Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Portland Food Cart: Viking Soul Food

What: Viking Soul Food
Where: 4262 SE Belmont Ave- Good Food Here
Honeys Heart: Lemon curd & spiced pecans lefse 

My parents were in town last weekend so of course there was lots of good eatin' going on. One day for lunch, we headed out to Good Food Here for lunch at one of my and Doug's favorite food carts: Viking Soul Food.

Viking Soul Food serves Norwegian-inspired food. Their focus is on savory and sweet lefse (lef-suh), crepe-like flatbreads made with potatoes, which they serve burrito style. Daily specials are also available.

My mom, my dad, and I decided to each try a savory and a sweet lefse- the combo goes for $8.

My dad went with the Salmon Lefse made with house smoked, wild caught salmon, dill creme fraiche, pickled shallot, and watercress.

Jeremy, one of the owners, was smoking up fresh salmon as we waited. Love that!

I chose the Norse Meatball Lefse made with pork & beef meatballs, Gjetost sauce (a creamy cheese sauce made with leftover goat cheese that has been caramelized), and pickled cabbage.

The Gjetost sauce has an unusual flavor that I'm not quite sure I've tasted before. It's sweet and nutty and definitely makes this lefse as unique as it is delicious. This is my go-to at Viking Soul Food.

My mom had the Mushroom-Hazelnut Lefse made with mushroom-hazelnut patties, Rouge blue cheese, beets, and parsley sauce.

My mom loves blue cheese so she was happy with her pick but I thought the cheese overwhelmed the flavor of the mushroom-hazelnut patties.

For dessert, my mom and I both chose the Lemon Curd Lefse made with lemon curd and spiced pecans.

Both of us would eat lemon curd straight up any day, so these were a big hit. We also loved the little crunch that the pecans added.

My dad ordered the Lingonberry Lefse made with local lingonberries and housemade cream cheese. He's a fan of bolder flavors, so this lefse wasn't his favorite. I'd choose the lemon curd over this one too.

I think my parents enjoyed their first taste of lefse and I know I'll be back soon- maybe with Doug's parents when they visit next weekend!