Ingredients sourced from out of town often arrive with lost nutrients and severe jetlag, only becoming palatable after napping in the oven and diving into a pool of ranch dressing. Taste fresher fare with today’s Groupon to Violetta or the Etta food truck on Southeast Belmont and 43rd Avenue. Choose between the following options:
- For $5, you get $10 worth of locally sourced fare for one.
- For $10, you get $20 worth of locally sourced fare for two.<p>
The localvores at Violetta curate a casual menu of burgers, soups, salads, and sandwiches made from scratch with natural Northwestern meats, farm-fresh veggies, and seasonal ingredients. Pasture-raised Black Angus beef patties grace brioche buns ($6–$8.50), to the approval of Portland Mercury, and hand-cut fries ($3–$6) slide into cheesy sauces, herbed aioli, honey mustard, or Oregon white-truffle oil. Diners warm up with a vessel of the ever-changing Farmers Market soup ($3–$5), known to turn from minestrone to French onion mid-slurp, or top the grilled three-cheese sandwich ($6+) with bacon, 10-hour tomatoes, or roasted peppers. The serving staff knows the menu’s ingredients inside and out, gladly issuing recommendations to those with vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free diets. Take-out items come in compostable packaging that patrons can plant to grow their own boxes.
Violetta’s four-wheeled counterpart, Etta, vends an abridged mobile menu from the Real Good food cart pod and is also available for on-location special events, such as block parties or surfboard christenings.