Vegan Cajun stews, shrimp and grits, and red beans and rice arrive at the new Mumbo Gumbo cart
by Brooke Jackson-Glidden Mar 25, 2019, 1:12pm PDT
Vegan gumbo, smothered shrimp, and stacked banana pudding parfaits have arrived in Westmoreland. Mumbo Gumbo, a new food cart in Portland’s tiny Smile Pod, specializes in Cajun classics that can accommodate a number of diners, from the shellfish-averse to the meat-free.
Mumbo Gumbo’s signature dish starts with a vegan base, which can be customized with various add-ins: Starting at $4, the gumbo gets loaded up with everything from shrimp to Field Roast andouille, for an additional $2-4 per protein. “I was pretty adamant about quality. If I can do a vegan base and it tastes pretty damn good, then okay, but if it doesn’t work, it’s going to have to be what it is with shrimp stock and chicken,” says chef and owner Brandon Stevens. “Luckily I made it, and it was fantastic.”