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Eight carts fill the pod with a variety of cuisine on First Street and are increasing in popularity

SUSAN BRANNON - Bite of Newberg has a full selection of food carts serving a variety of cuisines. Victoria Huerta flips a tortilla in her new bus converted into a kitchen.

The Bite of Newberg food cart pod is expanding.

First opened in August, the culinary destination now features eight businesses arranged in a semi-circle on a paved lot at 910 E. First St. The businesses sit around wooden picnic tables below an awning that sports two propane heaters to keep customers warm while dining during the winter months.

The pod originally opened last summer with two tenants: Bangkok Noi Thai, owned by the wife of the pod's founder, Rick Condon, and Wiki Wiki Weenie, which is no longer in business at that location.

"Originally I did it so my wife would have a place to park her food cart and found it was easier to create a pod and it would be easier for everyone to have the carts in one place," Condon said. "I think that place will be hopping in summer; everyone is going to have a hard time finding a place to sit."

He added that he is considering adding music to the mix come next summer: "We've talked about closing off the gate and have small local bands come out and play."

Rolling Table set up shop in the pod in January. Owner Kristopher Thornhill serves gluten-free brown rice bowls with sautéed vegetables and a choice of chicken sausage, pork belly or tofu. The cart is open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday. For more information, call 360-525-7606.

Bobablastic arrived to the pod in December, is owned by Tam Nguyen and specializes in poke.

"Poke is a bowl based with either rice or salad with a lot of Japanese ingredients," Nguyen said. "The protein is either raw tuna or if someone cannot handle raw food we have tofu as another option."

Bobablastic's hours are from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Sunday. For more information, call Nguyen at 503-442-6420.

The Gift planted its cart in the pod in December. Owner Kermit Nagode described the business as a choose-your–own-topping-juicy-burger-type-joint that also serves sausage hotdogs and Cubano sandwiches.

Hours are from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday. For more information, call Nagode at 503-709-7501.

Auggies Creps n' More is owned by Kelly Piscitelli and has been operating at the Bite of Newberg since October.

"I love to do crapes and I used to do them for my family for years," she said, adding that business could be better. "I know that it is winter and we're new. I'll sign up for six more months at the pod and see how we do."

They serve sweet French, powdered sugar, Nutella, fruit, bacon, banana honey, caprice style, ham and Swiss and build-your-own crepes.

For dessert Auggies has Tillamook ice-cream, root-beer floats and Italian sodas. They are open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. For more information, call 971-261-7874.

Gyro Delicious is owned by Lili Skobeleva and Alex Pechenyuk and they set up shop in February. On their plate is lamb, chicken and veggie Gyros, as well as lamb or chicken shawarmas, Greek salads, hummus and chicken salad.

"It's been a bit slow because of the weather, of course," Pechenyuk said. "I always enjoy when people come out and really enjoy the food and they tell others and they come by and tell me that they were told that we have the best gyros."

Their hours are noon to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday and Sundays. For more information, call 971-401-5194.

La Victoria opened in November and the venture has become a family affair for Victoria Huerta, her children and some friends. The eatery offers a collection of Mexican food, from tamales and enchiladas to tortas, tacos, burritos, empanadas and picaditas.

They are open from 11 .m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday. For more information, call 503-899-5040.

Bangkok Noi Thai offers pad sweet and sour, peanut noodle chicken; small bites with chicken, vegetarian and coconut prawns; fried tofu; traditional rice plates and other Thai cuisine. They are open from 11 a.m. Monday through Friday.

For more information, call 503-726-6067.

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