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Food Cart & Fun Puns: St. Johns' Lebaneser Scrooge

Introducing a new Eater feature, Food Carts & Fun Puns, that explores the meaning behind some of our fair city's punniest of food cart titles. (Suggestions for a punny name for this recurring segment? We're all ears. It's surprisingly difficult to reference the punny-ness of something using a pun.)

As reported by Willamette Week, there are some awesomely named food carts currently rolling around our city. And one of the awesome-est goes by the moniker Lebaneser Scrooge. Located in St. Johns' Crystal Food Gardens pod (located on N Richmond and Lombard St.), Lebaneser Scrooge has been open, says owner Dustin Wilmeth, for "two weeks and two days" serving authentic Phoenician-style Lebanese food. "If you're looking for gyros," says the hot-looking 30-year-old chef, "you've come to the wrong place."

Cooking since the age of 12, Wilmeth starts his day early — 6 am — making the dough for his tasty fatayars, which are meat or spinach pies. "It takes four hours to make the dough," says Wilmeth. "There are no short-cuts to this style of food." And where did he come up with his unique cart name? "I am Lebanese and I grew up in Alabama," says Wilmeth. "My friends called me that and it just sort of stuck."
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Lebaneser Scrooge

7525 N Richmond Ave., Portland OR