This is enough to get me on a plane to Portland, Oregon—and not just because I’ve watched too many episodes of “Portlandia” in the past month. Apparently, a new food cart has opened up on North Mississippi Avenue called Miss Kate’s Southern Kitchen. It brings together two of my great loves—the name Kate and Southern food. (I hail from North Carolina and firmly believe that no one can have too much mac and cheese, fried okra, or buttermilk biscuits in their life.)
Miss Kate’s Southern Kitchen is owned and operated by Charles Hude. As he puts it on his food cart’s Facebook page, “I am a Mississippi Boy, cooking Mississippi food, on Mississippi Ave.” His food cart is dedicated to his grandma, Miss Kate. “One of my fondest memories was sitting in her kitchen watching her cook and listening to the stories she would tell,” Hude says.
The cart serves up Miss Kate’s exact recipes—which were left to Hude when she passed.
Some sample dishes: crispy fried chicken, mac and cheese, succotash, chicken salad, meatloaf, turkey, pork roast, biscuits and gravy, pimento cheese, pound cake with warm vanilla sauce, chocolate pecan sheet cake. Holy yums!
Apparently, Hude also continues the tradition of telling tales while serving up food. A reviewer at FoodCartsPortland.com shares, “[Hude] also loves to tell stories – did you know the first bottle of Coke was made in Vicksburg by the Biedenharn Candy Company in 1894?” No, I didn’t!
Here’s hoping this food cart is a raging success and becomes a national chain, stat.