Thursday, October 07, 2010

"Cheesus Saves"

The ceiling is way cool....and so is Ethan.
The counter's are groovy.
(I don't know why this photo is here...but I like it) Grandkids doing the dishes. :)

Saves" is considered THE best cure for a hangover in Portland, Oregon. That is not why I checked it out though. It is the name of a behemoth 1/3 burger patty between two grilled cheese sandwiches. You can get it at the Grilled Cheese Grill food truck on NE Alberta Street...right across from Radio Food (and they will let Grill customers use their bathrooms).

You might want to dine a lovely picnic table...or inside, which is a school bus re-done 1960's Stoner Style with booths and a counter. If you don't eat meat, they have the "Kindergarten and Pre-school Grilled Cheese Sandwiches...the latter has the crusts cut off. Any sandwich can be made without meat..of course.

I enjoyed the Pops grilled cheese which consisted of gooey wonderful velvety havarti with fresh tomatoes, black forest ham, honey mustard on Dave's Killer Cracked Wheat Bread. Their bacon and potato soup was fantastic as was their "truck-made" tomato soup with chunks of real tomatoes.

I am visiting my kids and grandkids...and we dined at the Grilled Cheese Grill last night. The owner said he bought the old airstream on craigs list for 1500 bucks and spent $25,000. making it into a kitchen with a grill and a 3 basin sink...among other things. He is opening a double decker Grilled Cheese Grill soon...he bought that bus for 1300.00 in Washington.

Portland boasts over 200 food carts/trucks including a Bicyle Food Cart Delivery Service...and this town must be the bike capital of the world! Bicycle taxi's even!

Next time I return, I have got to try Tabor's for their schnitzlewich, The Swamp Shack for their cajun, Buddha Bites for their Thai, Ruby Dragon for their vegan, Nong's Khao Mon Gai for their Khao Mon Gai...and many, many others.

I am hoping Sacramento will come into the 21st century and get with the food cart rage.... and, I need a bicycle....and a dog...and a bus...and red knee socks to wear with purple shorts...and an airstream and lots of cash.

Their is a book about the food carts in Portland...."Cartopia"...get it? Get it.


michaele said...

Now I am hungry.
That photo of the grandkids doing dishes is priceless!

TaraDharma said...

your selection of sandwich sounds wonderful and my mouth is watering. I so love havarti. Did you catch Martha on Oprah (not literally)? They demonstrated a grilled cheese bar party idea -- I like it!

Portland sounds like a damn fine culinary oasis. I have a nephew and niece up there, so I should visit soon. I'm a Portland virgin, so to speak.

Ann said...

Sounds scary for the heart but yummy for the tummy, as Eva says. I hope Sacramento allows food carts more reasonable regulations. We are falling behind in the culinary cutting edge without any fun food trucks. :(

Mel said...

Well...I wouldn't want to eat here every day! I do love Havarti.

Carolyn Jung said...

It's been a few years since I've been to Portland. But even back then, they already have an amazing array of food carts, especially around the downtown area. Was so fun to see office workers sitting outside at parks with great ethnic food they'd just picked up at some nearby cart.

Christine Liu said...

Hi Melody,

I run the restaurant search site Urbanspoon and I wanted to invite you to the site.

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For instance, if you wanted to add your post on your meal at Grilled Cheese Grill, here's a page that explains how it works:

In any case, I like your blog and I wanted to say hello! Any feedback you have is much appreciated.

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Eileen said...

next time I'm going with you..just drop me off at one of the food trucks.