Cultured Caveman is a food cart located at the newly formed Alberta-15 food pod in Portland, Oregon. Heather Hunter and Joe Ban run the cart, which boasts an all-paleo, gluten-free menu. To my knowledge, it's the only paleo food cart in Portland (as of this blog entry). They picked a great first day: May 31, 2012. Not only was it the Alberta-15 pod's grand opening, but Last Thursday on Alberta would attract thousands more that night!
For the record, I don't adhere to any specific diet. I merely accept any food that comes into my line of sight. Feel free to call it the "panda diet" -- especially if it contains a towering helping of hot sauce.
Anyway, Cultured Caveman has one of the coolest-looking carts around. A caveman, a dinosaur, trees, you name it. The colorful artwork screams some form of prehistoric time.
On opening day, their menu was limited to a few entrees and some "rainbow fries" (using different colors of potatoes). The New Mexican beef cheeks ($5) sounded amazing, being pressure-cooked in New Mexican chile and cocoa, but I would have needed to wait until later in the afternoon to enjoy it. Not to worry, it's a regular menu item and I'll have other shots to order it.
|Menu on opening day!|
|Their takeout menu|
|Bacon Egg Frittata Muffin|
These extremely juicy chicken tenders are served with a green chile aioli-like condiment. I think the tenders and aioli could have used a bit more seasoning, but the execution is spot-on.
|Paleo Chicken Tenders|
Heather's the self-described foodie and "coffee freak." Sounds like me. Joe is the science guy who lifts heavy things. Wow, that also sounds a bit like me. Thus, it shouldn't surprise people that I could easily transform into a cave-panda, throwing all dining etiquette out the window.
Other menu items that weren't available at the time included a chocolate protein shake and a "caveman energy bar." Joe said they may run specials in the future. Right now, they plan to open daily from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
|Specials on June 15, 2012|
I hear the chili is fantastic!
I'd love to come back in the future, when I can experience the full menu. You'll get good food, lots of smiles, and a full stomach here! 7.5/10