UPDATE 3/20/14: THE CHEESE & CRACK CART HAS BECOME THE CHEESE & CRACK SNACK SHOP. IT IS ON SE 28TH AVE, JUST SOUTH OF BURNSIDE. YOU CAN READ MY REVIEW OF THE CHEESE & CRACK SNACK SHOP HERE.
First of all, this place has the best name in the world: Cheese & Crack. Cheese kind of is my crack. I love ordering cheese plates at restaurants, I love cheese bars, I love the cheese department at the grocery store…then again, I don’t know any one who does not love cheese. So, when I heard about this cheese CART, I put it on my short list. First thing to know: this cart is in an unusual place. It is in an alley off Hawthorne. It’s not in a traditional Portland cart “pod,” so I hope they get enough business. I was the only one there on Friday during the lunch hour.
I ordered a “box” which was a great size for lunch. It’s a “mix-and-match” menu, so I tried the butter crackers and oatmeal cookies (they were more cracker-like than cookie). Then I picked two cheeses: Brie Brulee and Cascade Creamery’s Cloud Cap. One hard cheese, one soft. They also have some meat selections, but I stuck with the cheese. Finally, 3 sides: olives, apple butter and cornichons. It’s all attractivly served in a little pizza box. I loved it. The brie was amazing. The outside was caramelized with a torch right before it was served. What a great idea! The apple butter was delicious and went well with both crackers and cheeses. I really liked the olives, they were salty but not too overpowering. The little pickles were a nice sour contrast to the sweet apple butter.
Cheese & Crack was just…fun. Designing the box was fun and it was fun to eat. Usually when I order cheese plates at restaurants I have to share it with other people, so it felt really indulgent and luxurious to have all of the cheese for myself. On the weekend they serve soup, which I bet would be a very satisfying addition to the meal. Go get yourself some crack. Enjoy!
CHEESE & CRACK
JUST NORTH OF HAWTHORNE ON SE 33RD AVE
THURSDAY 11AM-3PM, FRIDAY & SATURDAY 11AM-8PM, SUNDAY 12PM-5PM