I generally don’t consider myself above average lucky but thinking about this post has made me reconsider. It turns out one of my very favorite food carts is located right next to one of the best beer stores in Portland and it’s less than 2 miles from my house. Belmont Station carries hundreds of beers, has a small pub in the other half of the store and had a kitchen with a very modest menu. They pulled the plug on the kitchen a little while back and decided to let Italian Market take that function over. Italian Market is a food cart that is permanently parked behind the back of the store.
Andrew and Erin opened Italian Market in early 2013 after a long journey to make it happen. Check out their website to read more about their story. They serve authentic, South Philly inspired food. Disclaimer: I’ve never been to Philly so I can’t vouch for authenticity but frankly, I don’t give a damn, the food is so good! The menu primarily features sandwiches but I’ve also had some delicious specials including house-made gnocchi and house-made pappardale. I think I’ve knocked down the Federal, Ellsworth, Passyunk, Meatball Sub and Hoagie over the last year and a half and I NEVER have walked away disappointed.
Aside from the delicious food and gracious owners, another draw of course is the beer at Belmont Station. You can put in your order for a sandwich, go shop for a beer(s) then come back and grab your order and crack open your beer. Belmont Station did a beautiful build out off the back of the store which provides an ideal spot to enjoy spoils year-around.
One last thing thing, I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention their pretzels. My kids (hell, me too) absolutely love the fresh pretzels from Italian Market. It just so happens Italian Market is between our house and school so we stop by every so often.
So here’s my suggestion: go hit it on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon (or a day off) and go have a lazy few hours enjoying a sandwich and great beer. You won’t be sorry.
[hand model credit in the pretzel photo goes to my minicartwhisperer]