Pamplin Media Group – Serving Their Neighbors: Kristy’s Food Cart Offers “Homemade” Cooking on Estacada’s Main Street

Kristy’s menu includes a smash burger, chicken sandwich, Philly cheesesteak and more

One of Estacada’s newest food carts is community focused.

In March, Kristy and Vince Adams opened Kristy’s Down Home Cookin’ at 367 SE Main St. Estacada residents want to give their neighbors another option for quality, affordable food.

“We’re going to spend 13 years at Estacada, and we never plan to leave,” Vince said. “People were like, ‘You can put your cart somewhere else,’ and we said, ‘That’s not what we want to do.’ We want to serve the people of Estacada and be here for years to come.”

From the day the food cart opened, the community has also supported Kristy’s. On their first day in business, the Adams had a long line of customers and felt a little overwhelmed.

“Roger Chapman (of Chapman’s Three in One Station) comes running in, and he’s like, ‘Where do you want me?'” Kristy said, recalling the help they received from a nearby business.

They also received mentorship from Linda Parsons, owner of The Country restaurant.

“She took me back to her kitchen and I was like, ‘This is my goal,'” Kristy said.

She has several community engagement projects, including a partnership with the Estacada Area Food Bank. She also hopes to hire several local high school students this summer.

Before opening the food cart, Kristy was an avid baker, but didn’t cook much.

“It was scary at first, but I did so much research. I watched food truck shows, I watched cooking shows, I watched Youtube. If I didn’t know what was something, I googled it,” she said, noting that her great-grandmother and great-great-grandmother ran a boarding house and restaurant. “I always thought, ‘This is crazy. Who would want to do that?’ And here I am. I think it’s in the blood.

Kristy’s menu includes a burger smash, a chicken sandwich, a Philly cheesesteak, and a kid’s meal, along with various sides and appetizers. Kristy’s favorite item is the chicken sandwich and Vince’s is the burger smash.

To create a burger smash, the meat is shaped into balls and then pushed onto the grill with a burger press. This results in extra browning and flavor without the burger becoming dry.

“We watched what was going on, because we didn’t want to duplicate anything. And we thought there was no burger cart in Estacada. You can get a burger in Estacada, but there’s no burger cart,” Kristy said.

She makes all the fresh food every day.

“I could buy frozen, but I don’t want to do that,” she said. “I love the food I make, and I love that the community loves it, so it’s easier.”

The Adams have partnered with Estacada-based Oliver’s Delivery for those who want their food delivered to their homes. Plus, if customers want to explore nearby businesses while they wait for their order, Vince will often bring it to them, jokingly referring to it as curbside service.

“We want to give back to our community in a unique way. We fully understand that we would have nothing without our community,” he said.

You rely on us to stay informed and we rely on you to fund our efforts. Quality local journalism takes time and money. Please support us to protect the future of community journalism.