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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El Diablito Tortas

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El Diablito Tortas

El Diablito Tortas

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Location: NW 19th and Quimby at Q19
Hours: Mon-Fri, 11-6pm

The Story:

Q19, the newest pod in NW Portland continues to evolve with a few carts leaving, but new ones taking their place. With the sun shining, every cart had a line the other day including the newest arrival, El Diablito Tortas.

El Diablito Tortas creates Mexican sandwiches that will make your mouth water. When I first heard of a cart offering “twisted Mexican sandwiches,” I didn’t know what to think, but then seeing the first on the menu, the Diablito with pork in chipotle sauce, refried beans, tomato, romaine, chipotle cream salsa and avocado with steak fries atop, I was sold. Erik Sandoval is the man behind these creations and wanted to introduce Portland’s eaters to something new. Other items on the menu include a grilled portabella and crimini mushroom sandwich, chicken breast in mole sauce, shredded flank steak and spiced ham with avocado. So many unique sandwiches, there is something for everyone.

La Vaca Loca from El Diablito Tortas

La Vaca Loca from El Diablito Tortas

While the chef was preparing a customers sandwich, I watched eagerly him build it from the toasted roll to the addition of the flank steak, peppers and finally wrapping it and serving it. I had originally wanted a different sandwich, but blindly just said, “I’ll get one of those.” The La Vaca Loca is grilled steak, mayo, caramelized onion, cheese, tomato, avocado, stick fries, romaine and green Diablito sauce. Cut in half and served with a grilled hot pepper, this is one twisted sandwich. Spicy and full of flavor, everything about this sandwich screams perfection. Caramelized onions ad a bit of sweetness that mixes well with the fresh vegetables and steak.

El Diablito is a great addition to Q19. I enjoyed my sandwich inside the bar on site while catching up on some sports news. I love that model. Drop on by for a Torta and let them know Food Carts Portland sent ya.

Sample Menu:

  • Diablito: Pork in chipotle sauce, re-fried beans, tomatoes, romaine, mayo, chipotle cream salsa and avocado and steak fries – $7.50
  • La Flaca: grilled portabella and crimini mushroom, pesto, sun dried tomato, feta, fresh mozzarella, grilled zucchini, roasted red peppers, mayo – $7.75
  • Akumal: grilled chicken breast, mole sauce, sour cream, stick fries, queso fresco, avocado – $7.50
  • Molotov: shredded flank steak, sauteed with onion, green pepper, tomato, green Diablito sauce, avocado, mayo, lettuce – $7.75
  • La Vaca Loca: grilled steak, mayo, caramelized onion, cheese, tomato, avocado, stick fries, romaine, green Diablito sauce – $7.50

Hours: Mon-Fri, 11-6pm
Phone: 503 781 0081

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Teri’s Tacos

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Teri's Tacos

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Location: SW 2nd and Stark

The Story:

In my quest to find the best Mexican carts, I stumbled upon a new one this past fall that opened up down off 2nd ave. This is a new pod in the making between Stark and Oak now with 5 carts. I have tried most of the Mexican carts and usually use tacos as a barometer. I haven’t had a bad one yet. There are favorites out there, but that’s a different article.

As stated, I almost always default to tacos when visiting a new cart, but in the past month, I have been enjoying the torta. A torta is a Mexican sandwich and from my experience, similar to how there are tons of different American sandwiches, there are different approaches to the torta. In my sampling of five different places now, it seems to be which bread or roll is used. [Read more…]

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

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Hours: Lunchtime weekdays and weekend late night
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