Date: December 31, 2007
Times Visited: 2
The draw of the Fat Kitty Falafel stand is both the freshly made falafel wrap and it’s fascinating proprietor. Even for this horribly shy reviewer, talking to him is infectious, as he scoops, fries and wraps your meal. Al Herre, aka Mr. Fat Kitty, is a man who knows his falafel, and Portland. He’ll talk about life and you’ll listen, and encourage him, and then decide if you want vegan cilantro tahini and hot sauce. He’s no longer making the standard vegan tahini, but if he gets more vegan traffic who hate tahini, hope’s on our side. I went with hot sauce, which was nicely tangy, and not unbearable as I’d feared. I went home after a couple of bites, and whipped up some basic tahini dressing (tahini, lemon juice, water, sea salt) and the wrap improved.
As for the falafel itself, it’s not the best, but not the worst I’ve ever had. Honestly, it was better than one might anticipate. Major points for crispiness, and good points for flavor. At an easy $5 and paired with natural sodas and enjoyable conversation that I could get used to, it’s another point for Portland’s food carts.
Find Fat Kitty on SE Division St. in front of Mirador Community Store, which you should be supporting anyway. During the spring and summer, it can also be found at the Eastbank Farmer’s Market and the Milwaukie Farmer’s Market. There’s still talk of a permanent location, but for now it’s truly on the go.
Rating: 3.75 out of 5
Address: 2016 SE Division St (cross-street SE 21st Ave), in front of Mirador Community Store