Tandem Treats

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Location: PSU Park Blocks
Hours: Weekdays, lunchtime

Hot dogs, sandwiches, chili, salads. More details coming soon.

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The Rock House Grill

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Rock House Grill

Rock House Grill

Location: Cartlandia, SE 82nd and Harney
Hours: Daily and weekends, breakfast, lunch and dinner

The Story:

In a trailer that reminds one of the 50’s or maybe a boardwalk vendor, The Rock House Grill creates some great food to sate your needs- morning, noon or night.

At Cartlandia out in east Portland, James has opened his shop after years of working in restaurants and honing his skills at the grill. He’s worked in small bars, been a line cook and even catered for concerts. If you can manage a crowd of rowdy rockers, you’ve proven you can man the grill.

NY Steak Sandwich

NY Steak Sandwich

With an extensive menu of breakfast items, sandwiches, burgers, burritos, pork chops and steaks, there is something for everyone. Instead of ordering what I would normally order, the burger, we asked James what his signature dish was. The NY Steak sandwich is what he prepared. Ordered medium rare, just before we went to sit down, he yelled out the window “leave the fat on or off?” I’ve never been asked that, so again, deferred to his discretion – fat on. The large steak came atop some melted cheese on a toasted bun with some grilled onions and peppers sliced tomato and a salad mix of finely chopped cilantro, spinach and leaf lettuce. At first bite, you could taste the amazing steak, cooked perfectly medium rare and juicy, the veggies and a hint of horseradish that was pleasantly spicy, but not overwhelming. Having the fat left on gave it a great little buttery flavor. An excellent sandwich and one of the best I’ve tried in awhile.

The Rock House Grill is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and will feed you until you’re full. The portions are large and satisfying and James is a character who will bring your food to the table and make sure you’ve had a satisfying meal. Drop on by and let him know Food Carts Portland sent ya.

Sample Menu: by far not everything

  • The Big Badass American Outlaw Burrito: steak, chicken or pork with all the fixins – $8
  • NY Steak and Eggs w/hash browns or fried potatoes and toast – $10
  • Pancakes – $6
  • English muffin, ham, egg and cheese – $4
  • NY Steak Dinner served with salad, rice or fried potatoes or baked potato, beans and a dinner roll – $10
  • Double Double style burger-  double meat, double cheese – $8
  • Single Steak Burger – $5
  • NY Steak Sandwich  – $10
  • Patty Melt – $6
  • and more

Hours: Daily and weekends, morning to evening
Contact: unknown

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TIMBER’s DogHouse PDX

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The Dog House PDX

Location: SE 28th and Division – Tidbit
Hours: Thurs-Sat 11:47-7:01pm, Sunday 12:47-7:01pm, Monday 11:47-7:01

The Story:

I actually remember the first time I had tater tots. We were a meat and potatoes and pancakes for dinner family living in deep southeast Portland when my mom came home one evening with this bag of Ore-Ida Tater Tots. When the cookie sheet came out of the oven and those tots were up for grabs, my brother, sister and I dove in. It was the best food we had tasted in our entire lives (I actually remember us exclaiming that while running through the house, screaming.) Now, some 30 odd years later, Tots are making a serious comeback as both comfort food and treats at high end restaurants. When we wrote about a cart serving tots as a side for burgers last year, the Internets blew up with comments. Now, we have a cart that takes tots to the next level – The Dog House PDX.

Timber from The Dog House PDX

Timber from The Dog House PDX

Timber and Ali, who brought us Yogio last year, knew that their pod in North Portland needed a comfort food cart, so they acquired a stepvan and converted it to serve up dogs and tots and everything in between. When I first heard of the cart, I thought they were just doing a variation on a hot dog cart, but their approach is to put together unique bowls of happy food funtime. You can either have a dog or tots which are then covered with your choice of topping and usually melted cheese. The dog or tots are called the bottom and tops could include gravy, bacon, a fried egg, jalapenos, black beans, chili, pineapple or pretty much anything you can imagine. A great concept that includes what many of us grew up on as children with the tastes we’ve learned to love over the years.

I highly suggest eating whatever you order at the lot instead of getting it to go. Why? Because they serve whatever you order in a great little dog dish and that is just cool. Picture a pile of tots covered with melted pepper jack cheese, onions, jalapenos and topped with a fried egg. Oh and don’t forget the kicker sauce which adds a little spice to the entire dish. Every bit of the dish captures the essences of childhood with the crispiness of the tots and the gooeyness of the melted cheese. While I don’t remember mom ever putting a fried egg on my tots, it worked. I felt like a kid again.

I wasn’t able to visit The Dog House when they first opened at North Station in north Portland. They moved last month to NE Alberta with Yogio to their own pod named Holy Trinity partnering with another cart that sells vintage clothing. I’m so happy to have finally enjoyed some of Timber’s tots and her excellent creations. I can only imagine they sell a boat load of tots once the sun goes down and the bars open up. Drop on by The Dog House, enjoy some tots, relive a childhood memory and let them know Food Carts Portland sent ya.

[Cart renamed and moved to SE Portland in April 2012]
[Cart moved to SE 43rd and Belmont, October 2012]
[Cart moved to SE 28th and Division, August 2014}

Sample Menu:

Each dish starts with a bottom of either a hot dog, Tater Tots or Fritos – $5.50

  • Rip City: pepper jack cheese, onions, jalapenos, kicker sauce, topped with a fried egg
  • Trouble in Paradise: bacon, pineapple, pepper jack cheese, kicker sauce, onions
  • Heartbreak Hotel: bacon, cheddar cheese, ketchup, onions, topped with fried egg
  • Make Up – Break Up: house black beans, chipotle sour cream, onions, jalapenos
  • The Big D: house chili, cheddar cheese, onions, mustard
  • Bean There Done That: house baked beans, onions, mustard
  • Un-Skinny Love: pepper jack cheese, cheddar cheese, chipotle sour cream

Hours: Thurs-Sat 11:47-7:01pm, Sunday 12:47-7:01pm, Monday 11:47-7:01
Website: The Dog House PDX
Twitter: @TheDogHousePDX
Facebook: The Dog House PDX

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Rip City over Tots

Rip City over Tots

We Be Weiners

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We Be Weiners

Location: SW 5th and Harrison
Hours: Daily for lunch

The Story:

Every pod needs a good hot dog vendor and for A la Carts on SE 50th, just south of Division, We Be Weiners fits that bill.

Chili Dog from We Be Weiners

Chili Dog from We Be Weiners

Ron “Shortz” Cunningham is the man behind the dog at We Be Weiners. A guy’s guy, Ron greets you with a hearty hello and takes your order while engaging in comfortable chit chat, genuinely interested in the customer. Using Hebrew National, considered by many as the gold standard for dogs, Ron puts together a solid frank on a bun. You can always opt for a simple dog, but why be vanilla? Live a little and order one with chili, some chopped onions and grated jack cheese, then top it with yellow mustard, ketchup and relish and you have yourself a meal! I know that sounds like a gut bomb, yet for American hot dogs, you have to amp it up.

We Be Weiners opened this past summer and seems to be doing well in the neighborhood. Most of the carts on the lots stay open into the evening and are open on the weekends. Beyond hot dogs, you can also get sandwiches if that is your bailiwick. Ron will hook you up. Let him know that Food Carts Portland sent ya.

Sample Menu:

  • Regular Hot Dog – $2
  • Chili Dog – $3
  • Polish dog – $3
  • Polish with chili and cheese – $4
  • BBQ Chicken Sandwich – $3
  • Meatball Sandwich – $3
  • Chili Cheese Nachos – $3

Hours: Daily for lunch and weekends beyond lunch
Phone: (503) 260-0586
Email: webeweiners@comcast.net

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