Local Motive

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Local Motive

Local Motive

Location: SW Moody and Gaines at South Waterfront
Hours: Monday-Friday, 11am-3:30pm

The Story:

A few years ago, the only street food showing up at South Waterfront was the traditional sandwich trucks that roam the construction sites. These days, with the area full of new housing and an up and coming retail scene, the food carts have arrived. Local Motive has joined a few others to create their own little pod.

Local Motive is the work of Brittany Kofford and opened earlier this fall with the goal of providing lunch to the ever growing neighborhood and the construction crews working on the new light-rail line just a few blocks away. So much is happening down there is it a wonder there aren’t more carts. Local Motive focuses on NW sustainable seafood with vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options. The cart is located under an eave with picnic tables so you can enjoy your lunch out of the rain.

Albacore Salad Sandwich from Local Motive

Albacore Salad Sandwich from Local Motive

The menu at Local Motive focuses on sandwiches, soups, and salads with seafood being a big part. While on a cool autumn day, seafood chowder sounds simply amazing, when I saw the option for a tuna fish sandwich with albacore, I jumped at it. Starting with a great artisinal roll, the albacore salad comes with diced Honeycrisp apples, toasted hazelnuts and chopped green onions. The mix is well balanced with the sweetness of the apples and the crunch of the nuts. The albacore is a great choice also. It comes served with a side of coleslaw.

Local Motive is now open and ready to serve you. If you’re downtown, you can get there via the streetcar or there is plenty of parking available. Lately, with winter bearing down on us, they have been offering up different soups to keep you warm. Check out this cart down at South Waterfront and let them know Food Carts Portland sent ya.

Sample Menu:

  • Wild Oregon Mushroom Sandwich: sauteed with shallots and fresh herbs and eggless aioli – half, $4; full, $7
  • Grilled Veggie Sandwich: half, $3.50; full, $6
  • Oregon Albacore Salad Sandwich: with diced Honeycrisp apples, toasted hazelnuts and green onion – half, $5; full, $8
  • Dungeness Crab Melt: half, $6; full, $9
  • Seafood Chowder: chopped clams, dungeness crab, bay shrimp with garden potatoes and corn – small, $3.50; large, $6
  • Seafood Cakes: dungeness crab, bay shrimp, housemade tartar sauce – $3
  • Quinoa Salad: bay shrimp, roasted veg, scallions, fresh herbs and grape seed oil, small, $3; large, $5

Hours: Monday-Friday, 11am-3:30pm
Phone: 503.917.9292
Twitter: @LocalMotivePDX
Facebook: Local Motive

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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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