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Monday, February 07, 2005
A trip to the Pod
I've heard it referred to as "The Pod" and "Cart Row." Whatever the name, the line of food carts on SW 5th was a mystery to me until last Friday. In search of a cheap lunch and unwilling to delve into the Pioneer Place food court or make yet another trip to Rocco's, I headed over there instead.
The Pod is known for its international selection but at least 1/3 of the carts serve hot dogs and burritos. Around the corner, a strange, wood-paneled one stood out from the others. A sign with smiley face on the counter read "Check out Czech!"
When I had asked a colleague earlier for advice on how to circumnavigate the Pod, he mentioned this cart. "I eat there about once a year. When I do, it takes a year off my life." With a review like that, how could I buy a bland, everyday burrito?
I ordered the "Bohemian Goulash," a dish comprised of roughly a quarter pound of tender mystery meat and a red sauce laid over five pieces of white bread. With a Coke it ran $5.
I spent the rest of the afternoon feeling like I had devoured an entire pig. You can give a man a fish and he’ll eat for a day. Teach him to fish and he'll eat for a lifetime. Take him to this cart and he won’t have to worry about eating for three lifetimes. Hooray for Czechoslovakian cuisine!