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.
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.
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.
- 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.