Location: SW 9th and Washington
We received an email the other day about a new cart open at a location I couldn’t picture – SW 11th and Salmon. Initially, I thought they had given me the incorrect location, but then I walked up and found this nice new cart – Eat This!
Eat This! is the craft of James Drinkward, a chef who has spent the last few years at local Fratelli restaurant and decided to venture out on his own. Even the day I visited, he lamented about having to finish his last week of work there. Though, I would assume the hard work is paying off. Eat This! serves up what they refer to as “globally inspired flatbreads.” All I know is what they create is a work of art that will have you coming back for more.
James’ cart is rather large, so when you arrive, it appears there isn’t much equipment inside, but what he has is vast amounts of stainless steel counter space which is key. James makes the flatbread by hand when you order. Little balls of dough made of a whole wheat flour blend are piled at the edge of the floured counter where James does his handiwork. The flatbread then hits the grill along with the fixin’s to make the signature wrap. I thoroughly enjoyed a flatbread with braised beef brisket and Parmesan creamed spinach. Can you say tasty? Whole wheat, unleavened breads like this have a texture unique to themselves that lend to fond memories like when you have a freshly made tortilla. While the flatbread at Eat This! isn’t a tortilla, it had the same mouth-feel I have come to know when wheat flour and water are kneaded together and then grilled. The brisket along with the creamed spinach make this a very memorable treat.
With new carts opening almost daily, a chef needs to distinguish themselves with that all important first impression. James didn’t know we were visiting until after I took my first bite, but treated me like a longtime customer. Everything was handmade right then and there – adding to a memorable experience. If you are downtown, check out Eat This! and enjoy a flatbread. Let them know Food Carts Portland sent ya.
[Update: December 2010, Eat This moved to SW 9th and Washington]
- Handmade flatbread with braised Black Angus beef brisket and Parmesan creamed spinach – $6.50
- Handmade flatbread with grilled fresh asparagus, homemade Ricotta and balsamic onions – $6.50
- Handmade flatbread with spice roast chicken, garlicky white beans and homemade bacon – $6.50
- Handmade flatbread with eggs to your liking and Parmesan and balsamic onions – $6.50
Hours: Monday-Friday, 11am-4pm