Viking Soul Food

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Viking Soul Food

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Location: SE 43rd and Belmont

Hours: T-S, 11am-7pm

The Story:

Portland has been known to re-invent food whether it be organic, locavore or just re-visiting old ideas. With the carts, we keep getting introduced to cuisine that we just can’t get at a local restaurant. With the opening of Viking Soul Food this past summer, we now have a Norse cart, and I think they are the first.

Megan Walhood contacted us here at Food Carts Portland last summer to let us know she was opening the cart and all I could do was giggle with joy. To have Norse inspired food in my neighborhood was a dream come true. Growing up, every holiday introduced my siblings and I to new family recipes which included either lefse or pickled herring and even lutefisk, a whitefish preserved in lye then reconstituted. While my parents and grandparents believed it was a treat, as an 8 yr old, it was one of the scariest dishes I had ever seen or tasted. Though trying new dishes was an adventure. As an adult though, I have come to appreciate those complex flavors and am glad they are part of my heritage. Whether Megan will serve us some of these old world delicacies, we’ll see.

Lefse from Viking Soul Food

Lefse from Viking Soul Food

Meghan has a great little menu at her vintage cart with most everything focused around Lefse, a Norwegian flatbread. I’m used to having lefse just with butter and sugar, yet Meghan amps it up by serving it with meatballs or smoked salmon or lingonberries. We enjoyed lefse with smoked salmon and pickled cabbage. The light texture norwegian tortilla wrapped around the smoky flavors of the salmon and sour cabbage create a wonderful little flavor profile worthy of a second visit. Eaten either as a snack or in multiples, these are a great find.

Viking Soul Food is one of those carts you will keep returning to. Meghan is welcoming and a genius with her griddle. Come winter, she’ll introduce some seasonal specials to introduce more of Portland to the flavors of northern Europe. When my family meets up after turkey day for our annual sausage making, I’ll be sure to bring some Swedish sausage back to see if our recipes have held up over the years. Some friendly competition. Viking Soul Food is now open at Dreamer’s Marketplace on NE MLK which now has heated and covered seating so you can sit down and enjoy your meal. Let Meghan know Food Carts Portland sent ya.

Sample Menu:

  • Lefse with butter and flor de sal or butter and local honey: $2.50 or 2 for $4
  • Lefse with Norse meatballs, Gjetost sauce, pickled cabbage: $4.50 or 2 for $8
  • Lefse with Akevitt curred, Duchess smoked salmon, dill creme fraiche, watercress: $4.50 or 2 for $8
  • Lefse with mushroom and nut balls, Rogue blue vein, parsley sauce: $4.50 or 2 of $8
  • Lefse with lingonberries and Duchess cheese: $3.50 or 2 for $6

Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 11am-7pm
Phone: 503-704-5481
Website: VikingSoulFood.com
Facebook: Viking Soul Food

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Comments

  1. Amazing wraps here, highly recommend the bratwurst special and the lemon curd sweet lefse.

  2. Fantastic food here! I am getting hungry just reading the menu. A great deal as well these wraps are very satisfying portions.

  3. Meghan is a seriously talented chef. The flavors are incredible and her seasonal specials are truly a find: dungeness crab and chanterelles, fishcakes and sweet potatoes…yum!

  4. Evelyn Johnson says:

    This is one of my favorite carts in Portland. The Dungeness crab, slaw special I tried was by far one of the tastiest things I have ever eaten. I am adding Viking Soul Food to my permanent cart rotation. If I didn’t know to look for it, I’m not sure I would have found it since it is in the back and around the corner of the pod of NE MLK and Graham. The portions were decent but if you’re super hungry, I would recommend two. They fortunately offer great discounts for two wraps. I tried the chocolate, hazelnut dessert crepe as a second choosing, accompanied by hot apple cider and all three hit the spot for a rainy, cold January day. Great job VSF!

  5. Just had their Meatball/Onion/Cheese Sandwich-fantastic! The flavors went together beautifully. I wish I had tried all of her wraps.

  6. Bertha Pearl says:

    Delicious!!! I had the crab special and the smoked salmon…next I want to try the sweet ones! I wish it was closer to my house!

  7. Viking Soul moved to 20 & everett ne to a new pod with 3 other carts, looks real nice.

  8. I finally had the chance to try Jeremy’s favorite it was the Lefse with nuts and flor de sal or butter and local honey it was probably the healthiest thing i have had at a cart in some time and i truly enjoyed it, an absolute must on my menu for this palace a true jewel of jewels. My kids favorite thing about Megan & Jeremy’s (VIKING SOUL) is playing with the sword and helmet it keeps them going for 3 or 4 minutes. Now with this fantastic cart added to our venue we have healthy options too, so to all you reading this go down say hi or Hallo in native tongue and keep Portland weird & eat at the carts…..Tell Rick sent ya.

  9. There last day will be May, 17th 2014 according to their website:
    “Life has been tumultuous for us over the past few weeks and we have had to make some major decisions. Meg’s dad has very suddenly been diagnosed with an extremely aggressive cancer called glioblastoma. This means the two of us will be needing a lot more free time than food cart ownership allows.
    MAY 17, 2014, WHICH ALSO HAPPENS TO BE NORWAY’S CONSTITUTION DAY, WILL BE VIKING SOUL FOOD’S LAST DAY OPERATING AS A FOOD CART. WE WILL BE OPEN WEDNESDAY-SATURDAY 12-8PM (OR UNTIL WE SELL OUT) RIGHT UP TO THAT DATE.”

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