Arriving in Portland for our first day, we figured we should have some food before beginning our adventure. We stopped at Lardo, a food cart turned sandwich stop that specializes in everything pork.
The little restaurant on the east side is welcoming inside, and also features a large, outdoor seating area. Besides their food menu, they have numerous beers available on tap. We ordered at the counter, were given number, and waited patiently for our food to arrive.
First up was the Korean pork shoulder sandwich which included house made kimchi, chili mayo, lime, and cilantro. The meat was juicy and the mayo added a perfect amount of spiciness. Next, was the pork meatball banh mi, which reminded me of a Vietnamese sub with its pickled vegetables, sriracha mayo, cucumbers, and cilantro. This was both of ours favourite. Both sandwiches were served on a warm ciabatta bun that was soft and enjoyable. We also ordered two sides, the potato salad which was full of bacon and cheddar, and the lardo fries which were fried in fat, herbs, and parmesan. Both were great, but the fries were incredible with the crunchy parmesan flakes and mixed herbs.
This was the perfect lunch to get us started. Highly recommend!