1406 Southeast Stark Street, Portland, OR 97214
Two trips to Portland in as many months and I still feel like there's a ton of places there left to explore. Els and I wrapped up our trip with a quick stop at Meat, Cheese & Bread for some sandwiches for the drive home. I was going to pick a cold sandwich because I figured that would keep better during the drive, but the guy behind the counter recommended the pulled pork, which is also what my pal Rob rated highly. How could I say no? "Pulled Pork: Roasted pork shoulder, grilled broccolini, salsa verde and aioli on a rustic baguette". The broccolini was a great touch, adding some texture and a somewhat sour contrast to the mushy savoryness of the pulled pork. The thing is, though, that this sandwich was so wet and greasy that it was pretty soaked through by the time I got around to eating it. Not that it was a big problem, just that the physical integrity of the sandwich would likely be preserved by eating it soon after it was prepared. Still tasty later on, just sloppy. All in all, I got to try some great sandwiches during this visit- maybe not as many as my first trip- but a good number nonetheless. I didn't go to any food carts, and wish that I had. But then, I did try a number of non-sandwich options, including some reaaaaally good pizza from Sizzle Pie ("Steve Caballero: vegan pepperoni, seitan italian sausage, green peppers, white onion and shredded daiya mozzarella 'cheese'") and Hammy's ("Cheeseburger Pizza: ground beef, bacon, tomatoes and onions, topped with yellow mustard"), not to mention the required stop at Voodoo Donuts:
Portland, I'll be back again soon! Don't eat all the sandwiches before I get back.