Thursday, October 9, 2014

Dog Town

Dog Town is located at the Tidbit food pod (SE Division and 28th Place) in Portland, Oregon.

Lyn and Will opened their cart in late August after moving up from Southern California. Lyn mentioned to me that she is originally from Kauai. Amazing how many food cart owners at the Tidbit pod have Hawaii ties!

NOTE: There is an updated menu as of November 2014.

UPDATED MENU as of November 2014

Everything that comes out of this cart -- bread, sausages, and toppings -- are made fresh in the cart. Now that's going the extra mile! These are some gourmet hot dogs and artisan sausage options, each for $5.95.








The Sonoran was the one dog that caught my eye. It's not your traditional Sonoran dog from Tucson, as they opt for a made-to-order fry bread (dough made fresh in the cart) to give it a taco-like experience. The filler starts with a bacon-wrapped hot dog, pinto beans, salsa verde, avocado cream, pico de gallo, and grilled onions. A wonderful balance of heavier ingredients with light, fresh toppings. You cannot go wrong with bacon, folks. Great snap from the natural-casing hot dog.





I loved the pepper on top. The panda detected zero heat there.

While hanging out at the cart on a Friday night, other customers lined up to get some other dogs. The panda seized the moment and snapped some pictures.

"The Royale with Cheese" starts with their homemade bun (browned with mayo), a beef-bacon-cheddar sausage, lettuce, diced tomato, bacon, grilled onions, and secret sauce. I know they love In-N-Out Burger, so perhaps there was some inspiration for that here.




"Rocky Balboa" is Dog Town's take on a Philly Cheesesteak hot dog. All-beef Coney dog, thinly sliced beef, grilled onions and peppers, and melted provolone.



"Memphis Pulled Pork" has a topping of fresh cole slaw and their 6-hour slow-cooked pulled pork dressed in BBQ sauce.




"Return of the Mac" is topped with gooey mac and cheese, crispy bacon, and garlic bread crumbs. Frankly, I don't think the picture does this one justice. Insert heavy cat breathing meme here.






Currently, Dog Town is only doing dinner service. It may be worth trying a future experiment with the lunch crowd.




Before trying anything, I honestly wondered: "Would I really be getting something that looked and tasted like it was worth at least $6?" Yes.

Great food cart owners and great food. Check this cart out! 8.5/10

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