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Nov 2, 2012 08:02 AM

Kesone brings Lao food to Cartlandia

Seems they reopened in this pod on Halloween, though the word Fusion in the name makes me a bit nervous :-). I remember their nam khao with fondness from our first eating trip to Portland in March. Looks like there are a couple of other carts here that do Thai food so here's hoping the Lao offerings set them apart.

We haven't eaten at Cartlandia but it's on the radar for our next visit, what with the heated and covered seating area and indoor loos. If anyone checks out the new digs, I'd love to hear about it.

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  1. Thanks for the hint. You know more about PDX food than most of us. And you're 300 miles away! I'll check it out. Too bad about the restaurant closing though. It was near my house. Cartlandia is so far out there.

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    1. re: Leonardo

      I was thinking that it seemed like a bit of a schlep but I'm not that familiar with Portland geog (working on it!). Does anyone like other carts at that pod? Might be nice to have multiple targets if it's far to go...

      As for knowing about the food, it's more knowing where things are and so on from researching like a crazed weasel before arriving. We've barely scratched the surface, which is why I'm already thinking about our next visit :-).

      1. re: grayelf

        I had a good lloroco pupusa at Cartlandia, but I think the ones at the Cocina de Chepe cart (Se 101st and Stark - a small but good pod) are better. In fact, I think Cocina de Chepe is a great cart that is worth a visit on its own - great pupusas and great plantain empanadas (filled with a sweet vanilla cream), wonderful pineapple/fruit/greens agua fresca (some pics here: The Antojitos Yucateco cart in that pod is also worth the stop. You have great Indian food where you are, so Shalimar might not be worth it for you, but it is a find for Portlanders.

        I haven't found much worth returning to Cartlandia for, sad to say...

        1. re: JillO

          That's too bad but I think still worth heading out there for some nam khao so all good :-). We finally got a good Salvadoran cart at home (no cream filled plantains alas) but CdeC sounds worthy and of course no good Yucatecan at home so AY on the list. I can't think of a single place besides Vij's that I'd eat Indian food at in Van so Shalimar could be a good bet.