La Cubana

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La Cubana

Location: 3405 SE 82nd, just north of Powell
Hours: Tues-Sun, 11-8

The Story: Portland is embracing everything south of the border and I don’t necessarily mean Mexican cuisine. Salvadoran, Argentinean, Brazilian and more and more, Cuban. La Cubana, a new food truck located at the food cart pod on 82nd and Powell presents us with island delights.

Mario and Vivian opened La Cubana earlier this year in a new pod featuring Mexican and Korean offerings. I’ve visited a few Cuban vendors in town, yet haven’t seen as diverse a menu as Vivan and Mario offer. Start with simple tostones, deep fried smashed green plantains with garlic and lemon with a dash of salt. Or maybe sauteed Cuban style okra – Quimbombó. The Ropa Vieja, “old clothes” in Spanish, is slow cooked shredded beef with savory bits of onion, pepper and garlic in a rich tomato sauce with salad and beans and rices on the side. So many options. So many flavors. In the end, the Cuban Sandwich landed in my hands with a side of plantain chips. A pressed baguette with Swiss cheese, ham, grilled pork, pickles and mustard. Mustard – my dessert island condiment. First bite – I marveled the yellow mustard poked through the savory pork and cheese with a brightness and tang. No mayo or ketchup on this classic. The baguette, an ideal vessel for the goods, held together with crunch. A wonderful sandwich made by wonderful people.

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Cuban Sandwich from La Cubana

La Cubana opens for lunch and dinner and also offers a wide range of drinks. Next time you’re down off 82nd and desire something new, drop on by and let them know Food Carts Portland sent ya.

Sample Menu:

  • Ropa Vieja – $9
  • Cuban Sandwich – $9
  • Picadillo – ground beef with potato, white rice, onion and maduros on the side – $8.50
  • Yuca con Mojo – yucca root cooked until soft, dressed with olive oil, fresh smashed garlic, lemon juice and choice of meat – $10
  • Qumbombo – Okra – $4.50
  • Tostones – $4

Phone: 503 754 4044

 

Rosita’s Place

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Mexican food cart portland

Rosita’s Place

Location: 3405 SE 82nd, north of Powell
Hours: Tues-Sat, 12-9pm

The Story: Family recipes make up the soul of many food carts. Rosita’s Place, a Mexican vendor at SE 82nd and Powell opened this past year offering up traditional Mexican dishes made to order.

Menu include street tacos, fish tacos, taquitos, flautas, tostadas, nachos, tortas and burritos. All dishes can be made vegetarian or with your choice of pork, chicken, beef or chorizo.

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Street Tacos from Rosita’s Place

The lot offers up covered seating and music on the weekends.

Facebook: Rosita’s Place
Website: Rositasplace.net

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