All Jarred Up

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All Jarred Up

All Jarred Up

Location: SW 2nd and Stark
Hours: Mon-Fri, 8am-4pm – winter hours may be shorter

The Story: Like pie? I do. Forking up warm chunks of hot apple pie is a year around pleasure. Ever thought of eating a pie out of a jar? All Jarred Up, a food cart in downtown Portland has that covered.

All Jarred Up is by no means a new business. Opened in the Etsy marketplace in 2010, owner Teri Hiles started packaging and shipping pie in small jam sized mason jars before opening the cart. Such and interesting and unique concept. Teri started the business after seeing a cupcake in a jar. Her offerings on Etsy make my mouth water – Very Very Berry, Caramel Apple, Pecan, Banana and even toffee or cookies. Every jar is freshly packed and sealed so all you have to do is open and enjoy.

Spiced Apple Pie in a Jar

Spiced Apple Pie in a Jar

Teri launched the All Jarred Up food cart in fall of 2012 at the corner of SW 2nd and Stark. At the cart, beyond pie in a jar, she also offers fresh made brownies, cookies, coffee, sodas and more. The menu changes regularly, so you’ll need to visit to see what’s on special that day. I picked up the spiced apple crumble with granny smith apples in Teri’s very own spice mix and topped with an oat crumble. Once opened, I just sat there an ogled – a pie in a jar. I devoured it, oat crumbles everywhere. The choice of granny smith apples was spot on, adding that summer tang to a winter treat.

All Jarred Up is bucking the trend by offering sweet options downtown. She also recycles the jars, so if you order a pie, bring the jar back for a 50c credit toward your next order. Or, use it in your own jamming. If you’re not from around here, you can order her treats off Etsy. Drop on by for a pie and let Teri know Food Carts Portland sent ya.

Sample Menu: (subject to change with seasonal offerings)

  • Pie in a Jar – various flavors – $7
  • Red Velvet Brownies – $2
  • Chocolate Chip Cookies – $1.50
  • Cranberry Scones – $2
  • Truffled Hot Chocolate – $2.50

Phone: (800) 856-9843
Website
AllJarredUp.com
Facebook: 
All Jarred Up
Twitter: @AllJarredUp

won the beverly hills pie contest

 

PDX Empanadas

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PDX Empanadas

PDX Empanadas

Location: SW 5th and Oak
Hours: Weekdays, lunch

The Story: When I started writing and focusing on street food a few years ago, I distinctly remember eating at a fried pie cart. I had never had a fried pie like that and someone compared it to an empanada. Again, I had never heard of an empanada, but since then have fallen in love with these little hot pockets of happiness. PDX Empanadas has opened on SW Oak between 4th and 5th and offers up Uruguayan street food.

Empanadas trace their origins back to the 1500′s in Galicia and Portugal. A cookbook from the time – Libre del Coch by Ruperto de Nola – has empanadas filled with seafood alongside cuisines from Europe and beyond. The empanadas of the time started out as larger pies which were then cut into pieces to make them portable for the working class. They usually includes tuna, sardines or chorizo which was cooked in tomato, garlic and onion sauces inside the dough. Empanadas were introduced to the South American nation of Uruguay by Spanish and Italian settlers and are made with a diverse list of ingredients both savory and sweet.

At PDX Empanadas, in order to try everything you need to A) get there early and B) return often. Eleven different choices from breakfast to caprese to corn to beef and raisins. Sadly, by the time I arrived after the lunch hour rush, they had sold out of many, but I was still able to get a couple. The beef empanada had ground beef mixed with sweet pepper, tomato, onion, egg and herbs – an excellent salty mixture perfect for a cool day in Portland. The green spinach came with garlic, feta cheese, eggs and herbs. I gotta say, the spinach really blew me away with the hint of garlic with the salt and bitter of the cooked spinach. The crust of the empanada flaked away in my mouth and on my shirt – a buttery salty and enjoyable mess. At $3 a piece – for quick snacks, these empanadas are wonderful.

PDX Empanadas is located in the 5th and Oak lot on Oak street just west of 5th. Alongside the empanadas, they also offer sandwiches. If you’ve had a South American craving of late, you should definitely check this vendor out. Let them know Food Carts Portland sent ya.

Sample Menu:

  • Milanesa Sandwich – $5
  • Choripan (sausage) sandwich – $4
  • Empanadas – $3-3.50: Pork, Beef + Raisins, Beef, Green Spinach, Garden Veggies, Corn, Eggplant, Breakfast, Vegetarian Breakfast and daily specials

Website: PDXEmpanadas.com
Facebook: PDX Empanadas
Twitter: @PDXEmpanadas

The Pie Spot

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The Pie Spot

The Pie Spot

Location: 521 NE 24th – The Ocean
Hours: Wed-Sun: 12pm-8pm | Closed Mon & Tues

The Story:

Everyone loves pie. When someone mentions pie in a crowded room, heads turn and tongues salivate. In Portland, we’re blessed with some great pie makers and even a pie-off and with The Pie Spot, we have pie makers making pie holes.

The Pie Spot is the work of Ashley and Jessica and is housed in a vintage trailer at the D-Street Noshery in southeast Portland. Both Ashley and Jessica have loved pie their entire lives and with culinary arts degrees and 12-15 years in the business, they know what they’re doing in the kitchen. Jessica, the pie whisperer, has achieved that point where she knows exactly when the pie crust is done based on the smell. Not a bad skill to have. The ladies specialize in Pie Holes – small individual size pies that are hand crafted and baked daily. Their goal isn’t to re-invent the pie, but to perfect it.

Marionberry Pie Holes

Marionberry Pie Holes

Every day on Twitter during the summer, some of my friends declare it as “pie day,” as if every day is pie day. With all the fresh fruit we get here in Oregon, pie is a natural choice as a vessel to enjoy it. While the cart offers flavors like apple, lemon, pecan and chocolate-hazelnut year around, they add in seasonal flavors like marionberry, raspberry apricot or bourbon peach in the summer. Winter options feature pumpkin or candied yam and other amazing flavors. The pie hole sits in your hand, the epitome of culinary beauty, waiting for you to take that first bite. The crust crumbles in your mouth with the tartness of the marionberry hitting your tongue and filling covering your lips and the sides of your mouth. This is one of those moments in eating when you don’t grab for your napkin. You allow for the pie to sit on your lips and cheeks and use your tongue to lap it all up it is so good. While I always recommend sharing, have your friends order their own pies here so you can have one all to yourself.

The Pie Spot redefined pie for me by creating it in a small single size serving. Instead of buying a whole pie of just one flavor, for the same price, you can get a few pie holes of different flavors. Ashley and Jessica do Portland proud with their pie and have recently added ice cream from Salt and Straw so you can have your pie hole a la mode. Check out The Pie Spot at D-Street Noshery for a great treat or contact them to get pie holes for your next event. Let them know Food Carts Portland sent ya.

[The Pie Spot moved to NE 24th in October 2012]

Sample Menu:

Pie Holes are $3.50 each. Some of the flavors available throughout the year include:

  • lemon, apple, pecan, S’more pie, chocolate hazelnut
  • Winter/Fall flavors include: pumpkin, pear and fig, candied yam, winter squash
  • Seasonal flavors offered regularly – check their Facebook page for updates

Hours: Wed-Thurs, 11am-8pm; Fri, 11am-10pm; Sat, 12-10pm
Phone: 503 913 5103
Website: The Pie Spot
Twitter: @Pie_Spot
Facebook: The Pie Spot

Whiffies Fried Pie Cart

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Whiffies Pie Cart

Location: SE 12th and Hawthorne

Description:

I had the pleasure to meet Gregg, the owner of Whiffies, a month or so ago when he first announced he was opening his pie cart. We linked up on Twitter and then enjoyed a food cart lunch downtown chatting about his cart. I was intrigued by fried pies as I wasn’t sure really what he was going for. When he described them as similar to empanadas, I could envision it better. After a few weeks of final preparations, Whiffies is celebrating its opening weekend with some tasty pies.

Upon arriving this evening, the corner of SE 12th and Hawthorne was abuzz with food cart goodness. After greeting Greg, we ventured to the window and ordered up our pies. Whiffies offers both sweet and savory pies, the sweet ones being completely vegan. Tonight the options were bbq beef brisket, salmon with chipotle mayo and veggie for savory pies. Sweet pies included apple, lemon and cherry. The bbq beef I had was excellent. It had the tangyness of the bbq sauce along with some thick mozzarella cheese layering over. The salmon pie, well that was just plain tasty. The actual pie texture was the best part of each pie. It was flaky and crunchy and delicious. We finished the night out with an apple pie. Trust me, there are leftovers.

Whiffies' pies

If you’re out and about in the evening, and you have a craving, check out Whiffies. They will continue to change out the menu options and may expand to breakfast and lunch. Welcome to the club Greg.

Sample Menu:

  • BBQ beef brisket with mozzarella – $4
  • Salmon with chipotle mayo – $4
  • Vegan pot pie – $4
  • Sweet pies (all vegan) – apple, cherry, lemon – $3
  • Drinks – $1

Hours: Evenings 8pm-4am
Contact: @whiffies on Twitter

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