There’s a meaty and hearty-looking new food cart in town, with Wild North now open at the Cartlandia pod in Southeast Portland.
As reported earlier this winter, it comes from Amelia and Brandon Hughes, Minnesota transplants; Brandon, the cart’s chef, has experience at two top Minneapolis restaurants, Tilia and Travail Kitchen and Amusements. At Wild North, they’re keeping things local (within 100 miles of the city), with creative wood-fired fare.
The first menu focuses in on lamb and trout, and it’s a mouthwatering read: lamb merguez with a strawberry glaze and toasted hazelnuts, a whole rainbow trout stuffed with bourbon wild mushrooms and butter poached radishes, and a lamb roast en croûte. Oh, it’s affordable, too: those latter two dishes are just $10.
Wild North is also doing its own wood-fired sourdough bread bowls, which come with a trout chowder or lamb shank-split pea soup — perhaps it’s a rush to judgment, but it just seems like a darn impressive opening menu for a food cart.
STATUS — Wild North is open at the Cartlandia food cart pod (8145 SE 82nd Ave) from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays to Fridays, 4 to 9 p.m. Wednesdays to Fridays and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Closed Mondays.
- Wild North [Official]
- Fine Dining Meets Food Cart at This Upcoming Wood-Fired Spot [EPDX]