We Be Weiners

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We Be Weiners

Location: SW 5th and Harrison
Hours: Daily for lunch

The Story:

Every pod needs a good hot dog vendor and for A la Carts on SE 50th, just south of Division, We Be Weiners fits that bill.

Chili Dog from We Be Weiners

Chili Dog from We Be Weiners

Ron “Shortz” Cunningham is the man behind the dog at We Be Weiners. A guy’s guy, Ron greets you with a hearty hello and takes your order while engaging in comfortable chit chat, genuinely interested in the customer. Using Hebrew National, considered by many as the gold standard for dogs, Ron puts together a solid frank on a bun. You can always opt for a simple dog, but why be vanilla? Live a little and order one with chili, some chopped onions and grated jack cheese, then top it with yellow mustard, ketchup and relish and you have yourself a meal! I know that sounds like a gut bomb, yet for American hot dogs, you have to amp it up.

We Be Weiners opened this past summer and seems to be doing well in the neighborhood. Most of the carts on the lots stay open into the evening and are open on the weekends. Beyond hot dogs, you can also get sandwiches if that is your bailiwick. Ron will hook you up. Let him know that Food Carts Portland sent ya.

Sample Menu:

  • Regular Hot Dog – $2
  • Chili Dog – $3
  • Polish dog – $3
  • Polish with chili and cheese – $4
  • BBQ Chicken Sandwich – $3
  • Meatball Sandwich – $3
  • Chili Cheese Nachos – $3

Hours: Daily for lunch and weekends beyond lunch
Phone: (503) 260-0586
Email: webeweiners@comcast.net

Loco Locos

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Loco Locos

Loco Locos

Location: SW 5th and Harrison inside the parking garage.
Hours: Weekdays, lunchtime

The Story:

According to my numbers, Portland has about 20 different Mexican taquerias downtown serving up some of the best tacos and burritos one can find in carts. Loco Locos is one of those carts that has been around for years and has created a loyal customer base while serving up some great tacos.

I was asked the other day when touring the carts – “How do you know the established carts from the new ones?” Well, take Loco Locos as an example and you can see they have been in the same location at 9th and Alder for more than a few years because the cart has flat tires. Last year, they needed to move due to city sidewalk regulations and instead of changing the cart’s location, they modified their counter and awning to accommodate the established tree in front of their cart. How green is that?

I’ve eaten at Loco Locos more than a few times over the years and since they are always good and consistent, I sometimes forget about them. I usually get my crutch food – carnitas or asada tacos – as they are only $1.75 each and two will get me through the day. Also, they are quick. Unlike some carts, you can order and get your food within 5 minutes. Fast!

Loco Locos is open daily for breakfast and lunch and is a Portland institution. They are one of those carts that has a huge menu of items, so when you visit, take it all in, you may see something you hadn’t thought of. Check them out the next time you are waiting in line for another cart in the pod, you may find a new favorite. When you visit, let them know Food Carts Portland sent ya.

[Update Feb 2012, Loco Locos re-opened down by PSU.]

Sample Menu:

Choice of filling/meat: chicken, asada, carnitas, pastor, shredded beef, ground beef, vegetarian, fajita chicken, fajita beef

  • Tacos: flour tortilla or corn tortillas with guacamole, sour cream, lettuce, pico de gallo, cheese and choice of meat – $1.75 or 3 for $5
  • Taco Salad: crispy corn tortilla or flour tortilla bowl filled with rice, black or pinto beans, lettuce, sour cream, guacamole, pico, cheese and your choice of filling – $5.50
  • Nacho Chips – $6
  • Breakfast burritos – a vast array of options including chorizo, potatoes, egg – ranging from $4.99-5.25
  • Breakfast Torta – breakfast sandwich, Mexican style – $5.25

Hours: M-F for Breakfast and Lunch, sometimes open until the late afternoon.
Phone:
503 516 3460

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