March 23rd, 2010 | by jsword | Posted In: Promotions

Eat Mobile's Featured Food Carts

     
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With over
350 food carts in the Portland Metro Area it's a testament to the iron stomachs behind Eat Mobile that the field was narrowed to 30 fantastic kitchens on wheels. Come to Eat Mobile for Belgian Fries, Vegan Milk Shakes, Spanish Tapas, Vietnamese bahn-mi, and everything in between.



We're gathering them all into one area for your sampling enjoyment!

More carts to be added. Check back for extended reviews.

ALTENGARTZ BRATWURST


This sausage truck, decorated with a red, black and gold silhouette of Germany, grills up authentic bratwurst made from local pork, with no additives. The brats are plump and juicy, spiced but not too spicy, with a pleasing snap in every bite. The rolls are fluffy and warm. The only toppings you should consider are the sauerkraut, which is more sweet than sour, and the Käse sauce of melted Swiss cheese, garlic and spices.

BEST BITE: Brat-topped sauerkraut and cheese, $6.50.
CHEAPEST BITE: See above.

Price: $
Address
: SW 9th & Alder and SW 2nd & Ash
Phone: 699-4962
Website: altengartz.com

11 am-3 pm daily. 11 pm-3 am Friday-Saturday at SW 2nd & Ash St. 11 pm-3 am Wednesday-Thursdays and 8 pm-12:30 am Sundays at 219 NW Davis St.



ADDY'S SANDWICHES


Review coming soon!

Price: $
Address
: SW 10th & Alder
Phone: 267-0994
Website: addyssandwichbar.com

11 am- 3 pm Monday-Friday.


ASAASE ITAL PALACE


African-Caribbean/vegan-vegetarian cuisine
Review Coming Soon!


Price: $
Address
: SW 5th and College
Phone: 851 2511
Website: Asaase Ital Palace on Facebook

Monday through Friday 9am-6pm; Saturday 1-6pm

BOMBAY CHAAT HOUSE




Avtar Kaur's vegetarian legume goop is the best vegetarian legume goop, and the special's just $5.


If you're a little confused about the two Indian options on the corner of 12th and Yamhill, then here's the deal: Bombay Chaat House, the green-and-white cart that's closer to the library, is run by Avtar Kaur, who used to own nearby India Chaat House with her husband. He split town, they sold the original cart, and she opened her own—Bombay. Fortunately, the signature dish, a huge and incredibly tasty $5 lunch special with naan, dal tarka and aloo channa—is still on the menu. It's the city's best vegetarian bang for your buck.

BEST BITE: The aloo channa, loaded with potatoes and some of the best curry you'll ever taste.
CHEAPEST BITE: The free chai tea offered to every customer

Price: $
Address
: 804 SW 12th Ave.
Phone
: 241-7944
Website: bombaychaathouse.org

10 am-7 pm Monday-Saturday.

FAT KITTY FALAFEL


A trip to Fat Kitty is good for two things: some of the best falafel in town and some of the weirdest stories. Owner Al Herre has been operating the cart since 2002, and on a recent visit he was in an especially jovial mood, telling me about the problems with his fryer and the time his car was hit by a huge, 'roided out dude with “Big Swede” on his vanity plate. Herre's falafel sandwich ($5) rivals his big mouth, with four pieces of nutty, not-too-greasy falafel served with fresh tomatoes, cucumbers and a tangy cilantro tahini.

BEST BITE: The first bit of the falafel after it comes out of the deep fryer.
CHEAPEST BITE: The $5 falafel!

Price: $
Address
: 2016 SE Division St.
Phone: 995-2724
Website: fatkitty.biz

11 am-5 pm Tuesday-Saturday.

FIFTY LICKS HANDMADE ICE CREAM


Review coming soon!

Price: $
Address
: 609 SE Ankeny St.
Phone: 954-294-8868

FLAVOURSPOT


The Dutch taco: a waffle filled with a sausage patty and drizzled with maple syrup.

The location for this food cart (the parking lot of a video store) may be humble; its offerings are anything but. Quickly becoming one of the best reasons to drive down North Lombard Flavourspot is the perfect pint-sized pit stop for your morning or midday commute. The waffles all wrapped in tinfoil for neat and easy consumption are divine in flavor and variety. Tops on the list? The s'more waffle ($3.50) and the sausage and maple ($4). Nutella cinnamon and honey options also abound. Also plentiful? Steaming cups of joe ($1) and specialty drinks including that old Mormon coffee substitute Postum ($1.50). (AS)

Price: $
Address
: N Lombard between Denver & Greeley (Lombard); Corner of Mississippi & NE Fremont (Mississippi)
Phone: 286-9866 (Lombard); 282-9866 (Mississippi)
Website: flavourspot.com
6:30 am-2 pm Monday-Friday, 8 am-3 pm Saturday-Sunday (Lombard). 9 am-4 pm Monday-Thursday, 9 am-8 pm Friday-Saturday, 9 am-3 pm Sunday (Mississippi).

GARDEN STATE


This super-shiny metal trailer makes some of the best Sicilian-inspired mangiare in the city. Owner Kevin Sandri prepares classics like Italian sausage with grilled peppers on a ciabatta roll, a meatball sandwich, a wonderfully moist and smoky grilled chicken Diablo ($12 for a whole bird) big enough to serve two. The real specialty here, though, is the arancine ($6): four racquetball-sized fried orbs infused with heady saffron and stuffed with either molten mozzarella or a meat ragú that would make Nonna proud.

Price: $
Address
: 7907 SE 13th (Sellwood); 4237 N Mississippi St. (Mississippi)
Phone: 705-5273 (Lombard); 962-9265 (Mississippi)
Website: gardenstatecart.com
11 am-3:30 pm Tuesday-Sunday.

GRILLED CHEESE GRILL


You won't find a taste and atmosphere more evocative of childhood than the Grilled Cheese Grill. In the winter months children pour out of the old school bus that serves as a seating area, while cooks grill up more than 17 varieties of grilled-cheese goodness in an adjacent trailer-kitchen. Whether you're attempting to tackle the Cheesus Burger (a beef patty between two grilled-cheeses, $8), the satisfying Italian-meatball Morton ($6) or delicious veggie Southsider ($5), you'll find yourself drifting back to your Jell-O-salad days. Best deal: the Hungry Kid—two regular grilled cheeses with tomato soup ($6).

Price: $
Address
: 1027 NE Alberta St.
Phone: 206-8959
Website: grilledcheesegrill.com
11:30 am-9:00 pm Tuesday-Thursday, 11:30 am-2:30 am Friday-Saturday, 11:30 am-3:30 pm Sunday.

KOI FUSION


Korean short ribs on handmade tortillas are great, if you can find the truck.

Review coming soon!

Price: $
Address
: Mobile cart. Follow on their Twitter for location.
Website: koifusionpdx.com

LULU'S CONFECTIONS


Review coming soon!

Price: $
Address
: Mobile
Email: lulusconfections@gmail.com
Website: lulusconfections.blogspot.com

MICRO MERCANTES TAMALES


Review coming soon!

Price: $
Address
: Various Farmers Markets
Website: Micro Mercantes Farmers Market Schedule

MONO MALO


Portland's first tapas cart hit the streets a few months ago, and owner James Crawford's delicious, bite-size takes on the relaxed Spanish cuisine are the perfect ambassadors of the friendly food. Mono Malo's menu consists of bocadillos (little sandwiches) and sides like patatas bravas (tasty fried potatoes in spicy tomato sauce) and arugula salad with roasted beet.

If you're feeling especially famished, try raciones, a combination of four tapas for less than 10 bucks. The $5 estofada is a regularly changing stew, but if last month's heavenly spiced lamb, apricot and garbanzo bean concoction was any indicator of things to come, plan on getting soup with that sandwich. The hamburguesa ($4.50) is heaven on a bun, and the chicken villeroy (battered organic chicken breast with romesco on Grand Central campagnolo) is nothing to sneeze at. Stop by this tasty addition to PDX's food scene and watch Crawford prepare it all from scratch with local goods. Read full review...

Price: $
Address
: Corner of NE 23rd & Alberta St.
Phone: 964-0126
Website: monomalotapas.com
12 pm-8 pm Tuesday-Thursday, 12 pm-10 pm Friday-Saturday, 12 pm-6 pm Sunday.

MOXIE RX




Hot, wonderful juice.

Getting a fizz on a hot summer afternoon has become a Mississippi neighborhood tradition. Tucked onto a small lot beside Mississippi Records, the quaint, steel-sided cart would look equally at home on a dusty Alabama roadside, but the food is fresh, delicious and totally Northwestern. Owner Nancye Benson bakes all of the rolls and pastries every day. Try the maple steamer (milk and syrup, $3).

BEST BITE: The eggs and greens ($7) with bits of wild salmon.
CHEAPEST BITE: Blueberry fizz ($2.75).

Price: $
Address
: N Mississippi Ave & Shaver St.
Phone: 285-0701
Website: moxierx.com

9 am-3 pm Friday-Saturday.

NUEVO MEXICO


Before Jesse Sandoval started his red-and-orange cart, there was no good New Mexican food in town; now there is.

Jesse Sandoval may be the former drummer for the Shins, but at heart he's a wrinkled grandma stirring a pot of lip-tingling posole on the side of the road of some New Mexican high desert. Or at least, that's how I imagine him as I devour a midget-sized red chile chicken burrito or a puffy, fried-to-order, beef- and tart-green-chile-stuffed sopapilla—quenching the burn with a swig of Mexican cane-sugar Coke. Thanks, Grandma.

Price: $
Address
: N Mississippi & Skidmore
Website: Nuevo Mexico

12 pm-5 pm Wednesday-Friday, 12 pm-6 pm Saturday, 12 pm-5 pm Sunday.

PEOPLE'S PIG


Review and info coming soon!

Price: $
Address
: SW 2nd and Stark
Website: peoplespig.com
Monday-Friday from 11am to 3pm

PBJ's


Review and info coming soon!

POTATO CHAMPION


There is not a better rock-'n'-roll Belgian/Canadian french-fry truck anywhere.

It's 1 am. You're starving. You desperately need some fried carbs to soak up the Sazeracs you downed at Holocene. And that's why Potato Champion exists. The adorably decorated indie-rock fry cart (owned by Reporter drummer Mike McKinnon) serves fresh, hot Belgian-style frites with one of nine sauces to late-night eaters of all stripes. P-Champ also offers poutine, a Canadian monstrosity consisting of fries topped with cheese curds and chicken gravy.

BEST BITE: Large cone of fries with rosemary-truffle ketchup, $4.50.
CHEAPEST BITE: Small cone, $3.50.

Price: $
Address
: SE Hawthorne Blvd. & 12th Ave.
Phone: 505-7086
Website: potatochampion.com
6 pm-3 am Tuesday-Sunday.

PYRO PIZZA


Review coming soon!

Price: $
Address
: SE Hawthorne Blvd. & 12th Ave.
Phone: 929-1404
Website: pyropizzacart.com
6 pm-1 am Wednesday, Thursday & Sunday, 6 pm-3 am Friday-Saturday.

SAVOR SOUP HOUSE


In addition to three great soups per day, there is (yes!) a grilled-cheese bar.

Price: $
Address
:1003 SW Alder St
Phone: 750-5634
Website: savorsouphouse.com
Lunch Monday-Friday.

SAWASDEE THAI


Downtown's prettiest cart makes a pumpkin curry that will haunt your dreams.

Price: $
Address
:Southwest 10th Avenue and Alder Street
Phone: 330-2037
Lunch Monday-Saturday.

SIP


Brian Heck's 1967 trailer serves up delicious, organic, vegan juices and smoothies year-round, plus vegan “milkshakes” in warmer months. Whole boxes of fruits and vegetables disappear into his blender, emerging as colorful and filling concoctions poured into tall quart jars. The Tropical Greens smoothie contains kale, spinach, orange, pineapple, coconut oil, agave and ice in one smooth and cooling quaffer.

BEST BITE: The Standard, a sweet and spicy blend of apple, lemon, ginger and carrot, $4.50-$5.50.
CHEAPEST BITE: Hot chocolate, $1.75.

Price: $
Address
: On the NW corner of SE 21st & SE Tibbets directly in front of the Peoples Co-op
Phone: 308-3581
Website: sipjuicecart.com
10 am-7 pm everyday

SOUP CYCLE


Soup from a can sucks. Luckily, PDX's got local “souper” heroes Jed Lazar and Shauna Lambert from Soup Cycle, who deliver soup to your door weekly via bicycle. It's almost as good as having your mom there. Unfortunately, they won't hug you or rub your back...but you can try. LAURA SHINN. Quart of soup that serves two, $9 veggie/vegan, $10 meat.

Price: $
Address
: Mobile soup cart to delivery.
Website: soupcycle.com

TABOR


Hail Schnitzelwich, king of breaded-pork sandwiches!

Affable couple running the cart with speedy service? Czech. Tasty food and plentiful servings? Czech. Silly puns? Czech. But really, when the cart has a sign that reads “Czech out Czech food,” how can you resist? Devour Tábor's signature Schnitzelwich, a $6.50 mouth-stuffer of seasoned pork loin or chicken breast jammed into a Grand Central Bakery ciabatta roll with a wonderful breath-killing mix of paprika, sautéed onions and horseradish. Also filling is a 10-inch Bramborak: a potato pancake fried in olive oil. Uh, Czech it out.

BEST BITE: The Schnitzelwich.
CHEAPEST BITE: Bramborak, $4.

Price: $
Address
: SW 5th Ave. & Stark St.
Phone: 997-5467
Website: schnitzelwich.com
10 am- 3 pm Monday-Friday.

TAQUERIA LOS GORDITOS


You have to fight your way in the door of this new joint in the Hosford Abernathy Neighborhood. You can find tacos (choice of meat, $1.75) this cheap other places, but rarely can you find them so carefully constructed and so good. The house made-corn tortillas are plump without being doughy; the pork and chicken, cleanly-spiced and complemented only with crisp onion and cilantro. The owners built a loyal following with a taco truck at 50th and Division, and they show the same flair here with vegan offerings, including soyrizo and soycurl tacos ($2). Vegan Tamales ($1.75) are moist and loaded with vegetables; tofu sopes (two for $6), chewy masa topped with beans, avocados will make you want more.

Price: $
Address
: 1212 SE Division St.; SE 50th & Division
Phone: 875-2615
Website: Taqueria Los Gorditos
11 am-8 pm Monday-Saturday.

WHIFFIE'S FRIED PIES


How better to end a night of drunken carousing than with a hot, deep-fried double-chocolate pie?

“Six! Six pies! Let's go for seven!” a voice shouts over the top of the late-night crowd milling around the Hawthorne food cart pod. The contestants in “Pie Champ 2.0” are a picnic table full of bloated techies raising cash for Free Geek. But the pies they're devouring—flaky, buttery-tasting, addiction-forming half-moons of goodness—those are the work of Gregg Abbott, the 30-year-old former RingSide valet that opened Whiffie's Fried Pies? (Southeast 12th Ave. and Hawthorne Blvd., twitter.com/whiffies , 8 pm-3 am Tuesday-Saturday) just a month ago. His housemade, empanadalike hand pies, whose innards range from salty-sweet pulled pork and “breakfast” bacon and eggs to molten sour lemon goo and tart, silky blueberries ($4 savory; $3 sweet pies), are the kind of epic drunk food you won't regret the morning after. Hot but not greasy, his pies each get a quick dunk in rice bran oil to give 'em a clean, toothsome crunch. Plus, all the fruit pies are vegan—yes, vegan. Read full review.....

Price: $
Address
: SE Hawthorne Blvd. & 12th Ave.
Phone: 946-6544
Website: whiffies.com
8 pm-2 am Tuesday-Thursday, 6 pm-2 am Friday-Saturday.

VAN SCHNITZELS


VanSchnitzels the Schnitzel Van
Review coming soon!

Price: $
Address
: Mobile follow their Twitter
Phone: 927-0896
Website: vanschnitzels.com
Varies, check website.

VIETNAMESE BANH MI SANDWICHES


Review coming soon!

Price: $
Address
: SW 4th near College St. (Portland State University area)
Phone: 927-0896
Website:
Lunch time Monday-Friday.

VIOLETTA


Review coming soon!

Price: $
Address
: SW 8th and Yamhill in Director Park
Phone: 234 FAST
Website: violettapdx.com
Twitter: twitter.com/violettaatdp
Monday through Friday – 11am-6pm

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ZIBA'S PITAS


Ziba's are still our favorite Bosnian baked flatbread sandwiches.

Ziba herself serves Bosnian pitas from the flip-up window of this cozy camper. The dough is buttery and thin, crisp on the outside and hot and gooey on the inside. The choice of fillings will satisfy herbivores and carnivores equally, with feta cheese, spinach or zucchini for the veggies. The Burek meat pita ($5.50, $6.25 with salad) is a standout, filled with beef, potato, onion and spices. A must is the ajvar relish side, for all your dipping needs.

BEST BITE: The meat pita plate with avjar (pepper-eggplant sauce) and sour cream-cucumber salad.
CHEAPEST BITE: Ustipak (small bread rolls), 75 cents.

Price: $
Address
: Corner of SW 9th Ave. & SW Alder St.
Phone: 473-9372
Website: zibaspitas.com
10:30 am-3:30 pm Monday-Friday.
 
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