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Vote: CH Cart Picks for PDX - Fall 2013

jlunar Sep 7, 2013 10:46 AM

Hey Portland CH'ers!

My last trip was a blast ( http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/903488 ) and I'm back in town to do some research for a book (!!!). On the Toronto board, we've done a round up of our top 10 by calling out our top 3 and tallying up the votes:

2013: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/888815
2012: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/827413
2011: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/759710

Now, I wanted to do something similar (way less formal, more of a snapshot) for Portland's food carts.

For my research, it's so that I get some corroboration that my current list of carts isn't missing something and more to the point, are there carts that I should take a better look at? Nong's, PDX671, Tiffin Asha, Viking Soul Food, Fish Box, Dosirak, Eurotrash, and Cacklacks are among my short-list right now, though the entire list is at 60.

If you're interested, list your top picks (up to three) below. Voting closes on Friday, September 13, 2013 at 11:59 PM PST. I'll tally up and share the results on Saturday morning!

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    Leonardo RE: jlunar Sep 7, 2013 12:47 PM

    Give Pizza A Chance
    Cargi Gogo
    Okinoshima

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      jlunar RE: Leonardo Sep 9, 2013 04:42 PM

      Just had Cargi Gogo today (awesome). And I can't wait to try Okinoshima.

      What's your pick at Give Pizza A Chance?

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        Leonardo RE: jlunar Sep 9, 2013 10:11 PM

        GPAC: Margarita.

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          jlunar RE: Leonardo Sep 10, 2013 07:12 PM

          Noted and thanks!!

    2. JillO RE: jlunar Sep 9, 2013 11:35 AM

      If you eat breakfast, these are a great top 3 carts for breakfast (in order of my preference):

      The Egg Carton
      Yolk
      Fried Egg I'm in Love

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        jlunar RE: JillO Sep 9, 2013 04:41 PM

        Oooh. I don't have Fried Egg on my list! Thank you!

      2. grayelf RE: jlunar Sep 11, 2013 10:04 AM

        We haven't had the best luck with carts on our five trips to Portland in the last year and a half. Would go back to Guero and to PDX671 though.

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          jlunar RE: grayelf Sep 11, 2013 10:36 AM

          Thanks grayelf! Been hearing good things about both and look forward to them!

        2. jonoropeza RE: jlunar Sep 13, 2013 05:18 PM

          Viking Soul
          Built To Grill
          People's Pig
          Fuego de Lotus

          It's a tough question... many of my favorite carts are my favorite carts because of the people who run them and the comfort aspect of having had the same good food over and over again... feel that way about a lot of the carts at the 10th and Alder spot especially: Altengartz, Mai Pho, Frying Scotsman, Samauri, 808 Grindz... some of my favorite carts, but none of them make a dish that's going to necessarily blow a visitor away or make you feel like "Wow! That was an amazing meal!", know what I mean?

          I like the idea of a list, but I think you might have a better time if you hit some pods and just let your nose guide you...

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            Leonardo RE: jonoropeza Sep 13, 2013 05:39 PM

            Totally agree about Mai Pho on that count. Samurai used to be a lot better.

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              jonoropeza RE: Leonardo Sep 13, 2013 05:50 PM

              Yeah, I noticed that about Samauri. They haven't had Takoyaki lately either... always liked to take an order of their Takoyaki down to Bailey's Taproom for a late afternoon snack-n-drink.

          2. jlunar RE: jlunar Sep 14, 2013 12:14 PM

            So since there were only a few voters, top picks that got more than one vote (I voted too) are:

            - Cargi Gogo
            - Guero
            - The Egg Carton

            Everything else (1 vote):

            - Built To Grill
            - Fried Egg I'm in Love
            - Give Pizza A Chance
            - Okinoshima
            - PDX671
            - People's Pig
            - Viking Soul
            - Yolk

            - Fuego de Lotus (I think this is no longer a cart?)

            And there you are! I voted for the top three - so ultimately, I guess I was the swing vote! Still need to try quite a few of these, but a good chunk are coming up in the next couple days.

            There's always a difference between what you eat because it's convenient (primary factor) and good. Or what you eat because it's just good (and everything else is secondary). Comes into play when you're recommending a place to out-of-towners, so I appreciate the distinction!

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