Over the years, Belmont Street's Viking Soul Food cart has won the hearts—and mouths—of Portlanders with its lefse. Now, owners Megan Walhood and Jeremy Daniels are aiming to show off their other cooking tricks from the inside of a recently spruced 1986 Chevrolet Bluebird school bus.
Since late April, The Wild Hunt, the couple's new food cart, has been serving meatloaf and steelhead-vegetable spread (but not lefse) from that bus, which is parked in the lot of the recently opened Teutonic Wine Company on SE 20th Avenue.
"We've wanted to expand beyond lefse for a while, and this concept gave us that opportunity," explains Walhood.
Walhood says she's excited for eaters to try items off their all-new menu (see below), especially their blood sausage open-faced sandwiches, which come with goat cheese, walnuts, and apples on a traditional Scandinavian sourdough rye baked by Regular Portland Bread.
And while there will be no lefse, Viking Soul Food lovers will recognize at least a couple of VSF dishes, namely seafood chowder and pickled eggs with caviar and black pepper aioli.
"People who know us and love us will recognize our footprint here," she adds.
Walhood also says it's likely that VSF staples—especially desserts—will regularly migrate to the new cart.
The Wild Hunt: 3303 SE 20th Ave.; Hours: 12 to 8:30 p.m., Wednesday and Thursday, 12 to 9:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday