Monday, May 26, 2014

Sabrosa Barbosa

Sabrosa Barbosa is located on SW Alder, between 9th and 10th Avenue, in downtown Portland, Oregon.

Silvia Barbosa and Matt Knight opened this cart late last year. I had mentioned having green chile bowls in Colorado, and they noted living in Denver for a time before moving to Portland.

Here, the main entrees are chicken mole and green chile (chicken or pork). The menu is 100% gluten free. The dinners include Peruvian beans, Spanish rice, and two corn tortillas. Other dinner plates include quesadillas or Peruvian bean nachos. For people with smaller appetites, there's a "Value Menu" featuring many of the same items.

After trying a sample of both the mole and green chile, I was impressed with the consistency and spice of the mole, and even happier with the green chile.

Chicken green chile; Chicken mole

I was very interested in a recent menu item added to the menu: 16 oz. "Protein Bowls" with chicken mole, chicken/pork green chile, or both. The protein is topped with Peruvian beans, white onions, tomatoes, cilantro, avocado, and queso fresco. Meat bowls are $7.75 and vegan bowls are $7. You can still add Spanish rice for no charge, or add Peruvian refried beans for $1 more.

Chicken green chile was on the menu this day. I got my protein bowl with a bit of Spanish rice (to try for panda science).

16 oz. Protein Bowl (Chicken Green Chile)

Although the green chile has just jalapenos and serranos, it surprisingly packed a good punch and had great flavor. The panda was breaking a sweat while finishing the bowl. That's always a good thing in my book.

Very good Spanish rice. The rice and beans made the dish a lot more filling. Of course, it just had to be my second lunch of the day. Panda logic.

I had read a couple articles where people noted the green chile was too spicy for them. I can see why. It's a dish that chileheads would crave a lot of.

I also love the protein bowl because it places their signature item (the mole or the green chile) as the star. While it goes well with the rice and other toppings, I love it when I get a lot of the protein and not as much of the filler.

A great cart in a prime downtown spot. I hope my friends check it out! 8.5/10

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