[Closed Jan 2011]
Location: SW 3rd and Stark
Hours: M-F, lunchtime
Historically, Portland’s food carts have the traditional hot dog cart to thank for their success. Nowadays, every pod has a dog cart offering up either traditional franks or something quite unique. Now we add an extra layer – a hot dog from France. I give you the Grill Hut.
Any day of the week you can get a Hebrew National or a Zenner’s brat. You can get a bacon wrapped dog from Siete Suerte or a jalapeno cheddar dog from Bro-Dogs. The Grill Hut though now offers a hot dog with a French influence. The Grill Hut gets its name from their sister restaurant in Paris where the original “The Boss” sauce was created. In Paris, dogs and sandwiches have been served with this flare since 1969. This past summer they decided Portland was where they wanted to expand. The cute little cart is replete with a motif of the Eiffel Tower to prove they are indeed from Paris.
The “French Dog” is a grilled hot dog served on a french roll with their single signature “The Boss” sauce, some shredded lettuce and cheese. The idea behind the single sauce is that one sauce is all you need. No mingling! The french roll is a great vessel for the dog as it doesn’t get soggy and fall apart like traditional buns. The dog surprised me with a rich grilled flavor I wasn’t expecting but enjoyed immensely. The bun worked as designed and stayed together without allowing the dog to fall through the bottom. The sauce was a blend of ketchup and mustard and thousand island flavors even though I don’t actually know if those are the ingredients. A good dog with a unique story.
The Grill Hut opened at the tail end of summer and offers up covered seating for those rainy days Portland sometimes enjoys. When we visited, we were served by a couple of cute little girls with berets and French accents. Wouldn’t it be cool to get a beret with each dog? Wander on down to The Grill Hut, enjoy their signature dog or one of their sandwiches and let them know Food Carts Portland sent ya. Vive la France.
- French Dog: with “The Boss” sauce on a French roll – $5
- French Chicken: French chicken sandwich – $6
- French Roast Beef: French roast beef sandwich – $6
- French Pork Roast: French pork sandwich – $6
Hours: Monday-Friday, 11-2pm – lunchtime