Location: SE 52nd and Foster – Carts on Foster
Hours: Mon-Sat, 11am-7pm
I think the name tells the story. Big-Ass Sandwiches is now open and they sell giant sandwiches and a bit more. A cart that has been a few months in the making, Big-Ass Sandwiches is the brainchild of Lisa and Brian Wood who have brought us a great cart with a wonderful offering of food that will sate you and then some.
The collective “we” on Twitter first learned about Big-Ass Sandwiches back in September with a cryptic coming soon post. After they posted a photo of one of their sandwiches, the cart goers among us drooled. I have enjoyed following the journey of Big-Ass Sandwiches from idea to fruition. Through the power of social media like Twitter and Facebook, I was able to join Lisa and Brian on their adventure of opening a cart. We could experience the joys, the sorrows, the excitement and even the frustration. I felt I was there when they first saw the custom cart they were having built. I was able to feel the happiness when they landed the cart at 3rd and Ash even though the previous weekend was filled with some challenges with fees and a broken oven. The Internet and social media allowed us cart food fans to be a part of this opening culminating in the excitement and sheer joy when they opened on December 21st. That opening day, the energy emanating from the cart through Lisa via Twitter and the customers was palpable. Ahh, the power of the people.
The Big-Ass Sandwich is pretty much what you would imagine. A wonderfully large ciabatta roll with well prepared thinly sliced roast beef and topped with house made french fries and creamy cheese, I had to use every napkin to get clean. I even got a little dangerous and had them add Secret Aardvark hot sauce to give it a little zing. I was a happy eater as I devoured the sandwich. The Béchamel cheese sauce they offer is a perfect choice as it penetrated the entire sandwich, but wasn’t drippy when I finally began eating it. All in all, a great sandwich. I chose roast beef, but you can also get the sandwich with ham or turkey and they even offer a Big-Ass Vegetarian sandwich.
Big-Ass Sandwiches is a another great addition to the food cart bonanza of 2009. These are large sandwiches, so if that dissuades you, don’t let it. Grab a friend and split the sandwich. You won’t be disappointed. I feel honored to have joined in on the journey with Lisa and Brian and thank them for that. The cart is open daily and as an added bonus will be open for New Years Eve to feed the masses. I predict a crazy night. If you have never tried a sandwich with fries on it, you should check out Big-A** Sandwiches and tell them Food Carts Portland sent ya.
[Big-Ass Sandwiches moved to The Row on SE 2nd and Oak in November 2012]
[Big-Ass Sandwiches move to Carts on Foster in March 2015]
- The Big-Ass Breakfast Sandwich – scrambled eggs, hashbrowns and choice of bacon or sausage piled onto a ciabatta roll – $6
- The Big-Ass Sandwich – choice of roasted turkey, roast beef or ham with homemade french fries; grilled and piled onto a ciabatta roll – $5
- The Big-Ass Vegetarian – field roast deli slices with homemade french fries; grilled and piled onto a ciabatta roll – $6
- The Gutbomb – all the deliciousness of The Big-Ass Sandwich with double meat and double cheese – $7
- Add Béchamel cheese sauce for $1
- Cheese Fries – $3
- Bacon Cheese Fries – $4
- Colseslaw – $1
- Mexican Coke or Jarritos – $1.50