Location: SE 102nd and Stark – Ala Cart Pod
According to my numbers, Portland has more than 50 taco trucks and carts throughout the city. Mexican food is by far the dominant cuisine of choice for cart owners from that unscientific observation and I’m glad. I enjoy tacos and burritos and love that I can quickly find them on the cheap pretty much anywhere I go in the city. This past week though, I was introduced to Yucatan style Mexican and it is now my favorite (I’m easily swayed.)
Taqueria Antojitos Yucatecos is located in one of the newer cart pods – Ala Cart – out on SE 102nd and Stark. This former used car lot is perfect for carts with the wide open spaces and plenty of parking. Upon viewing the menu, I realized this wasn’t a standard taqueria with tacos, burritos and huaraches. They served Panuchos and Salbutes – items I hadn’t heard of. Luckily, a fellow customer and the owner informed me about what Panuchos are and how good they tasted.
Panuchos is a hand made crispy tortilla stuffed with black beans and then fried. It is then topped with lettuce, pico de gallo, shredded marinated chicken and pickled red onions. What we have here is a crisp tortilla with the creamy black beans inside and the toppings. And they are amazingly tasty. I almost couldn’t eat them they were so beautiful. Top them with the habanero sauce they provide and go to town. Salbutes is prepared in a similar way without the stuffed black beans.
I am now a big fan of Panuchos and will be seeking them out wherever I go. I will patronize any cart that introduces me to something new and does it well. Add to that the joy of watching them make your tortilla from scratch on the spot and I’m sold. Head on out to the east side and visit Taqueria Antojitos Yucatecos, you won’t be disappointed. When you do, enjoy a panuchos and tell them Food Carts Portland sent ya.
- Panuchos: hand made crispy tortilla stuffed with black beans and then fried; topped with lettuce, pico de gallo, shredded chicken and pickled red onions: $1.25
- Salbutes: pan fried tortilla with lettuce, pico de gallo, chicke and pickled onions – $1.25
- Tamales: chicken and tomato sauce – $1.25
- Torta de cochinita pibil: oven roasted pork with onions: $5
Hours: 11am-8:30pm, Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday; 11am-9pm Friday and Saturday
Phone: 503 867 2328