After a long morning and early afternoon of Christmas shopping and holiday preparations, Justin and I, along with our grumbling stomachs, headed to The Lot. It’s a fairly new (at least to us) food cart pod in Bend that has a variety of menu options, great assortment of beers on tap, and comfortable seating area for both the hot and cold months.
Parking was the easy part. Deciding upon what to eat and which cart would get our business for the day was the difficult part. There are five food carts, all of which have offerings on their menu that made our mouths water.
We basically started at one end and made our way around to the other, carefully examining each of the menu options. A place like this on an empty stomach quite possibly could be a recipe for overindulgence. 🙂
First stop was The Real Food Bistro where we were tempted by the Cubano sandwich and grilled cheese with tomato soup – can you say YUM on a cold day? Then we moved on to Thailandia, where I almost gave in and ordered the yellow curry.
Next was Mauna Kea Grill, which has some spectacular Hawaiian options that are high in protein (perfect for this carnivore girl). The Kalua pork option was at the top of my list. A few steps to the right we encountered a bright yellow cart with “The Brown Owl” plastered on the side. This menu was probably the most eclectic and we could choose from a burger, breakfast-like burrito, sandwich, and rice bowl. Justin and I looked at each other and came the realization that we might have to order two things to split. Rico’s Tacos was the last food cart, which was nostalgic as we had them pull up to our house and serve tacos to guests at our engagement party. We decided to go with The Brown Owl and order a burger and burrito to split, knowing with certainty that we would be back soon to test the others.
The chef at The Brown Owl was super friendly and gave us some “newbie” information about the pod and what to do next.
We made our way into the central dining area enclosed by the carts, I ordered a beer, and we sat down at one of the tables with heated benches. Yep, that’s right, my booty was nice and toasty throughout the entire meal! Actually, with all the heaters above, I was warm enough to shed my jacket.
After about 10 minutes we heard our name shouted from the cart and brought our food back to the table. It was FANTASTIC! The burger was tasty and had a unique flavor unlike any I have had, although it was pretty cooked and could have been a little more on the medium rare side for my liking. The burrito was a burst of flavors, filled with eggs, beans, onions, cheese, peppers, tortillas, a house made sauce, and salsa. It was to die for.
We left feeling satisfied and excited to make our way back to try something new. This place has surely become one of our new favorite spots and would be a great alternative any time the crowds get too big down the street at 10 Barrel or Brother Jon’s!
A gorgeous sky to the end the afternoon of shopping!