Saturday, October 3, 2009

Good Eats: food carts, Portland, Oregon


Food carts have been around town here for about 10 years. Now almost 400 cluster in numerous “pods” around the perimeter of parking lots. Depending on which pod you visit, you can select from Mexican, Thai, Korean, and Bosnian foods, not to mention Dutch waffles and Belgian fries. The pod of carts at SW 9th Ave./SW Alder St. has no running water. A few tables are provided, but most people take their lunch away to a nearby park or back to their office. More locations and a list of cuisines can be found at http://foodcartsportland.com/.
Ziba’s Pitas 503-473-9372; http://www.zibaspitas.com/. M-F 10:30-3:30. Authentic Bosnian food prepared by a pleasant woman include meat burek (meat-stuffed pita) and tikvenica (zucchini-stuffed pita) as well as cufte (meatballs) with either a delicious creamy white or a red sauce. Best is a combination plate that lets you try several items.
Spella Caffè Next door, this cart dispenses rich, mellow, well-priced espresso.

image c2009 Carole Terwilliger Meyers

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