Location: SW 9th and Alder Parking Lot
Description: Did you know Peru is thought of as having a distinctive, well regarded and of course delicious street food culture? I had no idea until I ate at Choza’s and tried it myself.
Choza’s makes wonderful rice and noodle plates with distinctive Peruvian tastes and techniques. And, as per Peruvian street food tradition, most entrees include French fries mixed in the other ingredients and served with the addition of a tangy, creamy, slightly spicy Choza sauce. That sauce is addictive!
Lonely Planet calls Peruvian street food some of the Best Food You’ve Never Heard Of. Wikipedia even has a short blurb on Peru in their Street Food entry page, although they do say, “Cuy, a species of Guinea Pig is served as a delicacy on religious holidays.” Yikes.
You won’t find Guinea pig at Choza’s. Just rib sticking food of good quality at a good price, different than any other street food in Portland. Choza’s is a popular cart for a reason.
Lomo Saltado (beef or chicken). Sauted meat, vegetables. Served with French fries and rice – $6.00
Lomo Vegetarian. Same as above, sans meat – more veggies – $6.00
Tallarin Saltado (beef or chicken). Sauted meat, vegetables. Served with spaghetti noodles – $6.00
Tallarin Vegetarian. Same as above, sans meat – more veggies – $6.00
Chaufa. Peruvian fried rice. meat or vegetarian. – $5.00
Hours: (Warning! This cart’s hours seem to be anyone’s guess). Usually open Mon-Friday, Sometimes on Saturdays during lunch hours.