Sonny Bowl

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Sonny Bowl

Sonny Bowl

Location: SW 3rd and Washington

Description:

I was in a discussion with some cartivores the other day and we arrived on the topic of uniqueness for carts. There are some carts that offer a menu that while focused maybe on a type of cuisine, the offerings are so broad, it is difficult to choose one item. Like when you go to the local restaurant which as a 4 page menu. We all agreed that if you do one thing very very well, just do that and you will succeed. We see this type of focus with food carts daily. Sonny Bowl is such a cart. They focus their energy and skill on creating a bowl that is vegan, yet fills you up with everything a growing boy needs.

Sonny Bowl specializes in what these days are called rice bowls. Anywhere you see bento advertised, it is usually a chicken skewer over a bowl of rice with a few veggies. Not here. Sonny Bowl takes it beyond veggies and rice by adding in black beans or chickpeas, salsa, soy curls, green beans, and robust sauces. I don’t know why I haven’t discovered this gem all these years. I chose the One, and for $5, I got a pretty large bowl with brown rice covered with black beans, mixed veggies, cilantro-lemon sauce, green chile and salsa. I added in Soy Curls for the extra $1 since they are my newest soy favorite.

Sonny Bowl

Sonny Bowl

I almost couldn’t get the top on. Further, I didn’t want to put the top on and crush that beautiful presentation. When I see green chile listed as part of the dish, I think more of a sauce, but the green chili here was a chunky thick salsa that didn’t disappoint. The beans and rice were cooked just right, not mushy, but not al dente. As far as mixed veggies go, I wonder if they shift with the season. My dish had thinly sliced steamed yellow and green zucchini. The soy curls were great. If you haven’t tried soy curls, either BBQ’ed or in a dish like this, you have to. They have the best flavor and texture; a great addition to the meal.

Sonny Bowl offers three different vegan bowls with simple names like one, two and three. All are $5. Like I stated, I love it when someone specializes in one food type and does it right. Sonny Bowl does it right. If you are down off SW 3rd looking for a filling and healthy lunch, give Sonny Bowl a try and tell them Food Carts Portland sent ya.

Sample Menu:

  • One – black beans, mixed veggies, brown rice, cilantro-lemon sauce, green chili and salsa – $5
  • Two – chickpeas, mixed veggies, brown rice, sweet-pineapple curry sauce – $5
  • Three – BBQ soy curls, brown rice, green beans in ginger-citrus sauce – $5
  • add soy curls to any bowl for $1
  • drinks, $2; water $1

Phone/Contact:
Hours: Monday through Friday 11:30am-3:30pm
Website/Twitter: unknown

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El Masry Egyptian

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El Masry

Location: SW 3rd and Washington

Description:

El Masry has a prime location.  On the corner of SW 3rd and Washington, it is one of the first food carts one would see when arriving into downtown Portland after crossing over the Morrison Bridge.  And such a nice cart too.  It is brand new and very welcoming with two windows to server the masses.  El Masry opened just a week or so ago and already has people waiting to be served.

El Masry is an Egyptian Food Cart.  Egyptian?  Yep.  They have an extensive menu covering one whole side of the cart including colorful pictures of each meal.  They have gyros, falafal, hummus, kofta, stuffed grape leaves, lentil soup, and so many other options, I couldn’t keep up.  As a newbie, I always try something I know I’ll like, so I opted for the kofta kabob sandwich – similar to a gyros.  A kofta kabob is like a beef meatball, but better and with more diverse flavors.  The sandwich was pita with kofta, sliced tomatoes, lettuce, carrots and yummy sauce all wrapped up.  When I bit into it, I knew I would enjoy every last bite.

Kofta Kabob Sandwich

My lunchmate opted for a schwarma sandwich.  He stated it was one of the best lunches he’d had all year – and I quote him on that.

Welcome to the food cart scene El Masry.

Sample Menu:

  • Falafel Sandwich: $5.25
  • Kofta Kabob Sandwich:  $5.50
  • Mahalbya – $1.99
  • Mixed rice, shish thwouk, salad – $6.75
  • Grilled Chicken, mixed rice, salad – $6.75
  • Stuffed grape leaves, kofta, salad – $6.99

Hours: Monday through Friday, lunchtime
Phone: 503 360 1251
Website: www.Zabiha.com

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Tito's Burritos

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Tito's Burritos

Location: SW 3rd and Washington

Description:

I have been a fan of Tito’s Burritos for a few years now.  I moved back downtown for work in 2004 and quickly jumped back into the food cart scene.  I was so jones’n for some great tacos.  It took me a few years to actually discover Tito’s and thier $1.25 (at the time) tacos, but when I did, I was a happy young man.  Last summer I decided to do a comparison, so hit many of the local taco carts specifically to sample their wares.  In the end, I kept coming back to Tito’s.

Tito’s does a traditional taco (as far as I can understand is traditional.)  This isn’t the childhood taco I nor any of my friends had in the burbs when we were kids.  They offer up tacos, burritos, enchiladas, nachos and tortas.  They offer many of the traditional meat options you would normally find at a Mexican restaurant including vegitarian.  Chorizo, Carnitas, Pastor, Machaca, Pollo, Asada, and Fish.  I picked up 4 tacos – Carnitas, Asada, Pastor and Fish and none dissapointed.

Tacos

Tacos are only $1.50.  That’s cheaper than a latte.

There is also a Tito’s Burritos II at 9th and Alder.

Sample Menu:

  • Combo Plates: $5.50 – Nachos, Chile Relleno, Enchiladas
  • Burritos: $5 – Chicken, Asada, Carnitas, Machaca, Chorizo etc – with beans and rice
  • Tacos: $1.50 – Asada, Pastor, Carnitas, Chicken, Machaca, Chorizo, Fish
  • Veggie Tacos: $1.25
  • Beans and Cheese: $3
  • Beans and Cheese and Rise: $3.50
  • Assorted drinks and hot sauces available

Phone: unknown
Website: unknown
Hours: Lunchtime weekdays and weekend late night
Email: unknown

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