Big-Ass Sandwiches is exactly what it sounds like: Delicious, ample sandwiches filled with home roasted meats and homemade ingredients, sure to squash big hunger in its tracks. This new Portland food cart is owned and operated by husband and wife Brian and Lisa Wood. Located downtown on the corner of SW 3rd & Ash Street, they serve up one-of-a-kind sandwiches to the people of Portland, who are already delightfully in the midst of what can only be described as an outright sandwich revival.
The signature offering leaves no hunger unfulfilled. Simply titled “The Big-Ass Sandwich,” ($7.50) this behemoth is a smooth blend of roast beef, grilled onions, bacon, fries, and cheddar béchamel sauce, all served on a fresh sourdough ciabatta roll.
Diners first encounter the hearty roast beef, which is slow cooked for three hours and cooled for 24 before hitting the grill. Then there are the French fries: Made from scratch on the premises, they’re thinly sliced, then blanched, and finally deep-fried once the remaining ingredients are prepared. Atop the fries rests a creamy roux-based layer of cheddar sauce, and atop that – somehow – is a second layer of fries.
All of the cart’s sandwiches are variations on the Big-Ass, which chef-owner Brian Wood designed for reasons of pure practicality. “They’re built for people who are sweating their asses off on a kitchen line,” he says, “when you have nine minutes to cram as many calories down your gullet as possible.”
Big Ass Sandwiches
304 SE 2nd Ave