Location: SW 5th and Harrison
Hours: Mon-Fri, 8am-3pm
Get a few friends together (6) who like breakfast food, purchase and outfit an 1980′s Volkwagon camper van into a functioning food cart and you have Volkswaffle.
I admire that six friends are close enough to open a food cart together. With the hours the cart is open, it would need some dedication. I just wonder how they all fit inside… Volkswaffle isn’t just another waffle cart. They are doing a Belgian style waffle served on a plate instead of the sandwich style we find elsewhere. The key to Volkswaffle’s waffle is their batter which creates a light and fluffy base which can be topped with an assortment of toppings including home made jams and fresh fruit. They even offer the hard to find chicken and waffle combo.
The day we visited, a sunny fall lunch, the grill was hot and we splurged for a dessert style meal – a Belgian waffle with Nutella, whipped cream and sliced bananas – The Priscilla. My first bite was to snag a banana and dip it in the whip cream as if it may be taken away at any moment. Something about whipped cream reminds me of sneaking spoonfuls of Cool Whip from the tub in the fridge as a child. The waffle was crispy and fluffy, just as described. Nutella! Do I need to even describe it? I could put Nutella on almost anything. The hazelnut chocolate flavor with the waffle, cream and bananas made us smile.
Volkswaffle is open most days at 8am and stays open late into the night along with the other couple of carts on the lot. Having a sweet fruit covered Belgian waffle while sitting around the campfire on the lot sounds like fun on a cool fall evening. Go visit Volkswaffle, say hello, and let them know Food Carts Portland sent ya.
[Update Feb 2011 - now located at PSU on SW 5th and Harrison]
[Update Feb 2011 - updates to hours, phone, menu]
See website for expanded menu:
- Classic Belgian Waffle: powdered sugar, butter and maple syrup – $4
- Breakfast Waffle: butter, maple syrup, 2 eggs any style – $5
- Elvis: peanut butter, bananas and honey – $4
- Priscilla: Nutella, bananas and whip cream – $4
- PBFF: peanut butter and fresh seasonal fruit – $3.50
- Chicken and Waffles – $7
- Create your own: $2.50 with additional toppings $.50 or $1.