Beez Neez Gourmet Sausages

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Beez Neez

Beez Neez

Location: SW 3rd and Oak

Description:

There seem to be a ton of new hot dog and sausage carts cropping up of late. Historically, hot dog and sausage vendors were the only food carts in town. Here in Portland, other cuisines and carts have outnumbered them now for awhile, but the tenacious hot dog vendors are back and offering some tasty new options. Beez Neez is the newest cart to join us in Portland, offering their Reindeer sausage, straight from Alaska.

I visited Beez Neez earlier in the week to talk with the owner Bryan and try one of the reindeer sausages. Bryan had recently moved here from Alaska via Seattle and brought some of his Alaska with him. The reindeer sausages are indeed from Alaska as we don’t have too many reindeer around here. Bryan described the taste as not being gamey as the reindeer is mixed with beef to create a traditional hot dog. I decided on the spicy version of the dog and added some caramelized onions, sweet relish and spicy brown mustard.

Reindeer sausage from Beez Neez

Reindeer sausage from Beez Neez

Bryan splits the dogs on the grill which is my new favorite way of enjoying both hot dogs and sausages. I like it because some dogs get too juicy inside and upon that first bite, your upper lip is burned with the hot boiling juices. The sausage itself was just the right spice. It had some kick, you could taste that it wasn’t an all beef dog and there was something different there. The addition of the onions and mustard made the lunch. Another great dog in the city of Portland.

Beez Neez does sell other dogs and sausages, so if reindeer isn’t your forte, there are other choices. As I was condimenting my dog, a businesswoman arived to order a brat, relaying a story of travelling through Germany and eating brats every day. Ahh, brats every day…makes your mouth water. Bryan at Beez Neez will offer you a sample of the sausage if you ask. If you get down there, tell them Food Carts Portland sent ya.

Sample Menu:

  • Alaska Reindeer Sausage – mild or spicy – $4.75
  • Louisiana Hot Link – $4.25
  • German Bratwurst – $4.75
  • Foot long kosher beef dog – $3.75
  • Foot long kosher polish dog – $3.75
  • add cream cheese and bacon to any dog – 75c

Hours: Monday through Thursday 11am-4pm; Friday 11am-2:30am (late night); Saturday 8pm-3am
Contact: beezneez.gourmetsausages@gmail.com

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Just Thai

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Just Thai

Just Thai

Location: SW 3rd, between Washington and Stark

Description:

When I was looking for some good spicy Thai noodles last winter, a few friends recommended a place named I Love Thai Food. They thought it was down off 3rd avenue, but when I went down there, I couldn’t find said cart. I opted for a different meal that day. Since then, I have discovered that I Love Thai Food, a Portland favorite is now named Just Thai. The two names are on the side of the cart if only I had looked closer.

Just Thai is exactly what their name suggests. A menu full of the Thai dishes we have come to love and expect. They offer soups, noodle dishes, fried rice and curries. Normally, when I try a Thai cart, I choose basil fried rice. It is one of my favorite dishes and they do it well there. Most recently, since I had already enjoyed their fried rice, I opted for Pad See You, a dish made up of wide rice noodles, eggs, broccoli and carrots. You can get it with either chicken, shrimp or tofu and a range of temperature – mild to spicy. I chose tofu and medium.

Pad See You from Just Thai

Pad See You from Just Thai

I have to say – when you get lunch at Just Thai, be prepared to eat some for dinner also. My Pad See You was so large, I had it for lunch, an afternoon snack and then a late night nosh for my wife. Crazy big. All for $5. The dish was adequately spicy – medium is just that, medium. The noodles are my favorite. Rice noodles have a texture that when it hits your tongue, it seems like they begin to dissolve. I just love that. Everything else was top notch.

If you’re in the market for some great Thai and hungry to boot, check out Just Thai down of SW 3rd and tell them Food Carts Portland sent ya.

Sample Menu:

  • Tom Yum soup – $5
  • Pad see you – stir fried wide rice noodles w/ eggs, broccoli, carrots – $5
  • Red Curry/Yellow Curry – $5
  • Thai fried rice – eggs, onions, green onion, tomatoes, cilantro, cucumber – $5
  • Tom kha – $5
  • Pad Thai – $5
  • Dishes can be made with chicken, shrimp or tofu
  • Vegan dishes available

Hours: Monday-Saturday: 11am-6pm
Phone: 971 340-3011
Website: JustThaiPdx.com
Twitter: JustThai

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DC Vegetarian

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DC Vegetarian

DC Vegetarian

Location: SW 3rd between Washington and Stark

Description:

Portland is a great city to get fresh produce in. The city hosts a farmer’s market almost every day of the week in almost every neighborhood in the city. You would be hard pressed not to be able to find fresh veggies on a random Tuesday afternoon. And in the summer? Well, I think we all become vegetarians a little bit. Enter DC Vegetarian, a new cart that focuses on Vegetarian and Vegan eats.

One of our writers, KMazz, visited DC Vegetarian the same day I did and has this to add. Good old American comfort food usually screams “Watch out, arteries!” And yet, when the moment strikes we just gotta have that bacon burger or BLT served up with some ice cream.  How about a planet friendly safe and tasty alternative? The DC Vegetarian cart supplies all of the above with vegan and vegetarian traditional standbys.  You can have vegan or dairy cheese and vegetarian or tempeh bacon with your veggie burger, or vegan or dairy cream cheese with a veggie sandwich, for example. There are “chicken” salad and  “steak” and cheese and Italian sub sandwiches and almost everything comes with the option to add avocado or that non-meat bacon. And if you really really need to, you can get a real grilled Tillamook cheddar and Pepper Jack cheese sandwich. Not being a vegan myself, I tried the apple, goat cheese, spinach, mayo and spicy mustard sandwich on Dave’s Killer whole wheat bread — a perfect combo on a warm day if you’ve got a lot of city blocks to cover and don’t want to be weighed down by a hearty lunch.

Apple and Cheese by KMazz

Apple and Cheese by KMazz

Upon my arrival at the cart, I did have to pass a few other’s with enticing meat smells, so was glad to see that DC Vegetarian offered up Vegan burgers and even a BLT. After perusing the menu, I decided I didn’t really need meat alternatives and really wanted to get some vegetables in me. Normally, that would be a Seinfeldish “big salad,” but that day, when I saw that DC Vegetarian served their sandwiches up on Dave’s Killer Bread, I just couldn’t resist ordering one. If you haven’t tried Dave’s, you need to. Such care is taken with that bread it is criminal how good it tastes. In the end, I chose the hummus and veggie with avocado on rye. Before I could even finish reading the entire menu, my sandwich was ready. They are fast.

Hummus and veggie from DC Vegetarian

Hummus and veggie from DC Vegetarian

The rye was lightly toasted which is exactly how I prefer my sandwiches. Further, this is sliced bread, so it doesn’t take olympic chewing to get through that first bite. The mix of the hummus and sliced fresh veggies was a great match. I could taste the sweetness of the tomato along with the cucumber and avocado and the slight bitterness of the greens. The hummus had that hint of garlic that you catch on the back of your tongue and then remember a few minutes later. All in all, a great sandwich. Simple, tasty and just what I wanted.

As stated, DC Vegetarian offers up what we eat almost every day – just vegetarian style. Almost everything on the menu can be made Vegan also if that is what you prefer. When you are out looking for a great alternative to your normal lunch, give DC Vegetarian a try and tell them Food Carts Portland sent ya.

[Note: DC Vegetarian will be closed Sept. 3-9]

Sample Menu:

  • Vegan Soups: chili, Mediterranean chickpea, African peanut, gazpacho – Cup – $2.50; Bowls – $3.25/$4.25
  • Vegan friendly burger: vegan patty, veggie fixins: $3.50
  • Burger addons: vegan cheese:  75¢; vegan tempeh bacon $1.50; etc
  • BLT – vegetarian bacon, lettuce, tomato and veganaise or mayo – $3.50
  • Steak and cheese – house seitan strips, grilled onions and peppers, vegan or dairy cheese on sub roll – $4.50
  • Hummus and veggie – hummus, tomato, sprouts, cucumber and onion on Dave’s Killer Bread – $4
  • Most sandwiches can be either vegetarian or vegan

Hours: Monday through Friday: 11am-4pm
Website:
Http://DCVegetarian.com
Phone:
503 317 4448
Email: dcvegetarian@gmail.com
Twitter: DCVegetarian

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Taqueria Villanueva

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Location: SW 3rd and Oak Parking Lot

Description: Haven’t eaten here so I can’t vouch for it. Menu looks straightforward and focuses on burritos and tacos. That’s all I know for now. Tacos are $1.50, burritos are $4.00, and they do have some combo plates that include rice and beans with things like Chile Rellenos, enchiladas, etc. for $4.50.

Hours: Mon-Fri Day lunch until later in the afternoon (sometimes). I have also seen them open on Saturdays, but don’t count on this as a consistent thing.

Phone: Unknown

Website: None that I know of

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