PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Brandon Stevens is determined to bring gumbo to the masses at an affordable price.
He opened his cart Mumbo Gumbo in Westmoreland in February to rave reviews. He says the unique dish is underserved in this area.
The Creole dish can also be expensive due to ingredients like shrimp. But serving from a food cart allows Brandon to keep the cost lower.
“It keeps my overhead low, it keeps me minimal labor, so that now I can offer my food for an affordable price and people can get the value for their money.”
He makes the gumbo from scratch from a family recipe. Each order is customizable and he even makes a vegan dish.
The cart is gaining popularity in Westmoreland, where it sits in a small pod known as the Smile Pod. Brandon says the neighborhood is getting more foot traffic as new condos are being built.
He’s happy with the response from customers so far.
“A lot of people in Portland are not real familiar with Gumbo. It took them a while to catch on. I was slow the first month, two months,” he said. After that, it took off.
Mumbo Gumbo is open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.