Location: Varied – check Twitter and website for updated locations
Ahh, German food. I am of German ancestry, so when I smell the brats or sauerkraut or see deli mustard, I get tingly inside and my mouth starts to water. We have a few carts here in Portland that serve up some German items, but now we have a roving truck that is all German all the time. I give you VanSchnitzels!
VanSchnitzels specializes in schnitzel sandwiches. A schnitzel is a pork or chicken cutlet that is pounded, then breaded and fried. Many in Portland know of the schnitzel either from the Rheinlander restaurant in NE or from Tabor and their famous Schnitzelwich sandwich. VanSchnitzels is owned and operated by Dan and Marsha who lived in Germany for many years absorbing German cuisine. They decided to buy a Kurbmaster Step-Van and make it a roving kitchen.
The day we visited VanSchnitzels, they were parked directly across from KoiFusion at the corner of W. Burnside at 4th. It was a cool photo to see two food trucks facing each other…dueling for customers. Marsha was very generous and gave us a sampling of three of her salads for us to try along with our schnitzel sandwiches. The salads – a marinated cucumber; a carrot and a German style coleslaw were wonderful. I am a big fan of marinated veggies and these salads hit the mark.
The schnitzel sandwich was just as I imagined – a pork schnitzel, pounded, breaded and fried placed on a roll with some lettuce and tomato. Dan recommended trying the homemade curry ketchup with the sandwich. I’m glad I did as it gave the sandwich a little kick. We enjoyed the salads and the sandwiches while sitting in the sun at the Car Wash Fountain just down the street and look forward to seeing VanSchnitzels in the neighborhood very soon.
VanSchnitzels is a roving truck, so they don’t have a permanent location. They have been at SW4th and W Burnside, SW 15th and Salmon by Lincoln High and in SE at 26th and Holgate. To find their current location, you could follow them on Twitter or visit their blog. The great thing about being truly mobile is that they may show up at your local neighborhood street fair this summer. Willkommen to the jungle Dan and Marsha. Check out the VanSchnitzel schnitzel van if you are out and about and let them know Food Carts Portland sent ya.
- Schnitzel sandwich: pork or chicken – $6
- Schnitzel plate with 2 sides – $8.50
- Bratwurst – $4.50
- Currywurst – $4.50
Sides – $2
- French Frys
- Spätzle (German noodles)
- Red Cabbage
- Marinated salads – cucumber or carrot