We were down in Portland visiting family over the weekend.
For me, the main draw is visiting family. Close behind that, however, is the opportunity to be in the vicinity of so many amazing food trucks that make up several pods in the Portland area. On the way into town, we grabbed lunch at a phenomenal cart called The Dump Truck and I was blown away by their Bacon Cheeseburger dumplings. But I digress, as I tend to do when it comes to food.
We had a wonderful weekend and really enjoyed catching up with everyone. We were sad that our time in Portland had to end, but the silver lining was knowing that we’d be stopping by another food truck for lunch on the way out of town. I am a notorious cheapskate, but I splurged and dropped $0.99 on the mobile Food Carts Portland app to ensure that I’d know ALL my options before making a choice.
Checking out the app, I quickly homed in on Miss Kate’s Southern Kitchen in the Mississippi Marketplace. It was a little tough finding carts that were open on a Sunday, but all except one or two of the carts at the Mississippi Marketplace were open for a Sunday lunch. Score! Street parking isn’t that hard to find in the area, so we were soon out of the car and heading for (I hoped) mac and cheese nirvana. The hubs decided to try something healthy (the heathen!) so I was on my own at Miss Kate’s.
The menu drew me in immediately. There were at least four things that I wanted to try then and there. And knowing that the next time I might be back to try something new was months away just made me feel the pressure of choosing the right thing even more! I knew there would be mac and cheese involved but beyond that, there were just so many appetizing possibilities!
I settled on the Chicken Plate (two pieces of golden fried white-meat chicken with two sides, plus a biscuit), which at $10.50 was a great deal. Since I am all about the mac and cheese, I went with two side of mac and cheese. Why sully the water? The gentleman at the counter was really friendly and seemed to love what he did – always a good sign!
I waited forever a gazillion years what seemed like an interminable time due to my hunger and anticipation about five minutes for my food. And let me tell you, I found a seat right in front of Miss Kate’s cart to I could inhale all the lovely scents wafting from the cart while I waited. I hope the Miss Kate’s guy didn’t think I was hovering. He put two boxes, one large and one small, in the window and gestured to me. Gathering my lunch, we headed back to the car.
I opened the small box first because it was on top. Look at the size of that biscuit!
A delicate maple scent rose from it as soon as I opened the takeout container. Buttery, yummily griddled with maple syrup, it was both light as air and yet had substance. It crumbled beautifully and I made sure to nab every morsel. Yum!
Next up, the main event. I loved the fact that Miss Kate’s specifically mentions on their menu that their fried chicken is made with white meat chicken, as I really don’t prefer dark meat personally. It’s a flavor thing, I know. And let me tell you, I was glad I’d ordered two sides of mac and cheese.
The fried chicken was a delicious surprise. Feel free to click on that photo to really get up close and personal with all those gorgeous fried chicken bits of lusciousness. Not only was it all white meat, it was also boneless and skinless. Which meant that I could enjoy ALL the fried chicken goodness of it without a) feeling guilty about eating the skin and b) having to peel off a good portion of the fried-chicken-skin-goodness, trying to avoid feeling said guilt. And it was perfectly (and I mean perfectly!) cooked. Juicy on the inside, crisp on the outside, the crunchy-meaty combination combined with the batter seasonings made this stand out. Like, “it was the best fried chicken I have ever had” stand out. Honestly. I am still dreaming of that fried chicken. Miss Kate’s, if you ever come up to Seattle, you’ll have a daily patron for life.
On to the star of the show, the reason for this blog, the macaroni and cheese. I love my mac and cheese on the saucy side, and this definitely looked saucy. It smelled of home-cooked love and it didn’t disappoint. The creamy goodness was based on a béchamel sauce and it tasted like Miss Kate’s added a good amount of Cheddar cheese and fresh black pepper to the mix to make the mac and cheese mostly creamy and rich, but with a nice finish of tangy cheese and sharp black pepper. It was great, four elbows up.
Will I be back again? You bet your bippy I will! As soon as I can possibly scoot back down to Portland!
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