[Closed June 2011]
Location: Mississippi Marketplace, N Mississippi and Skidmore
Hours: Tues-Sat, 11-8pm
The Empanada Revolution begins now! That’s how Portland was first introduced to El Che on both Twitter and Facebook. No one knew where the revolutions would happen, but we new it was coming.
Pablo, with a huge smile on his face, welcomed me the other day while I was a the cart looking for the owner. He had been making the rounds of the other carts chatting up the owners during his first week of operations. I love seeing cart owners become friends and supporters of each other even though they may be in competition for customers. When he saw me waiting there, not knowing who I am, he came rushing over to offer me up one of his handmade signature empanadas. Every morning, he gets up and makes the dough and the fillings for each of the empanadas he offers- both meat and vegan options. The empanadas are then kept chilled at the cart until he deep fries them upon order. Pablo is from Buenos Aires Argentina where he learned how to make these tasty treats. He uses hand ground meats, fresh veggies and his own mix of spices.
Each time I have visited Pablo’s little cart, he has customers, which bodes well for his success in a lot with some big competition. The beef empanada I devoured has seasoned and seared hand-ground brisket, fresh chopped red bell peppers, sauteed green and yellow onions, hard-boiled huevos and a special blend of herbs and spices. The crust that envelopes the filling is flaky and with almost a buttery texture, but holds everything together while you enjoy till the last bite. A wonderful flavor with a richness from the herbs and spices. I have returned a few times to be a part of the revolution.
Pablo and El Che sit next to PROST! so when you have a craving for some nosh with your beer, he’ll be there to sate it. Open for lunch and dinner, he plans on staying open late night once it warms up and more people are out and about on Mississippi. There are a couple of places in town to get fried pies, but El Che is a true Argentinean empanada. For $3, you can’t go wrong. Let them know Food Carts Portland sent ya.
All empanadas are $3 or 3 for $8.
- Beef: seasoned and seared hand-ground brisket, fresh chopped red bell peppers, sauteed green and yellow onions, hard-boiled huevos and a special blend of herbs and spices.
- Spinach: overflowing with spinach, sauteed yellow onions, special combination of herbs, garlic
- The Portlandia: Bacon, piles of cheddar cheese, potatos, bacon, and more bacon