Holy Mole

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Mexican mole

Holy Mole

Location: SE 33rd and Hawthorne down the alleyway
Hours: Wed-Sat, 12-10pm; Sun, 12-6pm

The Story: Holy Mole defines authentic when it comes to Mexican mole. With influences from Puebla, Mexico, this food cart is dishing out items you can’t usually find in our fair city.

Fernando, the owner, hails from the city of Puebla, in the state of Puebla, Mexico, a hub of food culture. Puebla was founded in 1531 as a Spanish city and played a pivotal role in the history of New Spain. Located southwest of Mexico City, it became an agricultural hub for the capitol over the years. Famous for its cuisines like mole pablano, chiles en nodaga and chilupas, it has grown to become the fourth largest city in the nation and a hub for eastern central Mexico.

The signature dish at Holy Mole is mole pablano. My first thought was a dish with pablano chiles, but no, I was wrong. Mole pablano is mole from Puebla, the city. Fernando spent much of the last 10+ years as a chef at the Great Vow Zen Monastary in Claskanie, so has tailored his foods for both vegetarian and gluten free needs. A mole is a mix of some 30+ ingredients including peppers, spices, herbs and even chocolate. And all made from scratch. Some moles take hours to craft just right. I enjoyed the house special with chicken – truly an amazing dish. Each bite, the mole came through with a different more vibrant flavor- anise, smoke, cacao, salt, pepper. I hadn’t planned on eating the entire dish, yet couldn’t help myself. The scents from the cart and the dish waft through the alleyway drawing people in.

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Mole Pablano from Holy Mole

Fernando’s goal is to introduce Portlanders to dishes they haven’t tried before. While Mexican, Holy Mole is different than most every other Mexican place I’ve enjoyed and that brought a smile ear to ear. On the weekends, he dishes out enchilada specials. I can’t wait to see what he has in store for the future. Holy Mole is located on SE 33rd and Hawthorne down the alleyway. Open Wednesday-Sunday for lunch and dinner. A food cart that will make more than a few top 10 lists this year. Drop on by and let them know Food Carts Portland sent ya.

Sample Menu:

  • Mole Pablano – Chicken or Tempeh – $10.75
  • Pozole Blanco – chicken with organic yellow corn, white cabbage, onions, salsa – $8.75
  • Pozole Blanco – tempeh with organic blue corn, red cabbage, onions, salsa – $9.75
  • Enchiladas on the weekend vary – $9-10

Twitter: @HolyMolePDX
Facebook: Holy Mole PDX

Güero Tortaría

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Guero Tortoria

Guero Tortoria

Location: SW 10th and Washington
Hours: Mon-Sat, lunchtime

The Story: Güeroa food cart in SE Portland focusing on tacos and tortas has expanded with a second cart in downtown at the Alder food cart pod on SW 10th. The downtown Güero focuses on tortas, the traditional Mexican sandwich that is more than just a sandwich. I picked up the Carnitas al Guero with Carleton Farms pork marinated in citrus and a house blend of spices. Served on a charred bun with chili aioli, cabbage, cilantro and Yucatan pickled onion, I added egg and cheese for fun. A burly sandwich to rival some of the best in the city. An eruption of flavor in every bite.

Güero is now open downtown, so there isn’t a reason you can’t visit. Let them know Food Carts Portland sent ya

Original article about Güero.

Phone: (503) 593-8846
Facebook: Guero
Twitter: @GueroPDX

Torta from Guero

Torta from Guero

El Local

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Location: SE MLK and Stark at Central Eastside Food Carts

Hours: breakfast, lunch and dinner daily

Mexican cuisine.

Sabrosa Barbosa

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Sabrosa Barbosa

Sabrosa Barbosa

Location: SW 9th and Alder
Hours: Monday-Saturday, lunchtime

The Story: To make a truly excellent green chile dish, roasting the chiles is paramount. At Sabrosa Barbosa, owner Cyl hand-roasts pounds of chiles in a cast iron skillet every night. That attention to detail is what garners this new food cart a gold star.

Sabrosa Barbosa opened late last year with a bright red paintjob and bold signs at the ever popular Alder food cart pod. Cyl, chef and owner is originally from LA where she, like many of us in the street food biz, worked 20 years in a different career. It wasn’t until the last few years that she began dabbling and experimenting in the kitchen when her friends and family recognized she had a hidden talent. No formal training, just late nights and attention to the right ingredients and experimentation has led Cyl to open her cart for us Portlanders to enjoy. Most of her dishes are prepared a full 24hrs in advance so flavors can mature and infuse. A celebration of Mexican cuisine made with love.

Pork Chile Bowl from Sabrosa Barbosa

Pork Chile Bowl from Sabrosa Barbosa

The menu at Sabrosa Barbosa offers up dinner plates, bowls, quesadillas and even nachos. The mole is made with molasses and honey, no refined sugars here. Cyl uses Peruvian beans with their mild sweetness and thin skins – the longer you cook, the more buttery they become. The Pork Green Chile Bowl is a treat for anyone looking for a spicy dish. And not just for heat sake, Cyl utilizes both jalapeño and serrano peppers to yield a fruity, smoky and spicy effect. Served over spanish rice, this bowl may compete with the others available on the lot for flavor and excitement.

Sabrosa Barbosa is the newest player on the lot. While some may see their cuisine as similar to other vendors, that is the magic of street food. Everyone does it different and Cyl is no slouch when it comes to flavor. The food cart is just one step in her journey to bring passion for cooking to the masses. Keep an eye out for this one. Drop on by next time you’re up that way and let them know Food Carts Portland sent ya.

Sample Menu:

  • Chicken Mole Dinner – Peruvian beans, Spanish Rice and tortillas – $8.75
  • Green Chile Dinner – pork or chicken – $8.75
  • Quesadilla Dinner – tortillas, sliced avocado, tomato and cilantro, spicy house crema, peruvian beans, spanish rice – $7.50
  • Chicken Mole Bowl – served over Peruvian beans and Spanish rice- $5.75
  • Fresh Peruvian Bean Bowl – Peruvian beans topped with fresh onion, tomato, cilantro, diced avocado, fresh feta cheese – $4.50

Facebook: Sabrosa Barbosa
Phone: (503) 278-5606

Los Alambres Torteria Taqueria DF

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Los Alambres Torteria Taqueria DF

Los Alambres Torteria Taqueria DF

Location: SE 82nd and Taylor
Hours: Tues-Sat, 11-9, Sun, 11-6

The Story: There are over 70 different Mexican food carts and trucks in the Portland Metro area from Hillsboro to Gresham, North Portland to Wilsonville. How does one vendor differentiate themselves from the rest? For Los Alambres Torteria Taqueria DF, it was a massive list of tortas.

Los Alambres Taqueria is the work of Antonio and Micaela Hernandez who opened the truck on 82nd last year. Their focus is on Mexican dishes from Distrito Federal (Federal District.) Signature items include Alambre, a special dish of mixed meat, cheese served with tortillas, Tortas, and Agua de Jamaica (Jamiaca juice.) I was floored at list of 17 different Tortas, ranging from the Cubano with breaded beef, ham, hot dog, head cheese, Mexican cheese, Mozzarella, egg and chorizo to the Toluquena with chorizo, Mozzarella and chile serrano. There is a torta here for anyone. I picked up the De Luxo with pork leg and Mozzarella. I’ve had tortas before, but when I was handed the grocery bag with my torta inside, I almost dropped it, surprised by the weight. Seriously, this is a pound or more of Mexican sandwich. Thin torta bread with a salad mix of peppers similar to an olive spread and topped with sliced pierna (pork leg) and Mozzarella. Every bite included spicy pepper, salty pork and creamy cheese. The bread was superb, a perfect choice for these sandwiches. If you’re a big eater, these tortas are for you. Or, grab one and share.

De Luxo Torta from Los Alambres

De Luxo Torta from Los Alambres

Los Alambres is open daily for lunch through dinner at the corner of SE 82nd and Taylor. They have covered seating there, so you can enjoy your meal out of the weather. Not knowing how big the torta was, I also ordered a Taco del Barrio with asada, chorizo and grilled onions. Amazing! Next time I’m out on 82nd, I will definitely make a visit. Drop on by and let them know Food Carts Portland sent ya.

Sample Menu:

  • Tacos – asada, chorizo, pastor, birria, chicken, veggie – $1.25
  • Tortas – See list here – $6-9 per sandwich
  • Quesadillas-  $3.50-5

Website: Los Alambres
Facebook: Los Alambres Torteria Taqueria DF
Phone
: 503 213 0085

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