Big-Ass Sandwiches

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Big A** Sandwiches

Location: SE 52nd and Foster – Carts on Foster
Hours: Mon-Sat, 11am-7pm

The Story:

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.

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Big-A** Sandwich with roast beef

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]

Sample Menu:

  • 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

Hours: Mon-Sat, 11am-7pm
Contact: 503 803 0619 – call or text orders To Go
Social: @BigAssSandwich on Twitter and BigAssSandwiches on Facebook



  1. If I didn’t know what Béchamel was, and I looked at this menu, I might think I was learning about a new kind of cheese called Béchamel.

    Just to be clear, Béchamel is not a cheese. It’s a basic sauce made from butter, flour, milk, and seasonings. Béchamel alone never contains cheese.

    Therefore a “Béchamel cheese sauce” is a mix of Béchamel and some type of cheese. You could almost call this combination a Mornay sauce (but not quite).

    The More You Know™

  2. Steward, thanks for the education. I did not know that. The menu does call it a “cheese sauce,” so I will update accordingly.


  3. Our bechamel is a cheese sauce. We use mild cheddar and mix it with a roux, milk, butter and some spices. So yes, in our case it is a bechamel cheese sauce.

  4. So did anyone see Travel Channel tonight or any other night\???? R-U Hungry has the Fat Sandwich???? Primanti Brothers it to(The Fat Sammy) Hmmmm see how original?????? Meat, Cheese, Fries, wow how original can we get Portland??? Is it food porn,,,,nawww just a sandwich with fries, i had this today to try it out, although it was BIG and it will give you an A” it was a basic Roast beef on chewy bread with CHEESE sauce and potatoes nothing original,oh did i fail to mention the EXTRA CASH it takes for some topping’s???
    Anyhow good luck to you and The Original meat and potato French Sandwich from the rest of the world
    PS What a potty about people you have……

  5. davey nipples says

    awesome ingredients, with an attitude to suit it, this is a sandwich that rules the downtown streets………… of course i got mine with the bechamel cheese sauce, and some bacon, and it was nothing short of a tummy ‘gasm. i had to smoke a cigarette afterwards, and take a nap……… i’m getting old i guess. all in all, a great sandwich, a great deal, and great service. what more could you ask for portland!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. House roasted meats. Hand-cut fries. Horseradish sauce using lots of hand-shredded horseradish root. These are the top three things that, for me, make this sandwich great. I get the Roast Beef with cheese sauce and horseradish, and, with the pleasantly soft and chewy ciabatta bread and crisp fries on top, it’s a craving inducer.

  7. Wow Matt, you sound like a total A**hole. Half of your post was full of punctuation mistakes, grammatically incorrect and practically incoherent. Get out of Portland, we don’t need your kind in our awesome city. I live in Korea right now and I would kill to try one of these sandwiches. Go shove one up your a**.

  8. P.S. Not one sentence in this review says anything about the cart claiming to be “original.” Open your eyes and shut your mouth.

  9. Question: In the opinion of those who have already been to Big A**, is this sandwich best eaten immediately because of the fries (so they don’t up soggy), or will it keep if I took it home for dinner?

  10. Jason, good question. From my perspective, I don’t think it would get too soggy. The cheese sauce on mine actually firmed up as it cooled which is what I like.

    One option would be to ask if they can provide you the cheese sauce in a to go container that you can add later.

  11. I concur with Matt being an A** HOLE. Do you really think recipes are never replicated. That’s not the point dude. Ever have an omelete? Yeah, it’s eggs and some filling. But we all have our favorite breakfast spot and “that” omelete is the best in the world. It’s about what’s in front of you dog and Big ASS Sandwiches RULE the streets of Portland!!! So eat, enjoy and don’t be so bitter. It makes for a sour tummy.

  12. In the Texan language, we pronounce “bechamel” —- gravy!

  13. Just had a turkey gutbomb, with added coleslaw and horshradish. WoW! Awesome! Thanks Big A.

  14. Today, was my second venture from Vancouver to 3rd & Ash to consume one of these delicious sandwiches. First time was around the 29th of December. I thought that was delicious then, but the second go-around, I ordered the same thing. A roast beef gutbomb with grilled onions and mushrooms, all topped off with fresh french fries and a the delicious bechamel cheese sauce. And to add a little zing, aardvark. When being handed the sandwich, I had anticipated it to be lighter than it was, so upon receiving it, I almost dropped the sandwich, not knowing that what I have ordered was roughly two pounds of awesome win. After sitting down and unraveling the sandwich, I took a giant first bite. With the result of sheer ecstasy exploding in my mouth and a face literally covered in the cheese sauce, I knew that at that point, there is a god, and he has taken the form of a Big-Ass Sandwich. ’nuff said. Oh, and to Matt, I saw that episode and have eaten at Primanti’s and they have nothing on BAS.

    “Please Pork Hammer, Don’t Hunt ‘Em.”

  15. I have mapped out the route from my apartment in Tigard to Big-Ass Sandwiches, with an emphasis on speed. I can make it home with a steaming bag of magical sandwiches within 10 minutes on a good friday or saturday night. The cart is conveniently stuck next to Front (or Naito or whatever we’re calling it), which spits you onto I-5. My point? Do what you must to get to this joint, but get there. It’s worth it.

  16. I can’t begin to tell you how disappointed I was with the lousy sandwich I got from this cart. I AM A FOODIE. Watch Anthony Bourdain religiously. Read ALL of his books etc. Was frequenting carts around PDX as frequently as I could and have been so pleasantly surprised with the variety, the quality, and the price of carting my meals. The I came here to BigAssed Sandwiches and what I got for my money was a semi stale roll, very VERY over cooked and dried out beef, a load of cold french fries stuffed inside of the sandwich and some watered down gravy to make it a total tasteless mess.

    Do yourself a Big Ass favor and avoid this dump. With SO MANY HIGH QUALITY carts in our wonderful; city … you can do MUCH MUCH BETTER … Promise !

  17. Rico? You’re probably the Rico’s Tacos van guy. Jealous mutch?

  18. Rarian Rakista says

    Never had anything remotely approaching Rico’s experience, that said, I am not usually a fan of what I like to call the “ciabata treatment” but I was pleasantly surprised. The bread was chewy with a rich yeasty flavor, the fries were a little underdone but the meat was sumptuous, might consider getting a double meat next time. After ditching about half of the bread I ate the rest of the meat piece by piece at my desk throughout the afternoon.

  19. SilverWings says

    Big-Ass Sandwiches was disappointing. I tried the one with the beef and it was a sloppy gooey mess of cheese on top of meat that the roll didn’t contain.

  20. I have been to Big-Ass sandwiches many times as I live and work close by. The sandwiches are a great value as you receive a huge quantity of food for the price. Healthy? not really, but tastes fanastic.

    I was raised in Pittsburgh where Primanti brothers started putting fries on sandwiches (with coleslaw) many years ago. Big-Ass is similar in concept but they are much more creative with their weekly specials, check them out via twitter.

    I highly recommend trying Big-Ass sandwiches.

  21. Bryon Sinclair says

    Also a semi-finalist on Travel Channels “Best Sandwich in America” with Adam Richmond.

  22. Where are you now 52nd ? Are you open?


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