I like one journalist's description of Portland street carts as a mini United Nations. The SW 10th and Alder pod is comprised of over 25 carts that wrap around the edges of the city blocks. This is a very global pod. Thai, Greek, Bosnian, Japanese, Chinese and Peruvian are lined up among sandwich buffets, a coffee cart, a grilled cheese and soup stand and more. As you can see, there are not enough meals in one day to try them all, but I will keep trying to find as many excuses as I can for second lunch, and early dinner.
I ordered a country pate sandwich with mustard and homemade cornichons from Addy's Sandwich Bar. I really like that all the website provides detailed information on food sourcing. I wasn't to impressed with the texture of the pate but I loved the cornichons and the mustard.
My Dad ordered this amazing spread from Ziba's Pitas. This is no bland pita, nothing that resembles cardboard here. This Bosnian fare is flavorful and complex. The red sauce is made of red peppers and eggplant.
For dessert we split a mango sticky rice from SomTum Gai Yang. This was just sweet enough to round out our meal. I hope to try the SomTum Gai Yang specialty dish soon. With the same name as the cart, SomTum Gai Yang is a green papaya salad.