Location: W Burnside at 4th Ave
Hours: M-F, 11-4pm, F/Sat, 12-2am
Portland is lacking in mobile food trucks that actually drive around from place to place, yet that is slowing changing. Siete Suerte opened this past summer after posting an amazing video of how they acquired the truck and tricked it out with an amazing mural made from broken tile. Lucky Seven.
Siete Suerte is a mobile taqueria, not unlike many of the Mexican food trucks we see on the streets of Portland. I believe what differentiates them from the others is the youth presented by the homemade mural and their dedication to local suppliers of meat and produce. You get the feeling that the passion behind launching and running the cart goes beyond the owners and extends into the community of the their friends and family. Isn’t that what food carts do? Bring people together? I think so.
With a menu which includes tacos, burritos and even a bacon wrapped hot dog, everyone has something to choose from. Upon arrival, I was immediately drawn to the Soy Tinga option for the tacos. Soy Tinga is spicy soy curls, the latest craze among veggie and vegan foodies. I love that they absorb some amazing flavors from whatever sauce or marinade they are combined with. The three tacos we ordered came with an abundant amount of meat (or soy curls), chopped onions and a sliver of cilantro. The soy tinga had an extra bit of spice in the form of sliced grilled hot peppers. Some delicious and filling tacos with wonderful spicy flavors. The Tijuana bacon wrapped hot dog was something else altogether. Topped with fajita peppers, caramelized onions and jalapeno aioli, this modified frankfurter on a bun was a work of culinary arts. The bacon, the dog, the spicy pepper – all together were a tasty little mess. It begs the question – why don’t more people wrap stuff in bacon?
Siete Suerte use to be at E Burnside and 7th, yet recently moved over to W Burnside at 4th Ave, right next to the Chinatown gate. They are open for lunch during the week and expand their hours to dinner and late night on Friday and Saturday. They even take credit or debit cards if you don’t have cash. When you visit, you have to check out the wonderful mural the owners and their friends did on the back side of the truck. A work of art. Let them know Food Carts Portland sent ya.
- Tacos: Carne Asada (steak), Al Pastor (pork), Pollo (chicken), Soy Tinga (soy curls), Nopales (cactus.) Served with chopped onions and jalapenos – $2 each or 3 for $5
- Tijuana bacon wraped hot dog topped with fajita peppers, caramelized onions and jalapeno aioli – $6
- Suerte Burrito: choice of meat or veggie, rice, beans, cheese, pico de gallo – $6.50
- Serio Burrito: choice of meat or veggie, fajita peppers and onions, cheese, beans, rice, pico de gallo, guacamole, crema – $8