Monday, May 13, 2013

Mother Goose Bakery

Mother Goose Bakery is located at the Cartlandia food pod in Portland, Oregon. Owners Doris and Greg opened this cart in early April 2013.

NOTE: This cart also doubles as Pi Woodfired Pizza in the afternoons and evenings, run by nephews Dallas and Aubrey. I'm planning a separate review on their pizza in a few weeks.

Mother Goose Bakery has its roots in Estacada, Oregon. Doris is really the face of Mother Goose, but Greg steps in to help out when she is working at one of the Kaiser hospitals at least four days a week.

Menu on April 13, 2013
At the time of my first visit, Mother Goose was located in the very back of the Cartlandia lot. Frankly, I can't recall too many other carts being there. The last one back there, to my knowledge, was a BBQ cart that unfortunately closed before I could try the food. While it may be a good spot to get the attention of bikers who pass through on the bike trail, others may not find the cart if they come in through SE 82nd Ave. Luckily, I saw a sign for Mother Goose Bakery closer to the front of the pod and found their cart.

Doris has photos of her parents on the table. They remain her inspiration.

Much of the food at Mother Goose is laid out under glass or plastic domes for all to see, including cakes, cookies, and larger-than-normal cinnamon rolls. I'd guess the cinnamon rolls were close to a pound each.

I got a chance to sample all three cookie choices: peanut butter, oatmeal raisin, and chocolate chip. Oatmeal raisin was the winner for me, especially when warmed up. For me, I think all the flavors just come alive on a warm cookie. The chocolate chip cookies use semi-sweet chocolate morsels.

Oatmeal Raisin sample cookie
Several full-sized cookies
The biscuits and gravy is a nice breakfast dish. A great, creamy sausage gravy.

Biscuit with sausage gravy
But for me, the savory star was the biscuit sandwich ($3). It gave me a chance to try the buttermilk biscuit by itself, and it's just one of the lightest biscuits anyone will ever have. There's a layer of quiche in there that has an array of bell peppers. I think it would be awesome to have an option to add more meat, such as ham, bacon, or sausage.

Biscuit sandwich
(Mother Goose Bakery)
Yes, you can bet the cinnamon roll is on my list. How I had the willpower to not eat the tray is beyond comprehension.

Closeup shot of a cinnamon roll
And don't think Mother Goose Bakery is just baked goods and breakfast. Their nephews run Pi Woodfired Pizza in the afternoons and evenings. All fresh ingredients, and even the dough is made from scratch. Pop the pizza in the oven, and you'll have your order in about three minutes. The oven gets to about 900 degrees.

You may see Greg strumming his 12-string guitar with a fork instead of a guitar pick. Yeah, that's intentional -- and also genius.

I look forward to returning and trying more items! 8/10

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