The Story: When Portland’s brunch obsession becomes a skit on Portlandia, you know it has to be true. Portlanders love brunch and breakfast, as the hour long waits and mile long lines at many PDX breakfast joints will attest. So here’s a tip – check out the new breakfast and brunch spot The Egg Carton on SE Foster. Besides the clever pun of a name, this cart has plenty of covered seating, high quality breakfast vittles, and no long lines. Hurrah! Power to the Portland Breakfast People!
Do you like Eggs Benedict in all it’s rich, buttery, velvety, Hollandaise Sauce glory? The Egg Carton offers three versions of it: the traditional Canadian Bacon version, one with fresh tomato and basil, or a Louisiana style Benedict with Andouille sausage.
Or if something sweeter starts your morning engine, try their French Toast with maple Bourbon syrup, or the French Toast with fresh Oregon Strawberries and whipped cream. Yes please!
But it’s the FoPo Cristo that already seems to be The Egg Carton’s signature dish: A perfect combo of sweet and savory. Named after the nickname for the Foster-Powell neighborhood this cart is located in, The Egg Carton’s version of the Monte Cristo sandwich is outrageously good and decadent – stuffed with an oozey yolk fried egg, cheddar cheese, bacon, Canadian bacon, sweet and spicy mustard, strawberry jam, all between two thick cut pieces of French Toast and dusted with powdered sugar. Yes, it’s rich. Yes, it’s filling. And whew, did I not just satisfy two hungry adults with this sandwich for a total of $7? I did! Thanks Egg Carton!
In between sips of The Egg Carton’s refreshing Red Sunrise (a mimosa mocktail made with fresh squeezed OJ, gingerale, and fresh raspberries), I managed to talk with the very friendly and enthusiastic owners of The Egg Carton. Sarah and Tim left solid careers in retail (Sarah) and in law (Tim) to open up their little blue dream cart. Sarah started methodically and slow – working at the Woodstock Farmers Market for two years doing various food related jobs, studying food, catering, and even writing about food on her own blog = improbablefarmer.com.
Local, seasonal foods are part of this cart’s mission, and the quality of ingredients shines through. They do warn everyone about their newness with a sign, “…The Egg Carton is a work in progress…,” but we can’t wait to see what else they have in store. Keep your eyes on The Egg Carton, they have all the makings to become a Portland food cart classic.
- Eggs Benedict. With Canadian Bacon, Tomato & Basil, or Andouille Sausage Patty – $7 (half order $5)
- French Toast with Maple Bourbon Syrup – $6
- French Toast with Fresh Seasonal Fruit and Whipped Cream – $7
- FoPo Cristo – Fried egg, cheddar cheese, Canadian bacon, bacon, strawberry jam. Served between French Toast slices and dusted with powdered sugar – $7
- Fresh Fruit Side – $1
- Bacon, two slices – $1
- Fresh Squeezed OJ – $2
- Red Sunrise (Mimosa Mocktail) – $3
- Cellar Door Coffee (Local Microroast) – $1.50/$2/$2.25