Location: SE 48th and Woodstock (parking lot of The Joinery)
El Gallo Taqueria is the latest taco and burrito cart to come to the sprawling neighborhood of SE Portland. Located down off SE 48th and Woodstock in the Woodstock neighborhood, Jake Brown, the owner, is offering up rustic Mexican cuisine while sourcing his ingredients locally.
I am a sucker for tacos and whenever I visit a new cart, tacos are my barometer. If you can make a good taco, you probably do everything else pretty well also. I ordered up one each chorizo, carnitas and fish. El Gallo espouses that they make everything from scratch, so I wasn’t surprised that the tortillas were different than what I normally get. They were larger and had that fresh flavor you get from corn tortillas made by hand. So great! Of the three, I enjoyed them all equally, but would order the chorizo again. I realize just how much I love this spicy Mexican sausage and how El Gallo prepared it with chopped onions and cilantro made it pop.
The other dish we ordered was the signature dish – the Nevada Tostada – fry bread topped with beans, cabbage, pickled onions, pic de gallo, cotija, citrus sour cream. A great combination of flavors. The citrus sour cream gave the entire dish a mild citrus flavor that we loved. Mix that with the beans and onions and cilantro and it turned out to be a great meal. We had it vegetarian, but Jake does offer it with your choice of meat. El Gallo does offer some hot sauces. I had to try the “melt yer face” habanero sauce – true to the name, it was pretty darn spicy…but flavorful. A great accent to these dishes.
Jake Brown has a good thing going here in Woodstock being the only cart in the area. When we arrived, he regretfully informed us that he was out of some items because of such a busy lunch. As we were leaving, a line was forming of 5-7 people at 3:30pm. I love when a neighborhood supports the carts. When you are down in the SE, swing on down to the Woodstock neighborhood and say hi to Jake and his El Gallo Taqueria and tell them Food Carts Portland sent ya.
- Tacos – choice of asada, carnitas, chorizo, pollo, vegetarian, or fish – $2
- Nevada Tostada – described above – $7.50
- Breakfast burrito – chorizo, eggs, potatoes, pepper jack cheese, cotija cheese, pico de gallo, cilanto and onions wrapped in a tortilla – $6.50
- Burrito de Gallo – choice of meat, beans, cabbage, pepper jack cheese, cotija cheese, pico de gallo, cilantro and onions in a tortilla – $6