Location: SW 4th and Hall (by PSU)
Chopollos is one of those carts that has taken their space and converted it into both a cart and dining area. By taking over 2 spots in the lot, they have a place for their cart and a place where you can enjoy your food under an awning. In the realm of carts, there are few that offer covered seating.
Chopollos specializes in Mexican food – a traditional taqueria with tacos, burritos, tortas and other items you would expect from a Mexican cart. They do have on their menu some items that I haven’t seen at the other carts downtown that intrigued me, but only after I had ordered my carnitas burrito. One item, Huarache (yes, like the sandal) is a masa base made with corn flower topped with all different toppings. Like many taquerias, they had photos of their food and just looking at the huarache made my mouth water. But I had ordered the burrito and vowed to enjoy it.
The carnitas burrito I received for $4.50 could have fed a small family. It was a monster. Filled with refried beans, rice, carnitas, pico and guacamole, it was just what I needed on that busy day. It came with hot sauce, which I used, but only to spice it up. The flavors in the burrito were enough to keep me eating even though I knew I shouldn’t finish it. I did.
Chopollos has an extensive menu, yet when you peruse it, you realize there are only a few variations on traditional Mexican fare. They do offer breakfast burritos along with hamburgers and even fish tacos. Judging from the steady stream of customers, they are pretty popular down there which tells me they make some great food consistently. Check out Chopollos next time you are down there and need something different and tell them Food Carts Portland sent ya.
- Tacos – choice of meat including carnitas, asada, pollo, veggie or fish – $1.50
- Burritos – rice, refried beans, choice of meat or veggies – $4.50-$5
- Breakfast burrito – eggs, potatoes, cheese, bacon – $4.25
- Chorizo con papas – chorizo, eggs, potatoes, cheese, sour cream – $4.50
- Chopollo burrito – chili relleno with refried beans, rice, steak, picado and guacamole on flour tortilla – $5
- Hamburger – $5
- Veggie or Chicken tamale – $1.50
Hours: Breakfast through lunchtime, Monday through Friday