Monday, January 2, 2012

Touchdown's BBQ

(UPDATE 2/6/14: Touchdown's BBQ is now a catering truck. Wolf & Bear's has opened a third cart at this location.)

(I wrote a review for Food Carts Portland -- an edited version by me and FCP's editor, Brett)

Touchdown's BBQ is a Southern BBQ food cart near the corner of SW 10th and Washington in downtown Portland, Oregon. Sandra, one of the cart owners, basically reeled me in with her warm Southern hospitality. Sure, she was born in Chicago and now resides in Oregon, but hey, she's also been in Texas...and the family roots go back to Arkansas. Close enough for me!

Just a few minutes earlier, this line was in front of Touchdown's

Menu (December 2011)
Special on 12/12/11
This cart opened over nine months ago, and really seems a bit hidden between other carts. Yet, the day I went, about 4-5 people had formed a line at Touchdown's. A poster board featuring pictures of almost every menu item caught my eye.

I ordered their special of the day: a pulled pork sandwich with cole slaw and baked beans ($7.95). Sandra had it ready for me in a few minutes, placing my (geez...third) lunch in a paper bag.

Pulled pork sandwich w/cole slaw and baked beans
(Touchdown's BBQ)
Cole slaw
Baked beans
The pork was juicy, flavorful, and wanted to melt on my tongue. It's not drowned in a BBQ glaze sauce, allowing the customer to further appreciate the meat. Touchdown's toasts the buns for a nice crunch and gorgeous char on the inside of the bun. The cole slaw was fresh and crunchy, with sweet connotations. I felt like maybe some pepper or purple cabbage was in order to liven the whitish slaw up, but hey, let's face it, it's cole slaw. As in a classic pairing with pulled pork. The warm baked beans had a nice consistency, a comforting second side dish.

One note...I saw a microwave in there. I don't know why, but I frown on the use of microwaves. I barely (if ever) use my own. Yes, I'll eat virtually any leftover meal cold because I can be a lazy dude who prefers to eat food and write reviews. I guess I prefer the beans heated in a pot on the stove.

I also got a sampling of the mac and cheese. I loved the creaminess, but the pasta felt a bit overdone for me. Touchdown's has several other side dishes to check out, including cornbread and potato salad. This is a cart I'd still consider going back to. Check them out today! 6.5/10

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