Better Half Sandwiches – Though you might want the whole thing

At 25 N Fremont, just north of New Seasons, sits a new sandwich shop with something for everyone. Better Half Sandwiches recently opened by first-time restaurant owners Alan Osborn and Kelly Haarsager. Alan grew up in Portland and Kelly moved here from Austin, Texas. The couple first met working at Whole Foods and both have experience in the restaurant industry and grocery retail.

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New Eatery: Lottie and Zula’s in Former Toro Bravo Restaurant Space

Check out the newest restaurant in Eliot, Lottie and Zula’s, for breakfast or lunch. Photo credit Sue Stringer

There’s a new restaurant in Eliot! The owners are John-Fletcher “Fletch” Halyburton, a former operations director in the Toro Bravo restaurant group, and his sister, Emily Peterson, a North Carolina-based wine industry veteran and the name is an homage to John’s aunts.  Lottie and Zula’s is serving up amazing breakfast sandwiches, tantalizing lunch options, and now Sunday dinners.

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Thai MLK—New Food Cart Next to Billy Ray’s Tavern

There’s a new food cart in town located on MLK at Sacramento and it sits right next to Billy Ray’s Tavern at 2210 NE MLK.

Thai MLK is a great new food cart on MLK at Sacramento. Julie Wilson, owner, shows off their extensive menu.
Photo courtesy Julie Wilson

Julie and Brandon Wilson have opened Thai MLK and the patrons of Billy Ray’s Tavern are, I’m sure, happy to have food that can be purchased at the cart and then consumed at the Tavern.

Julie Wilson moved here from Hawaii after working with her auntie who had a restaurant in Kauai, Hawaii. She learned how to make delicious Thai cuisine. Her sister owns a restaurant in Troutdale, Thai Carnation, so it’s no wonder that Julie would accept the offer to buy the food cart that used to be owned by her sister.

The menu at Thai MLK has a nice variety of appetizers, salads, stir fry, noodles, soups, and curries as well as beverages and desserts. Main dishes range from $9-10 and appetizers are $5-7.

Crab Puffs – just one of the delicious options at the Thai MLK food cart. Photo courtesy Julie Wilson

At this point they accept cash but also accept credit cards. Conveniently, there is an ATM at Billy Ray’s Tavern that can be easily accessed during the bar’s business hours.

As a bonus, Thai MLK is giving away free masks so you won’t have to worry if you order your food and then decide to go next door to the tavern.

Soon the Wilsons plan to build a patio next to the food cart to protect customers from the rain which will definitely be appreciated.

Thai MLK is open Tuesday—Saturday from 1—10 pm.  Be sure to try this food cart soon and welcome Julie and Brandon to the neighborhood. From personal experience, the food is delicious and I highly recommend the Pad Thai. It is so flavorful and you can increase the spice with the additional chili peppers included on the side.

We are happy to have them in Eliot!

Cartside PDX– Tap House and More Carts Now Open for Business

We reported in the summer issue that a new food cart pod had opened on N Williams and Hancock. At that time only a couple of carts were open and we were anxiously awaiting more carts and also the tap house to start serving. Well, that time has come. Each have different hours so check them out or give them a call.  They are all listed in the Dining in Eliot list to the right. Check out their website for more information and menus at  https://www.cartsidepdx.com/

Lots of options at Cartside the new food cart pod on N Williams at NE Hancock

The following carts have joined the pod:

  • L’Unico Italian Street Food
  • Poblano Pepper Mexican Food
  • Yaba Yabaa Mediterranean
  • Ko Sisters Korean Soul Food
  • Let’s Roll Sushi PDX
  • Smaaken Waffle Sandwiches
  • PP Thai Food Cart

The Cartside Tap House is also now open 7 days a week from 11:30 am —7:00 pm and serving up beer, cider and wine with 25 different beers and ciders on tap.

Check them all out-  there’s lots of great food and drink to enjoy!

After the Gold Rush

By Mike Warwick

Susan and I were thrilled when our friends and neighbors opened the Gold Rush coffee shop as it was on our regular morning dog-walking route. Sadly, it has closed. But we found a new walking route and replacement café; Caffe Destino, located on the corner of NE Fremont and 14th. For dog owners, it is a short walk from the playground at Irvington School and a shorter walk from Irving Park. Whole Foods is on the adjacent block if you need some groceries as is the Irvington Library if you need to select or return library items (or drop off ballots).

Caffe Destino is family owned and operated. Holly Higdon became the owner recently after working the counter for over six years. You will find her at the counter most days.  Her partner, Elias Herrera, works in the back making wonderful homemade pastries daily as well as hot and cold breakfast items and sandwiches, soups, and pies giving the place the family-friendly feel of a neighborhood cafe. Everything is made fresh daily. The biscuits and breakfast cookies are my favorite treats on our walks.

Caffe Destino is open at 5:30 am on weekdays and at 7 am on weekends. Hot food is available after 7, maybe earlier if it isn’t too busy. And, there is pie! They take phone orders at (503) 284-9455 and have a Facebook page and free wifi, which seem popular among some of the morning crowd. They have a loyalty program for regular coffee drinkers. They close at 4:00 pm. 

Caffe Destino
1339 NE Fremont St
503-284-9455

Open for Take Out!

With the shut down of most businesses we wanted to make sure that Eliot residents knew which businesses are still open for business and specifically take out for meal options, coffee shops to keep you caffeinated and more importantly to show these businesses appreciation for keeping us fed and that we want to keep them viable during these tough times. Below is a list of open businesses which will get updated as needed:

  • Bridges Cafe 503-288-4169 Monday – Sunday 9am-2pm
  • Compass Coffee 888-723-2007 Monday – Friday 6am-6pm Saturday-Sunday 7am-7pm
  • Tiny’s Coffee 503-467-4199 Monday – Sunday 7am-2pm
  • Queen of Sheba 503-287-6302
  • Sparky’s Pizza 503-282-3000 Monday – Sunday 4-8pm (call in orders only for pickup)
  • Brick and Motor Pizza Cart 971-998-6575 Wednesday – Sunday 5-10pm
  • Caffe Destino 503-284-9455 Tuesday – Sunday 8am-4pm
  • Pocket Pub 503-287-3645 Wednesday – Sunday 4-9pm
  • People’s Pig 503-282-2800 Wednesday – Sunday 11am-8pm (call ahead for to go orders only)
  • Labrewatory closed but can order beer through Tamale Boy
  • Tamale Boy 503-477-6706 Monday-Sunday 11am-8pm or order online: tamaleboy.com for pick up (or delivery with 24 hours notice)
  • Bernstein’s Bagels Saturday – Sunday 8:30am-12:00pm DELIVERY ONLY (order online: bernsteinsbagels.com)
  • Memoz Dessert Cafe 503-477-6030 Wednesday – Sunday 4-8pm or order online: memozcafe.com
  • TwentySix Cafe 503-284-6033 Monday – Sunday 8am-12pm