Cheesesteak Factory

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Cheesesteak Factory

Cheesesteak Factory

Location: SW 3rd and Stark
Hours: Mon-Sat, 11-7pm

The Story: The Cheesesteak! An phenom of a sandwiche out of Philadelphia. Think meat, cheese, onions, peppers, cheese, meat and more all on a soft squishy bun. People argue and event fight over who makes the best cheesesteak. All I know is that you can find a good one that will make you smile at Cheesesteak Factory.

Cheesesteak Factory

Cheesesteak Factory

Rick, the owner of Cheesesteak Factory and an avid Arizona Wildcats fan, opened the cart early this year offering up cheesesteaks for $1 an inch. Yep, by the inch. Granted, there is a minimum of 3 inches, but if you want 5 or 9 or even a footlong, Rick will hook you up. So many diehards of any city’s favorite food claim it can’t be replicated outside that city.  I disagree. If someone takes care to put together the right ingredients, they can make magic. I picked up a 6″ with steak, onions, peppers and mushrooms and added in provolone and Whizz to make it extra cheesy. If you’ve ever had a cheesesteak, you’ll know you need extra napkins no matter where you get it. The juices from the steak mixed with the cheese and veggies drips down the back of your hand with every bite. So good. For my sandwich, Rick used a traditional Amoroso roll to keep it authentic. Rick has even expanded the menu to include prime rib and roast beef.

Cheesesteak Factory sits up on Alder between SW 10th and 11th. He has a variety of sandwiches to choose from and can mix and match if needed. Drop on by and let them know Food Carts Portland sent ya.

Sample Menu:

All steaks are serve for $1 an inch with a 3 inch minimum.

  • PHL – seared ribeye, sautéed onions, mushrooms and peppers with your choice of cheese – served on Amoroso roll
  • PDX – prime rib, lightly grilled sweet onions, sweet peppers and crimini mushrooms with blue cheese – served on Franz Pioneer roll
  • CDG – aus jus soaked roast beef, caramelized onions, melted Gruyere, provolone and Parmesan on French Roll
  • BFS - scrambled or fried egg, steak, Philly toppings and choice of cheese on sourdough roll

Facebook: Cheesesteak Factory

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.

 

Pulehu Pizza

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Puhelu Pizza

Pulehu Pizza

Location: SW 3rd and Stark
Hours: Weekdays, lunch; Fri/Sat late night

The Story: A few years ago, a friend told me about a new pizza he was making at home on his gas grill. I just couldn’t picture putting a pizza on a grill. Wouldn’t it stick and burn? Fast forward to this week and I was able to see how it is done at the newest pizza cart in Portland – Pulehu Pizza.

On The Grill

On The Grill

Pulehu is the work of Pierre and Annebelle who originally hail from Maui. Pierre was a chef at the Four Seasons for eight years and both wanted to escape their jobs, so while camping among waterfalls, the idea of grilling pizzas was hatched. After trying their concept at a block party, the idea grew into a full service catering and concession operation. In Hawaii, they didn’t have a cart or food truck and were forced to carry everything to their events. They earned the right to be inside a box here in Portland. Pulehu – slang for grill.

The grill used is a large outdoor style gas grill you would see permanently installed for your outdoor kitchen. Pierre makes fresh pizza dough which is rolled out for either an 8″ or 12″ personal pie. He quickly grills one side and then waits for your order. I chose the Truffle Mushroom which comes with mushrooms, grana padano, garlic, truffle oil, cracked black pepper and other seasonings. Pierre tops the grilled side then slides it onto the grill to finish the crust. After a bit, once the crust is just right, he removes it onto a pie pan and closes the lid to cook the toppings and melt the cheese. After some final seasoning and slicing, they hand it over. I love truffle oil on pizza, it adds a fruity flavor that is amazing and subtle. This pie was right up my alley. The crust, thin and crisp enough you could pick up a slice without it getting all floppy. Simple toppings and simple prep made for a wonderful meal.

Truffle Mushroom Pizza from Pulehu Pizza

Truffle Mushroom Pizza from Pulehu Pizza

Pierre and Annebelle now call Portland their home and have opened their doors to be one of only a few pizza vendors in food carts. They have a diverse menu of pizzas along with salads for the non-pizza eater. They are  open late night on the weekends for your fourth meal cravings. Drop on by, welcome them to the Rose City and let them know Food Carts Portland sent ya.

Sample Menu:

  • Classic Cheese- 8″, $5; 12″, $11
  • Margherita: tomato, cart made ricotta and pesto – 8″, $6; 12″, $13
  • Pepperoni – 8″, $6; 12″, $13
  • Meat Lovers: pepperoni, artisanal sausage, grana padano and garlic – 8″, 7; 12″, $13
  • Veggie Lovers: tomato, mushroom, feta, kalamata olives, cart made pesto – 8″, $7; 12″, $13

Phone: 503 915 6869
Website
: PulehuPizza.com
Twitter: @PulehuPizza
Facebook: Pulehu Pizza

PFE Sushi and Chinese Food

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Location: SW 3rd and Stark

The Story:

I think I can safely say that we have our first Sushi cart along with our first Chinese cart in Portland. Granted, Sushi Tree opened last year with all vegetarian sushi, but PFE Sushi is crafting what we have come to know as traditional sushi – with tuna, eel and salmon.

When I have spoken with others who visit the carts on a regular basis, we discuss what is missing as a food group. Sushi and Chinese food always come up as needed options, yet there is trepidation when imagining raw fish from a cart. I too had that concern, but after seeing PFE Sushi’s cart and watching how clean and precise they are in the prep, my fears were assuaged. The two chefs behind the counter were as professional as any sushi chef I have met at a sit down restaurant. PFE Sushi offers up rolls along with sashimi and an assortment of traditional Chinese dishes like Kunk Pao Chicken, Black Bean Chicken, Brocolli Beef and others. [Read more...]

Francisco Taqueria

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Location: SW 3rd and Stark

The Story:

Portland is blessed with an abundance of inexpensive Mexican taqueria carts and taco trucks. A few years ago, I even did a non-scientific survey to see which taqueria had the best carnitas tacos. In the end, no one won because they were all so good. Francisco Taqueria is one of those great carts.

Francisco Taqueria serves up a vast array of Mexican items ranging from tacos to burritos to tortas to nachos. Any given lunchtime, Francisco Taqueria has someone ordering a meal and they’ve been serving it up for at least five years if not longer. They are part of what we refer to as the old guard – the carts who have established themselves and provide their returning customers a great meal. [Read more...]

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