Pig ‘N A Pen

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Pig ‘N A Pen

Location: NE 52nd and Sandy – Rose City Food Park
Hours: Mon-Fri, 11-9; Sat, 12-9; Sun, 12-7

The Story: The Midwest. Having grown up on the west coast with parents from the midwest, I’m tangentially aware of the cuisine of Minnesota – ham, potatoes, dishes influenced by Germans and Norwegians – yet that’s about it. Other than KC BBQ or Chicago Pizza, the midwest is a bit of a black hole. Yet, with Pig ‘N A Pen, new cart at Rose City Food Park, we get their take on a midwestern delight – the breaded pork tenderloin.

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Hoosier Style

Pig ‘N A Pen opened late summer at the NE Portland pod offering up a broad menu of midwestern sandwiches. Focusing primarily on pork tenderloin, the traditional is breaded in crackermeal and cornmeal or try it seasoned and seared on the flattop. Jerry’s Way offers up the tenderloin with pickles and yellow mustard. The Hoosier Style, which I enjoyed, is Iowa simple with traditional tenderloin topped with American cheese, shredded cabbage and served on a Franz bun. The sandwich was huge with the breaded tenderloin overflowing the bun – flavorful and filling. The side of seasonal broccoli salad added depth to the entire meal.

Pig ‘N A Pen is now open daily for lunch and dinner at Rose City Food Park. Get your midwestern fix and let them know Food Carts Portland sent ya.

Menu can be found on their website.

Facebook: Pig ‘N A Pen
Website: Pignapen.squarespace.com

Rajah’s Hawaiian Grill

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Rajah’s Hawaiian Grill

Location: SW 3rd and Washington
Hours: Weekdays, 10-4

The Story: It was sad to see Salmon Fusion close this summer. Roger Mumm’s delightfully briny smoke salmon was a regular treat. Yet, change happens and Roger wanted to revisit his youth, so re-branded and launched Rajah’s Hawaiian Grill.

Owner and chef Roger Mumm was born in Hawaii and lives the Aloha style of life. Over the past five years, with his previous cart Salmon Fusion, Roger became a mainstay in the street food scene at the 3rd avenue lot. Owner, chef, mentor, friend – Roger does it all. Yet, the island life was calling one day, so he decided to move along from smoked salmon and get back to the flavors of his childhood – traditional Hawaiian lunches. The type of food the everyman eats.

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Shoyu Chicken from Rajah’s

The menu offers up a wide range of dishes from Kalua Pig to Ono Fish & Chips to the famous Hawaiian lunch – Loco Moco. I picked up a good size plate of Shoyu Chicken over rice with mac salad and seaweed salad. When have you seen seaweed salad on a menu? I hadn’t since visiting the Big Island, so was excited to revisit those salty flavors with the unique texture. The chicken, shoyu marinated with plenty of umami is not an ordinary chicken dish. Packed with flavor, it paired well with the two salads.

Rajah’s Hawaiian Grill is now open daily for lunch on SW 3rd and Washington. Next time you have a craving for Hawaiian dishes, give them a try, and let them know Food Carts Portland sent ya.

Sample Menu (full menu on website):

  • Huli Huli Chicken – $8.50
  • Kalua Pig – $8.50
  • Ono Fish & Chips – $8.50
  • Loco Moco – $8.50

Facebook: Rajah’s Hawaiian Grill


Portland Food Cart News for October


Some items of interest for you street food fans out there:

Portland’s newest food cart pod – Piknik Park Food Carts and Beer  – will be celebrating their grand opening this weekend, October 9-11. There will be free tastings and a variety of entertainment. The lot boasts 8 food carts including a beer garden with wine and cider included. More details on their Facebook page.


Downtown’s Georgian cart Kargi Gogo has celebrated two years in business with a revamping of the menu. It seems we all love their cheese bread, so now they offer four different types. The Khachapuri is the original we’ve enjoyed the last two years. The other three include a baked cheese and egg version and one with smoked ham. For those of you who fell in love with their khinkali dumplings, fear not, they still offer them up frozen for you to enjoy at home. Kargi Gogo is located on SW 9th and Washington and open 7 days a week from 11am-4pm.


Portland Food Cart News

Le Tap

Piedmont Station on NE Killingsworth and 7th keeps adding vendors. After the initial few, they’ve done some re-arranging and brought in five new vendors offering burgers, southern cuisine, Thai, and chicken wings. Le Tap is now open, offering up 14 taps with beer, wine and cider. If you live in the neighborhood, it is a great place for lunch or dinner with covered seating.


Cartlandia in SE Porltand announced they have three new vendors – Smokin’ Bowls – Indonesian – opening this week; Papaya Fruit and Eatery and Koi Fusion opening Oct 11.


If you were out and about downtown at 10th and Alder on Tuesday the 6th, you would have noticed more than a few vendors closed. The power was out on the lot for more than a couple of hours. Many vendors made due, utilizing propane to prepare their meals, but not having power is a real challenge. Hopefully the electrician has figured out the problem. If you’re a regular, hit up your favorite vendor to give them a little extra boost this week.


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