Location: Q-19 Food Pod, NW 19th and Quimby
Hours: M-F, 11am-2pm
Slabtown has some new restaurant options. In an area known for a bit of residential and a bit of industrial, food carts have laid claim to serve the area. Briskets, with its bright yellow cart, wants you to visit soon.
Briskets in Slabtown opened in 2011 with a single focus – bring the family brisket recipe to the eaters of Portland. Steve opened the cart earlier this fall with the help from family and friends and some great recipes for brisket. Inside the cart, Steve and his buddy Rick smoke the brisket daily with an electric wood-burning smoker. They also bake their own ciabatta bread for the sandwiches. When we say it is a family business, we mean it. The family has been catering for years and now a second generations is carrying on the tradition.
Briskets focuses on brisket. Did I even need to point that out? With three different types, you can enjoy it either as a sandwich or a platter. When offered choices and I have the option of querying the owner, I always ask what their specialty is or what they are most proud of. At Briskets, it is the wood-smoked style which is smothered with their housemade bourbon BBQ sauce and brown sugar pepper bacon and smoked overnight. The sandwich, with the thick cut but “break apart in your mouth” brisket along with some extra sauce is served on the fresh ciabatta they made that day. Taking that first bite, the ciabatta adds a chewiness that complements the soft, sweet brisket. I enjoy a lot of sandwiches with all forms of meat and this sandwich was one of the best of the breed. Briskets knows what they’re doing and does it well.
Briskets continues the tradition of redefining what many may thing of as an old school dish. With great flavor combinations and the freshness of everything being made daily, Briskets will gain an audience among Portland’s street food fans. Drop on by Q-19 and give Briskets a try. If it is raining, you can go inside the bar to enjoy your sandwich with a beer or cocktail. Let them know Food Carts Portland sent ya.
You can order either a sandwich with 1 side for $7.50 or a platter with 2 sides for $10. Types of brisket:
- Dijon and Apple Glazed – slow roasted until tender, topped with jicama, apple & fennel slaw
- Old Fashioned Pot Roast – made with Lucky Lab Porter and served with loads of gravy and port caramelized onions
- Wood Smoked – smoked all night with bourbon BBQ sauce and brown sugar pepper bacon
- Roasted garlic mashed yukons
- mac & cheese
- tomato, asparagus, avocado and feta salad
- salad greens with cider vinaigrette
- maple bacon beans
- cole slaw
- red potato salad
Hours: M-F, 11am-2pm
Resources: Debit/Credit carts accepted