Falafel King

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Location: NW 4th and Couch
Hours: Friday/Saturday late night

Mediterranean cuisine. More details coming soon.

Gamila Cafe

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Location: NW 4th and Couch
Hours: Friday/Saturday late night

Moroccan American Cuisine. More details coming soon.

Facebook: Gamila Cafe

Moberi

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Moberi

Moberi

Location: NW 23rd and Quimby and PSU
Hours: 10am-5pm Sunday-Thursday, 10am-6pm Friday-Saturday

The Story: I grew up in the 70’s and 80’s when it seemed everyone I knew was introduced to juicing through home shopping and infomercials. These days, juicing and smoothies are a way of life for many as a great way to combine numerous items and drink it down quick. There are international franchise restaurants who focus solely on juices and smoothies. Moberi, a cart that focuses on healthy smoothies and fresh juices does it a bit different than you local juice mart – he blends with a bike.

Ryan Carpenter opened Moberi this past summer with a location at Green Castle and roaming around to different events and street fairs. I first tried his wares at Last Thursday on Alberta when the sun was still out. He has a vintage Schwinn stationary exercise bike setup with a bike blender which uses the wheel to blend the smoothies. No electric Cuisinart here. And, when you meet Ryan, you’ll see he gets a good workout from making smoothies. Riding a bike and making smoothies all day isn’t a bad gig.

Powered by Bike!

Powered by Bike!

On the menu at Moberi are fruit smoothies, protein shakes and vegetable and fruit juices. How does raspberry, strawberry, blueberry, Greek yogurt and agave sound? Or maybe carrot, apple and ginger to boost your immune system? Ryan’s got you covered. On the cold rainy day I visited, I needed some fruit, so he made me the DeLorean with strawberry, banana and mango. With strawberries from this summer’s local harvest you could taste that Oregon sweetness and remember a warmer time. Such a simple drink with so much flavor. And healthy!

Moberi is at Rose City Food Park now, but still has his mobile gear ready to go to bring his smoothies to your next event. Drop on by for a bike powered smoothie or juice and let Ryan know Food Carts Portland sent ya.

2016 – Moberi closed their Mississippi location, but are open on NW 23rd and at PSU.

Sample Menu:

Smoothies – 16oz, $5.75

  • Moberi – raspberries, strawberries, blueberries, Greek yogurt, agave
  • Turtle Power – kale, spinach, green apple, mango, banana, ginger
  • Uncle Jesse – strawberry, mint, avocado, dates, coconut milk

Protein Shakes – 16oz, $6

  • Peanut Butter Cup – whey protein, peanut butter, organic chocolate, banana
  • One Night in Bangkok – whey protein, peanut butter, banana, coconut milk, sesame oil, sriracha

Juice – 10oz, $4; 16oz $6.50

  • Affordable Healthcare – carrot, apple, ginger
  • Trampled by Turtles – kale, cucumber, celery, green apple, lime ginger
  • Eat to the Beet – carrot, beet, apple, lemon, ginger

Website: Moberi.com
Facebook: Moberi
Twitter: @MoberiSmoothies

Kindle Kart

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Kindle Kart

Kindle Kart

Location: NW 27th and Wilson across from Montgomery Park
Hours: Mon-Fri, 11am-2pm

The Story:

A year or so ago, I learned of a new wood fired pizza cart opening off N Mississippi. Kindle Kart was doing something new and exciting, yet when they left Mississippi, I lost track of them until now and I’m saddened that I haven’t been able to enjoy their amazing food this whole time.

Kevin Hutchinson is a pizza guy having built and opened Wildfire in NE Portland a few years ago. The wood fired oven he built by hand is still being used by Ned Ludd to this day. A work of art. Kevin wanted a food truck, so outfitted a Boyertown stepvan with a smaller version of the oven inside and opened Kindle Kart. Originally on Mississippi, Kevin eventually moved to northwest across from Montgomery Park. To create the pizza, Kevin leavens the dough which uses no yeast. Pretty difficult to do in a restaurant let alone a cart, but he does it and does it well. Upon my visit, close to the closing bell, he stated he normally sells out after just four hours.

Jalapeno Burger and Pomme Frites

Jalapeno Burger and Pomme Frites

While Kindle Kart is famous for its pizza, I was directed there to try the brisket burger. Yep, I skipped the pizza for a burger. Dumb of me? Maybe, but I’m glad I did. If I had started with the pizza, I may have never even tried his other items. Kevin bakes his own brioche buns in the wood fire oven and they are indeed fresh and tasty. The burger, double ground brisket with a bit of seasoning added is one of the best I’ve had from a cart. I chose the Jalapeno burger with mixed greens, grilled onions, jalapeno sauce, a grilled chili pepper and cheddar cheese. Wow, a stunning sandwich. Everything dripped with flavor and the bun brought it all together. Pair with some excellent crispy fries with a bit of truffle oil ketchup and your done.

Kindle Kart is one of those gems you travel to just for the nosh. I know I will be making the side trip to NW more in the coming months just to try different items. Kevin has plans to expand, so keep watch for a second cart. Drop on by, enjoy some pie or a burger or maybe just fries and let them know Food Carts Portland sent ya.

Sample Menu:

Pizzas are made fresh with fermented dough and cooked in a wood fired oven. 10″ pies:

  • Artisan Pepperoni – $8
  • Sausage – house made with grilled onion – $8
  • Cheese – two types of Mozzarella – $6.50
  • Bacon and Mushroom – sauteed mushroom, smoky bacon with white sauce – $8
  • Bacon and Cheese – smoky bacon, two types of cheese – $7.50
  • Margherita – fresh grape tomatoes, fresh basil, garlic – $7.50
  • Bianco – ricotta, black pepper, rosemary, truffle oil – $7.50
  • Pommes Frites: Belgian style fries – 1/2 order, $3; full order, $5
  • Bacon Blue Brisket Burger: roasted garlic sauce, bacon, grilled onion, pickles, blue cheese, mixed greens – $6
  • Bacon Mushroom Brisket Burger: roasted garlic sauce, bacon, grilled onions, sauteed mushrooms, pickles, swiss cheese and mixed greens – $6.50
  • Jalapeno Brisket Burger: roasted garlic jalapeno sauce, green chili, grilled onion, pickles, cheddar cheese, mixed greens – $6
  • Classic – $5.50
  • Portobella + Eggplant: basil balsamic sauce, grilled onions, Swiss Cheese, mixed greens – $6

Hours: Mon-Fri, 11am-2pm
Website: KindleKart.com
Facebook: Kindle Kart

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Costillas Diablas

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Costillas Diablas

Costillas Diablas

Location: NW 2nd and Everett
Hours: Weekdays, lunch

The Story:

In an interesting twist, the owners of Trebol, an upscale Mexican restaurant in North Portland, have decided to open a food cart. Costillas Diablas is the partnership of Kenny Hill of Trebol and Justin Akins, owner of Vintage Cocktail and master mixologist. Let’s all get some devil ribs.

Trebol is in my neighborhood, so I have a soft spot in my palate for their Oaxacan-inspired, Northwest influenced menu. Kenny Hill likes to serve up wild boar and I have enjoyed a few happy hour tacos at the restaurant. According to reports by other local media, Kenny saw that Portland’s cart scene was lacking when it came to the regional Mexican fare he produced, so decided to launch the cart. He also opened in an under-served area in Old Town on NW 2nd and Everett. On the third day open, after only 90 minutes, they already had a line and had sold out of their smoked tofu tacos. I’d say they picked a good spot.

Boar Tacos

Boar Tacos

Being a fan of most things pork, I am intrigued by wild boar. In my opinion, it is leaner than the other types of pork I have had in tacos, but still packs a robust flavor. The wild boar tacos at $1.50 a piece may be one of the best deals in town. Two corn tortillas are grilled then topped with a sizable amount of what I would describe as “pulled” wild boar, chili spiced slaw, cilantro and salsa diabla. I say “pulled” since it has the consistency and appearance of what I know as pulled pork, just using boar instead. The entire taco was an explosion of spicy, yet succulent flavors along with the whisper of bitterness from the cilantro. A great taco from the brains of some ingenious chefs.

Costillas Diablas’s cart may look familiar as it is the same style as the Fuego Burrito carts. Don’t get confused though, these are completely different menus. While they serve up a great taco, you can also get a bacon fat grilled torta or boar short ribs. A mouth-watering menu. I know we’ll be making return trips. Head on down to old town and try out the new cart. There’s a great place to sit close by out of the rain. Let them know Food Carts Portland sent ya.

Sample Menu:

All items served with chili spiced slaw, Trebol pickles, and Salsa Diabla

  • 2 Boar Tacos w/cilanto and onions – $3
  • 2 Smoked Tofu Tacos w/peppers and greens – $3
  • Bacon fat grilled torta with boar and slaw and queso – $6
  • Boar shot ribs w/cilantro and onions – $6

Hours: Monday-Friday, 10am-2pm
Contact: Unknown

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