Beez Neez Gourmet Sausages


Beez Neez

Beez Neez

Location: SW 3rd and Oak


There seem to be a ton of new hot dog and sausage carts cropping up of late. Historically, hot dog and sausage vendors were the only food carts in town. Here in Portland, other cuisines and carts have outnumbered them now for awhile, but the tenacious hot dog vendors are back and offering some tasty new options. Beez Neez is the newest cart to join us in Portland, offering their Reindeer sausage, straight from Alaska.

I visited Beez Neez earlier in the week to talk with the owner Bryan and try one of the reindeer sausages. Bryan had recently moved here from Alaska via Seattle and brought some of his Alaska with him. The reindeer sausages are indeed from Alaska as we don’t have too many reindeer around here. Bryan described the taste as not being gamey as the reindeer is mixed with beef to create a traditional hot dog. I decided on the spicy version of the dog and added some caramelized onions, sweet relish and spicy brown mustard.

Reindeer sausage from Beez Neez

Reindeer sausage from Beez Neez

Bryan splits the dogs on the grill which is my new favorite way of enjoying both hot dogs and sausages. I like it because some dogs get too juicy inside and upon that first bite, your upper lip is burned with the hot boiling juices. The sausage itself was just the right spice. It had some kick, you could taste that it wasn’t an all beef dog and there was something different there. The addition of the onions and mustard made the lunch. Another great dog in the city of Portland.

Beez Neez does sell other dogs and sausages, so if reindeer isn’t your forte, there are other choices. As I was condimenting my dog, a businesswoman arived to order a brat, relaying a story of travelling through Germany and eating brats every day. Ahh, brats every day…makes your mouth water. Bryan at Beez Neez will offer you a sample of the sausage if you ask. If you get down there, tell them Food Carts Portland sent ya.

Sample Menu:

  • Alaska Reindeer Sausage – mild or spicy – $4.75
  • Louisiana Hot Link – $4.25
  • German Bratwurst – $4.75
  • Foot long kosher beef dog – $3.75
  • Foot long kosher polish dog – $3.75
  • add cream cheese and bacon to any dog – 75c

Hours: Monday through Thursday 11am-4pm; Friday 11am-2:30am (late night); Saturday 8pm-3am


Cobra Dogs

Cobra Dog

Cobra Dog

Location: Government Camp, OR on Mt. Hood


I’ve been out on a roadtrip for the past few weeks seeing America. As we rolled through Oregon on the way home after 8500+ miles, I thought to myself – “hey, we should stop by Cobra Dog while we’re in the neighborhood.” I’m glad we did.

Cobra Dogs is a food cart up in Government Camp at the base of Mt. Hood. Cory Grove opened the cart up there during the summer months to cater to the snowboard and ski crowd. Did you know that Mt. Hood, specifically Palmer Glacier at Timberline, is the only place in the continental US that you can ski year around? That is why Government Camp is bustling with teens from every state in the union and beyond who just want some lunch after a long morning on the mountain. Captive audience.

Cobra Dogs sells hot dogs and brats, including veggie dogs. I opted for the Hot Snake Brat with Cobra sauce and jalapenos. Sounds good doesn’t it. A Hot Snake Brat is a bratwurst on the hot side, similar to a Louisiana Hot. The dog came served on a larger than normal french roll type bun with the aforementioned Cobra Sauce and a sprinkling of jalapenos. Holy smokes was it hot. My mouth was burning for awhile after I noshed it down. The Cobra sauce is Cory’s famous spicy sauce that he offers on any order and I highly recommend it. My wife enjoyed the “Very Veggie” dog. Served up hot, it was a great dog I was told.

Cobra Dogs is in its final days of the summer session. I’m glad I stopped by when I did since they close their doors for this summer on Friday, August 15. But don’t fret, Cory plans on travelling around with the cart to different events, so if you can’t get up there before Friday, you may be able to find him in the fall. I suggest a roadtrip. Oh, and when you do get your Cobra Dog, be sure to ask for it “Cobra Style” and tell them FoodCartsPortland sent ya.

Sample Menu:

  • All Beef Boa – 100% beef dog – $4.50
  • Cheddaconda – Frankfurter infused with real Tillamook cheddar – $5
  • Brattlesnake Brat – German brat with a hint of black pepper – $5
  • Hot Snake Brat – German brat on the hot side – $5
  • Very Veggie – tofu based veggie dog – $5
  • assorted drinks and munchies – $1-$2
  • toppings include jalapenos, onions, relish, cream cheese, sauerkraut, cobra sauce, etc.

Hours: June 15 to August 15, 1pm to 9pm
Twitter: CobraDogs

Altengartz German Bratwurst


Altengartz Bratwurst

Location: SW 10th and Alder Parking Lot


Bratwurst. Brat. The best known and most basic of German Sausages. Everyone knows it and everyone has had one – even veggie brats. Jameson Wittkopp, the owner of Altengartz has built a business behind the Brat. Not the bier sausage, not the weisswurst, not the kielbasa – just the Brat. Jameson’s bratwurst are all natural pork sausages and he prides himself that the dogs are hormone free and Made in Oregon.

I have enjoyed a few Altengartz Brats over the years. The truck has been in the 9th and Alder lot for a few years now, kinda the elder statesman of the bunch. I recently visited and enjoyed the garlic brat. I assumed it may be a brat with chunks of garlic in it, but as I pointed out above, there isn’t anything but a traditional brat sold there. The dog I enjoyed was a perfectly cooked brat with fresh garlic mixed in with Sauerkraut. Throw in some stone ground mustard and…well…yum.

The Altengartz cart offers both a traditional Bratwurst and a Veggie Brat with all the fixins.  They also do a hamburger if that is your thing.  Salads? Yep. And they are affordable.


Sample Menu:

  • Bratwurst – $4.50
  • Double Bratwurst – $6.50
  • Veggie Brat (chickpea base) – $4.50
  • Toppings – 5oc each – grilled onions, sauerkraut, cheese, garlic
  • Potato Salad  – $1.25
  • Baked Beans or 4 bean salad – $1.25
  • drinks and sodas and chips also

Hours: Lunch weekdays
503 699 4962 or 1 866 Top Brat


Pirate Dog


[Update Jan 2010 – Pirate Dog is no longer at SW 5th and Morrison. Unsure if they are still open]

Pirate Dog

Location:  SW 5th and Morrison and SW 10th and Yamhill

Spring is here and with spring comes baseball.  With baseball comes dogs.  Not little pooches, but hotdogs and sausages.  A few weeks ago, a new dog cart appeared on SW 5th and Morrison across from the remodeled Meier and Frank building and the entrance to the shishi Nines Hotel.  I can only imagine what the manager thought the first time he saw a food cart out his door.  This area, the brick sidewalk surrounding the venerable old Pioneer Courthouse is home to some great fountains, a burrito cart and a soup cart.  Now, dogs.

Pirate Dog is a father and son business with, well, a pirate theme.  Their motto is “Eat ad Pirate Dog or DIE!!!”  I don’t think they will really run out and cut you with a cutlass if you walk by, but…  They offer numerous dogs ranging from an all beef hot dog to specialty sausages like brats and Louisiana hots.  Instead of offering just a dog and some condiments, they have a full menu with different options already put together.  I had the “Fire in the Hole” – a Louisiana Red-Hot.  I added some mustard (which you always should do with sausages) and sauerkraut for a pretty good tasting dog.  Even the beaver in the fountain liked it.


Most of the dogs range from $3-5 with extras running around 50c.  The cart is pretty nice with a great umbrella, so if it is sprinkling, you can hunker inside while they prepare your lunch.  Head on down some day and try a Pirate Dog.

Sample Menu:

  • Pirate Dog – all beef frank – $2.50
  • Grog Dog – bier sausage – $3.50
  • Shanghai Smokey – double smoked sausage – $3.50
  • The Land “Lover” – Vegetarian dog – $4
  • East Coast Pirate – all beef frank topped with cole slaw and deli mustard – $4
  • Long John Silver – 1/2 lb beef and pork frank with chili and cheese – $7
  • Condiments include Sauerkraut, tomatoes, pickles, jalapenos, chili, cheese, and cole slaw and range from 25c to $1.

Hours: Weekdays at lunchtime (though they hope to also be open evenings in the bar districts.)
Phone: SW 5th and Morrison Cart – 503 313 2498; SW 10th and Yamhill cart – 503 312 8560

Taste of New York

Jonathan Amato

SW Alder between 9th and 1oth


Description: Coney Island Hot Dogs!

Hot dogs are such a varied regional food. And trust me, people get a bit passionate and territorial about how a “proper” dog should be made and what kind of condiments should be served with it.  There’s Chicago style with its multiple condiments and distinctive bright green “nuclear relish.”  Kansas dogs come with melted Swiss cheese and sauerkraut. Carolina dogs are served covered in chili, mustard, onions AND coleslaw. Not to be outdone, Norwalk, Connecticut has “split dogs” which are deep fried after being boiled.  Arizona even has the Southwestern inspired “Perro Caliente”, which is basically a flour tortilla wrapped hot dog burrito, with refried beans, salsa and rice. I grew up in a city where spicy “Polish” dogs reign supreme, and are served with loads of kraut and the distinctive and regional Stadium brand brown mustard. The list goes on.

Then there is the exhaustive chili dog variations found all over our great land. Los Angeles might try to claim the chili dog as America’s number one hot dog, but it’s really the Coney Island dog that rules the chili dog style (I bet I’ll get hate mail because I just said that). However, as New York might claim it, it turns out someone in Michigan actually invented it. Go figure. Regardless,  Coney Island dog lovers are a particular breed – the bun must be a certain way, the preferred choice of meat is often the famous Nathan’s brand, the chili is always beanless, and the toppings are usually just chopped onion and yellow mustard. However, you can pretty much get a Coney any way you want. For a Coney Dog is the most American of dogs – we are a free country after all, filled with free thinking individuals and we are free to choose what condiments we want on our hot dogs! God Bless America!


Ah, hem, anyway,

Taste of New York specializes in what else, HOT DOGS. Not fancy, not fussy, not frilly; this little hot dog stand is a humble affair but is sure to satisfy hot dog lovers of all types.  For a mere $3.00 bucks, it’s a perfectly filling and satisfying meal.

Sample Menu:

All come with your choice of condiments.

Nathan Dog – $2

Nathan Big Dog – $3

Nathan Double Dog – $4

Nathan Coney (with chili, onion and mustard) – $3

Big Coney – $4

Hours: Lunch hours Mon-Fri

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