Crêperie

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Creperie

Crêperie

[Closed 2010]
Location:
SW 5th and Oak

Description:

Over the past few years, we’ve all seen a change in the food cart pod at SW 5th and Oak. Many new carts have arrived and a few have stuck around through the growth. One cart has changed a couple of times now, but is always open. First it was Taste of Kasakhstan, then a combination of that and Gyro King. Now, it has re-opened as Crêperie – a crêpe cart. When I spoke with the crêpe slinger, Ilya, about the new cart he told me they were just trying something new.

My first introduction to crêpes in Portland was at Perierra Crêperie at Cartopia in SE. I loved that they were offering up both sweet and savory crepes. The new Crêperie received some guidance from Perierra prior to opening, so I was excited to see what they offered and glad to know cart owners help each other out. I was there during the first week, so the menu may change, but Ilya knew what he was doing with the crêpe griddle.

Chicken and Gruyere Crepe

Chicken and Gruyere Crepe

I ordered the chicken with Gruyere. I love that the carts are embracing these bold cheeses for their dishes. The thinly shaved chicken breast and chunks of Gruyere melded together just right on the crêpe.  Everything was put together just right. I’m looking forward to trying the crêpe with arugula next time.

Crêperie is now open, going on their second week. Head on down and say hi to Ilya and try one of his crêpes – you won’t be disappointed. Tell him Food Carts Portland sent ya.

Sample Menu:

  • Vanilla crêpe – $4
  • Fresh strawberry with whip cream – $4
  • Banana and nutella – $5
  • Giradelle chocolate – $5
  • Avacado and sea salt – $5
  • Smore crêpe – $5
  • Gorgonzola, pear, walnut and honey – $6
  • Chicken and Gruyere – $6
  • Fig, turkey, chevre and honey – $6
  • Figs, brie, turkey and arugula – $6

Hours: Monday through Friday – lunchtime
Contact: unknown

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Parkers Waffles and Coffee

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Parkers Waffles and Coffee

Parkers Waffles and Coffee

[Updated August 2010 – Cart has closed. Alberta waffle window still open]

Location: SW 4th and Hall

Description:

A couple of years ago, I would never have thought that waffles could be the focus of a cart. That was because I wasn’t thinking outside the box. I was thinking of the waffles of my youth – simple breakfast fare served maybe with fruit, but always with syrup. In 2009, waffles have taken on a whole new persona with numerous carts popping up offering a different take on the traditional breakfast nosh. Parkers Waffles down in the Portland State University POD joined this past summer and I’m glad they did.

I have enjoyed what I call “waffle gyros” from a few of the other carts in town.  Parkers describes theirs as waffle burritos – I like that. One difference I saw immediately with Parkers is that they offered up what I would normally see with a sandwich cart, but with waffles-  pulled pork, beef brisket, ham and Gruyere, egg scrambles. They still do offer up the sweetness that we all love for breakfast, but now we can have waffles for lunch.

Oktoberfest waffle from Parkers

Oktoberfest waffle from Parker's

I chose the daily special – the Oktoberfest – an Oktoberfest daufelwaffle, split brat, grilled onions, Gruyere, spicy mustard and sauerkraut. Oktoberfest! All I needed was a giant stein of beer! I’m always concerned the waffle will overpower the ingredients, but this mix was just right. It was also not that messy. I got some looks while walking to work – probably envy because my breakfast looked better than their bran muffin.

Parkers Waffles has a great niche here. They are the only cart in the PSU Pod serving breakfast, surrounded by office buildings and a university. I think that was a great decision. If you’re hungry and need both protein and sweets, take the MAX down to southwest downtown and see Parkers Waffles. Tell them Food Carts Portland sent ya.

Sample Menu:

  • The Original: waffle brushed with sweet cream or maple butter and lightly dusted with powdered sugar – single-$2.50; double-$4; tripple-$5.50
  • Ham and Gruyere scamble: two eggs scrambled with ham, onions, mushrooms and Gruyere, served on a waffle – $6
  • The Iron Pig scramble: two eggs scrambled with spinach, bacon, onion and cheddar, served on a waffle – $6
  • Pulled Pork: pulled pork from Leroy’s Familiar Vittles with dressing, served on a waffle – $6
  • Beef Brisket: Leroy’s beef brisket served with choice of cole slaw or not on a waffle – $6
  • Apple Crisp: grilled granny smith apples, spices and Amaretto topped with sweetened sour cream and almond pecan streusel served on a waffle – $5
  • Lemon and Blueberry: house-made lemon curd and blueberries topped with whipped cream and lemon zest; served on a waffle – $5
  • Stumptown coffee and other beverages available

Hours: Monday through Friday; 7am- 2pm
Website: ParkersWaffles.com
Twitter: ParkersWaffles

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Perierra Creperie

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Location: SE 12th and Hawthorne

Description:

11:47pm on a Saturday night and you have the munchies.  You’ve had too many tacos and pizza in your life and you’re looking for something new.  I suggest you head down to SE 12th and Hawthorne and grab a Crepe.

Perierra Creperie makes both sweet and savory crepes with all kinds of ingredients.  Want something with smoked salmon?  They got it.  What about asparagus?  Yup.  How about lemon or nutella or pear or strawberry?  If you can think of it, they probably have it and can make it into a yummy crepe.  I was indeed there around 12:15am one Friday evening and the carts were as my friend puts it “popping off.”  Potato Champion next door was pretty crowded, but I wanted something more substantial, so I opted for the mozarella, soprasetta, basil and red pepper.  mmmmm, soprasetta.  Look at that yummy goodness:

Crepe

It seemed like it only took a couple of seconds for the crepe pancake to brown enough for her to flip it and then add the ingredients and then a few seconds more and it was in my hands then in my belly.   Such a great replacement for the late night nosh.  The New York Times even took in some crepes on a recent visit.

Finished Crepe

Sample Menu:

  • Lemon and sugar – $3.50
  • Nutella and banana – $5
  • Chocolate and prosciutto –  $5
  • Walnut + honey + cardamom + corriander – $5
  • add frangelico or grand marnier to any of the sweet for $1
  • Gogonzola, pear, walnut, honey – $7
  • Ham and Gruyere – $6
  • Mozarella, soprasetta, basil, red pepper – $8
  • Smoke salmon, cream cheese, arugula, lemon – $8
  • Shakes and smoothies available also

Hours: Tues – Sat: 8am-3am; Sunday: 9am – 3pm
Email: perierra@gmail.com
Website: Perierra on Facebook

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