Steve’s Dawg House

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Steve’s Dawg Hosue

Location: NE 52nd and Sandy, Rose City Food Park
Hours: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, 11am-3 and 5-7; Fri, 11-3 and 5-8, Sat/Sun, 11-7

The Story: Portland is on a hot dog kick. Ten years ago, one could find hot dogs at a few carts in downtown, but they went the way of sausage sandwiches and reindeer sausage. Now, restaurants have jumped into the game with Hop Dog, Clutch, Stray Dogs and more. Steve’s Dawg House at Rose City Food Park joins the scene with their version of a Michigan Sauce hot dog.

Steve’s Dawg House opened summer 2015 with an ambitious goal – bring hot dogs back to Portland’s street food scene. Granted, you can find dogs if you seek them out, yet they aren’t like the Chicago or New York style dogs you find on the streets of those cities. It takes gumption and a great product to take on the ubiquitous American delight. Steve’s Dawg House is a dream come true after many years. The famous “Frank’s Michigan Sauce” arrives courtesy of the owner’s father who created the first dog business in the 50’s in upstate New York. Now, Portland gets a taste of it.

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Michigan Dog from Steve’s Dawg House

Menu offerings start with a Sabrett Hot Dog, New York’s original push cart style frankfurter. Then add toppings. Go Classic with mustard, relish and onions. Travel to New York with mustard, onions and sauerkraut. Or try their special, the Michigan dog with house made Michigan sauce, spicy mustard and diced onions. Pair with a side of garlic rosemary fry’s and you’re set. The Michigan dog overflowed the bun offering up a bite with just mustard and dog. Snap! Love that Sabrett style. Michigan sauce is a meat sauce accented with a bit of chili and sweetness and works well with the dog and a smattering of fresh chopped red onion.

Steve’s Dawg House is the real thing if you’re looking for a frankfurter from a food cart. In a city with so many meat in tube options, go simple and enjoy the journey. Open every day except Tuesday for lunch and dinner. Let them know Food Carts Portland sent ya.

Sample Menu (full menu on website):

  • Michigan Dog – $5
  • Classic Dog – $4.50
  • New York Dog – $5
  • House Fry’s – $3.75
  • Garlic rosemary Fry’s – $4

Website: StevesDawgHouse.com
Facebook: Steve’s Dawg House

Big Fat Weiners

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Location: Mobile
Hours: Mobile

The Story:

Big Fat Weiners has returned with a truck and an expanded menu. I remember the day I visited their cart when they were downtown and one of the owners was dressed in a hot dog suit. Crazy. These days, the food truck is parked at an ever changing lot on NE 15th and Alberta and they have expanded the menu with almost 20 different options.

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Slow Roasted Brisket Dog

New to the menu – a slow roasted brisket dog with lemony horse sauce and fried coffee infused onion strings.

See our original story from 2010 below.

If you were walking down the street and saw a guy in a hot dog suit dancing in the sidewalk, what would you do? What would you do? Well, we stopped for a tasty dog. Newcomers to the Ash St Pod are David and Jason who opened Big Fat Weiners just down from Big A** Sandwiches. I see a mashup in the future.

Big Fat Weiners is a hot dog cart with attitude and a dash of hilarity. Along with the hot dog suit David had on, Jason was sporting a hot dog hat. Who can’t resist chatting these guys up and walking away with a dog. They differentiate themselves from other dog carts by offering up different options with their franks. You can get a dog with chipotle cream cheese and bacon; roasted garlic, mushrooms and Swiss; smashed avocado and Fritos and a few more interesting combinations. Fritos with avocado and a hot dog? That just sounds odd, but interesting and tasty!

I enjoyed a dog with smoked jalapeno cream cheese while my lunch mate had the roasted garlic with mushrooms and Swiss dog – topped with bacon. We hadn’t seen bacon as an option, so asked and were told, “we sometimes put bacon on everything.” Both dogs were enjoyable along with the colorful conversation with the guys.

David and Jason have the right approach and attitude to succeed in the cart business. They engage their customers, keep it light and offer a good product. They also have the chops to handle the late night bar crowd from the old town taverns. Big Fat Weiners is a mobile cart with a temporary tent. They are working on a more permanent structure that will allow them to be open even when it is windy and rainy. If you are down that way, drop on by Big Fat Wieners and let them know Food Carts Portland sent ya.

Facebook: Big Fat Weiners

Sample Menu:

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Tandem Treats

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Location: PSU Park Blocks
Hours: Weekdays, lunchtime

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

Facebook: Tandem Treats

The Steak Shack

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The Steak Shack

The Steak Shack

Location: 10966 SE McLoughlin, Milwaukie
Hours: Mon-Fri, 11-5

The Story:

Milwaukie is excited for their first cart and so are the boaters and fisherman who make Milwaukie their starting point. The Steak Shack has opened right in downtown.

Dave and Chip opened the cart after working with the city to figure out what was needed. Being Milwaukie’s first, it took some partnership between the parties to understand the rules and get the cart open and Dave is elated. Dave hails from Toronto where he lived and worked for many years until he was brought to Portland with his wife’s work. While standing in line at Costco, he met Chip who is a trained chef and the relationship blossomed from there. Buy a cart, design a menu, open and feed the masses.

Ribeye Steak Sandwich from The Steak Shack

Ribeye Steak Sandwich from The Steak Shack

The cart is outfitted with a charbroiler with which they grill the ribeye steaks for the sandwiches. Dave couldn’t find a good steak sandwich in the area, so that is what inspired his menu. The ribeye is the perfect cut for this type of sandwich and they grilled it to perfection. We ordered it with every topping they had, so it was a bit messy, but sometimes you have to get dirty to enjoy a meal. They also serves burgers, grilled chicken and hot dogs.

The cart is located in the 76 station on the east side of McLoughlin directly across from the boat launch and park. A great location once the weather warm up and everyone comes down to enjoy the river. I’m looking forward to hearing about Dave’s plans to serve the boaters. If you’re down that way, drop on by. Dave and Chip are great to chat with and cook up some great sandwiches. Let them know Food Carts Portland sent ya.

Sample Menu:

  • Ribeye Steak on a Bun – $7
  • Homemade Burger – $5.50
  • Grilled Chicken on a Bun – $6
  • Jumbo Hot Dog – $4
  • Handcut Fries – $2
  • Onion Rings – $2.50

Hours: Mon-Fri, 11-5
Phone: 714 655 9129

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The Sausage Shack

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The Sausage Shack

The Sausage Shack

Location: SE MLK and Stark
Hours: Mon-Thurs, 10:30am-2am; Fri, 10:30am-3:30am; Sat, 10:30am-7:30pm

The Story:

When the previous owners of the cart that houses The Sausage Shack landed the cart on the corner of SW 3rd and Stark, one would have thought the circus was coming to town. This uniquely shaped cart reminds one of getting a corn-dog after watching the clowns pack themselves into a Volkswagen bug.

The Sausage Shack laid claim and opened a year or so ago and has been feeding Portland some the city’s best bacon. How do I know it is the best? They won the 2011 Bacon Cup for best bacon in the city. That is a title to be proud of in this city where we believe bacon is one of the essential food groups. The Shack is the work of Shawn and Tamara who took their award winning bacon and created a menu of burgers, chicken wings, and dogs and incorporated bacon into each item. You can follow their exploits on their YouTube channel where they document the life and times of a food cart family.

Farmer John Burger from The Sausage Shack

Farmer John Burger from The Sausage Shack

While the bacon wrapped chicken wings did sound appealing and made my mouth water, I was on the move and didn’t have a place to sit down and get messy, so I perused the burger options. The Farmer John is BLT on a burger along with a fried egg. That egg surprised me, but I liked it. Not an over the top monster burger, all the different pieces fit together well so I could enjoy it while walking to my next gig. The bacon was excellent and paired with the crisp lettuce, a thick slice of juicy tomato and good quality burger, I would rate high on my burger list of Portland’s food carts.

At The Sausage Shack, you can get bacon wrapped chicken wings, a bacon wrapped corn dog, a Philly cheesesteak dog and so many more great combinations. They are open for lunch and late into the night every night except for Sunday. Drop on by, give it a try and let them know Food Carts Portland sent ya.

[Moved to SE Portland in 2013]

Sample Menu:

Full menu can be found on their website – PDXSausageShack.com

Hours: Mon-Thurs, 10:30am-2am; Fri, 10:30am-3:30am; Sat, 10:30am-7:30pm
Phone: 503 515 7962
Website: PDXSausageShack.com
Twitter: @Sausage_Shack
Facebook: The Sausage Shack
Other: Debit/Credit cards accepted

 

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