Location: SE 43rd and Belmont, Good Food Here
Hours: Mon-Thurs, 12-3 and 6-8:30; Fri/Sat, 12-9:30; Sun, 12-5
Here in this fine food cart town, you can find ice cream, cupcakes, pie, Italian Ice and even cake, but until a few months ago, no cart was focusing only on crème brûlée. Sweet Pea’s does it and does it well.
Kate and Tim do everything from scratch making each crème brûlée fresh every morning. With three different flavors, Tahitian vanilla, orange cognac and hazelnut, they are pretty busy prepping enough for a long day at the cart. Prior to serving each, they caramelize the top with a butane torch which creates that amazing crust you brake through to the creamy custard below. While crème brûlée is their bread and butter per se, they also do a bit more magic in the kitchen. While chatting with Kate, she offered me one of their homemade marshmallows. Really? Homemade marshmallows? I think the only time I every even attempted that we ended up throwing out utensils and pans because they were so hardened with burn sugar. That is truly a skill and those little puffs of sugar were a treat. Kate and Tim also make their own salted caramels that they package individually. Mix a good salt with anything sweet and you create an amazing taste combination. Even before I devoured the crème brûlée, I sat back and simply enjoyed letting the caramel melt in my mouth and stick to my teeth. Some sweet treats from a great little cart.
Sweet Pea’s Brulee is open for the lunch hour and dinner in to evening most of the week and all day Friday-Sunday. The Good Food Here lot has plenty of meal options for you and your family and friends while also offering treats like crème brûlée. Next time your sweet tooth begins to ache, check out Sweet Pea’s Brulee for some wonderful treats and sample some of their marshmallows. Let them know Food Carts Portland sent ya.
- Crème Brûlée: classic vanilla, orange cognac or hazelnut – $4
- Marshmallow topped crème brûlée – $4.50
- Marshmallows: vanilla, strawberry orange or coconut – $1 for 2pack
- Vanilla Salted Caramel Chews – 50c
Full Menu available at Sweet Pea’s Brulee website