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

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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