By Janet Goetze
For the Hollywood Star News
When Dave Elkin left the San Francisco Bay area and jobs in financial planning and corporate finance, he came to Portland with food on his mind.
When looking to change his career path, he didn’t go into the food business on a whim, he noted.
“I asked myself, ‘What do I love to do and what do people say I’m good at?”” Elkin said.
He studied how Portland’s 700-plus food carts operate. Then, using marketing skills from his former careers, he looked for a niche.
“I didn’t want something ethnic,” he said, because that appeared well covered in town. “I thought bacon is good for Portland.”
His first signature sandwich was the Kahlua Double Pig, with 4 ounces of Hawaiian-style pulled pork, two strips of bacon, creamy pineapple coleslaw, cilantro and cart-made BBQ sauce on a toasted hoagie roll.
He also created The BSSST, featuring bacon, smoked salmon, spinach and tomato. Customers also can build their own BLT – bacon, lettuce, tomato sandwich.
“The largest I’ve made was a triple-thick bacon, double lettuce and tomato,” Elkin said.
For Valentine’s Day, he offered chocolate-dipped bacon strips. Other occasions may bring out candied bacon pineapple bits with ginger sprinkles. For a spicier taste, he has jalapeno peppers and cream cheese wrapped in bacon.