Sometimes in life, you make an unintended turn onto a street and you end up in food cart heaven. It happened to me!
It was a sunny day in October and I was too lazy to pack a lunch so I thought it was a perfect time to check out a Mexican food cart that I’ve been meaning to go to just off SE 50th and Division Street. Then it happened. I couldn’t find rock star parking anywhere near the cart so I veered off the main road meaning to turn around and circle back. That is, until I saw a whole parking lot full of other ones that I could go to instead. This food cart area is called A la Carts Food Pavillion and The Off the Griddle cart is one of the first to greet you as you enter this pod. I give props to any cart that exclusively serves vegetarian/vegan friendly food. I never have to worry about my fries tasting like the fish or chicken that has also been fried in the same oil. All their burgers looked appetizing to me but I decided to try the regular OTG (Off the griddle) burger made with leeks, mushrooms and wild/brown rice. It is also served with fried onions, lettuce and tomato and I added cheese to it for an extra 50 cents (vegan cheese also avail). The menu also had something called a Veggie Volt which is a Yukon gold potato spiraled out and skewered on a bamboo stick then fried to golden perfection. I had to buy one of those too
Let me just say this was one of the most satisfying lunch meals I’ve ever eaten. The flavor of the burger was spot on and the fried onions were a nice addition sandwiched between Dave’s Killer Bread. The veggie volt was also delicious and fun to eat. Each spiral was easily pulled off into a chip sized portion and was nicely fried but not too greasy at all. Seriously good food here. Did I mention they do this all in a solar-powered cart? They rock.
This pod has a covered tent area with propane heaters for the winter! Yippee!!!
Location: 50th and Division (4926 SE Division St) Call in your order: 503.989.3908
Cost: Burger $5.50 (cheese additional .50 cents)/ Veggie Volt $2.50