Farmfood

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Farmfood

Farmfood

Location: N Killingsworth and Greeley, North Station
Hours: 7am-2pm daily

The Story: The North Station food pod is continuously changing with new vendors coming and going on a regular basis. The other day, while driving by, a shiny aluminum clad Countess Streamline trailer caught my attention. Farmfood is the latest vendor to bring Arbor Lodge some love.

Farmfood is the work of Wes, who originally started his food business in Idaho before moving to Portland. The cart focuses on sandwiches. I don’t want to pigeonhole it just as a breakfast sandwich cart since they open early morning. Go for lunch too, the sandwiches work well. Organic eggs, locally sourced vegetables, chicken and more are what is featured at Wes’ cart. After placing my order, I sat at one of the covered picnic tables and picked up a flipbook of photos from the farm. Huge open fields with chickens ranging free. I asked Wes and he use to manage the farm for a relative before he had kids and now sources his goods from there.

Summer Farm Girl

Summer Farm Girl

The summer farm girl sandwich comes with garlic roast beer-butt chicken, greens, fresh strawberries and a greek ginger yogurt sauce. Honestly, it was the first item on the menu I saw and just imagining all those diverse flavors put together convinced me that was breakfast for the day. Ever heard of beer butt chicken? You take a whole chicken and place it atop a can of beer and roast it. The process creates a moist and flavorful bird. The chopped fresh strawberries with the chicken was a new delight for me. The berries were cool and sweet with the chicken boasting the roasted garlic essence. Then add in the ginger yogurt sauce and the cards are off the table. Truly one of the better sandwiches I’ve had in awhile.

Farmfood is a great addition to the neighborhood. Open daily, including weekends, from 7am-2pm. Drop on by, enjoy a sandwich and let them know Food Carts Portland sent ya.

Sample Menu:

  • mr. bestwick – garlic roast beer-but chicken, market apple, bacon, cheddar, pups jalapeno relish, aioli – $6.50
  • pups sloppy joe – grass fed beef, caramelized onion, pickled asparagus, cheddar – $5
  • wag egg sandwich – fried wag organic egg, whole grain mustard, pups jalapeno relish, cheddar – $4
  • summer farm girl - garlic roast beer-but chicken, greens, fresh strawberries, greek ginger yogurt sauce  -$6
  • pups for president – fried wag organic egg, greens, tomato, whole grain mustard, pups pickled jalapenos, cheddar – $5

Hours: daily, 7am-2pm
Phone: 503 894 3733
Facebook: Farmfood

Fire and Knives

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Fire and Knives

Fire and Knives

Location: N Killingsworth and Greeley, North Station
Hours: Mon-Fri, 7:30am-3pm

The Story:

I get asked daily where the hot new spot will be for food carts. My answer? Q19. The lot with an onsite bar and food carts is smack in between last decade’s development and this coming decade’s new housing in NW. Prime real estate. Fire and Knives is one of those vendors who can see the long game.

Fire and Knives is one of the few vendors on the lot serving breakfast, a dish sometimes difficult to find at the carts here in Portland. While I’m the guy who wants someone to tell me what I’m going to eat (I don’t like being offered a ton of choices,) I do like me a ‘create your own breakfast’ option. Ever go to those greasy spoon breakfast joints and get the required undercooked hash browns? Not here. At Fire and Knives you can mix and match an omelet, a scramble or fried egg with a miss mash of ingredients including bacon, sausage, tomatoes, mushrooms, onions, cheddar, mozzarella and so much more. And they open at 7:30am for you early birds.

Italian Sandwich from Fire and Knives

Italian Sandwich from Fire and Knives

While I wasn’t there for breakfast, I did enjoy one of their lunches in the form of an Italian sausage sandwich with Mozzarella and marinara with fresh basil. A split sausage drowning in sauce with gooey cheese melted atop is just want I wanted on a cool autumn day. I stepped inside the Q19 bar, enjoyed a beer and watched a recap of the week’s sports while I devoured the sandwich. Oh so tasty.

Fire and Knives opens for breakfast at 7:30am and stays open till 3 to sate your appetite. Drop on by for something new when you have a craving. Let them know Food Carts Portland sent ya.

[Fire and Knives moved to North Portland in December 2012]

Sample Menu:

Breakfast: Omelet, Scramble or fried – 75c/egg

  • bacon, sausage, veggie sausage – + $1
  • Veggies like tomato, mushroom, onion, potatoes – 50c
  • Cheese – 50c
  • Home Fries – $1
  • Bananas – 75c

Lunch:

  • Grilled Meatball: choice of Mozzarella or Provelone; beef, $6; lamb, $7
  • Breaded Chicken – $6
  • Veggie Chicken – $6
  • Italian Sausage – $6

Hours: Mon-Fri, 7:30am-3pm
Facebook: Fire and Knives

Go Dog

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Go Dog

Go Dog

Location: N Greeley and Killingsworth
Hours: Tues-Sat, 11-6

The Story:

Hot dogs and sausages are the original street food and still the mainstay in many cities. At Go Dog, you can get a Naked Dog or you can amp it up and have you brat with chili and cheese.

Katie and Jason Taylor have always wanted a hot dog cart, so after many years in the corporate doldrums, the opportunity to purchase Fief’s at North Station arose and they snapped it up. It was one of those twists of fate. They had been searching for a good cart and a great location and both became available at North Station. With locally sourced Zenner’s fine dogs, Katie and Jason held their grand opening at the end of March and have been introducing themselves to the neighborhood ever since.

The Hound Dog from Go Dog

The Hound Dog from Go Dog

Hot dogs need to be done right to make them memorable. At Go Dog, you can get a jalapeno cheddar dog with chili or a BLT dog with a smoked cheddar and bacon sausage with more bacon added along with lettuce and tomato. I picked out the Hound Dog with an all beef dog topped with pepperoncini, fire roasted peppers, caramelized onions and BBQ sauce. Zenner’s dogs don’t disappoint and the addition of the fire roasted peppers added a different taste I hadn’t thought to mix on a dog. A great choice.

Go Dog is now open at the Overlook pod North Station. The lot offers covered and heated seating and Pizza Depokos serves beer for lot patrons. Next time you’re craving a dog, check them out and let them know Food Carts Portland sent ya.

Sample Menu:

  • Naked dog – $3
  • Blazer Dog – jalapeno cheddar sausage with chili, diced onions and cheese – $5.50
  • Chicago Dog – mustard, diced onion, pickle spear, sport pepper, relish, celery salt and tomato wedges – $5.50
  • BLT Dog – $5.50
  • Hound Dog – $5.25
  • The Go Dog – 2 all beef dogs, grilled and filleted open with your choice of toppings – $6.25
  • Homemade fries – $1.50

Hours: Tues-Sat, 11-6
Phone: 503 504 3358
Website: GoDogPDX.com

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The Rolling Stoves Gimme Sandwich

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The Rolling Stoves

The Rolling Stoves

Location: N Killingsworth and Greeley
Hours: Tues-Sun, 11am-3pm + Wed-Sat, 5pm-8pm

The Story:

Everyone loves a good french dip sandwich. We have a few carts in town who do them, and now North Portland has Gimme Sandwich who focuses all their energy on the French Dip.

The Rolling Stoves Gimme Sandwich is kinda a long name. I’m not sure if the cart is just The Rolling Stoves or Gimme Sandwich. Either way, it tells you what they are going for – an homage to that venerable British band while telling you what they specialize in. When they opened earlier in the year, the cart sold only a french dip sandwich having perfected it prior to opening. According to many who I spoke with, this is one of the best French Dips they had ever had. Quite a bold statement, but when you hear it from foodies and non-foodies, it begins to hold weight.

French Dip from The Rolling Stoves

French Dip from The Rolling Stoves

While I enjoy a good French Dip, I’m not a dipper. I enjoyed plenty of homemade French Dip sandwiches as a kid and remember liking them, but after finishing, I had sauce and meat juice all over my face, arms, clothes and the dog. These days I just don’t like drippiness when eating something with my hands so I just got the sandwich without the sauce. Tri-tip is slow roasted and then thinly cut and served on a toasted french baguette with melted Swiss cheese, caramelized onions and horseradish mayo. The au jus is served on the side. This was a well thought out sandwich. While it is messy even without the au jus, the baguette is soft enough to bite through in order to keep everything together while you eat. Sometimes, the bread is too chewy and all the inside goodies shoot out the back of the sandwich. Not here. I loved the zing of the horseradish in the mayo and when mixed with the sweetness of the onions and the beef, it was an exceptional sandwich. Maybe I’ll need to rethink the whole dipping rule.

Gimme Sandwich has expanded their menu since opening, adding chicken salad, toasted cheese, ham and Swiss and a Mozzarella, tomato, basil sandwich. Venture up to North Station and give them a try and let them know Food Carts Portland sent ya.

Sample Menu:

  • Famous French Dip: roasted tri-tip with melted Swiss cheese, caramelized onions and horseradish mayo. Served on french baguette with au jus on the side – $6
  • Chicken Salad: herb roasted chicken, mayo, cranberries, celery and green onion. topped with melted Monterey Jack and Roma tomatoes – $6
  • Ham and Swiss: black forest ham topped with melted Swiss, honey Dijon with fresh pineapple on the side – $6
  • Mozzarella Tomato Basil: Mozzarella, ripe marinated Roma tomatoes, arugula and fresh basil on a french baguette – $6

Hours: Tues-Sun, 11am-3pm + Wed-Sat, 5pm-8pm
Phone: 310-486-4006
Facebook: Gimme Sandwich

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