Hot Boxx Cart Review

I consider myself to be a pretty patient guy. I waited for about 14 years for Duke Nukem Forever to finally come out. I’ve waited for months for clients to get feedback to me. I’ve waited weeks for books to come in the mail. So why I felt I couldn’t be patient for Hot Boxx to open up at the Green Castle Food Court is beyond me.

But I’m certainly glad I waited. You can’t rush quality.

John and Travis, the owners of one of the newest carts at this pod, are certainly friendly enough. John is from Maryland and Travis is from Virginia. They met in Tahoe and moved here to PDX and started the cart just about a week or so ago.

The menu is intimidatingly small–three items were on the menu for today. Lobster Roll, Pork Belly Steamed Bun and Arancini Marrow Ball. The latter two were priced at around five bucks. The lobster roll was priced at an astounding $12.00. I thought to myself, “Dang, these guys have a lot of audacity to charge that much.” That was until I tasted it. Honestly, I am on the verge of thinking they could sell it for another buck or two. Real lobster, dripping in butter on a toasted bun? Good night! This this was dynamite in my mouth. It went away faster than I’d have liked, but all good things must come to an end. Admittedly, I licked the wax paper for any little traces of shellfish that might have been left behind.

I gotta give these guys 9/10 Finger-Lickin’s based on the quality. If you’re good at something, don’t freaking desaturate that skill and talent with a bunch of other crap. Emphasize it with pride and simplicity. Way to go guys. I’ll be back for sure.

A side note: I was worried this sandwich was going to be too little for my massive appetite. I was right, so I swung by Cackalack’s Hot Chicken Shack in the adjacent corner for some corn fritters and some mac and cheese. If you are lucky enough to get there on a Thursday, I recommend trying the mac. Although I did add some black pepper and a dash of Tapatio sauce to spice it up a bit, for $2.00 it is a freaking steal.

I can’t wait for Big C’s BBQ to open up, I hear that place is going to be insanely good.

-Gabe