the giant fish on the top and chuckled. Not many carts have mascots or signage that depicts their food. Immediately, I saw Ben, the part owner and head chef. I met Ben in the past year through friends, so was immediately excited to see what he was cooking up. The menu spelled it out simply – Fish. This is the type of cart I will love. They offer one item and they put all their energy into making that one item perfect. Funny thing – when I was chatting with John about his 30 carts in 30 days, we discussed the need for some more good fish and chips in this town. Well, now we have it. Rick’s fish and chips come in either red snapper, cod or halibut. I believe cod is the tradition, yet when I asked for a recommendation, Ben suggested the red snapper and I’m glad he did. It was excellent. Ben batters both the fish and the fries with a coating of spices. I would lean towards lightly breaded. It wasn’t one of those heavy on the coating type of scenarios. The fish and chips are served with a little chunky slaw and your choice of sauce.
I was there only a few minutes to enjoy my meal and catch up with Ben when suddenly he was busy. People were coming from every direction and soon he had a line. First day and he was busy. How’s that for Portland. Way to go. I really enjoyed the fish and chips I had at Ricks. A good portion for the price and a notch above a traditional style of the meal. I’m intrigued to try some of the other items on the menu to see Ben’s take on them. I will definitely be back. Congratulations on opening Rick’s, welcome to foodcartland.
- Fish and Chips – Red Snapper, $5.50; Cod, $5.50; Halibut, $8
- Fish Tacos – 2 for $4
- Fish Sandwich – Red Snapper, $5.50; Cod, $5.50; Halibut, $8
- Shrimp Burger and Fries – $5.50
- Shrimp Cocktail – small, $2.50; large $4
Hours: Every day (including weekends) 11am to 4pm
Contact: Twitter: @Wild_Seafood