The Altengartz food stand on SW 10th and Alder Street opened in 2000 and helped pioneer the food cart industry in Portland. Altengartz has a ton of fans, and for a good reason. Jameson Wittkopp's (the owner) ancestors came to the USA from from Altengartz, Germany in the 1800s. Jameson's Dad, George Wittkopp created the perfect blend of pork and spices after moving to Oregon in 1977. George grew up in Wisconsin and after not finding any good bratwurst in Oregon, he created his own. You can purchase the bratwurst straight from the company's website, or you can stalk the truck around Portland.
The signature Altengartz Bratwurst is a huge favorite with fans. It's made with a full quarter-pound of fresh, char-grilled pork sausage served on a tasty, toasted bun. You can add toppings like grilled cheese, fondue-style swiss cheese sauce (kase), caramelized onions, toasted garlic, and grilled sauerkraut. If you're no-carbing it, ask for yours without the bun. Hand-formed fresh seared 1/3lb hamburgers are also unbeatable.
The German Potato Salad is also housemade, served warm, and gluten free!
If you want vegetarian deliciousness so fabulous that it was actually featured on 60 Minutes, get the Veggie Brat. All the same spices used in the regular brat recipe are used here, but chickpeas are used instead of meat.
The Currywurst features a mild Indian curry ketchup sauce, while the Sloppy Fritz features seared ground bratwurst and seared ground beef drenched in an exquisite sloppy joe sauce and loaded onto a toasted bun. Finish off the meal with the housemade apple strudel featuring a layer of cream cheese and a vanilla cream icing. Simply the Best!