Spielman Bagels Food Cart

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Spielman Bagels Food Cart

Location: SW 10th and Alder
Hours: Monday-Friday, 7:30am-2:30pm

The Story: Need some morning nosh? Downtown Portland is rather lacking of breakfast options from the carts, so I was excited to see Spielman Bagels take over the corner cart at SE 10th and Alder. Spielman has made a name for itself offering up some of the city’s best bagels in SE Portland. Now, we can all enjoy a kettle boiled salt bagel with cream cheese and maybe some lox.

Spielman’s food cart is open during the week for breakfast and lunch and also serves coffee.

Website: SpielmanBagels.com

Bridgetown Bagel Company

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Location: NE 52nd and Sandy – Rose City Food Cart Pod
Hours: Mon-Fri, 7am-1pm; Sat & Sun, 8am – 2pm

The Story: I call it the collective “Portland Bagel Freakout”.  I’m not quite sure why, but out of all the cities I have lived, worked in, and visited (and there have been many), Portland rivals only NYC and Montreal for what can only be described as a love of good bagels that borders on crazy zealously. That is, Google “bagels Portland, Oregon” and you’ll see countless, passionate (and sometimes uncivil) discussions on who has the best bagels in PDX, lamentations that Portland “has no real bagels”, cries for “I wish we had authentic bagels here!”…you get the idea. Mike Russell, the food critic for the Oregonian, sure found out about the Portland Bagel Freakout when he dared write about “Portland’s Best Bagels”. Check out these reader comments from that article for a chuckle for a chuckle. The message is clear: DON’T MESS WITH PORTLAND’S BAGELS. Portlanders will cut a biche over a bad, or even a mediocre bagel. It’s a BAGEL WAR.

So when a great bagel does appear on our fair streets of Bridgetown, people get a whole bunch of excited. Enter Bridgetown Bagel Company. Created by owner/baker Jonathan Park, an alum from the much loved, now sadly gone Kettleman Bagels, Bridgetown does the bagel right.

I won’t make claims this is THE BEST bagel in Portland (I’m not up for that knife fight). For I’ve learned, them there’s fightin’ words among Portland’s bagel cabal (that’s a joke, people). However, if you are looking for a very quality, fresh bagel of the East Coast style made they way they should – yes they are boiled, yes they use malt, yes, they are golden on the outside and dense and chewy within, yes, they aren’t super sized like some Godzilla bastard bagel – then Bridgetown Bagels is for you.

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Along with the usual cream cheese spreads, Bridgetown bagel offers the classic bagel and lox combo (with tomato, sliced red onions, and capers if you wish), breakfast and other bagel sandwiches.

I do want to give one big caveat about Bridgetown Bagels. And it’s no dis on them. Bridgetown, like most food carts is a small (read TINY) operation run by one person. He’s the one up at 2 in the morning making and proofing dough, cooking them just the right way, preparing and serving and cleaning up. And because Portlanders are such Bagel Hoarders, it’s hard to gauge from day to day how many crowds will show up and when and if they will buy the cart out on the spot. If you really really have your heart set on a bagel from Bridgetown, as we recommend here at Food Carts Portland for any cart visit, CALL AHEAD. Although they are consistent with their hours, Bridgetown can’t snap their fingers and make new bagels in 15 minutes if they have a rush and run out, and I bet you they’d rather close down than serve a crappy frozen and defrosted bagel. And so, when Bridgetown runs out, they run out for the day.  They are often sold out by noon, especially on weekends.

Still, as the old saying goes, absence makes the heart grow fonder. So, get out your cell phone, call ahead, get there early and enjoy a Bridgetown Bagel before a bonkers bagel band of Portlanders beats you to it.

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Sample Menu:

  • Bagels: Plain, Sesame, Poppy, Garlic, Onion, Salt, Everything. Each – $1,   ½ Dozen- $5.50    Baker’s Dozen- $10
  • Spreads: Cream Cheese (Plain, Scallion, Smoked Salmon) – $1,  Tofutti, Hummus, $1,  Butter, $0.50
  • Cheeses: Cheddar, Provolone, Swiss, Mozzarella – $1,
  • Veggies: Lettuce, Red Onions, Black Olives, Pickles, Capers- $0.25, Tomatoes – $0.50, Avocados: -$0.75
  • Meats – Ham, Sausage, Bacon, Salami, Pepperoni –  $1 Lox: $6, Whitefish: $4
  • Breakfast Sandwich –  Egg & Cheese Bagel: $3, add meat: $1
  • 3 Little Pigs Sandwich (Ham, Sausage, Bacon, Cheese, Egg) – $5
  • The Bridgetown Sandwich (Ham, salami, pepperoni, mozzarella, provolone, black olives, pickles, tomato): $7
  • Pizza Bagel: 1 Topping: $5  add topping – $0.50/each

Website: Bridgetown Bagel

Phone: (503) 268-2522
Facebook: Bridgetown Bagel

Fried Egg I’m In Love – MLK

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Fried Egg I’m In Love – Belmont

No longer at MLK and Stark. Currently at NW 21st and Hoyt at World Cup Beer Garden.

Location: SE MLK and Stark, Central Eastside Food Carts
Hours: Tues-Sun, 9am-3pm

The Story: Who wants a fried egg sandwich? We do and the owners of Fried Egg I’m In Love have expanded with a second cart at Central Eastside Food Carts on SE MLK. Now there are more opportunities for you to enjoy their sandwiches.

Our original article about this vendor is here.

Sample Menu:

  • Yolko Ono: pesto, Parmesan and hand-pressed housed sausage patty – $5.50
  • Smells like Protein Spirit: ham, steak, bacon or sausage and cheese – $5
  • OK Commuter: over-hard egg with bacon and cheddar – $5
  • PB Jammin: peanut butter, jam – $4
  • Huevo Mutilation: seared ham steak, sauteed onion, cheddar, Aardvark aioli – $6
  • Egg Zeppelin: 2 eggs, 2 sausage patties, cheddar, Aardvark aioli – $8
  • Black in Black Bean: black beans simmered with veggies and spices, served with avocado and green onion – $4.50

Website: FriedEggLove.com
Twitter: @friedegglove
Facebook: Fried Egg Love

Farmfood

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Breakfast Sandwich Portland

Farmfood

Location: N Lombard and Burr 
Hours: 7am-2pm daily

The Story: The North Station food pod is continuously changing with new vendors coming and going on a regular basis. The other day, while driving by, a shiny aluminum clad Countess Streamline trailer caught my attention. Farmfood is the latest vendor to bring Arbor Lodge some breakfast sandwich love.

Farmfood is the work of Wes, who originally started his food business in Idaho before moving to Portland. The cart focuses on sandwiches. I don’t want to pigeonhole it just as a breakfast sandwich cart since they open early morning. Go for lunch too, the sandwiches work well. Organic eggs, locally sourced vegetables, chicken and more are what is featured at Wes’ cart. After placing my order, I sat at one of the covered picnic tables and picked up a flipbook of photos from the farm. Huge open fields with chickens ranging free. I asked Wes and he use to manage the farm for a relative before he had kids and now sources his goods from there.

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Summer Farm Girl

The summer farm girl sandwich comes with garlic roast beer-butt chicken, greens, fresh strawberries and a greek ginger yogurt sauce. Honestly, it was the first item on the menu I saw and just imagining all those diverse flavors put together convinced me that was breakfast for the day. Ever heard of beer butt chicken? You take a whole chicken and place it atop a can of beer and roast it. The process creates a moist and flavorful bird. The chopped fresh strawberries with the chicken was a new delight for me. The berries were cool and sweet with the chicken boasting the roasted garlic essence. Then add in the ginger yogurt sauce and the cards are off the table. Truly one of the better sandwiches I’ve had in awhile.

Farmfood is a great addition to the neighborhood. Open daily, including weekends, from 7am-2pm. Drop on by, enjoy a sandwich and let them know Food Carts Portland sent ya.

[Farmfood moved to Kruger in 2014]

Sample Menu:

  • mr. bestwick – garlic roast beer-but chicken, market apple, bacon, cheddar, pups jalapeno relish, aioli – $6.50
  • pups sloppy joe – grass fed beef, caramelized onion, pickled asparagus, cheddar – $5
  • wag egg sandwich – fried wag organic egg, whole grain mustard, pups jalapeno relish, cheddar – $4
  • summer farm girl – garlic roast beer-but chicken, greens, fresh strawberries, greek ginger yogurt sauce  -$6
  • pups for president – fried wag organic egg, greens, tomato, whole grain mustard, pups pickled jalapenos, cheddar – $5

Hours: daily, 7am-2pm
Phone: 503 894 3733
Facebook: Farmfood

The Garden Well

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The Garden Well

The Garden Well

Location: N Lombard and Polk
Hours: Mon-Fri, 6am-6pm; Sat/Sun, 7am-7pm

The Story: When plant shopping, ever have a craving for a hot drink? Especially when you’re in an outside nursery during cooler months. At City Farm in North Portland you can peruse for plants with a hot cup of tea or coffee from The Garden Well, the on site food cart.

City Farm is a community managed farm with not only a storefront, but a full garden with ducks in the back. Mark, the owner of The Garden Well, opened in February of 2012 with coffee and loose leaf tea to capture not only the patrons coming to the farm, but also those transiting Lombard east and west. I enjoy a good cup of black tea, but am in no way an expert. Mark offers the expected teas like Earl Grey and English Breakfast, but also has herbal teas. What interested me were his special blends like the Love your Lungs Blend with elder blossom, licorice root, mullein leaf, marshmallow leaf, nettles and red clover. Crazy! Any one of those herbs offer a unique flavor, but when putting them together, you get something magical. Mark grabs individual containers with each herb and hand mixes in a single use tea bag and adds hot water. I loved it. I breathed better the rest of the day. I never knew there was a marshmallow leaf.

The Garden Well is open daily morning to night, offers up tea, coffee from St. Johns Coffee Roasters and Chai from Dragonfly Chai. Recently on their Facebook page they posted photos of fresh cherry jam scones. Drop on by, get some tea, visit the farm and let them know Food Carts Portland sent ya.

Sample Menu:

Tea any size, $2; Bring your own mug, $1.50

  • Love your Heart Blend: hawthorn berry, lavendar flowers, lemon verbena, linden leaf + flower, pink roses, rose hips
  • Love your Whole Body Blend: nettles, oatstraw, peppermint, red clover, red raspberry leaf
  • Black Teas: Assam, Darjeeling, Orange Spice and more
  • Green Teas: Gunpowder, Jasmine
  • Herbs: many from above listed in blends and more.

Coffee: Drip, latte, espresso – $1.00-$3 depending on what you choose

Phone: 503 583 6598
Facebook: The Garden Well

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