Every time I walk out of my office building I'm faced with the overwhelming number of food carts at the 10th & Alder pod. One of the carts is pretty adorable and always catches my eye, so I finally decided to give it a whirl.
Authentic Georgian street food? Hocked by a super cute caricature of a little Georgian girl? SOLD. I hadn't had Georgian food since high school, so I was pretty happy to revisit this cuisine after so many years.
They have a good sized menu for a street cart, but typical of other Georgian food I've had it's pretty bread heavy.
I decided to go with the Supra Plate ($8.00) because I couldn't decide what I wanted, it seemed like the best option was to go with the one that features everything on the menu.
Can you believe how cute the takeout container is?
Here's everything waiting to be sampled.
I started with the khinkali. Khinkali are large soup dumplings. You eat them with your hands, holding them by the "stem". They were really, really good and filled with pork and beef. I will definitely return for an order of khinkali on a cold rainy day.
The Village Salad was really good, but in my opinion had about six times the amount of dressing that it needed. A am always a fan of a tomato and cucumber salad, but the garlic dressing was just too overpowering, a little definitely goes a long way.
The lobiani is probably really, really good (caramelized onions and beans stuffed into bread) but I'm not really a fan of beans, and with so much food to try, I gave it a nibble and moved on to the other items.
The khachapuri was delicious. It was like a grilled cheese sandwich but better. Kargi Gogo markets it as "perhaps the best cheese bread in the world". It doesn't remind me at all of any kind of cheesy bread I've ever had, but it is definitely something worth trying, and I far prefer it to anything offered at the neighboring Grilled Cheese Grill cart.
I had never heard of badrijani before visiting Kargi GOGO. It was delicious grilled eggplant wrapped around a garlic/walnut paste, garnished with pomegranate seeds. It was very rich, and very garlicky, but also great and super unique.
If you'd like to check out Kargi Gogo for yourself, their website is www.kargigogo.com. They're located at the food cart pod at 10th & Alder, facing the Pittock Building on SW Washington Street and are open Mon-Sat from 11:00am - 4:00pm.
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