It was my first time to stop by a vegan barbecue food cart, Homegrown Smoker Vegan BBQ after viewing food porn on some blogs and Happy Cow PDX. C’mon, mac-n-cheese sandwich, that sounds like a double yummy food-to-go including barbecued soy curls, sweet potato fries, chili and cornbread! I wanted to try something new and different, and of course, I was very tempted to try their signature Mac-NoCheese. I only went to the SW 4th & College St location near Portland State University (PSU).
I had slight difficulty finding that food cart while we were driving to locate it (I have never seen a photo of frontal side of that food cart), but I managed to find that food cart while walking anyway (see food cart photo above). I couldn’t even find a menu on their website so I was kind of excited to see what they have.
- Website: www.homegrownsmoker.wordpress.com | Facebook: /homegrownsmokerbbq | Twitter: @HomegrownSmoker
- Menu: I can’t find their menu on their website. So I photographed it below for your convenience. They also carry daily specials, which can be found on Twitter@HomegrownSmoker.
- Address: Only went to SW 4th & College St location near Portland State University (PSU). There’s a second location at Mississippi Marketplace.
- Hours: According to website,*HGS1(SW 4th & College) Mon-Fri 11-4 and **HGS2(Mississippi Marketplace) Tues-Thurs 12-7, Fri & Sat 12-8, Sun 12-4. Be sure to check their Twitter page for daily location updates!!
- Vegan Notes: 100% VEGAN.
Here’s the menu for HGS1 (SW 4th & College location):
Loafaroni: Smoked Meatloaf on a grilled bun with Mac-NoCheese, BBQ & NoCheese Sauces with one side dish of Mac-NoCheese
I was very, very, very excited to try their vegan Mac-NoCheese and I’m a massive fan of vegan mac-n-cheese dishes! This one should be different, because most dishes are barbecue-style. The staff recommended one of their popular dishes: the Loafaroni, so I’ve decided to try it. It comes with the smoked meatloaf from Field Roast, smothered in Mac No-cheese. The Loafaroni wasn’t too bad, but the meatloaf was definitely chunky and thick, which makes it look juicy in a way, plus I was hoping the BBQ sauce would be spicy and more smoky rather than being a bit sweet. Honestly, their Mac-NoCheese is my favourite and I like to eat it alone. The NoCheese sauce has a bit of a sweeter and savoury tone, but it’s creamy and the colour is a bit dark than an original mac-n-cheese to make it look barbecue-style. It’s not a bad side dish at all, but not sure if I would go for the sweet barbecue-style burger. I prefer my barbecue sauce with a bit of smoke and heat. Overall, it is a very filling meal for the day!
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