Sunday, September 17, 2017

Fritkot PDX

Fritkot PDX is located at the Tidbit pod (SE 28th and Division) in Portland, Oregon.

Yes, I'm well aware of the Tidbit pod closing; I discussed my thoughts on that in a blog post last week. It operates out of a space that Bokie Dokie once occupied.

This cart is all about Belgian frites, twice-fried fries to get a good crunch on the outside and a pillowy inside. I counted a dozen cart-made sauces on the menu.

I tried the Flemish Beef Stew ($9 small; $12.50 large), beef braised in the famous Trappistes Rochefort 10 beer, served with frites and choice of fry sauce. I got their Fritkot sauce, which is basically mayo with spices.

The stew was fine; tender beef here. It however left a bunch of liquid at the bottom of the container, which turned some of the frites soggy. The frites themselves were nothing special to me, slight crunch but perhaps could have had more seasoning and color.

Frites are usually something that should be done to order, mainly the second frying, for optimal crispness and temperature. With how quick I got my order (likely under 2 minutes), I wondered if there was already a bunch of frites done well beforehand, then getting a final season before being presented to me.

Fritkot has a good concept, but I think some improvements can be made on frites execution. 6/10

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