Steak Your Claim

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Steak Your Claim

Steak Your Claim

Location: SW 9th and Washington
Hours: Mon-Sat, 11am-7pm

The Story: A specific type of food can define a city or a region. When we think of sourdough, my minds eye pictures the fog of San Francisco. Breakfast tacos? Austin. Cheesesteak? Philadelphia. But that doesn’t mean you can’t get those wonderful dishes elsewhere and that is the glory of Portland’s food carts. Steak Your Claim is the most recent vendor to bring their city’s prized cuisine to Portland.

Matt and Sam, the founders and chefs behind this new cart have a combined 31 years in the restaurant and hospitality industry. Matt from Philadelphia has a passion for the cheesesteak, whereas Sam is from all over, but spent more than a few years in New York and fell in love with the pastrami. Put two friends in a cart with those two specialties and magic happens.

Pastrami on Rye

Pastrami on Rye

I saw the bright orange cart arrive at the end of August and open Labor day weekend. That Labor Day, when many vendors were closed, Steak Your Claim took advantage of the day to introduce themselves to fellow sandwich fans. I wasn’t looking for a cheesesteak that day, so when I saw they had cart made thick cut pastrami, I pounced. I picked up the The Purist, pastrami stacked high with mustard on rye. A simple sandwich, no bells and whistles, which allows one to enjoy the flavorful and well made pastrami. There is other pastrami in the city, but I gotta say, Sam and Matt’s ranks pretty high. On my second visit, I had to go with the cheesesteak. While I picked up the Broad Street Bully, a well built rib-eye steak, cheese and onion sandwich, maybe you would be interested in the Mexican Standoff with pepper jack and guacamole or the Fat Greek with olive spread and assorted vegetables. These guys have an imagination and it is showcased in their menu. The Bully, with cheese whiz, on a chewy bun from Pearl Bakery beat out some of the sandwiches I enjoyed back east. Well done guys.

Broad Street Bully from Steak Your Claim

Broad Street Bully from Steak Your Claim

Steak Your Claim is open daily and on Saturdays for lunch and dinner. Beyond sandwiches, they offer an assortment of fries, curly or straight with cheese or other toppings. Stop on by for a sandwich, welcome Matt and Sam to the neighborhood and let them know Food Carts Portland sent ya.

Sample Menu:

  • Broad Street Bully Cheesesteak – rib eye, onions, cheese whiz or sharp provolone – $9.50
  • Mexican Standoff – seasoned rib eye, pepper-jack cheese, guacamole, sour cream, lettuce, tomato with corn chips – $9.50
  • The Fat Greek – rib eye, olive spread, feta, provolone, red onion, lettuce, tomato, tzatziki – $9.50
  • The Purist – pastrami stacked high with mustard on rye – $8.50
  • Reuben – pastrami, local sauerkraut, provolone with Thousand Island on Rye – $8.50
  • Orient Express – Asian marinated pastrami with carrot, bean sprouts and daikon salad, pickled shiitakes, soy chili on paesano bread – $8.50
  • Fries – $2.50-4 depending on toppings and style.

Website: Steakyourclaim.com
Facebook: Steak Your Claim
Twitter: @M1Schiffman

Cheesesteak Factory

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Cheesesteak Factory

Cheesesteak Factory

Location: SW 3rd and Stark
Hours: Mon-Sat, 11-7pm

The Story: The Cheesesteak! An phenom of a sandwiche out of Philadelphia. Think meat, cheese, onions, peppers, cheese, meat and more all on a soft squishy bun. People argue and event fight over who makes the best cheesesteak. All I know is that you can find a good one that will make you smile at Cheesesteak Factory.

Cheesesteak Factory

Cheesesteak Factory

Rick, the owner of Cheesesteak Factory and an avid Arizona Wildcats fan, opened the cart early this year offering up cheesesteaks for $1 an inch. Yep, by the inch. Granted, there is a minimum of 3 inches, but if you want 5 or 9 or even a footlong, Rick will hook you up. So many diehards of any city’s favorite food claim it can’t be replicated outside that city.  I disagree. If someone takes care to put together the right ingredients, they can make magic. I picked up a 6″ with steak, onions, peppers and mushrooms and added in provolone and Whizz to make it extra cheesy. If you’ve ever had a cheesesteak, you’ll know you need extra napkins no matter where you get it. The juices from the steak mixed with the cheese and veggies drips down the back of your hand with every bite. So good. For my sandwich, Rick used a traditional Amoroso roll to keep it authentic. Rick has even expanded the menu to include prime rib and roast beef.

Cheesesteak Factory sits up on Alder between SW 10th and 11th. He has a variety of sandwiches to choose from and can mix and match if needed. Drop on by and let them know Food Carts Portland sent ya.

Sample Menu:

All steaks are serve for $1 an inch with a 3 inch minimum.

  • PHL – seared ribeye, sautéed onions, mushrooms and peppers with your choice of cheese – served on Amoroso roll
  • PDX – prime rib, lightly grilled sweet onions, sweet peppers and crimini mushrooms with blue cheese – served on Franz Pioneer roll
  • CDG – aus jus soaked roast beef, caramelized onions, melted Gruyere, provolone and Parmesan on French Roll
  • BFS - scrambled or fried egg, steak, Philly toppings and choice of cheese on sourdough roll

Facebook: Cheesesteak Factory

Philly’s Best

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Location: 3503 N Mississippi
Hours: weekdays: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Cheesesteaks, Pulled pork sandwiches, breakfast items. More information coming soon.

Phone: 5034773164

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Philly Cheesesteaks and Burgers

Lizzy Caston
Philly Cheesesteaks and Burgers

Philly Cheesesteaks and Burgers

Location: Pioneer Courthouse Square (near the corner of SW 6th and Yamhill) and SW 4th and Hall Pod

Description:

[Originally written Nov. 2008; updated Aug. 2009] Philadelphia Freedom! Perhaps it is this monumental 2008 election year, but after dropping off my ballot at the Multnomah County drop box downtown, I found myself craving a cheesesteak. I mean, really, what is more patriotic than life, liberty and the pursuit of melted American cheese on tender grilled and thinly sliced beef?

For it was in 1776 that the founders of our great nation declared, in Philadelphia, the Declaration of Independence. In 1976, during our nation’s bicentennial I traveled to Philly for the festivities. Wearing a red, white and blue bell bottom jumpsuit, star printed tennis shoe laces on my converses and sporting a Dorthy Hamil haircut, I made the Spirit of ’76 pilgrimage. I went to the Liberty Bell, visited Independence Hall and watched actors and actresses in period costumes and white wigs talk in big words that I had no idea what they were saying. I do however, remember my first cheesesteak on that very same trip. It was dripping with grease, filled with grilled peppers and onions, thinly sliced tender beef and loads of oozing American cheese. It was heaven on a hoagie bun.

Philly Cheesesteaks and Burgers knows all about this particularly American sandwich. Their version is also pretty darn close to the ones found in Philly. With a simple menu that also includes that other quintessential American food, The Hamburger in all its forms, Philly Cheesesteaks is a quick, cheap and filling bite of Americana.

Sample Menu:
Philly Cheesesteaks – Thinly sliced steak grilled with onions, green and red bell peppers, mushrooms topped with melted white American cheese and served on a soft hoagie roll.
Small – $4.25
Medium – $5.25
Large – $6.25

Hamburgers, Cheeseburgers – $4.00 – $6.25

Soda – $1.00
Extra Steak – $1.75

Lettuce, tomato, extra cheese, pepperoni – $0.75 extra

Hours: Lunchtime Mon-Fri

Phone: Unknown

Website: Unknown

Email: Unkown

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Steak’s Fifth Avenue

Lizzy Caston

Location: SW 5th and Oak/Stark
Hours: weekdays, lunchtime

Name changed in 2012

Description: Cheese Steaks! And Burgers!

Sample Menu: Cheese Steaks (small $4.25, medium $5.25, large $6.25)

Cheeseburger ($3.75)

Double Bacon Cheeseburger ( $4.75)

Hours: M-F Lunchtime Hours

Phone: Unknown

Website: None

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