Mizu Ramen

Ramen food cart portland

Mizu Ramen

Location: SE 82nd and Harney at Cartlandia
Hours: Tues-Sun, 11:30-3pm; Tues-Fri, 4:30-8pm

The Story: Portland loves ramen, that’s a fact. Just a few years ago, lines wrapped the block at the only ramen joint in town, but now every street and neighborhood sports options ranging from affordable and simple to expensive and rare. I simply love the diversity. Mizu Ramen, one of only a few food carts crafting the magical noodle dish offers their wares up at Cartlandia in SE Portland.

When I first dove into the ramen rat hole, I learned more about the dish than what Top Ramen shilled all those years. Miso, Shoyu, Shio, Tonkotsu, Alkali noodles, soft boiled eggs, chashu, the list goes on. Exploring the differences between the styles has become an obsession and joy. At Mizu Ramen, they keep it simple and straight forward – Miso, Shoyu (soy sauce broth), Shio (salt broth) and vegetarian Miso as options. Each bowl comes with chashu pork, bamboo shoots, spinach, seaweed, 1/2 a soft boiled egg and green onions. The vegetarian option comes with Tofu. For $9, this is one of the more sizable bowls I’ve had. A monster. The chashu pork had just a hint of fat which fit well with the seaweed and spinach. Everything about the bowl, the noodles, the rich broth, the veggies, the pork – spot on. I just wish they were closer to my home so I could enjoy their offerings more.

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Ramen from Mizu Ramen

Mizu Ramen is located at Cartlandia in SE Portland which offers covered seating and a bar for you to enjoy your meals out of the rain and cold. Open daily for lunch and dinner, they have a great menu for everyone. Drop on by and let them know Food Carts Portland sent ya.

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Facebook: Mizu Ramen

In & Out Kitchen – Vietnamese

Vietnamese food cart portland

In & Out Kitchen

Location: SE 82nd and Harney, Cartlandia
Hours: Weekdays and weekends, lunch and dinner

The Story: Need a pick me up that is super tasty and healthy? Try some beef pho from In & Out Kitchen. In & Out Kitchen features Vietnamese specialties from their food cart at the Cartlandia food cart pod in SE Portland. A menu focusing on pho, banh mi sandwiches, dumplings, fried rice and more.

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Pho from In & Out Kitchen

Phone: 971-998-3703

La Camel

Moroccan food cart Portland

La Camel

Location: SE 82nd at Cartlandia
Hours: Check Facebook for updates

The Story: Ever eaten at a Moroccan restaurant? Sitting on pillows on the floor with friends and a huge spread of deliciousness. Now Portlanders can experience that from a food cart – La Camel.

La Camel opened last year in a cart that had seen many vendors over the years. Karim Baziou grew up in Morocco working in the family catering business and coffee shop. He continued to call the culinary industry his home when he came to the U.S. with roles ranging from chef to manager to caterer. His memories of the diverse North African influence that makes Moroccan cuisine so famous and delicious drove him to launch the cart.

La Camel offers an impressive menu and if you don’t necessarily know what a dish is, Karim has photos. Moroccan Couscous –  vegetarian or with marinated chicken. A Moroccan lamb sandwich with roasted peppers on a french roll. Seafood Paella and even a Casablanca Cheese Steak Sandwich with lamb. So many options, how does one chose. I lucked out. While trying to decide, a fellow eater definitively ordered the Moroccan Kefta Tajine. Sold! When someone else is laser focused on a dish, it must be good. Moroccan seasoned kefta (seasoned beef meatballs) in a rich tomato sauce with fresh chopped white onion, olives and topped with two fried eggs, cheese crumbles and chopped parsley. The dish is served with a fresh baked garlic french roll. Each bite blew me away. I don’t have the words to describe the breadth of flavors – salty, crisp, garlicky, creamy. Mixing in the egg with a bit of garlic bread and sauce sent me over the edge. One of the best meals from a food cart I’ve had the pleasure to enjoy.

Moroccan food cart Portland

Moroccan Kefta Tagine

When I look over the menu, I begin to crave each dish and can’t wait for the opportunity to return and try each and every one. La Camel is located on SW 9th between Alder and Washington and Karim opens daily for lunch. Next time you’re in a rut and want to experience some great new dishes, check them out and let them know Food Carts Portland sent ya.

Sample Menu (full menu on website)

  • Vegetarian Spanish Paella – saffron rice, smoked paprika, green beans, white beans and peas in a white wine sauce – $8
  • Chicken Spanish Paella – $9
  • Moroccan Couscous Beet Salad – $7.75
  • Moroccan Kefta Tajine – $8.75
  • Moroccan Lamb Sandwich – $8.75
  • Warm Chicken Salad – $8.75

Website: LaCamel.com

Ooh, Pasta

Ooh, Pasta

Ooh, Pasta

Location: SE 82nd and Harney – Cartlandia
Hours: Mon-Sat, 11am-8pm

The Story: Out east, at the Ala Carts food pod on SE 102nd and Stark (This vendor moved to Cartlandia in 2014), some vendors who have called the place home since 2010. This summer, new vendors arrived and one in particular is staking their claim. Ooh, Pasta offers up not just traditional pasta dishes, they put a twist into it.

As you walk up to the cart, you’re presented by a large placard with photos of the amazing dishes this vendor sells. Photos sell food, trust me. King and Tony welcomed me with bright smiles on one of those last days of summer a week ago. Tony, the chef behind the tasty array of dishes, had been cooking mostly Thai during his career. Yet his love of food and cooking brought him to combine his experience with different cultures’ cuisines and blend them together. A pasta fusion, one could say. One example is Noodles Gone Nuts with Italian noodles and a Thai Peanut sauce. East meets west.

Wooing Asparagus Carbonara

Wooing Asparagus Carbonara

There are specific meats and vegetables that will draw me to a dish and blind me to others. In summer, it is asparagus. I simply love it and want to enjoy it with nearly every meal. At Ooh, Pasta, Wooing Asparagus Carbonara popped out. All I really saw was asparagus and a picture of a pasta dish. Penne in a heavy cream with chopped asparagus, parsley, black pepper, bacon and chicken made to order came out piping hot mouth watering smells. I stabbed at the pasta, picked up a bit of asparagus and parsley and never looked back. Cheezy, creamy, savory and fresh. A rather large portion, I was able to enjoy it later in the day with a glass of wine and some football.

I’m excited to see the vendors out there succeed even with the harsh winters they get. Unlike closer in eastside or downtown, that location gets the stronger east wind that just batters eaters and vendors alike. Good on ya all for your efforts. Ooh, Pasta is a great addition to the lot. If you’re looking for a great pasta dish, look no further. Let them know Food Carts Portland sent ya.

Sample Menu:

  • Flirting Clam Linguini – fresh tomatoes, white onion, parsley, white wine, baby clams, garlic sauce – $7
  • Noodles Gone Nuts – broccoli, carrots, white onion, red and green pepper, linguini in Thai Peanut Sauce – $7
  • Wooing Asparagus Carbonara – $7
  • Bashful Basil Primavera – red and green bell peppers, asparagus, tomatoes, basil, in Thai creamy sauce w/ chicken – $7

Phone: 503 919 1449
Ooh, Pasta

The Good and Evil Wrap Co.

Good and Evil Wraps

Good and Evil Wraps

Location: SE 82nd and Harney
Hours: Tues-Sun, 11:30am-8pm

The Story: There is good and there is evil, but when it comes to food, everyone has their own interpretations. Some think bacon is good, while others believe it is evil. For the record, if bacon is on a BLT, I believe it is good.

At Good and Evil Wraps, if you peruse the menu, they define in the general sense as good = healthier while evil = well, living on the wild side. Tim Gerald opened the cart earlier this year at Cartlandia down off the Springwater Corridor. That lot continues to grow and evolve with new vendors coming in weekly to mix up the food options. Having spent 14 years in the restaurant industry, Tim decided the truck was his next step.

Perusing the menu is honestly a challenge. I want to eat healthier, so looking at the options  on the ‘good’ side with kale, cucumbers, tofu, carrots, tempeh and all kinds of other fresh vegetables, I knew I was in the right place. Yet, when I glance over to the ‘evil’ side, my mouth begins to water. Pepper Jack Steak Wrap with flat iron steak; Fat Boy Wrap with steak, bacon, fries and veggies. Alas, the angel over my left shoulder instructed me to pick the Detox Wrap on the good side. Kale, spinach, daikon radish, cucumbers, carrots, onions, tomatoes, green bell peppers, cilantro and goat cheese drizzled with mandarin citrus vinaigrette. All that, all those amazing fresh flavors mixed together and wrapped in a spinach tortilla. Every bite felt like I was sitting in a large garden picking fresh vegetables and plopping them in my mouth. The bitter greens complimented the acidity of the tomato and coolness of the cuke. One good wrap.

Good and Evil Wraps is open Tuesday-Sunday, from 11:30-8pm and often offers daily specials. They offer kid options, so make it a family affair. Drop on by for something good or evil and let them know Food Carts Portland sent ya.

Sample Menu:
  • Detox Wrap – $7
  • Avocado Tempeh Wrap: tempeh, avocado, tomatoes, cucumber, onions, romaine, lettuce, spinach, goat cheese – $7
  • Chicken Wrap: chicken, avocado, tomatoes, onions, cucumbers, goat cheese, dried cranberries, sweet dijon vinaigrette – $7.75
  • Curried Quinoa Wrap: tofu, quinoa, kale, tomatoes, onion, daikon radish, cilantro, carrots, red curry lime sauce – $7.50
  • Fat Boy Wrap: steak, bacon, french fries, tomatoes, onions, bell peppers, cheddar jack, special sauce – $7.50
  • Pepper Jack Steak Wrap: flat iron steak, pepper jack cheese, bacon, sauteed onions and bell peppers, tomatoes, romaine and pepper jack cheese – $7.50

Phone: (503) 707-4695
Website: GoodandEvilWraps.com
Facebook: Good and Evil Wraps
Twitter: @GoodandEvilWrap