The People's Pig

Features: Lunch, Open Weekends, and ATM Nearby

Even in a city stacked with artful sandwich shops, one food cart rules them all. Little about the scruffy appearance of this metal box suggests what waits inside: a collective intelligence of flavors calculated to make taste buds reel with happiness. The experience is layered in smoke, the drip of decadent juices, and the tricky art of extreme simplicity. The tools are two cast-iron skillets and a mountain of wood. The mode is five components max, and one man’s determination to make every bite count. In the corner, an ancient cash register sounds an exuberant ping. It says everything about the People’s Pig. This sandwich-focused magic is performed daily on a tawdry patch of asphalt in Portland’s food cart nerve center, at SW 10th Avenue and Washington Street. Owner Cliff Allen and his sidekick Ray Ballentine operate quietly and off the radar, serving cult followers and a steady flow of visiting cart hoppers ready to eat up whatever ideas they post. In a windowsill that doubles as kitchen counter, an arsenal of fresh lemons, finishing salts, and fennel pollen—fennel pollen!—stands ready to serve whatever meats Allen is obsessing over, mesquite-grilled steps away over an open fire and sliced to order. Each sandwich holds messy, mouth-challenging generosity, accessorized with vinegar-splashed greens and handmade condiments, and tucked neatly between Allen’s homemade sourdough buns—yours for $6–10.

Updated 02/27/2014


SW 10th and SW Washington
Portland, OR 97205
Mon-Sat: 11 am-3 pm

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