Jojo's distinctive light blue food cart developed a substantial following while anchored in the parking lot of a carwash, a half block north of Tacoma Street on S.E. 17th in Sellwood, where it opened in October of 2018. But now, its Sellwood and Westmoreland customers are going to have to do some driving to dine there.
Deciding to relocate to someplace "offering more space and easier access", owner Juistin Hintze has moved his food truck to the permanent Food Cart Pod in the new mall being developed at S.E. 35th and Powell Boulevard – the former site of The Original Taco House.
Hintze developed the business based on what he describes as his personal delight in "creating the most delicious version of thick, fried potato wedges I could think of." He considers his truck as mainly a sandwich cart, with a menu of fried chicken sandwiches, burgers, sides, & his own crunchy double-fried jojo's.
By summer of this year, his was rated as one of the ten best food carts in Portland, according to a local newspaper poll. At his new location on Powell Boulevard, he has joined a select group of food cart operators where he and a fulltime employee can spend their time "creating fast food delicacies customized with bacon, ranch, and hot sauce dressings." They share five picnic tables with another nearby food cart.
Hintze, a Brooklyn man, is a self-taught 'hobby cook'. "I tried out recipes online until I developed crunchy ones that I really liked," he tells THE BEE. He also makes his own pickles. "So far, the southern Fried Chicken Sandwich is the favorite order," he notes. "It's a boneless, skin-on chicken thigh, smoked and then fried, served with coleslaw, house pickles, and jojo fry sauce. We also have a beef 'smash burger' with a real crisp crust. We have a diverse menu, and a lot of people come in for our specials."
Jojo's is open Sunday through Thursday 11-7 p.m., and Friday and Saturday 11-8 p.m. "But we're closed when the outdoor temps go over 90 degrees," Hintze demurs, "because it's usually 10-15 degrees hotter inside, when you're cooking!"
For more info, phone 503/309-4768, or go online – www.jojopdx.com
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