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jennifer.dethomas Sep 25, 2006 08:10 PM

Hi all, I recently moved here and am a little puzzled by all the seemingly legitimate restaurants that are housed in old camping trailers. Example, Tour de Crepes on Alberta, where we enjoyed some pretty good chow. Anybody have any insight or recommendations on these new fangled roach coaches?

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    Leonardo Sep 29, 2006 11:41 PM

    Fave downtown PDX carts would be India Chaat House (veg), 12th & Yamhill and No Fish Go Fish.

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      pdxeater Sep 29, 2006 11:31 PM

      oh and look up the Willamette Week's cheap eats guide online - they usually list some of the food carts there.

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        pdxeater Sep 29, 2006 11:29 PM

        Sounds like you're a Portlander since you mention Alberta - so many of these Seattle recs won't really help ya! The secret in Portland - especially in downtown - is that some of the best most affordable food comes out of these carts. Many folks start a cart business and later open a restaurant. Downtown, the cart owners do not have as high overhead costs as restaurant owners (rent!), so what you may pay $7-9 for in a walk-in restaurant, you can get the same (if not better) for $5 or less at a walk-up cart. There is a whole row of them downtown on SW 5th - I forget the cross street, but if you head north on 5th, they are past Washington, but before Burnside. You can find almost any type of food you could think of in this one block strip - from Russian to Mexican to Thai to sausages! My favorite is the No Fish Go Fish cart kitty corner to Pioneer Place mall - $5 for a soup (3 different kinds everyday) and 2 "fish" sandwiches (cornmeal fish-shaped filled sandwiches) - the cart guy, John is awesome! (check out their website www.nofishgofish.com - they list the soup menu for the week, so you can decide what day to go!).

        1. seattledebs Sep 27, 2006 11:29 PM

          By the way, I'm still new to taco trucks, so don't take this recommendation as a comparison to lots of others... but I had a couple of really delicious chicken tacos at the taco truck near the Columbia City Farmers' Market last Wednesday. It's right on Rainier in the parking lot, just down from the market. Nice flavor and spices. Tortillas weren't homemade, but I don't know if taco trucks often have homemade tortillas or not.

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            fnarf Sep 27, 2006 10:29 PM

            As mr. nelso points out, mobility is a large factor, but so is the cost and availability of commercial real estate.

            For my money the explosion in taco trucks (we saw at least a dozen last weekend driving up 99 from Seattle to Everett) is the best thing to happen to the Northwest since the Space Needle. I wish one would open up in the parking lot here where I work. If they put every "family style" oceans-o-cheese Mexican sit-down place out of business, I won't miss them. Gimme a dollar taco any day; it's the perfect food. Mmmm, carnitas!

            By the way, a taco truck, being mobile, and usually parked way out in the middle of a field of asphalt, is much, much less likely to be roach-infested than even the most stylish fixed restaurant. Greasy, maybe, but no roaches.

            1. extramsg Sep 26, 2006 06:15 AM

              You may be more talking about stepped up roach coaches, but here's a great place to start:

              http://www.speakeasy.org/~aeschright/...

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                Walters Sep 25, 2006 10:01 PM

                Jennifer, Puget Sound as a multitude of Taco Trucks, many worth seeking out. The one between Burien and White Center is a converted school bus. (So you can eat inside on rainy days.)
                Taco Trucks make great "First Date" destinations. If you can find compatibility in a Taco Truck, you've found Chowhound-mate potential.

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                  mr.nelso Sep 25, 2006 08:25 PM

                  "Taco Trucks" are mostly a Western thing, I think. They are mobile, so they can follow migrant workers to where the next crop will be picked. Often, they take root and stay a few years. The food is usually cheap, authentic, and often good, though they are a mixed lot, to be sure. A reasonable approach is to try them out. They do have names, as a rule, and fall under the same regulations as other restaurants, so you can look up their health-department history, just as you would other restaurants.
                  You may strike gold here...

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