Despite being a “Portland foodie,” I tend to avoid food carts at all costs and usually only make the effort to eat at a place once they have graduated to a brick and mortar location. Such was the case with Cuban joint El Cubo de Cuba.
Previously, my go-to Cuban spot was Pambiche. I do, however, appreciate ECDC’s casual dining experience and will definitely be back. We tried the mojo pork, ropa vieja, and the Cuban sandwich. The Cuban sandwich was as close as I have found in PDX to the ones in Tampa, FL, which I consider authentic. Most Portland joints don’t use the right bread, or use pork belly, or take similarly stupid “creative liberties.”
All entrées come with a side of your choice so I was also able to sample the tostones (fried crispy, savory plantains), maduros (fried ripe, sweet plantains), and sweet potato tots; they were all delish!
Loved: their cortaditos and the tagged walls from a surprising number of out-of-towners.