Location: SW 3rd and Washington
Hours: M-F, 11:30-3pm
When you see a cart with Hog in the name and the logo has a pig above a fire made from 503, you know you have a local who want to sell you some pork. Hog Time is here for you pig eaters.
Opened in June of 2011, Hog Time is made up of the mad chef skills of Dave and the welcoming attitude of Garrett. Dave cut his teeth in Portland’s restaurant scene at Macadam’s Grill before he and Garrett decided to buy a trailer and take their show on the road. If the name didn’t let the cat out of the bag, this cart is focused on pork sandwiches. Using the shoulder cut of the hog, they braise it and then slow cook it for their sandwiches.
A cart can define itself not only with the unique name and excellent food, but also with memorable food items. At Hog Time, the sandwiches have some great titles including the Boss Hog, the Sloppy Hog and the one I enjoyed, the Hogita. The Hogita is a wrap, similar to a gyro, but with braised hog. The pita used is handmade and Dave’s own recipe which includes yogurt to give it a moistness and a bit of masa flour for texture and flavor. The wrap, while messy, melts in your mouth. As I devoured it, I could taste the masa in the pita and with the chipotle sauce they add, the kick was just what I was wanting on that cool summer day. The pork was top notch, similar to pulled pork, but with more chunks. Overall, I enjoyed it and even returned a couple days later for a follow-up wrap. These guys know their pork and have figured out a few new ways to present it for lunch.
Hog Time is open at the lot at SW 3rd and Washington on the Washington side of the street. In addition to sandwiches, they also have fries and even a taco. Check them out next time you have a craving for some pig and say hi to Garrett and Dave, two friendly guys who want you to enjoy their food. Let them know Food Carts Portland sent ya.
- Hogita: braised hog, lettuce, tomato, chipotle and yogurt sauces on homemade pita – $7
- Boss Hog: braised, battered and fried hog, lettuce, tomato, green chili and chipotle sauce on grilled brioche bun – $6.50
- Sloppy Hog: shredded hog, chipotle sauce on brioche bun – $6
- Pig Pen: crispy salted fries below shredded hog, queso fresco and sauces – $5
Hours: M-F, 11:30-3pm
Facebook: Hog Time