I had always heard that Portland was a great food city, but I wasn’t quite prepared for what we experienced. My girlfriend and I recently drove up the coast of northern California and Oregon eventually landing in Portland one afternoon.
After dumping our luggage, we hit the streets looking for The Grilled Cheese Grill, which was recommended to me by multiple friends. Having worked on food trucks for a couple years in San Jose, I was surprised to see that the streets of downtown Portland were lined with more compact food trailers, not trucks. Space is limited and the trailers allowed for more businesses to line the streets than I expected.
It was a Saturday afternoon and the streets were crowded, but one particularly long line trickled out from a bright red trailer. We snapped a quick picture of the menu and hopped in line to consider our options. I immediately gravitated to “The Cheesus” a 1/3 lb. cheeseburger with all the fixings where the bun had been replaced with TWO grilled cheese sandwiches. I softly looked into my vegetarian girlfriend’s eyes but eventually opted for “The Hot Brie” which was equally satisfying.
My gesture didn’t last long as I gorged on filets at Raven and Rose and Jakes throughout the rest of our trip. Our sandwiches came out promptly and we strolled through the cold mist of downtown absorbing the city in between bites. We continued to eat a lot of phenomenal meals throughout our two days in Portland, but part of me would have been alright spending the remaining time working my way through The Grilled Cheese Grill’s menu .