Location: SW 3rd and Oak
There seem to be a ton of new hot dog and sausage carts cropping up of late. Historically, hot dog and sausage vendors were the only food carts in town. Here in Portland, other cuisines and carts have outnumbered them now for awhile, but the tenacious hot dog vendors are back and offering some tasty new options. Beez Neez is the newest cart to join us in Portland, offering their Reindeer sausage, straight from Alaska.
I visited Beez Neez earlier in the week to talk with the owner Bryan and try one of the reindeer sausages. Bryan had recently moved here from Alaska via Seattle and brought some of his Alaska with him. The reindeer sausages are indeed from Alaska as we don’t have too many reindeer around here. Bryan described the taste as not being gamey as the reindeer is mixed with beef to create a traditional hot dog. I decided on the spicy version of the dog and added some caramelized onions, sweet relish and spicy brown mustard.
Bryan splits the dogs on the grill which is my new favorite way of enjoying both hot dogs and sausages. I like it because some dogs get too juicy inside and upon that first bite, your upper lip is burned with the hot boiling juices. The sausage itself was just the right spice. It had some kick, you could taste that it wasn’t an all beef dog and there was something different there. The addition of the onions and mustard made the lunch. Another great dog in the city of Portland.
Beez Neez does sell other dogs and sausages, so if reindeer isn’t your forte, there are other choices. As I was condimenting my dog, a businesswoman arived to order a brat, relaying a story of travelling through Germany and eating brats every day. Ahh, brats every day…makes your mouth water. Bryan at Beez Neez will offer you a sample of the sausage if you ask. If you get down there, tell them Food Carts Portland sent ya.
- Alaska Reindeer Sausage – mild or spicy – $4.75
- Louisiana Hot Link – $4.25
- German Bratwurst – $4.75
- Foot long kosher beef dog – $3.75
- Foot long kosher polish dog – $3.75
- add cream cheese and bacon to any dog – 75c
Hours: Monday through Thursday 11am-4pm; Friday 11am-2:30am (late night); Saturday 8pm-3am