Wolf & Bear’s

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Wolf & Bears

Location: N Mississippi south of Shaver by LAND. moved 10/2011 for winter

Description:

Field Trip. That’s what I call it. See, I work downtown, so it is pretty easy to visit most of the carts in a given lunch hour. When you expand to the east side though, then we call it a field trip. We line up, hold hands, count off and get on the bus; two by two by two…. Seriously though, I had my time concerns for lunch, yet Wolf & Bear’s made it worth the trip.

Wolf & Bear’s is a new cart run by a young couple with both ties to Israel and it comes out in their food. I hadn’t heard of it until a friend of mine tweeted that she took her daughter there and the owners were so excited that she pronounced the name of one of their sandwiches properly. The Sabich (pronounced s-ah-biqh) is a traditional Jewish/Middle Eastern breakfast sandwich which I would eat as an every day meal. With a fresh large pita, they put together hummus, grilled eggplant, hard boiled egg, onions, cucumber, pickles, parsley and salad greens topped with house tahini sauce and amba (mango pickle.)

Sabich from Wolf & Bears

Sabich from Wolf & Bear’s

When I saw the reference to breakfast and the inclusion of eggs, I wasn’t sure what they were concocting, but boy was that a great pita. The pita itself was chewy and fresh, the hummus garlicky, but not overwhelming. The grilled eggplant mixed with the fresh onions, cucumbers and greens gave the entire sandwich such a bright fresh flavor. I have been enjoying fresh veggies all summer from the garden and the veggies they used had that same freshly picked flavor. I devoured that sandwich at the provided picnic table while sitting under a large umbrella with my house made lemonade.  Not a bad way to escape from the office for an hour and relax.

When you read through Wolf & Bear’s menu, you see they have taken their time to put together some signature dishes. Each dish is vegetarian and can be made vegan at request. They pride themselves by making the hummus and labneh (creamy cheese made from uncultured yogurt) from scratch. All sauces and dressings are vegan For those concerned about gluten, they use sprouted garbanzos in the falafel so those are gluten free. What more could you ask for.

You need a break today from the downtown hustle. I suggest a field trip. Put on your backpack, grab your permission slip and head on over to Wolf & Bear’s – and tell them Food Carts Portland sent ya.

Sample Menu:

  • Roadside snack – homemade labneh or hummus on pita topped with salad greens and drizzles of olive oil – $5
  • Sabich – (Jewish traditional breakfast) – pita filled with hummus, grilled eggplant, hard boiled egg, diced onions and cucumbers, pickes, parsley and salad greens topped with tahini and amba – $7
  • Falafel – pita filled with hummus, caramelized onion, roasted red peppers, grilled eggplant, fresh falafel and salad greens topped with tahini – $6.50
  • Out to Lunch – pita layered with labneh, gorgonzola crumbles, caramelized onions, roasted red peppers, falafel, salad greens and ground pepper – drizzled with olive oil – $7
  • Salads – $5.50
  • Housemade lemondade with mint – $2
  • Kombucha – $3
  • Cold brewed iced coffee – $2

Hours: Wednesday/Thursday 12pm – 8pm; Friday/Saturday 12pm-10pm
Phone/Contact: unknown
Website: Wolf & Bear’s on MySpace
Twitter: WolfandBears

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Comments

  1. Hey there,

    I love this cart! Did you happen to get the hours for it? I think they are like Thurs- Monday but I’m not sure…

    Thanks!

  2. Alexis, the hours listed above are Thurs – Mon, 12-8pm.

  3. this sounds great- I thought it looked a little too stylish to be solid, but now I have to make the trip!

  4. A couple weeks ago I tried the sabich. Two days later I had to go back and have it again. This is an excellent sandwich, and the zhug (green hot sauce) is phenomenal.

  5. Arthur Delaney says:

    Currently on hiatus for winter…won’t be open for the next couple of months.

  6. “For those concerned about gluten, they use sprouted garbanzos in the falafel so those are gluten free. What more could you ask for.”

    Even though the garbanzos may be sprouted, don’t most folks use wheat flour as a binder when making falafel? I suspect it’s not really GF. But still, this place looks great! I can’t wait to try them! Yummmmmm!

  7. Wolf & Bear’s is open again, and they have new hours:
    W+Th: 12-8
    F+Sat: 12-10

    I tried the sabich today, and it was damn tasty. Will definitely be going back.

  8. hi there, i would like to humbly request that you add the following tags to Wolf and Bear’s link, in all fairness to the true nature and origen(s) of their dishes :)

    * Israeli
    * Falafel
    * Middle Eastern
    * Sabih
    * Vegetarian
    * Vegan
    * Hummus
    * Hot Sauce

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