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KOIN’s Cart of the Week: MF Tasty

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Spanish-Mexican flavors

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — The MF Tasty food truck in North Portland serves a unique menu inspired by Spanish-Mexican flavors.

Eric Gitenstein opened the cart four years ago, originally located on NE Mississippi Avenue. He moved into a spot on N Williams Avenue where he is the only cart on the lot.

There is also ample outdoor seating and a shipping container turned into covered seating for rainy days.

Gitenstein moved from Arizona to Portland after working in the restaurant industry for over a decade. He moved with hopes of working with food and decided to open the cart.

“I really miss the Spanish-Mexican flavor profiles you find in Arizona, and I don’t find them to be as predominant up here, and the fact that I lived there for 20 years and cooked there professionally for about 10, I would say makes me a good candidate to kind of, you know, cook from the heart, and do what I do best, and create these dishes off memories,” he said.

The cart is not located in a pod, something Gitenstein said makes it feel more like a restaurant. He loves being a part of the food cart family and doesn’t have any immediate plans for expansion.

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