I can’t believe I didn’t think of doing this earlier! I love food and I love trying new food places. Sometimes though, it does take some convincing for me to try certain types of food…but that’s besides the point.
On my trip to Portland, OR I tried as much as I could and I’m telling you the pictures above doesn’t show it all!
1. Broder – 4.5 star rating on Yelp
Food ordered: Aebeleskiver Danish Pancakes (ball pancakes) with lemon curd and lingonberry jam, Forlorade Agg (lost eggs) on a skillet, and two soft baked eggs (sunny side up eggs on a skillet, walnut toast, and for the side I chose a potato pancake).
My opinion: It looks delicious doesn’t it? But it was a bit lacking for my taste. The only thing that stood out to me was the potato pancake smeared with hot sauce. The Danish pancakes were good too – nice and fluffy.
2. Number 1 Bento – 4 star rating on Yelp
Food ordered: Bibimbap with chicken
My opinion: You don’t know how excited I was when I found this food truck! I had a killer craving for some bibimbap and for $6.50 a plate? Uh YES PLEASE! This did not disappoint.
3. Island Grill Hawaiian Barbecue – 3.5 star rating on Yelp
Food ordered: BBQ Chicken plate
My opinion: The macaroni salad was very salty but that doesn’t hinder the rest of the plate of white rice and BBQ chicken because really, you can’t ever mess that up.
4. Bowery Bagels – 4 star rating on Yelp
Food ordered: Poppy seed bagel with Smoked Salmon Schmear and the John Fremont bagel (not pictured)
My opinion: When I came here, they were almost sold out of their bagels so the only choices were poppy seed, plain and this other one I don’t quite remember. The John Fremont bagel is their breakfast bagel with sausage, egg and cheese. The bagel is good! I can see why they sold out so fast and early too. Definitely hit this place up as early as you can for a breakfast bagel and coffee/hot chocolate!
5. Lúc Lác – 4 star rating on Yelp
Food ordered: Shrimp fresh spring roll, Tofu fresh spring roll, Chicken wings, Combination rice plate and Three meat combo Pho
My opinion: It did not taste like authentic Vietnamese food, but it wasn’t bad. I’m actually glad I came here when it was happy hour because then the prices were much more reasonable than their regular menu prices. My rice plate had a lot of meat: pork, shrimp, chicken, and nem nuong (also pork). My chicken was a bit dry, my pork had a bit too much fat, but the nem nuong was perfect. They also had these crispy rolls as well and that was scrumptious. The spring rolls and chicken wings are not worth mentioning but they’re all OK as appetizers. As for the Pho, it was alright. The broth tasted like it came from a packet of seasoning but who knows! I’m spoiled when it comes Pho…my parents take hours to make the broth from scratch!
6. Sake Japanese & Thai Cuisine – 4 star rating on Yelp
Food ordered: Agedashi tofu, Tonkotsu Ramen, Tom Yum Ramen, and Thai Donuts
My opinion: It was super cold the day I came in here and the hot bowl of ramen? It was absolutely a perfect mesh. Everything here was perfect to the T – from the food to the servce! The Thai donuts were a spontaneous order cause I was stuffed. Even so, the plate was empty after 5 minutes. The dip was condensed milk with peanuts and maybe something else, I am not sure but it was GOOD.
7. Bing Mi – 4.5 star rating on Yelp
Food ordered: Jian Bing
My opinion: Jian Bings are all they got here at this food truck as that is what they specialize in. It’s a grilled crepe with scrambled egg, black bean paste, chili sauce, pickled vegetables, green onion, cilantro, and a crispy fried cracker. You also get to choose to add extras and how spicy you want it be as well so sausage was added into mine. It was good! Don’t pass this one up cause this is something you can get on your way to shop.
8. Brunch Box – 4 star rating on Yelp
Food ordered: Double Down with no bacon and on Texas toast
My opinion: If you’re looking for something greasy and something that may give you a heart attack OR food coma, this place is it.
9. Karam Lebanese & Syrian Cuisine – 4.5 star rating on Yelp
Food ordered: Hummus with pita bread, Lamb Schwarma and Mouajanat
My opinion: Let me tell you service was horrible, but the food was delicious. I was sent into food coma in the middle of this meal and just writing this up makes me want to go back and order twice of it all because it really is that good. I am not a fan of lamb but man…this lamb schwarma blew me away! It was tender and moist with none of that odd smell. The Mouajanat was 2/3 good – the slices with grounded thyme, sesame seeds and oil were way, way too strong. I was not able to get that down my throat at all.
10. Cacao Drink Chocolate – 4.5 star rating on Yelp
Food ordered: Hot chocolate with almond milk
My opinion: Goodness, I am not much of a chocolate person but that hot chocolate was…chocolate. The whole place was packed full of people taking chocolate shots! They also had chocolate from around the world for sale on display as well. I saw their chocolate pieces were priced at $2.50 a piece and they also had chocolate shaped as a squirrel, heart, Buddha, etc. prices ranged from $16 to $60. If you love chocolate, this place is for you.
There was so much more food places to try but I just didn’t have enough time. Maybe I’ll come back in Spring for more!