Location: NE 52nd and Sandy
Hours: Tues-Friday, 12-2pm, 5-8pm; Sat, 12-8pm
The name of the cart actually defines what PDX671 serves. An ingenious idea – combine a location code with an area code to create a mystique. For PDX671, the 671 denotes the area code for Guam where the owners are from and find their culinary influence. Yet PDX671 isn’t just north pacific island food, it has a pacific northwest flair.
PDX671 launched in spring after much buzz on Twitter due to their superb marketing skills and tenacity. Many saw the brand new cart arrive at North Station, emailing us here wondering who was opening. Then the large green pineapple motif appeared to give customer even more to ponder. The goal behind PDX671 is to present Chomorro cuisine to Portland and keep a family tradition alive for future generations. The centuries of culinary influence that had been thrust upon Guam by foreign cultures like Filipino, Chinese, Japanese, Spanish, American and more create the diverse flavor profile we refer to as Chamorro food which translates to “Guahan.” Mix those spices and technique with NW ingredients and you create something truly unique and special.
The menu at PDX671 offers up an assortment of unique dishes including shrimp fritters, Chamorro flatbread, red rice, vegetables in coconut mikl, and chopped grilled chicken. Or, you can opt for a fiesta plate which combines numerous items so you get a full range of the flavors. I opted for a variation on the fiesta plate with Chamorro seasoned and grilled boneless chicken, red rice, a shrimp fritter and some flatbread. All this for under $7. I can’t really say any one item stuck out from the rest since they were all super flavorful and introduced me to a new type of taste bud sensation. The chicken had flavors of lemon, spicy pepper, soy sauce and the crispiness of the grill. The fritter was a mixture of veggies and baby shrimp that were batter fried to create a wonderful little ball you mix with some of the fina’’dene’ sauce. Tasty! Overall, the meal was wonderful. I was excited to taste a whole new culture’s offerings, having purchased it just down the street from my home.
PDX671 is now open at
North Station pod in North Portland. [PDX671 has moved to NE 52nd and Sandy as of 10/2012] With 14 carts there, you can try most anything your taste buds desire. Wander on up North and give the cart a try and let them know Food Carts Portland sent ya. Hafa Adai!
- Bonelos Uhang | Shrimp Fritters – 4 fritters of Oregon pink shrimp seasoned and tossed with a selection of vegetables – $3.50
- Lumpoia | Spring Rolls – 3 fried crisp rolls of Tails & Trotters ground pork, vermicelli noodles and vegetables – accompanied by a garlic-vinegar sauce – $4.50
- Titayas | Chamorro Flatbread – flatbread flavored with coconut milk and grilled – $2.50
- Hineksa’ Agaga’ | Red Rice – rice seasoned with the flavors and color of achotte’ – $1.75
- Linechen Gollai | Vegetables in Coconut Milk – grilled seasonal vegetables served in a spicy, citrusy coconut milk – $3.75
- Kelaguen Mannok | Chopped Grilled Chicken – chopped grilled chicken mixed iwth lemon, grated coconut, peppers and onions – served cool with warm titiyas – $5.75
- Fiesta Plate – 2 boneless chicken thighs seasoned overnight in our Chamorro marinade and grilled, red rice, vegetables in coconut milk – $8.75