Follow the scent of grilled meats to Ali Baba’s Turkish Kitchen & Kebabs perched in a bright red, retro-stylish, Radio Flyer trailer amongst Portland’s Alder Street food cart congregation.
Case and I shared a lamb kebab served over salad. The takeaway container is piled with roughly chopped salad, which is mostly forgettable — the pieces of lettuce and onion were dried out, and the sliced tomato mushy. The tiny chunks of lamb kebabs, unappealingly shaped as they were, however, tasted nicely grilled and gently spiced. Too bad the texture was tough and dry.
For $8, including tips, Ali Baba’s is the very definition of street food — cheap and quick. However flavourful the lamb kebabs were, the overall dish does little to entice us to return.
Perfect for: a trip to Turkey in a bright red Radio Flyer.