Flew The Coop

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Flew The Coop

Location: NE 60th and Halsey, The Barley Pod
Hours: see updated hours via website

The Story:  There’s a new pod in town. Baerlic Brewing opened up a taproom and food cart lot in NE Portland and brought in eight food carts. One of those vendors, Flew The Coop, is bringing southern fried chicken to Rose City Park.

Fried chicken sandwiches have become ubiquitous throughout the Portland food scene with both restaurants and food carts putting out tasty little gems. I was first introduced to the southern style hot chicken more than a few years ago when a native of Memphis moved to town. I hadn’t really explored the southern fried chicken nor the simple fried chicken world other than buckets of KFC at school potlucks as a child. So many options and so many flavors and styles. Portland, be proud of the options you have.

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Nashville Hot from Flew The Coop

Flew The Coop offers up five different southern fried chicken sandwiches. The KFC isn’t what you think, just a play on words. Korean Fried Chicken tossed in a sweet & spicy Korean chili sauce, topped with pickled daikon, pickled carrot, sesame seeds, & slaw.  Or you can get a traditional fried chicken or even Buffalo chicken. I opted for the Nashville Hot. There is something going on in Memphis and Nashville and Buffalo where hot sauce and chicken just simply fall into place. The Nashville was spot on. Spicy as F, yet with a creamy coleslaw to calm the tastebuds and pickles on the bottom. I love that mix. The first bite, your tongue gets vinegar and then spice and then the cool of the slaw.

Flew The Coop is now open at the The Barley Pod which offers an indoor taproom by Baerlic Beer and outdoor covered seating. A welcoming place to enjoy lunch or dinner with friends and family. Next time you’re in the neighborhood, stop on by and let them know Food Carts Portland sent ya.

Sample Menu:

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Flew The Coop Menu

Website: FlewTheCoopPortland.com

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Fritkot Belgian Fry Shack

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Fritkot Belgian Fry Shack

Location: SE 52nd and Foster at Carts on Foster
Hours: Thursday-Saturday, 12-8, Sunday 12-4 (Check FB for updates)

The Story:

Fries. We’ve been eating them all our lives. Some believed tots would replace fries in the 80’s, but fries are still the king. Yet, beyond fry sauce or mayonnaise or ketchup, how can you amp up the basic fry? Put gravy on it. Meat gravy. Fritkot Belgian Fry Shack at Carts on Foster does just that.

Everyone knows poutine these days. Fries with meat gravy atop. Most know it as an eastern Canadian dish and there are a few places in town to obtain stellar poutine. At Fritkot, Kris Jonckers puts a bit of a Belgian spin on his dish. Using twice fried Kennebec potatoes, Kris is creating the perfect Belgian fry. In the beginning, Kris was a fry shack and served fries with a meat stew as two separate dishes. Then, in order to attract new customers, he began pouring the gravy with thick chunks of beef atop the fries with a Belgian farm cheese to accent. Viola, Belgian poutine. Spot on.

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Poutine

Fritkot is a located at Carts on Foster which offers indoor seating and beer and cider at the onsite pub. Beyond the poutine, Kris offers up an array of other Belgian delights including a Flemish beef stew, a schnitzel sandwich and salad. Drop on by next time you have a meat gravy craving and let Kris know Food Carts Portland sent ya.

Facebook: Fritkot

Burger Stevens at Pioneer Courthouse Square

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Burger Stevens

Location: Pioneer Courthouse Square on SW 6th and Yamhill

The Story: Having succeeded to land on everyone’s best burger list for the past couple of years, Burger Steven’s leaped at the chance to open a new cart in Portland’s living room – Pioneer Courthouse Square. Along with 3 other vendors, they are serving up their signature burgers daily.

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Double Cheeseburger at Burger Stevens

Facebook: Burger Stevens
Website: Burger Stevens

Menu on Website

Tight Tacos

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Tight Tacos

Location: 602 SE Salmon at Jacobsen Salt
Hours: Daily, including weekends, 12-7pm

The Story: Rolling down 39th, I needed water, so just south of Belmont, I popped into the 39th Mini Mart, your ever typical corner market filled with chips, candy bars, beer and 4loco. Upon exit, a green haired kid strolled by with a plate of beautiful tacos. Wawawawah? Then I smelled it. Grilled meats. I followed my nose around the corner to find the cute little operation named Tight Tacos.

The cart is adorably tiny with two wide open windows and everything on display. I do enjoy seeing a basket of fresh citrus and onions and the open grill where the different cuts of meat are segregated off, ready to be served. No hiding behind the swinging kitchen door. Also, when I walked up, fresh tortillas grilled happily. Reggie Ballesteros opened food cart earlier this summer bringing California style street tacos to the Rose City.

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Where the magic happens at Tight Tacos

The menu offers tacos and burritos with options including Al Pastor, Carnitas, Asada, Chorizo (made with Chicken) and event False Pastor made with cauliflower. Being a huge fan of Chorizo, I decided on that and Asada. I picked both with “The Works” which includes guacamole and crema. The star of the party is the thick handmade masa tortilla. Chewy and so well made, it stayed folded in my hand until the end of every bite. When was the last time you ate a taco and it didn’t fall apart before the end? Not here. Each taco left me breathless. The chorizo is creamy and had some kick; the asada, lean and perfectly grilled. Each topped with fresh white onion and cilantro, these are tacos everyone should be eating.

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Tight Tacos

When people ask me where to find great tacos, I send them to the east side and Tight Tacos has proven me right. Great execution and a tasty product. Located just behind the mini mart, Tight Tacos offers two tables with tents so you can sit and enjoy your meal. Next time you’re needing your street taco fix, go see Reggie and let them know Food Carts Portland sent ya.

Menu:
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Facebook: Tight Tacos

Anna Lee’s Korean BBQ

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Anna Lee’s Korean BBQ

Location: NE 7th and Killingsworth, Piedmont Station
Hours: Daily and weekends lunch and dinner

Korean Food Cart in Portland offering BBQ dishes including BBQ Beef, Korean Short Ribs, Yakisoba and Spicy Pork. Prices range from $6.95 to $10.95.

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