KOIN’s Cart of the Week: Black Star Grill

Food

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Enoch Aggrey wanted to bring West African cuisine to Portland, and while studying at PSU, had an idea.

The idea eventually led to the birth of Black Star Grill, a food cart on SW 4th Avenue.

Aggrey originally wanted to package West African food to sell wholesale to stores but “it turns out that a lot of people don’t know what West African food is, people haven’t tasted it, so it wasn’t a good way to introduce people to the food,” he says.

Instead, he opened the cart in 2017, serving West African cuisine, which uses spices from around the world. 

“If you like Caribbean food, or South American, or Southern foods, it all has a lot of roots in West African cuisine. West African is a mash between Southern and Caribbean.” 

Eventually, he hopes to open brick-and-mortar, but enjoys being in the food cart business for now. The cart is situated in a diverse pod and he is friendly with other cart owners.

“Everybody comes here and asks us for our food and we go there and we trade food all the time. It’s kind of beautiful actually. One of the perks of working here,” he says. 

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