Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Los Gorditos II: Vegan Taco Truck Action

So this past weekend I was hanging out with a couple local vegan food bloggers, who just happen to be dear friends, and we just happened to go to Los Gorditos II after completing some hard work* at Sweetpea.

Vegan Mulita - layers of corn tortilla and...stuff.

Los Gorditos II is an all-vegan cart that was opened this past fall by the sweet owners of Taqueria Los Gorditos on SE Division. The original has had an ample vegan menu in place for over a year and a half now, tried out vegan Sunday hours and flew with the business and community-wise idea with this new cart. You can get a glimpse of the large, extended menu here
They offer burritos, tacos, mulitas, tortas, nachos (ahhh!), enchiladas, bowls and more - and have tofu, Soyrizo, Follow Your Heart cheeze AND vegan sour cream.  You can easily make a vegan cheezy sauce at home any day, but addictively seasoned cheap beans and rice with vegan chorizo over nachos or in a bowl or burrito or tacos and dairy alternatives is too good to pass up.  

If you're veg*n in the Portland area, surely you've been to at least one of these carts.  Now go to both!  Again!  How are you not supporting the vegan taco truck within walking distance to the vegan mini mall??  Is it because their hours are 11am-5pm M-Sat?  Then go to the original, it's open till 8pmish!  What?  I'm a fan.  And it's silly but still fussworthy, because I honestly prefer the simple beans, rice and avocado dish for $4.50, though I'll indulge in the nachos if I'm really, really hungry.

Vegan Enchiladas - note: the soy cheeze doesn't melt on these.


Vegan Quesadilla.  The cheeze does melt in these.  This is what I ordered, it sure was melty. Devestatingly, I couldn't handle the immense soyrzio and fake cheeze heartburn so I'll stick to my beans, rice and avocado in the future.  Plus, I'm a crispy food fanatic so I don't know what I was thinking ordering something soft....

The only true downside was the watery tomatoes, we didn't eat those.  We also took a vegan torta to our friend, which is apparently the-item-to-try, but none of us were feeling toasted bread.

*hard work is obviously a mixture of school work, conversation and blogging.

33 comments:

Chelsea said...

I love this place! I got the enchiladas just this weekend with the tofu and follow your heart cheese and I have been craving more ever since. I decided I need to go to this place way more often. Have I mentioned how good the enchiladas were? Love it!

Meg Wolff said...

OMG! I wish we had one in our Portland. Instead of the ice cream truck driving by just before dinner!! What a hit that would be!

shelby said...

I've only recently gotten "into" mexican food (I despised it as a kid) so this looks heavenly!

veggievixen said...

ooooh yum. totally awesome food.

Veronica said...

Why am I not in Portland more often. That looks fantastic! I have the flu and even that looks tasty.

nzlndr00 said...

jess you are too cute. however, next time you go here you have to tell me because as you may remember the last two times i have tried to get some of their yummy food, i have failed. and i personally love the quesadilla but have been told to try the burrito with soyrizo. oh yeah!

Chris @ Beyond Ramen said...

You are so lucky to have stands like this in Portland; maybe I should be living there instead of in cold-as-all-hell Massachusetts! I have yet to try a tasty vegan scramble, something I consider a real travesty :P

DJ Karma said...

What a wonderful world it would be to have access to vegan food like that all the time! Jealous!!!

Mihl said...

Oh wow! Please bring that cart to Germany!

Vegan On Stage said...

seriosuly is there anythng better than mexican food thats vegan>!!??!? ahhh heaven

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SweetpeaKatie said...

Dude the torta IS THE BEST! How can you not want toasted bread? It's the lovechild of a burrito and a sandwich. Two of the best food items on the planet. They stick something magical in there, i'm pretty sure. Get it with soy curls!

Erica said...

My first comment got screwed up... It said: I love mexican as much as the next person, but until these guys put a truck somewhere in N. Portland it's just too far to go 20 miles on bus/scooter for a taco, no matter how great.

This is why I haven't been.

Jen aka Jewbacca said...

i'm still trying to wrap my mind around a vegan taco cart.

sgcorrie said...

That is one sad tomato. Thanks for the heads up on location - I am one of those PDX vegans that has not visited either location - but I blame my lack of love for Mexican food.

jess (of Get Sconed!) said...

OMG SweetpeaKatie in the house.


Deanna - I'll let you know next time, for sure! I would say this Saturday but I have a tattoo appt. later and don't want to be gassy! hahahahahaha....

Hey Steff! I'm not a huge Mexican food fan either - probably why I opt for the beans, rice and avocado meal. You know, since I hate onions and cilantro me and Mexican food aren't exactly BFF.

panda with cookie said...

That last picture is killing me.

edible forest said...

wow I never try do enchilada or this kinds or food but I must try, look very great!

Melisser; the Urban Housewife said...

Ooh, I want to go there!

Anonymous said...

I just ate at Cafe Chow in NW Portland and had the most delicious marinated tofu sandwich. If you get the Mighty Aphrodite sandwich with marinated tofu on multigrain bread with dijon instead of the feta spread it's vegan and really delicious. I'm usually not a fan of marinated tofu and was hesitant at first, but this was really exceptional! I'm looking forward to going back and urge vegans to go and make their vegan-ness known. One of the chefs is vegan and is hoping that the cafe will expand their menu further to include more vegan options if the demand for them is clear. So this is our chance to be seen!

Please check it out, they're at 505 NW 14th [and no I have no affiliation with the restaurant]. I didn't try the fries, but they came recommended and sound like they're scrumptious... they're tossed with nutritional yeast and I'm definitely going to try some the next time I'm craving fried potatoes!

maggie said...

just had the torta today. amazing! and the tomato wasn't so bad really - maybe it's because we're getting closer to tomato season? the bread was fantastic.

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Bucket Trucks said...

Yum!!!! I'm not vegan, but I'll pretend to be when in Portland :) "Soyrizo" lmao. That just seems wrong!!! Food looks delish though!

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