Garden State’s Gone North

The sun was shining and the chickpea patties were frying this afternoon at the new Garden State food cart in North Mississippi Avenue’s Mississippi Marketplace cart cluster.
Cozily ensconced in the bright silver cart, which is neighbored by Native Bowl and The Big Egg, Owner Kevin Sandri and crew were serving up Garden State‘s delicious meatball heros, fried calamari with Calabrian chiles, poached cod sandwiches, arancine, chickpea fries, and my favorite, the chickpea sandwich–a slightly crisped, golden fried garbanzo bean patty layered with slices of roasted butternut squash and lettuce and served on a fresh ciabatta roll.

“It’s not often you find a poached cod sandwich on Mississippi,” another patron mused aloud as he surveyed the simple menu, which is written on the front of the cart in black and red marker. “Or anywhere, for that matter,” he added.

“Garden State North,” as Foursquare dubbed it when I checked in, will now be open Wednesdays through Sundays from 11am – 4pm. The opening date of Garden State’s Sellwood cart is slightly less certain. Kevin explained that due to the loss of the chef he’d hired to man the Sellwood location, it would be a couple more weeks until he could find a replacement and open. So if your dream has always been to make tasty chickpea sandwiches and meatball heroes in a cart in Sellwood, you should get in touch with him.

Just down the way, I caught sight of more good Mississippi Marketplace cheer, as the pretty little chalkboard tacked onto the side of The Sugar Cube declared opening day to be March 3.

If you’ve been following owner/sugar vixen Kir Jensen on Twitter (@thesugarCube), then you are probably already salivating over her promises of passion fruit panna cotta finished with crackly creme brulee-style sugar crusts and triple threat ice cream sandwich cookies drizzled with drippy salted caramel.
It’s going to be a scrumptious Spring indeed.