Archive for the ‘Portland’ Category

The Big Egg, Portland, Oregon

Tuesday, July 17th, 2012

Portland’s food cart scene puts the bulk of North America to shame. (Shame on you bulk of North America without a vibrant food cart culture.) And The Big Egg exemplifies the best Portland has to offer. Big thick slices of square bread filled with various combinations of egg/meat/dairy/veg goodness. There’s no shortage of butter or flavor in these breakfast sandwiches. The periodic use of mustard is inspired. I’m not sure what else to say other than go eat breakfast at The Big Egg. Now.

4233 N. Mississippi Ave (at Skidmore), Portland, Oregon, website

Seattle hide your face. Portland’s kicking your ass.

Tuesday, December 14th, 2010

Let me make this short and sweet. I’m not an expert on the street food regulations in Seattle. They may be on the verge of changing. They may not. But here’s where things are at this very moment.

Portland, Oregon is filled with multiple clusters of street food vendors organized in little parks of vans, trucks, trailers, and shacks. Some of the street food is ok, but a non-trivial percentage of it is fantastic. It’s simple, it’s often cheap, it’s focused, and it adds a dimension of choice in eating across Portland that makes it somewhere you want to be. The best trucks are positively magnificent. And from what I’ve read (feel free to disagree in the comments if you’ve got data) the good restaurants in Portland are not going out of business.

On the other hand… Seattle has essentially none of this.

Seattle… you should be ashamed. Vancouver has incredible Asian food. Portland has food carts. And Seattle… has… well… Ivar’s. (Not that there’s anything wrong with Ivar’s.)

I would have hoped Seattle could do better. I still hope it can.

Rocco’s Pizza, Portland, Oregon

Tuesday, September 30th, 2008

We needed to carbo load before a grueling marathon at Powell’s City of Books in Portland. NYC style pizza seemed to fit the bill. I won’t give away the verdict, but be warned the F word is used when describing what they put on the pizza. (Hopefully you’ll also notice much fewer “ums” and “ahs”.)