Retrolicious is a food cart located at the Green Castle food pod (NE 20th and Everett) in Portland, Oregon. Kimmie and Roy head this cart, which opened on May 19. They may do a formal grand opening in the future.
Kimmie and Roy started a business in Arizona, but basically the hot climate proved to be one of the reasons for the move to Portland. They have also lived in the South (such as Georgia), which brought the inspiration for their opening week's menu. The menu changes weekly (or close to it), so if you see something you like, be sure to jump on it!
|Opening Day menu!|
|Pimento Mac & Cheese|
But the chips won this panda over. While others probably would use bread crumbs to get that textural contrast, some salty ruffled chips works just as well, if not better.
I'd be the first to tell you that I am not a big pasta guy. Yet, this item was the first to catch my eye. Then I couldn't stop eating it. Like a good son, I shared with my mom, who kept asking me to eat more of this great dish. While not verbatim what I said, the following pretty much sums up my thoughts as I ate.
"Hmm...sure, one more bite."
"OK, just one more. No, really, that's the last one."
"Eh, might as well finish the container."
People also raved about the chicken and waffles from opening week. A buttermilk-soaked thigh or leg, with a yeasted cornmeal waffle and spiced maple syrup. Angelic pandas can start singing now.
Red velvet cupcakes? They had those as well! I had to get a shot of Kimmie dusting the cupcakes with powdered sugar. Vintage action shot! True to the food cart name, Kimmie rocked a vintage outfit and apron.
|Red velvet cupcakes|
Love this presentation!
The detached cupcake top looks like a stylish hat now!
Retrolicious came out of the gates with great food! I can't wait to see what else comes out of this cart. 8.5/10