Thursday, June 21, 2012

Homegrown Smoker (Part 2)

(Original Review -- August 2011)

(UPDATE 11/8/12: Food Carts Portland reports that Homegrown Smoker has closed their original cart at SW 4th and College, but their second cart still remains at the Mississippi Marketplace pod.)

(NOTE: Homegrown Smoker's second cart at Green Castle will move to the Mississippi Marketplace pod in early July!)

With Homegrown Smoker Vegan BBQ opening a second cart (same menu) at the Green Castle food pod (and soon moving to Mississippi Marketplace), I thought it was a great addition for the area. And then I saw coconut-battered deep-fried Oreos as a special menu item. Panda succumbed to the pressure. Had to get it.

I remember having mixed reviews on the food the last time I went (last summer), but having a healthier option to traditional BBQ would ultimately get me back to this cart anyway. Thus, it seemed pretty natural that something deep fried would actually do the trick, right? Logic!

And since we're getting these "fat-free" and "sugar-free" items (yeah, obviously not), let's add some chocolate syrup to the mix! Yay!

Coconut-Battered Deep-Fried Oreos
(Homegrown Smoker)
In the coconut-battered deep-fried Oreos, I saw some real coconut shavings inside the batter after I bit in. The chocolate cookie portion of the Oreo merges with that infamous cream filling. It's soft and soothing, with a very slight fried crunch from the deep-fried coconut batter. Basically, the word "pandagasm" is appropriate here. So freakin' good.

While Homegrown Smoker may run other entree and dessert specials, it may require some act of God to top this. This should seriously stay on the menu forever.

I only got the Oreos this time, but I don't think I would have wanted much else anyway. Just leave the panda to savor this treat, and then it's hibernation time for a short while. Maybe next time, I will indeed get another entree. Figure I have the stomach capacity now to really nosh on a lot of great food. 7.5/10 (Oreos were more like an 8.5, but basically averaging my two experiences for now)

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