What’s to Love: Yes, the food was excellent; however, I love that owner William Steuernagel funded this project via the “Kickstarter” website, which means many other people saw a need to take the lunchables concept to a whole new level. Let’s face it, kids love cheese and crackers, so why not give them something higher quality, handmade, and locally sourced. To learn a bit more, watch William’s Kickstarter video, which is very clever and fun!
I’m a big fan of Charcuterie plates complimented with a nice selection of crackers, cheeses, fruit, and pickled goodies. My kids are also all over this type of plate. When I noticed Cheese & Crack food cart offering a box just for kids, I knew we had to give this place a try. Unfortunately, the kids not only devoured the kids’ box, they also had their little fingers all over the adult box.
The Coppa was delicious and the homemade crackers were perfect for putting together a nice cured-meat sandwich. The kids’ boxes were filled with turkey, cheddar cheese, and crackers. William offers a free upgrade to kids adventurous enough to try different cheeses and/or meats. Another plus, almost all the waste was compostable including the Cheese & Crack boxes.
Caveats: Right now, the cart is located in a side alley off Hawthorne and 33rd, which is a bit isolated. Drink options were limited. I think Eva’s Herbucha would be a great option for Cheese & Crack. Otherwise, William has covered all the bases for a kid/family-friendly food cart. My only other suggestion would be an umbrella for the picnic table.
Website: Cheese and Crack on Facebook
Distance from Portland: Here is a link to William’s “Find Us” link on his website.
Recommended Ages: A great food cart for all ages. Both our kids (ages 4 and 8) loved it!
Parental Stress Factor: The only stress is parking on or near Hawthorne! William has a very approachable and friendly personality. If you’re a bit confused about what to order, I’m sure he’ll have plenty of suggestions and/or advice.
Family Tips: If you’re thinking about stopping by Cheese & Crack, pick up your food and head over to Mt. Tabor or Laurelhurst Park for a nice family picnic! There is only a single picnic table for seating, so be prepared with a backup plan if the table is full.
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