If you only think of ramen as the salty flavor packets that got you through the lean times of post-college life, it's time to rethink one of the great late-night foods in the city. The Westport Street Fare — the new food truck from restaurateurs Aaron Confessori and Richard Wiles (the duo behind the Westport Cafe and Bar and the soon-to-open the Boot) — officially launches tonight with their take on the traditional Japanese dish of noodles in broth, as well as tacos, tortas, burritos and quesadillas.
The truck is located in the parking lot behind Harry's Bar and Tables at 501 Westport Road. The food can either be taken to-go or eaten in the adjacent courtyard, which is ringed by a wooden shelf and lit by hanging Christmas lights.
Westport Street Fare had a run-through last weekend, and the ramen included short ribs and pork belly. The chicken and pork broth was salty and rich, exactly what you would want when the weather gets colder. Your sticker shock at the $8 price tag will likely be forgotten by the bottom of your Styrofoam cup.
The tacos, tortas, burritos and quesadillas are served with two types of salsa. The salsa verde is an avocado tomatillo salsa, and the salsa roja is a tomato and chile salsa. The fillings (seen in the menu at right) include spicy pork, Korean short ribs, chicken confit, crispy tofu and mahi mahi. Definitely get the mahi mahi, which is marinated in soy sauce and crushed pineapple, and topped with cabbage, pico de gallo, chipotle crema and avocado.
The Westport Street Fare is open from 7 p.m. to 3 a.m. Thursday through Saturday. You can look for updates on Facebook or Twitter, @WestportStFare. The phone number is 816-931-4740.