Location: SW 2nd and Oak
Hours: M-F 10:30-close
On a sunny day in Portland, the last thing you want is a hot scalding meal for lunch. I usually choose to go with a cool salad or sandwich to fill me up without making me sweat more than I already am. On a hot day in August, I decided to get some Greek food. I thought – Greece is in a hotter part of the world, so their food must taste great in the heat. A Taste of Greek didn’t let me down.
There is plenty of Mediterranean influenced food available in the city whether it be Greek or Turkish or Lebanese or Israeli. Dishes like hummus, tabouli, kafta, gyros, falafel – they all come from a special place in the world where the food is made with love and family in mind. Whenever I have eaten food from the region, it is always been served family style so everyone can participate. It brings people together. I know some may disagree and argue that Greek is different than Turkish which is different from Lebanese which…., but I love food and love that the people of the Mediterranean and the middle east have created some amazing flavors from such simple ingredients.
A Taste of Greek has an affordable menu offering up small appetizers for $4 all the way to full meals which include either lamb or kafta with rice, tiziki, salad and bread for $7. Being a hot day, I chose the Mezza plate which is a combination of numerous appetizers. The hummus was the perfect balance of garlic, garbanzo beans and lemon. I knew it was made with tahini sauce, and that nutty flavor was present, but not overwhelming, allowing for the hummus to be the rockstar of the meal. Seriously, I dipped everything in it, including the tiziki sauce served with the dolmades. The baba ghannouq, a more textural paste made with eggplant worked great when mashed together with the falafel. I’m not one to separate my food. It all goes to the same location, so mix and mash is what I say. I don’t think I really appreciated the appetizer section of these menus fully until I had that Mezza plate. Excellent food all around. Did I mention the hummus was amazing?
A Taste of Greek on SW 2nd and Oak is in a cart formerly owned by Aybla. If you thought it was still the same Greek food from the past, stop on by and try it as the menu and ownership has changed. Let them know Food Carts Portland sent ya.
- Hummus and Pita – $4
- Baba Ghannoug w/pita – eggplant with garlic, lemon and tahini sauce – $5
- Dolmades – grape leave with rice, herbs an tiziki sauce – $1
- Tiziki w/pita – sour cream, yogurt, cucumber, garlic, olive oil and oregano – $4
- Tabouli – salad with parsley, bulgur, tomato, lemon juice and olive oil – $4
- Mezza Plate – 4 of the above items – $7
- Gyros with lamb or chicken – served in pita with tiziki sauce, onions, parsley and tomato – $5
- Super Gyros – largers size with feta cheese in addition – $7
- Kafta Kabob – ground lamb in pita with lettuce, parsley, onion and tomato – $5
- Falafel – garbanzo beans mixed with onions, coriander, parsley and spices in a pita – $5
Hours: Monday-Friday, 10:30am-close; Saturday, open at 12pm
Phone: 503 913 1795