Review By: Stefanie Parks
Food trucks are the thing to do in Portland. I had no idea about this before I arrived, but as soon as I started exploring the city a little bit, I could immediately see that food trucks are the answer to getting the best food at the best prices.
From what we saw, there were three main food truck areas in the city (one on 3rd and Washington, one on 5th and Oak and the last and probably biggest on 9th and Alder). And by three areas, I mean three parking lots completely filled with trucks of every cuisine imaginable. From Asian to pizza to sandwiches to BBQ to mediterranean to burgers, the Portland food trucks offer something for every taste and every craving.
On our first day in Portland, Dave and I scoured the whole Portland food truck scene and then returned the following 2 days for lunch. Here’s a little summary of everything we got to try:
BrunchBox – BrunchBox does breakfast and burgers all day long. They have some pretty outrageous burger combos, including several which swap the bun for 2 grilled cheese sandwiches. This seemed like a little much for us, so we opted for The Outlaw burger, a patty with cheddar, bacon, crispy onions, grilled onions, lettuce, tomato, bbq sauce and mayo on texas toast. We also got the Thai Bacon Burger (I mean how could we not, considering we were on our way to Thailand), a patty with bacon, grilled pineapple, jalapeños, lettuce, tomato, grilled onions and peanut sauce.
Both burgers were awesome. Jam packed with flavor and tons of great ingredients, you really couldn’t go wrong with either combination. They were perfectly cooked, had the perfect amount of spice and sauce, and both the bun and the texas toast were awesome. Both of us preferred the Thai Burger though, I think mainly because it was just so different (and had a peanut sauce slathered on, which I mean… was pretty much just heavenly).
Between the great burgers and reasonable price, BrunchBox would definitely be a go-to for me if I lived in Portland.
Schnitzelwich – We passed this place after our meal at BrunchBox and immediately vowed to return for a sandwich the following day. Not only was what we saw humongous, it looked and smelled absolutely delicious.
So, the next day, as promised (to ourselves), we returned for the original (and famous) schnitzelwich, which is breaded pork loin on a Ciabatta roll with lettuce, paprika spread, sautéed onion and horseradish. It was just as good as we had imagined. The pork scnitzel was perfect and I loved the bread that the sandwich came on, but it was the horseradish that really made this sandwich stand out for me. It added such an unexpected and surprising kick (all in a good way), and I really could not get enough.
Wagsy’s – Similar to Schnitzelwich, we passed Wagsy’s after our meal at BrunchBox and planned to return the following day for the beef sandwich with Maker’s Mark sauce. Is there any way someone could possibly read that description and then not stop there?
The sandwich was good, but definitely my least favorite of the three that I tried. The meat was good, the sauce was nice, but it was really just not anything special.
Overall, we had a great experience with the food trucks in Portland. It’s something fun and different, and I would definitely recommend checking out as many as possible while visiting the city.