Way back at the beginning of this year when I worked downtown at IDL Worldwide, I always passed these two lovely looking carts that were located on West Burnside and NW 4th Ave. One of them was Gaufre Gourmet.
Sadly, I was always in a rush to get to work, so I was never able to try their food. Thankfully, (well–maybe not thankfully based on the circumstances), Charlene Wesler had to move her cart. She moved to the Green Castle Food Court! How exciting.
I was in deep need of some chicken from my usual Cackalack’s and spotted the cart giving out some free samples. I was pretty stoked, even if I’m not the biggest fan of powdered sugar. I told Charlene that I’d be back the next day.
The following day, it was lunch time before I knew it and I walked over to the cart. I’m very much a lover of savory so I got the ABC Waffle–a mound of “Arugula, Bacon, and Camembert with a hint of fig jam”.
This was a tasty treat. Not too heavy. A little sweeter than I’d like, but the camembert cheese took the edge off. I like my bacon a little more underdone than this, but the crispiness helped control the layers in between the arugula and the waffle itself. The waffle is dense and flavorful with almost no sweetness at all. I feel like this was just about right and wish I had another to fill me up, but then again, I’ve got a large appetite. At $6.75 I’d say this was about a 7/10 Finger-Lickins.
If you want to see their full menu, you can check it out here.
In other news it appears that Girl Friday Bakery has closed up shop. Her former neighbor Jeff Barcelona had mentioned something about buying a coffee shop. Go Jan!
If you are in the Kern’s neighborhood on Saturday, the 25th, 2011 you should stop at 23rd and Everett then walk a block east as they are going to be painting a huge mural in the intersection. No doubt inspired by some of the other Portland street murals, such as the one at NE Holman as seen in the video below.