Although the Alder Street food carts is (to my knowledge) the largest cluster of carts, you will find them all over Portland! Brunchbox is located at SW 5th Avenue downtown. It’s known as one of the top food carts according to Yelp (291 reviews and counting), and even has a Zagat rating of 26/30. Their menus (a separate breakfast and lunch menu are offered) involve the pairings of Texas toast, bagels, or English muffins with some quality grass-fed beef, eggs, sausage or bacon. Even SPAM sneaks into some of their concoctions! I am going to concentrate on their lunch menu since that is what I have so often frequented.
|Outlaw in foreground, YouCanHasCheesburger in background.|
The food prep goes on right in front of your eyes in a food cart as there is no back room or door to close–and I will be the first to admit that watching some manly men assemble my lunch makes me pretty giddy. I ordered the Outlaw–a twist on the classic burger with cheddar cheese, bacon, crispy grilled onions, lettuce, pickles, tomato, BBQ sauce, and mayo on Texas toast. I am drowning just sitting here thinking about that burger. The Texas toast is easily my favorite touch as it adds a crunchy grilled cheese element (one of the ultimate comfort foods) to an already complex, textured palate. Ktams decided to go with the YouCanHasCheesburger, which is a burger with american cheese (he got double patties), lettuce, tomato, grilled onions, ketchup, mustard, and mayo literally nestled between two whole grilled cheese sandwiches.
|My artsy Outlaw|