Gonzo Falafel and Hummus – A Portland Food Cart Review

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 Update  – Jan 2013

The Gonzo Falafel and Hummus Food Cart www.iheartfalafel.com  is now located at 930 SE Oak St Portland , OR.

Gonzo is now situated directly in front of the Base Camp Brewing Company www.basecampbrewingco.com. This is a good move for Gonzo and it is a fantastic move for those of us who are fans of this Great Portland Food Cart!

Gonzo now has a great location  that gives you an indoor seating option (outdoors in the summer) and they have their full menu in place!

Now you can order your food from the Gonzo window, or you can go into the Base Camp Brewing Company, grab a seat, and order right off of the Gonzo menu and your food will be brought to your table!  Best of all, for those of you who are fans of good beer, you can enjoy your Gonzo cuisine with a terrific locally brewed beer!

My two favorite beers at Base Camp are the Belgian Sessions Ale and the S’More Stout.

If you have not been to Gonzo, check out our review below and –

GO TO THIS FOOD CART!

Below are some pictures from the new location

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Gonzo Falafel and Hummus – A Great Portland Food Cart

 

Update Monday November 19th

On The Gonzo Facebook page, Tal has been talking about the new location that the Gonzo Food Cart will be moving to. He has yet to announce exactly where this GR8 Food Cart will be moving to. `

Update November 1st

D Street Noshery – The Food Cart Pod that Gonzo was located at, is now closed.  As soon as Gonzo finds a new home, we will let you know!

 

Gonzo Falafel and Hummus – A Portland Food Cart Review – October 18, 2012

Go To This Food Cart!

Tal makes the Food Cart Magic Magic happen at Gonzo!  Gonzo serves Israeli Street Food. If you like Falafel and Hummus this food cart is for you!

  

Gonzo opened on May 5th 2012. I was lucky enough to be there on their Day One and I have seen the progressions and changes that this cart has gone through, including updates to both the cart and the menu.

Currently as of the date of this article ( October 18, 2012) Gonzo has returned to a more limited menu and they are looking for a new home for the cart. Once Gonzo finds a new home, it is expected that they will once again return to their larger menu.

Where

Gonzo is currently located at the D Street Noshery Food Cart Pod on 32nd and Division. Sadly, that Food Cart pod is going to become condos and it is shutting down at the end of October 2012. Consequently Gonzo is looking for a new home. Hopefully they will find one soon.

When 

Through the end of October 2012 Gonzo is open Wednesday through Sunday Noon – 8:00 PM.

Connect and Follow

Website – www.gonzopdx.com –  www.iheartfalafel.com

Facebook –www.facebook.com/GonzoPDX

Twitter  – www.twitter.com/gonzocartpdx

Pay 

Many Food Carts are, in my experience, cash only. Gonzo does take credit cards!

  

The Food!

Time for the best part!  Pictures and comments about what I actually ate.

FYI – I did not eat all of this at once. I visit the Food Carts I recommend, a number of times to look for consistency. It’s one thing to serve good food once, it is quite another to serve great food every time.

Gonzo Falafel and Hummus specializes in Israeli Street Food.

   

Current Limited Menu Oct 2012 

Gonzo’s current limited menu includes a Falafel sandwich and Sabich (an eggplant sandwich).

   

Gonzo’s Falafel Sandwich comes with the most delicious  fried garbanzo balls that you have ever had, hummus, middle eastern pickles, Israeli salad, tsug, amba, tahini and it is topped with french fries. it is topped with french fries because as Tal puts it – “That is how they do it on the streets of Tel Aviv.”

Tsug is a Yemeni hot sauce made from chili peppers, parsley, cilantro, garlic, and lemon juice. Amba is a tangy mango pickle sauce. Tahini is a rich creamy sauce made from ground sesame seeds, garlic, and lemon juice.

  

Eating a Gonzo Falafel sandwich is sheer delight. Layers and layers of flavors. Each bite a revelation.  my friend Blake liked his Gonzo Falafel Sandwich so much all he could do was smile and eat. Blake devoured his in moments!

  

Sabich is basically an eggplant sandwich on pita bread. I am not generally fond of eggplant, and I loved this! So good!  I am told that Sabich is pronounced Sah-bee. I knew what you were thinking!

Gonzo’s Sabich has sliced eggplant (fried to order), with a free range boiled egg, parsley, onion, hummus, Israeli salad, Middle Eastern pickles, tsug, amba, and tahini.

Gonzo’s Israeli salad has freshly chopped tomatoes, and cucumbers,  parsley, lemon juice and feta.

Tsug is a Yemeni hot sauce made from chili peppers, parsley, cilantro, garlic, and lemon juice. Amba is a tangy mango pickle sauce. Tahini is a rich creamy sauce made from ground sesame seeds, garlic, and lemon juice.

   

Gonzo Platters and Salads

Over the summer Gonzo (2012) had the most amazing platters. it is hoped that when they find and move to a new location that they will again bring these platters back. However we might have to wait till summer 2013.

  

The Hummus Platter is wonderful! The hummus is rich and the cumin lemon sauce that accompanies this dish is lends a summery brightness that is refreshing and balances the richness of both the hummus and the olive oil.

    

  

The Mediterranean Platter has four falafel balls on a plate with hummus, Israeli salad, Moroccan eggplant salad, tsug and an assortment of sauces.

I ate one of these platters and I was stuffed and it was so good that I wanted order another and eat myself into a food cart coma.

  

This delightful salad reminded me of the Shopska salads I enjoyed so much while I was in Bulgaria a few years ago. I love Feta and this salad just works.

That’s it,

I am Steven Shomler and I am a Fan of Great Food Carts.

 

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