I love to eat at the food carts in Portland - and they are EVERYWHERE! Food carts are great because they allow for any meal to become a tapas experience. If you can't decide what you want to eat, all you have to do is find a cart locale and pick a few items from different carts. Most carts have items that are just a few dollars, so it is completely reasonable to go with a $20 bill and expect to eat 3-4 different cuisines. Recently I visited a few carts for lunch in SE Portland. My first stop was at Good Food Here on SE 43rd and Belmont
This is a lamb gyro from Aybla Grill. The lamb is beautifully seasoned, wrapped in a chewy warm pita, and covered in tangy tzatziki. Always a favorite of mine. Only $8!
Next, I decided to try something different at the Taste of Poland cart. I had a plate of pierogi filled with a potato and cottage cheese mixture. On the side is a heaping helping of sour cream (I guess it's a favorite condiment in Poland) and cabbage braised with pork. Yum! Texturally, it was super appetizing and it was such a huge portion for only $5. (BTW, Taste of Poland has moved to another location in SW)
On another lunchtime adventure I visited Cartlandia on SE 82nd ave. I chose to get a cheese steak sandwich at Cheese Steak Nirvana. I ordered The Fundamentalist 6'' inch sandwich with thinly sliced grilled sirloin steak, caramelized onions, and Swiss cheese. It was only $6 and so yummy! For next time, I would definitely add grilled peppers too for an additional $1.
I was still hungry so I went to the Pupuseria La Miguelena cart for some Salvadorian fare. At this awesome cart I got some fried sweet plantains - delicious and just $5. I also got two orders of their signature dish, pupusas! I got the pork version, because, you know, it's the best. Their pupusas are also only $2.50 each. Plus, look at the plates they serve their food on, so nice.
Can't wait to hit some more cart stops around town!