Argentina PDX

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Argentina PDX

Argentina PDX

Location: NE 19th and Alberta
Hours: Tues-Sun, 10:30am-8pm

The Story:

Every year around the holidays, my family gathers with friends from many generations and we make sausage – Swedish, Polish and Bratwurst. It has been a family tradition for more than 35 years. Needless to say, I have the recipes memorized and if asked, could probably recite them. Argentina PDX offers Choripan, an Argentinian Bratwurst sandwich, and when asked, yes, they make the bratwurst in house. I was intrigued.

In the 40′s, both during WWII and after, Argentina and other South American countries experiences a large immigration of Germans and Austrians fleeing Europe. Even today, there are small communities throughout the region where German is the primary language and the culture is still very much alive. As with how American food has been influenced by centuries of immigration, so too was Argentinian cuisine. Being a sausage fan, I asked if they source it locally and was happily surprised to learn they make it in house.

Choripan from Argentina PDX

Choripan from Argentina PDX

Choripan is a bratwurst sandwich with lettuce, tomato and chimichurri sauce. I am use to having bratwurst as sausage in a casing, but here, it’s served without the casing as a patty. The bread, light and crispy with a flaky crust, is perfect for the sandwich, soaking up the juices from the wurst. The sausage was superb, a great mix of beef and pork with a bit of salt, pepper and other spices. The key here is how simple bratwurst it, it tastes great no matter who makes it.

Argentina PDX has a great menu of regional items and the day I visited, was doing a brisk lunch trade. I’m excited to return to try some of their other sandwiches including house made empanadas. The cart is open all week except for Monday for lunch through the dinner hour. Check it out, enjoy some excellent Argentinian fare and let them know Food Carts Portland sent ya.

Sample Menu:

  • Papas Fritas – french fries w/eggs – $3
  • Milanesa – breaded steak, tomato, cheese, fries; beef or eggplant – $8
  • Empanads – beef or spinach – $2
  • Lomita – steak, tomato, lettuce, egg, ham and cheese – $8
  • Choripan – Argentinian bratwurst, lettuce, tomato, chimichurri sauce – $7

Hours: Tues-Sun, 10:30am-8pm
Phone: 503 758 0961
Facebook: Argentina PDX

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