Brandon Stevens, the owner of Portland Cajun-Creole cart Mumbo Gumbo, grew up surrounded by omelets and grits. His grandfather opened Stagecoach in the Sacramento area in the 1970s, a wood-paneled diner where families would slide into booths for chicken-fried steaks, corned beef hash, and biscuits drenched in country gravy. “I learned how to cook and serve there,” Stevens says. “My grandfather and dad taught me everything I know.”
Now, after years growing a reputation for his Cajun-Creole food cart, Mumbo Gumbo, Stevens has decided to return to the griddle. This week, the chef will open a breakfast hall downtown, Grits n’ Gravy, in the former Little Bird Bistro space.
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