Mississippi's Delta BBQ

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Mississippi Delta BBQ

Mississippi's Delta BBQ

[December 2009 – currently closed for Winter]

Location: SW 4th and Columbia

Description:

I was wandering down 4th ave on my way to the carts down by PSU when I wandered by Mississippi’s Delta BBQ. I paused for a second then walked on, not sure if I wanted BBQ or not. It only took me about 1/2 a block until I turned around, walked back and met Brian, the owner of Mississippi’s Delta BBQ. And I’m glad I did.

Mississippi’s Delta BBQ offers up pulled pork, beef brisket, turkey and sausage. Nothing fancy here, but good food. Brian began describing how long he had prepped the pork and beef, making me salivate and wishing I had the BBQ gene. Since it was a new cart and Brian had a nice smooth southern accent, I asked if he had recently moved here. Nope. Brian came to Portland a few years ago to attend Western Culinary Institute and stuck around. I’m glad he did. Mississippi’s Delta BBQ is his way to venture off on his own. Eventhough the pulled pork looked and smelled divine, I opted for the beef brisket sandwich. I’m a sucker for beef brisket. Brian prepared the thinly sliced brisket on a bun with spicy BBQ sauce and then topped it with slaw. What a monster of a sandwich.

While it is raining today, it will be sunny again and that means BBQ weather. Head on down to Mississippi’s Delta BBQ and say hi to Brian. He’ll set you up. Brian, welcome to foodcartland.

Sample Menu:

  • Smoked pulled pork sandwich with slaw and BBQ sauce – sm. $3; lg. $5
  • Smoked beef brisket sandwich with slaw and BBQ sauce – sm. $3; lg. $5
  • Smoked turkey sandwich with lettuce, tomato, cheese, slaw – $5
  • Sides – Mac slaw, cole slaw, BBQ baked beans – $1

Hours: 11am – 2:30pm Monday through Friday
Phone: 503 869 8184
Website: www.mississippisdeltabbq.com

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EuroDish

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Location: SW 10th and Alder

Description:

EuroDish calls their food “Traditional Polish Home Style Cuisine.” When I see the words traditional and home style together, I get a little excited. To me, it means someone is trying to harken back to days of yore and replicate what they know to be the food of their homeland. At EuroDish, the owner is succeeding.

EuroDish has been around now for a couple of years, so obviously has worked out any kinks and has a strong following. I have visited a few times in the past and have always enjoyed my meal. EuroDish’s traditional Polish fare is made up of many different options. You can go simple and get a kielbasa sausage on a french roll or get crazy and have one of the combo plates which could include pierogies, salad, schnitzel, blintzes, and bigos. A pierogi is a polish home style dumpling filled with seasoned potato and cheese or cabbage and mushroom or meat. Bigos is traditional hunter’s stew – beef, pork, sausage and tomato sauce stewed in sauerkraut…  All that together would truly fill one up. And these are just a couple of the items on the large menu of lunch and dinner options.

Recently, I opted for one of the combos shown in pictures outside the cart. A huge plate of food including a salad, some rice, pierogis, and two pork schnitzels, smothered in grilled onions. I dove in and was in food heaven. I lived in Austria for a time, so am familiar with schnitzel, but haven’t had it in a few years. The schnitzel I had that day brought back some great memories. It was perfectly breaded and seasoned and cooked perfectly. The crust had a sweetness to it at times that surprised me  and forced me to eat more. The dressing on the salad was surprisingly good as not many side salads at carts impress me. The pierogis were what I expected, little dumplings of yum. The entire meal was fabulous. I actually wasn’t able to finish.

Schnitzel plate

Schnitzel plate

If you are out and about and need a hearty meal, check out EuroDish. [post originally written by Cuisine Bonne Femme, Sept. 2007, updated July, 2009.]

Sample Menu:

  • Beef Vegetable Goulash Soup – beef, onion, tomato, carrot, garlic, and spices – served with egg pasta – $5
  • Kielbasa Sandwich – grilled polish sausage with fried onions on french roll – $4
  • Pork Schnitzel Sandwich – lightly breaded pan fried pork loin served with coleslaw, lettuce, tomato, cucumber onion and mustered on roll – $6
  • Pierogi – dumplings; potato and cheese or cabbage and mushroom or meat and spinach – 6 for $4.50 or 9 for $6.50
  • Bigos – Hunter’s Stew – beef, pork, sausage, tomato sauce – seasoned and stewed in sauerkraut – $4.50
  • Combo plates – choices of the above items together – ranging between $5 and $8
  • Cheese Blintzes – crepes filled with farmer’s cheese served with fresh fruits and sweetened sour cream – 1 for $2.25 or 2 for $4.25

Hours: 11am – 6pm Monday through Friday

Phone: 971 344 3704

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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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