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Quick trip report from NJ hound

seal Apr 25, 2011 06:37 AM

I wish I had had more time to check out the Portland food scene, but at least I did get to eat some good food and see the Blazers make a comeback right out of the history books.

Food cart pod
I wasn't driving/ or even paying much attention to where we were, but our intention was to eat a schnitzelwich, so that is where we went. We got one of each of the chicken and pork there. Both were very good, but the nod went to the pork for being juicier. On retrospect, I wish we had tried one order of goulash there too.
Right next to them was a cajun place that we got some crawfish from - two smallish pies and one order of etoufee. Again, this was some seriously good food, and again, I wish we had tried one order of that amazing looking fried chicken I saw there.
Around the corner we had to try one of the burgers served in between two grilled cheese sandwiches and a couple of Korean fusion tacos. The burger was almost as good as the pork schniztelwich and surprisingly easy to handle for such a monster sandwich. The tacos were mixed, with the spicy pork far better than the only average bulgogi.
Afterwards we went to

Voodoo Donuts
I admit that I wanted to go there more to get a t-shirt than for the donuts, but they certainly weren't bad. In fact, the bacon maple log was very well crafted. I liked the donut part of the voodoo doll donut a lot more than the weak raspberry filling, but overall, this was not on par with the best of other cities. I do wish I had the nerve to buy a pair of the underwear there.
Before the game on Saturday we went to

Bunk Sandwiches
I had been wanting to try their pork belly and the one on the menu was the cuban. Since I knew I wasn't coming back soon I also got a side of bacon with it. The cuban was the best thing I ate on my trip - juicy and fatty without being too fatty. It was up there with the bolito from Nerbone, the roast pork from Dinic's, the italian beef from Mr Beef and the pastrami from Katz's as one of the best tasting sandwiches ever. Bravo Bunk.
For dinner that night we went to Beaverton and ate at

decarli
I have to give props to their bar, as the two specialty cocktails I had were both as good as any that I regularly pay a lot more for in NYC. Also, their wine list was fist rate and not unfairly priced.
We overloaded on appetizers and pizzettas for sure. An order of polenta fries for the table were not bad - hot and crisp, but the gorgonzola butter dipping sauce was too thin and drippy for them. The mussels faired a lot better with both shellfish and sauce first rate. We happily dipped too much bread into that sauce and cleaned the large bowl. The charcuterie was just average and not worth talking about, but the pizzettas were better. I am very spoiled in having such great pizza locally, but these were good, hot, and fresh tasting. For mains, we had an order of the excellent short ribs over spatzle that hit on all counts - get this if you go here! We also had a rib eye that made much better use of that gorgonzola butter and was over a tasty potato gratin.

All in all, a nice couple of days of eating that left me wanting more.

  1. JillO Apr 25, 2011 09:18 AM

    Thanks so much for reporting back! Glad you had a good time on your trip.

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