Cheese & Crack

Brett Burmeister
Cheese & Crack

Cheese & Crack

Location: SE 33rd and Hawthorne (in the Alleyway)
Hours: Tues-Thurs, 11am-3pm; Fri/Sat, 11am-9pm

The Story:

On the way to a day hike, William and his friend stopped for some snacks. While perusing the options at the local market, they saw lunchables and in a fit of nostalgia picked them up. Later that day, they were reminded that lunchables are not that good, yet the concept of offering meats, cheeses, crackers and other goodies was born and Cheese & Crack was launched.

William Steuernagel launched his dream with a Kickstarter campaign, asking family, friends and others on the internet to help him raise $2500. Over the course of the campaign, he raised $4176 proving that people love their cheese, crackers and charcuterie. William has nine years of experience in the restaurant industry including owning his own catering company and running a small cupcake operation with delivery. Cheese & Crack is the next step in a culinary life adventure.

Cheese & Crack Plate

Cheese & Crack Plate

At least once a week we do cheese night. I visit the local specialty market, order chunks of “stinky” cheese and get a baguette or crackers and maybe an apple if in season. At home, the cheese is laid out on a board with homemade fig jam and some pickled things. That’s dinner. When I see cheese plates offered at restaurants, I order them to see what the chef has to offer. While eying the offerings at Cheese & Crack, I questioned whether William had been monitoring my eating habits because he was offering everything I dream of for a simple yet satisfying treat. To put together your $8 plate, choose between two different cart-made crackers then two items from the main category which includes cheese and meats like salami or coppa. Lastly, you pick two from the last grouping which includes olives, fruit or pickled things. William sets out to create your one of a kind dish and serves it all in a small pizza box. There’s nothing better than stacking Molinari on top of a seedy cracker and placing blue cheese atop. Bite in and enjoy the saltiness of the cracker and salami contrasting the dry, pungent cheese. With the selections available, you can create a hundred different combinations. If you just want to eat salami without anything else, you can! I did.

Menu at Cheese & Crack

Menu at Cheese & Crack

Cheese & Crack is bringing something new and unique to the cart scene. Along with the cheese and charcuterie, William also makes bitters and soda drinks with a large selection of bitters. Located in the alleyway on SE 33rd avenue north of Hawthorne, the cart offers seating in a quiet, secluded location off the busy street. Drop on by, grab some goodies and let them know Food Carts Portland sent ya.

Sample Menu: menu changes often to offer choices.

Meals are $8.

  • Crackers: seedy or butter – choose 1
  • Cheeses/Charcuterie: Tillamook White Cheddar, Rogue Oregon Blue, Fromage Blanc, Coppa, Salami, Oven-Roasted Turkey – choose 2
  • Pickles and other: seasonal fruit, cornichons, pickled things, dried fruit, olives – choose 2

Hours: Tues-Thurs, 11am-3pm; Fri/Sat, 11am-9pm
Phone: 503 847 9553
Website: CheeseandCrack.com
Facebook: Cheese & Crack

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Neza Taqueria

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Location: SE 33rd and Hawthorne

The Story:

One may think we have too many taco trucks. By last count, 15% of carts are Mexican Taquerias. But is that bad? I don’t think so because each one provides something different whether it is better service, better chorizo, handmade tortillas or an item not on everyone else’s menu. For Neza, I think they provide SE Hawthorne something new – Mexican.

Neza Taqueria has been open now on SE 33rd and Hawthorne in front of House of Vintage or a few months now. In the same lot as Namu and around the corner from a few other carts, creating some stiff competition. Neza offers up a traditional Mexican menu with tacos, burritos, tortas, taco salads and horchata. They focus on their burrito options, offering up a few vegetarian options, including a spinach burrito with eggs, onions, rice, beans and sour cream. Lately, eggs and fresh spinach have been a treat for breakfast at our house. Put that in a burrito? Tasty.

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