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[Photograph: Bruce Wolf]

Viking Soul Food is in my favorite Portland pod (that's a cluster of food carts). It's the only Norwegian cart in the city, with a menu that focuses on lefse (pronounced lef-suh). The thin potato flatbread warms up on the griddle, and is then drizzled with local honey or filled with savory options like cured salmon, dill crème fraiche, shallots and watercress.

My favorite is the lefse rolled with tender and terrific Norse meatballs with Gjetost sauce (a popular cheese sauce that's very orange) and pickled cabbage. The texture is satisfying with crunch from the cabbage and a the nutty, creamy cheese sauce that works well with the pickled slaw.

There are several sweet lefse options, like one with lemon curd and spiced pecans. You can order both a savory and a sweet for eight dollars, and while you're at the pod, stop by Sweet Pea's Brûlée for rotating crème brûlées.


Good Food Here Pod, 4262 SE Belmont Street, Portland (map): 503-704-5481

About the author: Laurie Wolf is a food writer, blogger, tweeter and recipe developer. She is happy to call Portland, Oregon home. You can read more of her on


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