Built to Grill

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Built to Grill, Portland

 

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Location:
SW 3rd and Washington

Description:

When I walked by Built to Grill the other day, something caught my nose, intriguing me. I had already eaten lunch, so vowed to return the next day. Luckily, my lunch buddies wanted to head in that direction for a new Italian cart. We were headed in the exact same direction. I guess I had missed the big Italian flag on the side of the cart.

Built to Grill is new on the scene, having opened just two weeks ago. The owners, Brooke and Aisha, had the cart built special for them in Florida and then shipped up – hence the name. Oh, and such a beautiful cart with everything they need to product a great meal. Built to Grill specializes in Italian sandwiches and pasta dishes. Looking over the sandwich choices makes one’s mouth water. There aren’t many places in Portland where one can find a grilled muffuletta. I sometimes need to hit up the local charcuterie and make it myself. I’ve been on a sandwich kick of late, so discovering that Built to Grill is more than pasta encourages me that the food cart gods are listening to my pleas.

I opted for the grilled muffuletta while my partners chose the Italian hero and the penne with basil pesto. All three meals were top notch. While I was noshing on the first half of my sandwich, my friend offered up a trade for half of his grilled hero. Who could pass that up? The chance to try two different sandwiches in one sitting was great.

Italian Hero courtesy of @Mondofresh

Italian Hero courtesy of @Mondofresh

Grilled Muffuletta

Grilled Muffuletta

The muffuletta was a perfect layering of thinly sliced salami, mortadella, roasted red pepper and provolone, topped with green olive tapenade. All that between artisan bread and thrown on the grill and pressed. The hero was a mix of prosciutto, salami, mortadella, spinach, arugula, peperoncini, provolone and red wine vinaigrette. Both sandwiches were the perfect size and tasted amazing. I’ve tried different olive tapenade both from stores and restaurants and Brooke’s was at the top. Reminded me of the first time I ate a muffuletta in New Orleans. I asked him about it and he informed me that he makes both his tapenade and pesto from scratch. Further, he gets all of his cheeses and meats direct from Italy. Now that’s authentic.

Built to Grill is probably going to become a go to cart for me. I’m a huge fan of paninis and Italian meats. I think I could eat salami and prosciutto for every meal if it were considered a health food. When your out looking for something new, go give Built to Grill a try. Tell them Food Carts Portland sent ya.

Sample Menu:

  • Bowtie primavera – $5
  • Penne w/ basil pesto – $5
  • Portabella Panini: grilled portabella mushroom, caramelized onions, mozzarella w/ basil pesto – $6
  • Hot muffuletta: salami, mortadella, roasted red peppers, provolone w/green olive tapenade – $6
  • Meltdown: prosciutto, roasted red peppers, artichokes, provolone w/basil pesto – $6
  • Italian Hero: prosciutto, salami, mortadella, spinach, arugula, pepperoncini, provolone w/red wine vinaigrette – $6
  • Soups, Salads and drinks available

Hours: Monday through Friday 11am-3pm or sell out.
Contact: unknown at this time.

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Po'Town Vittles

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Po'Town Vittles

Po'Town Vittles

[Updated 3/2010 – cart no longer at this location – unknown whereabouts.]

Location: SW Moody and Abernathy in South Waterfront

Description:

Vittles. Love that word. Vittles. I think I actually use it more in casual conversation than I am aware of. When I heard there was a cart named Po’ Town Vittles, I knew I had to check it out. It was worth it.

Po’ Town Vittles had a great menu of sandwiches and salads. I was drawn there by the lure of fish and chips. I’m a huge fan of good fish and I haven’t discovered a cart yet that offered it. The fish is creole seasoned tilapia and the chips are double fried for extra tastiness. When we arrived and eyed the menu and specials, I almost changed my mind. Wow, some of the best sounding sandwiches I have seen offered. They even offer a muffuletta which makes my mouth water just thinking about it. The special of the day when we were down there was a Carolina Sand Lapper pulled pork sandwich. My buddy who foodcarts with me daily ordered that and in his words – it was one of the best he’d tasted.

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My other foodcart friend ordered a Spring Chicken Dijon salad with cherry tomatoes, currants, blue cheese and tender fried chicken pieces on a bed of fresh salad greens. We were all pretty jealous of his meal. I almost abandoned my tilapia to go order the salad. Wow, what generous portions.

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Po’ Town Vittles is located in South Waterfront, the area down south of the Marquam bridge where the new condo towers are going up. You can get down there by car, but it is challenging. I would suggest taking the streetcar or riding your bike. An added bonus would be riding the tram up to OHSU on a sunny day.

Sample Menu:

  • Fish and Chips – $5
  • Seafood basket – seasoned tilapia, shrimp and oysters – $6
  • Spring Chicken dijon salad – $6
  • Muffuletta – salami, mortodella, olive spread – $5
  • Fried Chicken – spicy chicken breast with comeback sauce – $5.50
  • Fries – old school twice cooked fries – $1.50 and $2.50

Hours: Lunchtime weekdays
Contact: Unknown
Website: Unknown

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