As the weather turns chilly, there are few things more comforting than gobbling down fistfuls of carbs, fat and salt. Well, except maybe chasing it with a pint. That's one reason chef Bradley Jones moved his five-month-old pie-centric food cart, Crust and Common, from Sellwood to a NW bar's parking lot. From inside his little blue box, Jones serves up comfort food in portable pastry shells. There are classic sweet slices ($4.50) like pecan, chocolate cream and pies filled with seasonal fruit, but the real gems are the savory options ($6.50-$7). The squat little morsels were inspired by a year Jones spent in London, coming in unashamedly thick, buttery and salty, crusts wrapped around braised beef short ribs or potatoes and cheddar. Some days he also bakes a tart; a recent caramelized garlic and goat cheese number was like sinking your teeth into a slice of savory fudge and elicited several pornographic moans. Pair it with a side salad and it's a little taste of sunshine.
EAT: Q-19 cart pod, 1502 NW 19th Ave., 593-4936, crustandcommon.com. 11 am-3 pm Tuesday-Wednesday, 11 am-8 pm Wednesday-Friday.