Want to Spice it up? Head to The DalleS
Story and photo by Kathy Watson
I was digging around in my bag for a larger tip for the guys at the Tadka Indian food cart on West Sixth in The Dalles.
“That’s okay, ma’am. Just give us your blessings,” the cook said, with a little tilt to his head.
Ah, but it’s me who’s blessed. The food cart pod of West Sixth is showing all the signs of a spicy food lover’s nirvana, carts bursting with Thai, Vietnamese, Mexican, a second Indian truck, and a couple of oddball catch-alls: Kimberly’s Cauldron offering soups and sandwiches, and BobaBlastic that has everything from frozen desserts on a stick to cheesy fries.
That’s a lot to choose from, but I’m gonna put a stake in it right here: just go to Tadka. This is real-deal Indian, with everything from fish curry to lamb vindaloo, garlic naan and saag paneer. I’ve lunched here three times, and if my blessings continue it’ll be 3 x 3 x 3 in the year ahead.
This pod has one super-duper addition: It’s in the parking lot of an old Wendy’s that’s been converted to Sixth St. Station. Full bar, beer, a pool table and a refuge from the fall weather. You can bring your food cart nummies inside, order a beer, and watch the rain streak in over the Columbia. Nice. The Sixth St. Station is closed on Monday, open the other days from 11 a.m to 8 p.m.
Carts in the Pod:
Boss Authentic Thai Kitchen
Pho Saigon Grill