Port of Buenos Aires

Brett Burmeister
Port of Buenos Aires

Port of Buenos Aires

SW 9th and Washington
weekdays, lunchtime

The Story:

More and more, Portland’s choices for street food are venturing south of the border and I’m not talking Mexico. In the last year, we have added carts from El Salvador, Venezuela, Brazil and Argentina. Port of Buenos Aires is the newest to treat us to their region’s delights.

Buenos Aries, the largest city in Argentina sits on the western shore of the estuary of the Río de la Plata, on the southeastern coast of the South America. It is also the second largest city on the entire continent. With the size comes a rich culinary tradition and some excellent options for street food. The cart here in Portland, some 7000 miles from its namesake welcomes its patrons with a colorful sign broadcasting ARGENTINIAN FOODS along with a city scene which I can only assume is how the city looks at night, all yellow, blue, green and orange building.

Lomito from Port of Buenos Aires

Lomito from Port of Buenos Aires

When you arrive at the cart, the menu with photos of each item are pasted to the windows. There is a blackboard there where you can learn everything you ever wanted to know about Argentina while your order is prepared. Did you know it is the 8th largest country in the world? I didn’t. They were out of Milanesa, breaded chicken covered with tomato sauce and Mozarella, so I opted for the Lomito, a steak sandwich served with tomato, lettuce, mayo and a fried egg. In Argentina, the lomito is what you have for lunch or after hitting the bars. One person describes it as the Argentina’s fast food snack. A simple sandwich, yet when prepared well and with the flavors of the homeland, it takes on its own persona and greats you with love. The bread was toasted and flaky allowing me to grip the contents in my paws and dive in. Even with the juices from the grilled steak, the semi-runny egg and the mayo lapping the sides of my mouth, it wasn’t too messy of a sandwich. But come on, messy sandwiches are usually the best.

Port of Buenos Aires is now open and ready to serve you. Every so often, you may see the chef out front handing out samples and greeting his patrons with a smile. They also have fresh empanadas.  Drop on by and let them know Food Carts Portland sent ya.

Sample Menu:

  • Empanadas Argentinas – hand pies made with beef, chicken or spinach – $2.50 or $5 for 2 along with a green salad
  • Choripan – sausage sandwich with chimichurri sauce – $5
  • Milanesa Sandwich – breaded chicken, tomato, lettuce, onions, chimichurri sauce – $7
  • Lomito Sandwich – steak, tomato, lettuce, mayo and fried egg – $7

Hours: weekdays, lunchtime
Contact: unknown




  1. I ate here today for the second time and it is fantastic! The lomito and milanesa sandwiches are both excellent and the workers are friendly.

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