Cultured Caveman on 3rd

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Cultured Caveman

Cultured Caveman

Location: SW 3rd and Stark
Hours: daily, lunch

Cultured Caveman has expanded to their 3rd location downtown. Cultured Caveman focuses on the Paleo diet. You can read all about the cart here.

 

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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Flying Fish Company

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Flying Fish Company

Flying Fish Company

Locations: SE 21st and Hawthorne
Hours: See Website

The Story:

Portland loves fresh food. We love it so much, the Portland Farmers Market is planning on being open year around instead of just during the growing seasons. We have numerous grocery stores that have fresh fish and locally sourced meats. Now we have a truck offering that also – Flying Fish Company.

Lyf Gildersleeve has been handling fish all his life. A fishmonger by trade, he sold his mobile fish company in Utah and moved to Portland to open the Flying Fish Company truck. Outfitted with a freezer and a couple of refrigerators, Lyf’s goal is to bring sustainable and fresh fish, flash frozen fish, fresh shellfish and organic meats to the masses. You can find fresh caught Wild King Salmon, Copper River Sockeye, Dover Sole, Washington Steelhead and a ton of options for fresh oysters, mussels and clams. Everything listed as fresh has never been frozen. Lyf does offer flash-frozen items such as halibut cheeks, hamachi-yellowtail, Hawaii escolar, Hawaii ono and so much more. Being flash frozen isn’t bad. The fish is frozen on the boat just after being caught and never defrosted until it hits your counter. Beyond fish, you can also pick up hormone free, antibiotic free and locally raise beef, lamb, pork, buffalo, elk or venison. It’s like a roaming meat counter from your favorite grocery.

Fresh Salmon from Flying Fish Co.

Fresh Salmon from Flying Fish Co.

Lyf’s goal is to bring sustainable and fresh items to your dinner table. Following the sustainable fishing guide which lists those species that are not being overfished, Lyf brings you some amazing choices while also supporting our oceans and local fisherman. He even wraps the fish in biodegradable plant-based packaging.

Lyf’s Flying Fish Co stepvan can be found at the Eagle’s Lodge on SE 50th and Hawthorne Wednesday-Friday and then at D-Street Noshery on SE 32nd and Division on the weekends. His prices are fair-market and you get an excellent product for what your pay for. Join his email list or follow him on Twitter for weekly specials and to learn when he gets in something new. This week it was smoked salmon and steelhead. How can you resist that? Check out Lyf’s truck, pick up something for the summer BBQ and let him know Food Carts Portland sent ya.

Update 9/2011-  Flying Fish Co is now located at SE 50th and Hawthorne along with SE 21st and Hawthorne. No longer on Division.

Menu:

For a list of what the Flying Fish Company is selling each week, visit FlyingFishCompany.com

Hours: Wed-Fri, 12-7pm at 50th and Hawthorne; Sat/Sun, 12-7pm, 32nd and Division
Phone: 503 260 6552
Website: FlyingFishCompany.com
Twitter: @FlyingFishPDX Facebook: Flying Fish Oregon

Rip City Grill

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Rip City Grill

Location: SW Abernathy and Moody, South Waterfront
Hours: M-F, 10am-2pm

The Story:

In 1971, famed Portland sports announcer Bill Shonely coined the phrase Rip City while broadcasting a game between the Trailblazers and the LA Lakers. In the past 40 years, Portland has changed and grown and evolved, but we’re still the Rip City. We even have a cart with the namesake – Rip City Grill.

Owner and grillmaster Clint Melville will make you re-think the steak sandwich. With a menu offering up sandwiches, hot links, salads and burgers, Rip City has something for everyone, even the vegetarian of the group. The cart is located all by itself down in the growing south waterfront neighborhood. An area known for its condos and well manicured parks, a food cart would seem out of place, but they’ve come, stayed and made a success of it. There are a few carts in the city who have struck out on their own without the support of a pod or regular foot traffic and succeeded. Rip City Grill obviously has the chops to garner an audience and keep it.

Tri-tip steak sandwich el Caliente

Tri-tip steak sandwich el Caliente

The tri-tip sandwich can be had straight up or with any of Clint’s add-on styles. El caliente just jumped out at me as how I wanted to enjoy my steak – with sauteed onions, jalapenos and pepper jack cheese. My lunchmate chose the bacon and blue style with maple bacon blue cheese and sauteed onions. Both sandwiches were huge with an amazing amount of chopped steak grilled to perfection on a french roll. After the first bite, I grabbed the napkins to wipe my face. After about a third of the sandwich and five napkins, I gave in and just devoured it throwing caution to the wind. In the end, I had sauce all over my face an hands and was a happy eater. The steak was grilled and sliced just the right size so when you bite in, you don’t end up yanking out half the sandwich with once single piece. The el caliente style added some loving spice that made this one of the better sandwiches I have had.

Rip City Grill is open daily for lunch and is easily accessible via the streetcar from downtown. South waterfront has become a wonderful place to wander with fresh new sidewalks and a couple of parks. Grab your sandwich and enjoy the neighborhood. Clint even has picnic tables for you out of the rain. A great cart with a name that evokes some wonderful memories of this fine city. If you want to be wowed by a steak sandwich, check out Rip City Grill and let them know Food Carts Portland sent ya.

Sample Menu:

Sandwiches served on white or wheat roles with raw or sauteed onions

  • Hot link sausage – $4
  • 1/3lb burger – $5
  • Chicken breast – $5
  • Portobella mushroom – $5
  • 3 Cheese Grilled Cheese – $3.50
  • Tri-Tip steak salad with mixed greens, avocado, tomato, blue cheese, sauteed onion and balsamic vinaigrette – $6

Add a style to any sandwich for $1

  • Cali – Tillamook cheddar, fresh avocado, maple bacon
  • BBQ – Tillamook cheddar, BBQ sauce, maple bacon and sauteed onions
  • Bacon and Blue – maple bacon blue cheese and sauteed onions
  • el Caliente – sauteed onions and jalapenos, pepper jack cheese
  • Fungus style – sauteed mushrooms and onions

Hours: Monday-Friday, 10am-2pm
Website: RipCityGrill.com
Phone: 503 544 2374

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