Timmy’s Fish Fry



Timmy's Fish Fry

Location: SW Montgomery at 9th in the Park Blocks
Hours: M-F, 11am-5pm

The Story:

Portland has food carts of all different styles-  former hunting trailers, re-purposed U Haul trucks and purpose built carts that started from a flatbed. What we have few of are traditional old school push carts that were the forefront of streetfood in this city and also define streetfood elsewhere. Timmy’s Fish Fry, a newer cart at Portland State University is one of these carts born from the hot dog cart of yore.

Tim Bass literally dreamed up Timmy’s one night last summer and spent three to four months working out the details, getting inspections and setting up his cart at Portland State University. Tim’s cart is different than what we’re use to, a pushcart that is both open to the elements and arrives in the morning and leaves at the end of the day. In Portland, these types of carts are few and far between. When placing a cart on parks and rec land like the park blocks, you have to follow an extra set of regulations and roll up the sidewalks every day. Not a trivial task. I checked out Tim’s cart, both compact and functional, allowing him to deliver a simple menu of excellent quality items well prepared.

Fried Catfish Sandwich

Fried Catfish Sandwich

I first tried fried catfish in the south a few years ago and whenever I get a chance, I order it. Some people are drawn to salmon, I’m a catfish fan. Tim offers up a fried catfish sandwich with crispy fillet atop some cole slaw on a french roll. The batter for the fish is made up of Bob’s Red Mill flour and some good old Hamm’s beer. A crisp light coating creates an excellent flavor with the fish. The slaw has a malt vinegar touch to it, providing a balance and zing for the fish similar to when you get fish and chips at a British pub and douse it with the malt. Sometimes, fried fish fillets are overly greasy, but not at Timmy’s, not at all. An excellent sandwich.

Timmy’s sets up his cart in the park blocks of SW Montgomery at Portland State University. Since he is fully mobile, you may see him elsewhere in the city, keep your eyes open. I enjoyed chatting with Tim and hearing his story and enjoying the sandwich he made me. Drop on by for a visit and let him know Food Carts Portland sent ya.

Sample Menu:

  • Bay Shrimp Roll: french roll with bay shrimp and sauce – $6
  • Crispy Catfish Roll: battered catfish, cole slaw, aioli on French roll – $6
  • Fried Calimari – $5
  • Fish Fry: fried pieces of cod, house made potato chips and slaw – $7

Hours: Monday-Friday, 11am-5pm
Email: tdbass1@yahoo.com
Facebook: Timmy’s Fish Fry



  1. Deb Mustard says

    I’ve had the fish and chips several times, everything is very good! I especially like the aioli!

  2. I had the calamari a few weeks ago. It was excellent! Hand battered and fried in front of you with a good selection of hot sauces (CRUCIAL).

  3. Maybe he will read this- french fries would make this a complete “meal” and I would eat it daily.

  4. Fantastic catfish sandwich! Worth the trip (two Max stops from downtown). Will be back to try the rest of the menu.

  5. Holy buckets this place is amazing!!! Fish and chips were awesome! They even gave my dog a biscuit the size of her head to chomp on while we waited. Very friendly and very clean!! They also have just about every kind of sauce you could hope for. Check it out, you won’t be disappointed!

  6. Russtafari says

    This cart is amazing. He knows seafood and how to fry it to perfection. Seasonal local catch, excellent fixins, and supreme sauces….When will this food cart open a restaurant? The ONLY thing that would improve the experience would be an ice cold pint to go with!

  7. Went by the location last week, nothing there. Is it still summer vacation?? OR is this place closed.

Speak Your Mind


This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.