cheap eats- peanut butter jelly time!

18 02 2010

no, not the dancin banana (although i love that guy too), i’m talking about the peanut butter & jelly stand that recently opened on the 2nd floor of the public market house. what, you didn’t realize that the public market even had a 2nd floor? yeah, you and 90% of the peninsula. i don’t know if it’s the lack of signage, or the fact that the stairway is way way way in the back and not nearly as well marked as it should be… but at what should have been a busy lunch hour- the place was pretty dead. very sad, because there’s lots of seating, delicious big-sky pizza, a bathroom!, and of course- the best PB&J i’ve had in ages.

one might scoff at paying $3-$4 (depending on how upscale your tastes are) for a peanut butter sandwich, but do you really want to go to whole foods and spend $78 dollars for a jar of almond butter- and then have to eat only almond butter sandwiches forever until it’s gone (or gone rancid)? the key here is variety. nut butters up the yaz from good ole skippy to custom blends. jellies (pomegranate! blueberry!) fluffs, nutella, and some other crazy crap that i cant remember. oh, and the bread! i got organic crunchy peanut butter and raspberry jelly on aroostook wheat. liberally applied, diagonally sliced, comfort food perfection. i got the sexy sandwich above, bottled water, and baked cheetos for a little over $5. apparently, if you’re extra snacky or want to share, you can even get 2 for $5.

randomly enough, they also serve breakfast, and have a liberally stocked cold cereal bar that’s open all day (half price refills).  haute cuisine, no, but delicious and affordable comfort food that doesn’t involve purchasing an entire loaf of bread or washing sticky peanut butter knives. we already lost one public market- so maybe this time you should shop the hell out of this place so it doesn’t go away.

on a related side note, i also picked up 2 sandwiches for a coworker and not only did he cut them diagonally and put them in zipper bags- he also put them in a paper bag and wrote my coworker’s name on it. service!

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18 responses

18 02 2010
Cindy

Just for s’s & g’s, head on over to urbandictionary.com and see what peanut butter jelly time means to today’s youth. 🙂

18 02 2010
xine

Sounds amazing!
Like, what a great idea!
Hopefully now that you’ve been in the paper and are now famous, they will read what you’ve wrote and improve on their signage =)

18 02 2010
imogenflowers

Actually, there are stairs to the left of Big Sky in the front, too. I noticed them for the first time yesterday, despite the fact that I go to the Public Market several times a month. Signage, anyone?

18 02 2010
Jen

OK, the first chance I get to come to Portland I’m driving as fast as I can. That place sounds SOOOO good. Nothin like simple food to make you feel good!

18 02 2010
bessmarvin

exactly. everyone is trying to make food all fancy and cutting edge. sometimes all i want is just a good solid PB&J or grilled cheese or piece of pizza. i don’t need cilantro or cranberry foam or balsamic demi-glace. it just needs to taste good. you should totally come to portland- i’ll give you a tour of all the tastiest cheapest food in town!

18 02 2010
The Coupon Goddess

I really need to take a road trip to Portland. Looks like some good eats up there!

18 02 2010
bessmarvin

bon apetit magazine recently named portland america’s “foodiest small town“! you definitely won’t hear me complaining. if you’re ever in town, let me know- i’ll make sure to give you a list of “must eats”. just make sure you come visit in summer or early fall (winter here is kind of a bummer if you’re not used to it- unless you’re a ski bunny).

18 02 2010
megan

now i’m going to up my calorie take. thanks!
oh, and your blog cracks my ass up….and serves to inspire the latent couponer within.

18 02 2010
bessmarvin

thank you so much! although i’m sorry i’m luring you down the paths of fattiness. although i do have to say that a PB&J an hour or so before a long run or hard workout is energy perfection. i think we can make it work!

18 02 2010
Bill

Hi, I am an owner in the Market House. Yes, we are working on signage. Unfortunately, the landlord has been working on the front of the store and the construction kind of stalled. So we are being held hostage to it right now, hoping he finally comes in and finishes everything. We know the need for signage better than anyone, and are as frustrated as anybody that we can’t finally put signs up. Soon though!

18 02 2010
bessmarvin

thank you so much for taking the time to stop in, and i am sorry to hear about your struggles in finishing the renovation. i’m a huge supporter of what you’re doing, and i really love the new space. i just want to see your second floor vendors get the traffic that they deserve. in the meantime, i’ll get the word out every chance i get!

19 02 2010
Steve

Thanks! And how did Craig like his lunch? 🙂

19 02 2010
bessmarvin

yery much! i think he inhaled them both in about 5 minutes 🙂

19 02 2010
Steve

Great news! And there’s plenty more where they came from! Instead of “We’re gonna need a bigger boat…” I’m saying “We’re gonna need a bigger Fridge!!”

19 02 2010
blackgirlinmaine

I am not a huge fan of PB&J sandwiches but I might have to check them out for my annual PB&J. Prices sounds reasonable and it def sounds kid friendly which is a plus for me.

20 02 2010
bessmarvin

don’t forget fluff! or nutella. i feel strongly that even a person who isn’t necessarily a PB&J fan could find something to love the peanut butter jelly time. i love that you have one annually!

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