Whiffies, a food cart located at the corner of SE 12th Ave. and SE Hawthorne Blvd. in Portland, Oregon, offers sweet and savory fried pies.
|July 2011 menu|
|Jamaican & Ricotta fried pie|
|A shot of the filling...albeit a horrible picture|
I thought the pie was fried perfectly to a very appetizing light golden brown. The pastry was flaky and light, adding to the blissfulness that is a fried pie. However, the filling needed more salt. The Jamaican beef had a pleasant cumin-like flavor to it, and I could see little bits of ricotta cheese in there, but I was searching for more flavor. The saltiness in the ricotta is not enough, folks.
Also, fried items are risky on my rating system because excess grease can really be a turn-off to me. Here, I appreciated that my pie was fried to order (as it should be), but the pie was still slightly greasy from the oil it had just cooked in.
It's also a pretty small portion for $5. It was basically a snack...a pretty expensive snack.
Not the best of experiences at Whiffies. Maybe I should have tried one of their sweet pies instead. There's always a next time, but for now, a relatively poor score.