Funky Puffs is located on NE Alberta St., near 13th Ave., in Portland, Oregon. Tracy and Eric are the co-owners.
So what the heck is a funky puff? It's basically deep-fried wontons with various fillings. There are a few sweet and savory options. Each funky puff gets topped with a sauce or some other topping, depending on the order. It's $1 for each puff, six for $5, and a dozen for $10.
With five different funky puff options on the menu, I opted for the six-for-$5 deal.
"The Standard" funky puff contains real crab meat, chives, cream cheese, and spices served with a sweet apricot chili sauce. I didn't get a lot of the crab meat (had a hard time finding the contrasting textures), but still fantastic flavors. The apricot chili sauce is a wonderful pairing.
I got two of "The Johnny D" puffs. Why? Because there's bacon in there. Bacon, potatoes, peppers, and cheddar. And there's sriracha on top. How glorious does that sound? I personally would amp the bacon quotient up a tad, but I'm also a sick panda who watches Epic Meal Time a lot. Bacon likely will contribute to my ultimate demise, and I'm cool with it.
|"The Johnny D"|
The "Orange Blossom Special" contains sweet cream cheese, orange, and spices, topped with powdered sugar and caramel. The orange comes through and provides a refreshing, enjoyable experience. Sticky, yummy caramel is a good thing.
|"Orange Blossom Special"|
I also got two of the "Apple Dumplin' Gang" puffs -- and this was easily my favorite puff of the four I had. Fresh apples, sweet cream cheese, and warm spices, topped with caramel. Apple pie is one of my all-time favorite pies, and I basically a mini triangular, fried version going to my stomach.
|"Apple Dumplin' Gang"|
As a note, the "Dark Choco-Coffee" puff contains sweet cream cheese, coffee, and dark chocolate, also topped with powdered sugar and caramel. No coffee puff available on my visit, unfortunately. I love chocolate, coffee, and caramel, so I have no doubts that I'd enjoy this.
I also tried a sampling of the "Puffy Fries" ($3 for a regular order). The potatoes are hand-cut, battered in a secret recipe, and deep fried. It honestly looked like mozzarella sticks on appearance, but it's all awesome starch inside. The Puff Fries are served with a tasty mayonnaise-based fry sauce.
|Puff Fries with their Puff Fry sauce!|
I find that this is a great cart to go to if you want a light snack after filling up at one of the nearby food pods. In that regard, it's also a great moneymaker for the Last Thursday events on Alberta St. People might not fill up here unless they try to eat about 25 funky puffs. Frankly, that still sounds like a kickass idea.
Admittedly, this is probably not something I'd partake in every day; there's only so much fried food this panda can handle. But hey, I say it's worth a stop if you need that deep-fried fix. And if you take a nice walk down Alberta, the exercise should help burn off those extra calories.
As of April 6, Funky Puffs is open from 5-10 p.m. seven days a week. The hours may change again in the future. Check the business Facebook page for the latest.
Check out Funky Puffs and tell 'em Aaron sent you down! 7.75/10