One late night, we're talking around 11 p.m., I asked youngest Argentinian cousin if he wanted to join my siblings and me on the corner of SE 12th Avenue and Hawthorne Boulevard.
Umm. What are we doing hanging around street corners, he asked?
There's a food cart there with fried pies that I've been meaning to try, I said.
Mmm. Pie. You know how I feel about pie.
At that hour, most of the businesses in the area are closed. So it's a little weird to see this food cart pod so happening. But, most of the food carts here look like they're open until 3 a.m. so I guess that works for them.
The lights! The tent! The Potato Champion - Portland - Oregon food cart looks mighty popular.
This one less so.
We ordered one savory and two sweet pies for the four of us.
Peanut butter creme and chocolate chip pie, $3. The first bite was good, but then it was too sweet.
Guava pie, $3. Too sweet.
Just right! Chicken pot pie, $4.
The next night, after a late night dinner at Le Bistro Montage - Portland with our second-oldest and second-youngest nephews, we were back again.
With an under-21-year-old, there aren't that many places in Portland that I could think of to hang out at after midnight.
We were really going to Potato Champion because second-youngest nephew said he loves fries, but I couldn't resist ordering another pie on the menu that evening.
Barbecue brisket pie, $4. This ended up being my favorite of all the pies here. Meaty and full of flavor.
February 25, 2015 update: Whiffies Fried Pies is now closed.
All Oregon posts can be found with the tag Series: Oregon, but I suggest reading this particular trip in this order:
Giant Catfish and Family Trips Home
Mom and Dad's Garden Again
Pacific Oyster - Bay City - Oregon
Tillamook Cheese Factory - Tillamook - Oregon
Barview Jetty County Park - Rockaway Beach - Oregon
Searching for Tide Pools
Campfire S'Mores and Other Breakfast Treats
Dismantling Camp and Leaving Rockaway Beach - Oregon
Short Beach - Oregon and Home
Rice Krispies Treats
Chasing Waterfalls - Columbia River Gorge - Oregon
Behind the Scenes: Bob's Red Mill - Milwaukie - Oregon
Whiffies Fried Pies (Food Cart) - Portland - Oregon
Potato Champion (Food Cart) - Portland - Oregon
Whiffies Fried Pies
1204 SE Hawthorne Blvd.
Portland, OR 97214
Tuesday to Thursday 6 p.m. to 3 a.m.
Friday and Saturday noon to 3 a.m.
Check Whiffies on Twitter to see the daily pie menu.
1 year ago today, Heirloom rose.
2 years ago today, my oldest uncle's Christmas party.