From the Cart to Your Heart
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Starting in 2019, Southern Kitchen PDX recently celebrated its one-year anniversary. Co-owners Maurice Fain and Jermaine Atherton developed recipes that feature a healthy take on ribs, red beans and rice, and other Southern-style comfort foods.
The menu is based on recipes handed down to Maurice from his great-grandmother, who taught him how to cook as he was growing up in Georgia. He then introduced his own twist by adding seasonings and that reflect his Haitian heritage.
Our hours are noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, and noon to 7 p.m. Friday through Sunday. The food truck is closed Monday and Tuesday. In addition to walk-up service and delivery via GrubHub and UberEats, Southern Kitchen PDX offers drop-off and full service catering.
Jermaine and Maurice also take proceeds and donations from the food truck to support the community by mentoring young people with an interest in entrepreneurship. They offer workshops on how to cook and how to be entrepreneurs, including lessons on what it takes to own a food-truck business. An event last year focused on taking 500 families on a trip that included visits with a farmer to learn how to start a garden and a chance to go fishing.
Southern Kitchen also loves music. Both Jermaine and Fane have been involved in the music industry throughout their careers. They have friends who have performed with artists such as Monica, Prince, Fred Hammond, and many more.
It’s only fitting that Southern Kitchen marries their two loves; food and music. The seating area in front of the cart has a unique intimate space to host live music. It’s a win win, great food and great music. When the weather permits you can find local recording artists such as Ronnie Wright, Chris Turner, Bart Hafeman, Hit Machine and many others for all to enjoy.
Food and Music for the Soul!
" This place has the best Po-boy I have ever had in the PNW. There ribs and Cole slaw are also out of this world. The customer service is awesome, and the seating area was very clean. I highly recommend this place."
"Tasty food at a fair price. Fish n chips was perfectly seasoned and cooked. Fries (and fish) were crispy outside and soft inside and not greasy. BBQ sandwich was the same."
"Mane listen, excellent food, great customer service, real down to Earth people, great location and reasonable prices! When I visit Portland again, I'm coming back. Please have that vinegar ready!"