The big graphic on the side of the Neue Southern food cart

The idea of ordering quail for dinner conjures images of linen table clothes, fancy silverware, expensive wine, snooty maître d’s, and a service bill large enough to erase the national debt of any one of several developing countries.

Well, things have changed ’cause there’s a Neue Southern sheriff in town that serves up Southern Fried Quail right from a food cart/truck. At a price that is affordable for regular folks.

Neue Southern PDX, located at SE 26th and Belmont, has come to Portland by way of Greenville, SC, where Neue Southern was one of the very first food trucks in that city. It would be fair to say that classically trained chefs, Laruen Zanardelli and South Carolina native Graham Foster, were pioneers in the street food culture of Greenville.

Graham-Lauren-NSPDX

Lauren and Grahams’ mobile-food enterprise helped to establish new regulations that blazed the trail for more food trucks to open in Greenville. After becoming enamored with Portland’s progressive food culture, they made the trek to Oregon. Appropriate don’t you think for culinary pioneers such as these?

At the time of their appearance on Tasty Tuesday, Lauren and Graham had been serving food at Neue Southern PDX for less than three weeks. Their food so impressed host Steven Shomler that he immediately requested they visit the show.

In addition to the Southern Fried Quail, you will find items such as the Pacific Oyster Po’ Boy, The Steamed Bun, and the Pumpkin Whoopie Pie (yeah, baby)! Oh, and the hot sauce, you must try the hot sauce.

Neue Southern PDX menu showing the Woopie Pie

For details about these dishes see Neue Southern PDX’s menu at their website. They use seasonal ingredients so items on the menu are subject to the availability of said ingredients.

Listen now as Rebecca Webb and Steven Shomler talk with Lauren and Graham about their journey to Portland and their mobile, orange-and-blue, gourmet food establishment.

The Country Fried Quail from Neue Souther PDX food cart

Ken Wilson

Producer : Tasty Tuesday at Portland Radio Project
The Ultimate Food Cart Wingman and the Official Cat Herder of the Tasty Tuesday morning show on Portland Radio Project.
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