Traditional Russian Cuisine

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Traditional Russian Cuisine

Location: NE 52nd and Sandy, Rose City Food Park
Hours: Mon-Sun, 11am-7, 8pm on Mon, Fri and Sat

The Story: I often receive calls and emails from national and even international media interested in Portland’s wonderful food cart scene. Without fail, they always ask what kinds of foods are available from Portland’s hundreds of carts. Honestly, the answer is, “what don’t we have?” Instead of a seemingly endless laundry list of our city’s boundless and creative food cart menu items,  I simply state the few cuisines we seem to be short on. For the longest time, Portland was lacking food from Eastern Europe, Russia and the Eurasian continent. A new vendor, Traditional Russian Cuisine is here to fill that void.

russian food cart portlandLocated in Cartlandia, Portland’s largest food cart lot on the east side, Traditional Russian Cuisine is the work of Lyla and Bella, Moscow natives who want Portlanders to enjoy what their culture has to offer. If you’ve never enjoyed Russian cuisine, you’re in for a treat. I’m a huge fan of dark hearty Russian breads, but at Traditional Russian Cuisine, you can get piroshky, cabbage roles, pelmeni (a type of dumpling), borscht (beet soup) and more.

Piroshky are a simple, yet amazingly flavorful fried buns with different fillings. Here, you can get chicken, cheese and vegetables or salmon, egg and green onion, or what I enjoyed hot out of the oven – a lamb, potato and onion piroshky. So good. Salty, starchy and sweet. Everything I wanted to start the day. Pair piroshky with borscht, a traditional beet soup, and you have a hearty lunch.

At Traditional Russian Cuisine you get a taste of the motherland. Lyla and Bella are welcoming and generous. I luckily remembered some Russian from a past life and was able to tell them how отлично (excellent) their piroshky is. Drop on by if you’re in the neighborhood or if you too have been craving something hearty. Let them know Food Carts Portland sent ya.

[This cart is now at SE 52nd and Sandy]

Sample Menu:

  • Piroshky – meat or vegetable options – $2.49
  • Manti – steamed dumplings stuffed with lamb, minced onion and spices – 8 for $$6.99
  • Pilaf salad –  $4.99
  • Cabbage Rolls – $5.99
  • Russian Beef Cutlets – $5.99
  • Pelmoni – dumplings of fillings wrapped in thin dough – $4.99-$5.99
  • Borsch – Russian beet soup – $2.49-$3.99

Phone: 503-745-0619
Website: Traditional Russian Cuisine


  1. The cabbage rolls are amazing! Soft, savory, perfectly balanced flavors and textures!. The lady who served us was delightfully Russian, the food was ready without a long wait and it was wonderfully fresh and delicious. The sorrel soup was divine, and I can’t wait to taste the piroshky as soon as I can tear myself away from the cabbage rolls. She’s given us samples of other yummy things they have which is a fun little bonus–just writing this is making me want to go there right now! Go check them out!

  2. This cart is no longer at Cartlandia

  3. Thank you.

  4. New address: 52nd and Sandy

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