A style of Portland: The ideal road eats in America’s food stuff truck mecca

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Portlanders have more than 750 avenue food items solutions at easy meals cart pods. Journey Portland

Portland is renowned for its meals carts and trend-environment avenue meals collectives in area neighbourhoods. Cassie Tannenberg flavor-assessments a cycling tour of Portland’s best places.

Portland’s food items truck scene is famous. And for fantastic reason. In All over Portland Excursions founder Sarah Gilbert’s estimation, Portlanders have additional than 750 avenue food selections arranged into handy meals cart pods, generally with beer gardens and communal seating, so you can eat globally while immersed in a regional convivial atmosphere.

Considering that the very first cellular food stuff cart opened in a “permanent” location in 2008, Portland’s food items cart scene has continuously developed to cater for modifying preferences and demographics, putting Portland on the map of the world’s ideal street food stuff places.

Well-known foods trucks (Nong’s Khao Guy Gai) and pandemic jobs (Mama Dut) have transitioned into brick-and-mortar shops, paving the way for a new generation of culinary creatives. And some mobile food stuff menus (Kee’s #Loaded Kitchen and Erica’s Soul Food items) are significantly remarkable to equivalent delicacies counterparts in traditional dining places.

Portland’s food cart scene has evolved to cater for changing tastes. Photo / Justin Katigbak, Travel Portland
Portland’s food stuff cart scene has developed to cater for switching tastes. Photo / Justin Katigbak, Travel Portland

You can Do-it-yourself a food stuff cart odyssey about Portland or hop aboard All over Portland Tours’ Foods Carts of Portland Bicycle Tour – a 3.5-hour guided biking exploration of the city’s food cart scene. Get a flavor of day to day Portlander life though whizzing by nearby neighbourhoods and dining at the adhering to major spots.

The Corridor on Belmont

Our initial quit is The Hall food stuff pod. Positioned on SE Belmont St, it is open up 7 days a 7 days with lined seating to keep you cosy even though you try authentic Mexican at El Chilito Loco, or Chubby Bunny’s delectable breakfast fare where by you simply cannot go past a Benny. Billed as secretly vegan, the ham, egg, cheese and hollandaise on an English muffin is so great you will overlook all about the other McVersion. Insert potato mittens (hash browns) and French toasties for all the finger-lickin’ brekky fixings.

The Hinterland

This newish bar and foodstuff cart pod opened in January 2022 and is also in SE Portland between Hawthorne and Division streets. Head here for Poppyseed, dishing the finest of the Pacific Northwest from a food truck, and La Taquiza Vegana’s plant-based mostly modern day Mexican flavours. You will also locate outposts of Matt’s BBQ Tacos, beloved for its housemade lard flour tortillas, and Burger Stevens’ smashed burgers. Check out out 3rd Tradition Kitchen area, also – with the likes of shrimp ’n’ grits and Peruvian hen soup with matzo balls, it defies typecasting but is absolutely delightful. Order craft beers and cocktails from Hinterland bar and appreciate the heated out of doors seating.

Down The Alley at 3634 SE Division St residences two of Portland’s most buzzworthy foodie finds. Someday is a neighbourhood bar slinging eats and drinks furthermore the occasional oyster pop-up, though Ruthie’s is a completely woodfired foodstuff cart based mostly on co-proprietor Collin Mohr’s grandmother’s Mormon recipes and seasonal make.

Matt’s BBQ Tacos is a firm Portland fave. 
Photo / Justin Katigbak, Travel Portland
Matt’s BBQ Tacos is a agency Portland fave.
Photo / Justin Katigbak, Journey Portland


Elsewhere in SE Portland, examine out the Cartlandia “superpod”, house to the Blue Home beer backyard garden and all around 27 food vans, like Pupuseria La Miguelena’s Salvadorian pupusas (stuffed flatbreads), Bobablastic bubble teas and poke bowls and Teppanyaki Hut’s sushi burritos.


Cartopia on SE Hawthorne St is open right up until midnight on Fridays and Saturdays for a late-night time feed with Potato Winner (Belgian fries and loaded poutine) and the South American-encouraged smoked Hen and Guns (crispy potatoes), served with addictive aji sauce.

Meals 4 Heels

An additional worthy SE Portland road eats alternative is the standalone Foods 4 Heels cart at the Redd on Salmon Road hub. Open up for lunch from Wednesday to Friday, M4H is the brainchild of chef Nikeisah Newton and Portland’s only food supply company catering to the sexual intercourse worker neighborhood. The wholesome and mouth watering plant-dependent menu traverses Thai, Center Eastern, Mexican and Southern-style cuisines moreover homemade sodas. The GTP (Gettin’ That Paper) is OMG good.

Matt’s BBQ Tacos is beloved for its housemade lard flour tortillas.
Photo / Justin Katigbak, Travel Portland
Matt’s BBQ Tacos is beloved for its housemade lard flour tortillas.
Image / Justin Katigbak, Vacation Portland

Prost! Market

Positioned on North Mississippi Ave and Skidmore St, Prost! Marketplace experienced a starring function on the Netflix present Any person Feed Phil. Sample every thing from vegan fare (Native Bowl), award-successful Texas-type barbecue tacos and smash burgers (Matt’s BBQ Tacos and Burger Stevens strike all over again), Indian fusion (Desi PDX) and breakfast sammies (Fried Egg I’m In Enjoy). Throw in a espresso, cocktail and beer cart (Bloodbuzz PDX) and the Prost! German pub up coming door and you are all set.

Rose Town Meals Park

Prost! Marketplace had a starring role on the Netflix show Somebody Feed Phil.
Photo / Justin Katigbak, Travel Portland
Prost! Market experienced a starring function on the Netflix demonstrate Any person Feed Phil.
Photograph / Justin Katigbak, Vacation Portland

Using its identify from just one of Portland’s numerous monikers, Rose City Food Park is also positioned in NE Portland within the Hollywood district. Listed here you will come across 15-additionally food carts anchored by the Adda Beer alfresco beer yard. Chow down at Charlie’s Breakfast Cart, Let’s Roll, Rocket Breakfast and Just Thai. For a little something various, try Chochu Nearby Island BBQ, which heroes the lesser-acknowledged flavours of the Mariana Islands such as barbecue plates with ribs, hen and pork tummy fresh new from the grill Chamorro-type empanadas and lumpia (deep-fried spring rolls).

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