Location: SE 40th and Hawthorne
Hours: Wed-Sun, 12-7pm
When I need a hearty soup to get me back on track, I lean towards those from eastern Europe and Russia. Having lived there for a time, something deep in my soul craves the flavors and boldness of the region. Mira’s Ladle has what a growing man needs.
Mira, a former architect, designed the cart from which she serves her Polish cuisine. The menu starts off with Leczo, a vegan and gluten free chili served over brown rice. She also serves barszcz, a traditional Polish beet soup. Purchasing locally grown beets is key to the freshness and everyone loves the bright red color. Just don’t spill it on your Sunday clothes. beet stains are hard to remove. Beyond soups, Mira griddles up potato or zucchini latkes and serves them with apple sauce and sour cream. Everything is made fresh daily sourcing ingredients from local farmers’ markets and regional farms.
The bright red cart is located on Hawthorne street around southeast 40th in a driveway between two houses. You can get the soups in a cup or take it to go in a quart. This is one of those carts you will return to for seconds. Drop on by and let them know Food Carts Portland sent ya.
c=cup; b=bowl; q=quart
- Leczo: vegan gluten free chili served over brown rice – c, $4; b, $6; q, $10
- Krupnik: barley soup with veggies, mushrooms, shredded chicken and served with bread – c, $3.50; b, $5; q, $9.50
- Barszcz: red beet soup with veggie or chicken stock – c, $3.50; b, $5; q, $9.50
- Potato Latkes: potato pancakes served with apple sauce and sour cream – $5
- Zucchini Latkes: zucchini pancakes served with apple sauce and sour cream -$6