Location: SE 50th and Division – A la Carts Food Pavillion
Hours: 11am-10pm daily
Here in Portland we talk carts not trucks. Most everywhere else, the street food scene centers around trucks that roam the streets feeding the hungry. Wandering this city, you see every flavor of mobile cart from simple tow behind hot dog carts to retrofitted 60′s travel trailers to high end commercial kitchens on wheels. Pork Chop City took it to a whole new level with one of the largest trailers I have seen. Lots of space to do some serious cooking.
When I first spotted Roger William’s trailer out of Beaverton Hillsdale Hwy, I didn’t think it was a food vendor. I thought it was a NASCAR trailer with the size and wrapping. Then, earlier this summer walking down 3rd ave, there it was, taking up the entire frontage of a strange triangular island created by how Portland mapped out streets downtown some 100 yrs ago. The trailer is beautiful and built to handle big crowds whether they be the lunch types or late night bar goers. My order came out in less than 3 minutes on a busy day.
Portland loves pork. Pork. Pork. Pork. Just downtown, there are six or seven carts serving up their recipe of pulled pork whether it be a sandwich or plate. At Pork Chop City, they do pulled pork, beef brisket and chicken, presenting them a few different ways. The #1 item on the menu is a sandwich aptly christened Simply Wrong. Smoked pulled pork, smoked beef brisket and cole slaw on a Portland French pub bun. One pound of smoked meats. I’m glad they get the veggies in there. While my inner devil wanted to see what that looked like, I balked and ordered the #2 item, the Sorta Wrong with about 1/4lb less meat. Still a huge sandwich with a heap of meat. Whomever decided to pair cole slaw with smoked pork gets a trophy in my food hall of fame. I love the cold creamy crunch mixed with the squeaky shredded pork and beef. Mixing the brisket and pulled pork together is genius, giving me the best of both worlds. More than one should really eat for lunch, but I did it and walked away a happy man.
Pork Chop City is now the sixth cart in the area to serve the bar goers and those waiting in line for Voodoo Doughnuts. If you’re a sandwich fan or simply enjoy smoked meats, check them out. On a hot day, try their Hawaiian shaved ice with twenty five different flavors. Let them know Food Carts Portland sent ya.
- Simply Wrong: smoked pulled pork, smoked beef brisket, cole slaw on Portland French pub bun – $9
- Sorta Wrong: same as above but a bit smaller – $8
- Smoked Beef Brisket Sandwich – $7
- Smoked Pulled Pork Sandwich – $6
- Chicken Bento – $8
- Pork Bento – $8
- Smoked Meat Sampler – a bit of everything – $12
- Smoked Pork Chop Meal – $12
- Smoked Rib Meal – $12
- Broiled Chicken Meal – $9
- Sides: steamed rice, corn, baked beans, apple sauce, cole slaw, mac salad, potato salad – $2 each
- Hawaiian Shaved Ice – $4