Sunday, June 30, 2013

Bread and Broth

Bread and Broth is located on SW 9th Ave., in between SW Alder and Washington, in downtown Portland, Oregon. This place has sandwiches, soups, and salads.

I first heard about this cart a few months ago through Food Carts Portland. It didn't take long for my eyes to dart to the grilled cheese options on the menu. While you can get the standard grilled cheese here, there are a few more unique options. And then there's bacon.

The curious panda in me tried a unique grilled cheese, probably Mexican inspired: carne asada, oaxacan cheese, queso fresco, guacamole, and a "spicy" dipping salsa. Yeah, I put "spicy" in quotation marks because it'll generally be mild on my forever-broken spice meter.

The bread was a perfect grilled golden brown, a harmonious slight crunch in each bite. Juicy and tender carne asada, creamy guacamole. Let's not forget the gooey, stringy melted cheese. Everything seasoned well and wonderfully balanced.

The dipping sauce was wonderful, probably tomato-based, and will probably have just the slightest kick. As expected, my palate largely ignored the mild heat.

While waiting for my food, a steady line formed. One guy in the cart there to take orders and cook all the orders as they come in. A tall task for many people. I think the line stayed that way because people didn't realize you pay when you get your food, as opposed to paying right after ordering. Yup, I was in the same boat. It also might help to have a more seasoned cook just take a number of orders, line them up, and cook up multiple orders at once.

Regular sandwiches are all $6 and contain a vegetarian option. Soup is $3 for a cup. But at the end of the day, I'm not sure how I can pass up all the grilled cheese options. I mean, they even have bacon, avocado, and cheddar. Bacon!

Great food here, but I might hesitate on stopping by during a peak lunch rush if I'm even remotely strapped for time. 7.75/10

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