PDX metro food scene blog
August 31, 2011
My co-workers and I at EnGn share one common bond: our love for food. Fortunately for us, we are lucky to be in the heart of food paradise. Portland has led the charge on many culinary frontiers, such as the growing "food cart" phenomenon, the cultural lean towards "slow" natural foods, and emergence of international fusion cuisine. As a team, we challenge ourselves to seek out new and exciting dining venues to visit and sample. Our diverse team consists of those with varied tastes and diets, and everyone has different opinions on the venues we visit. However, we share the thrill of the hunt in finding the next best haunt, and love the exploration process along the way. We hope to use the knowledge of Portland's eateries to supplement our expertise on the Portland market, and be better consultants to our candidates and clients.
Most recently, our team visited Big A** Sandwiches in Downtown Portland. The food cart is heralded as one of the premiere lunch destinations in the Burnside area. BA Sandwiches features large Ciabatta-style hoagies filled with different meats, veggies, and sauces. However, the cart is most famous (or infamous to some people) for the copious amount of fries that are piled in the middle of every sandwich. Every sandwich is handed to you warm, and you realize why they earned their name as you feel the weight of it in your hands. Unique creations, such as the Pork Hammer and Caesar Salad sandwich, fill a short but tasty menu.
The only problem with the cart is that it might be TOO filling. Our senior recruiter Matt ordered a Pork Hammer, but spent the rest of the day fighting the urge to fall asleep at his desk. Also, many people felt that the fries were overwhelming, ruining the other flavors in the sandwich. Overall, the general opinion in our group was that although the sandwich was tasty in the first few bites, the grease and heaviness would make it a better snack on a much hungrier stomach.
BA Sandwiches is located on 2nd and Alder. The cart is vegetarian friendly, and offers relatively quick service. Also, it is open late on weekend nights to feed the hungry bar crowd in the area.