Summer Food Cart News – 4 New Pods

Some exciting news to report for all you Food Cart Fans:

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You may not know this, but Mississippi Marketplace on N Mississippi and Skidmore is now PROST! Marketplace. The owners of PROST!, the German pub at the lot, purchased the entire space earlier this year and have been making some excellent changes. New vendors include Caspian Kabob Persian, Matt’s BBQ and Little Conejo. The owners of PROST! have also opened two additional carts – BloodBuzz, an option for morning cocktails and coffee; and BreadBox, a breakfast and lunch sandwich cart. With these changes, you can move about most of the lot with a beer or cocktail and grab a seat and enjoy some tasty vittles. PROST! Marketplace is open daily with some vendors opening for breakfast.

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Baerlic Brewing has expanded to NE Portland with a cool new tasting room and food cart pod. The Halsey Beer Hall at the Barley Pod is located at NE 60th and Halsey and hosts eight vendors including Hapa PDX (Ramen), Namu (Korean/Hawaiian), Bam Pow! Burgers, Bing Mi (Chinese crepes) and Smakken Waffle Sandwiches (Dutch-style waffles). Grab a beer and enjoy some great food from some of Portland’s best vendors. Kid friendly and open daily.

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The Village at St. Johns is yet another new food cart pod located at N Chicago and Ivanhoe in St. Johns. Vendors include Fishbox, Highsight Beer Cart, Taste of Casablanca (Moroccan), Sila Thai and Uncle Tsang’s Vegetarian Kitchen. There are so many exciting things happening in St. Johns, go visit.

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BG’s Food Cartel is the newest and largest pod in Beaverton. The owners created a prime food cart location with seating, an event space and a lawn for picnics. 21 vendors featuring Thai, Chicken Wings, Mediterranean, Argentinean, German, Chinese, Italian, Guamanian and more. The lot sports the Speakeasy Bar and indoor and outdoor seating. Located at 4250 SW Rose Biggi Ave, the lot is open daily.

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With all the new lots and changes on the east side, there is change afoot in downtown. At the intersections of SW 10th and Alder there are 60 food carts who will be looking for a new home in the near future. Developers have submitted plans for hotels on both lots that currently house these vendors. If you have a favorite, go visit this summer and support them.

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Happy Summer. Enjoy the carts.

Anthony Bourdain

Today we learn of Anthony Bourdain’s death at 61. For many in the food industry and beyond, Bourdain has been a force of good for decades, telling us stories from around the globe and showing everyone that food is an adventure beyond the plate. Tony was an advocate for street food. He was integral in the launch of the World Street Food Congress in Singapore, an event that promotes and professionalizes street food. It’s a sad day for all.

Food can be a difficult world for all involved. Hard days and difficult nights. If you or someone you know needs help, 1-800-273-TALK is just a moment away. There is also a crisis text line. For crisis support in Spanish, call 1-888-628-9454. The lines are staffed by a mix of paid professionals and unpaid volunteers trained in crisis and suicide intervention. The confidential environment, the 24-hour accessibility, a caller’s ability to hang up at any time and the person-centered care have helped its success, advocates say.

The International Association for Suicide Prevention and Befrienders Worldwide also provide contact information for crisis centers around the world.

Rest in Peace Anthony Bourdain. We’ll always have your stories.

Fritkot Belgian Fry Shack

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Fritkot Belgian Fry Shack

Location: SE 52nd and Foster at Carts on Foster
Hours: Thursday-Saturday, 12-8, Sunday 12-4 (Check FB for updates)

The Story:

Fries. We’ve been eating them all our lives. Some believed tots would replace fries in the 80’s, but fries are still the king. Yet, beyond fry sauce or mayonnaise or ketchup, how can you amp up the basic fry? Put gravy on it. Meat gravy. Fritkot Belgian Fry Shack at Carts on Foster does just that.

Everyone knows poutine these days. Fries with meat gravy atop. Most know it as an eastern Canadian dish and there are a few places in town to obtain stellar poutine. At Fritkot, Kris Jonckers puts a bit of a Belgian spin on his dish. Using twice fried Kennebec potatoes, Kris is creating the perfect Belgian fry. In the beginning, Kris was a fry shack and served fries with a meat stew as two separate dishes. Then, in order to attract new customers, he began pouring the gravy with thick chunks of beef atop the fries with a Belgian farm cheese to accent. Viola, Belgian poutine. Spot on.

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Poutine

Fritkot is a located at Carts on Foster which offers indoor seating and beer and cider at the onsite pub. Beyond the poutine, Kris offers up an array of other Belgian delights including a Flemish beef stew, a schnitzel sandwich and salad. Drop on by next time you have a meat gravy craving and let Kris know Food Carts Portland sent ya.

Facebook: Fritkot

Pioneer Courthouse Square Food Cart Lot

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Pioneer Courthouse Square Food Carts in Portland

Portland’s living room now has permanent food carts. As part of the year long renovation of the park in 2016-17, the city decided to create a more active space for street food vendors and attract some rock stars. Prior to the construction, the carts at the square were open-air and had to move any time the square was used for large events. In the new model, three full size food carts have been placed up by Broadway with a fourth vendor (an original) is parked down off Yamhill where they’ve been for years.

The new vendors are some of Portland’s most famous and well known –

Burger Stevens – opened in Hillsdale a few years ago, this cart brought back the simple cheeseburger and does it well. Get it with two patties event and you’re still getting a deal at $9 for all the fixin’s.

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Burger Stevens Double Cheeseburger

The Whole Bowl – After more than a decade and eight locations, including two restaurants and outposts in Cinicnatti, The Whole Bowl is now bringing their signature dish to the square. Just the one bowl has made them famous world wide.

Fried Egg I’m In Love – Fried egg sandwiches were never the same in Portland once Fried Egg I’m In Love opened a few years back on SE Hawthorne. The Yolko Ono says it all – Fried egg, homemade pesto, parmesan, and a hand-pressed house sausage patty.

Steak’s Fifth Avenue – aka Philly Cheesesteaks and Burgers – The last of the original vendors who returned after construction has been around more than a decade feeding Portland some of the best Philly Cheesesteaks in downtown.

According to sources, more vendors are in store, but I kinda like the look and feel of the four currently there along with the large covered seating area above the KGW studios. Come summer, I hope these guys can handle the masses.

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Pioneer Courthouse Square Food Carts

Pioneer Courthouse Square is located in the center of downtown Portland at the cross streets of SW Broadway, Yamhill, 6th Ave and Morrison. Check Vendor links for menus and hours.

January Food Cart News

Winter in Portland can be challenging for food carts, but event in the cool weather, Portland’s street food vendors are making it rain. Pun intended. Here’s some news to chew on:

 

The Oregonian/Oregonlive brings Portland Dumpling Week February 4-10 with 30 purveyors slinging dough wrapped delights. One of my favorite food carts, Mama Chow’s will participate again this year with Pork & Shrimp Dumplings pan seared with a spicy tangy dipping sauce on a bed of Organic Greens. Mama Chow’s is located downtown at SW 2nd and Stark. More details and a dumpling passport can be found here.

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We’ve all heard the news and see the changes Portland is experiencing with growth and development. Over the past year, a number of food cart pods have closed, mostly on the east side closer in. Now, with an impending Hotel Development, the food cart pod at SW 10th and Alder west of 10th will probably close in the near future. This affects Savor Soup House, The Dump Truck, Korean Twist, Caspian Kabob and Nong’s Khao Man Gai. Nong’s announced last week they are moving into a new restaurant space at 417 SW 13th, just a couple blocks from their original locale. While some have reported they are closing the original cart, Nong’s has stated they will stay open until the cart is “kicked out.” Their location at PSU on SW 4th avenue will remain open. Keep track of opens and closings on Nong’s Facebook.

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Food carts are coming to your neighborhood too! A few new food cart pods have shown up or are coming soon:

    • The Lot @ Scout – SE 50th and Division – food carts from Tidbit moved down Division and have opened at Scout Beer’s new location. Namu, Garden Monsters, Smaaken Waffles and more. Taproom coming soon.
    • Food Cart Heaven – NE 157th and Glisan – 6 food trucks featuring coffee, Mexican, Salvadoran and indoor seating
    • Level Brewing – NE 148th and Airport Way – Brewery and Taproom featuring 2 food carts, indoor seating and beer.

The Parmacy at Growler’s

  • Growler’s Taproom – SE 34th and Hawthorne – 2 food carts including re-located The Parmacy, indoor and outdoor seating
  • Cully Central – 4579 NE Cully Blvd – Coming soon. An indoor bar/taproom with food carts outside.
  • BG’s Food Cartel – In the Round in Beaverton – 30 food carts, a bar and taproom, indoor/outdoor seating and an event space. Wow! Soft opening Feb 2.
  • fopo Food Carts – SE 72nd and Foster – 10 plus carts – coming soon.

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Keep on exploring the amazing street food out there and thank you for your continued support of Portland’s street food scene.

Burger Stevens at Pioneer Courthouse Square

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Burger Stevens

Location: Pioneer Courthouse Square on SW 6th and Yamhill

The Story: Having succeeded to land on everyone’s best burger list for the past couple of years, Burger Steven’s leaped at the chance to open a new cart in Portland’s living room – Pioneer Courthouse Square. Along with 3 other vendors, they are serving up their signature burgers daily.

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Double Cheeseburger at Burger Stevens

Facebook: Burger Stevens
Website: Burger Stevens

Menu on Website

Mystical Eats

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Mystical Eats

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Location: N Killingsworth and Maryland
Hours: Tuesday-Sunday, 12am-5pm

The Story: Mystical Eats is a food cart in Portland Oregon serving up Bulgarian cuisine with roasted chicken dishes and an array of salad choices.

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Mystical Eats

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Tight Tacos

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Tight Tacos

Location: 602 SE Salmon at Jacobsen Salt
Hours: Daily, including weekends, 12-7pm

The Story: Rolling down 39th, I needed water, so just south of Belmont, I popped into the 39th Mini Mart, your ever typical corner market filled with chips, candy bars, beer and 4loco. Upon exit, a green haired kid strolled by with a plate of beautiful tacos. Wawawawah? Then I smelled it. Grilled meats. I followed my nose around the corner to find the cute little operation named Tight Tacos.

The cart is adorably tiny with two wide open windows and everything on display. I do enjoy seeing a basket of fresh citrus and onions and the open grill where the different cuts of meat are segregated off, ready to be served. No hiding behind the swinging kitchen door. Also, when I walked up, fresh tortillas grilled happily. Reggie Ballesteros opened food cart earlier this summer bringing California style street tacos to the Rose City.

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Where the magic happens at Tight Tacos

The menu offers tacos and burritos with options including Al Pastor, Carnitas, Asada, Chorizo (made with Chicken) and event False Pastor made with cauliflower. Being a huge fan of Chorizo, I decided on that and Asada. I picked both with “The Works” which includes guacamole and crema. The star of the party is the thick handmade masa tortilla. Chewy and so well made, it stayed folded in my hand until the end of every bite. When was the last time you ate a taco and it didn’t fall apart before the end? Not here. Each taco left me breathless. The chorizo is creamy and had some kick; the asada, lean and perfectly grilled. Each topped with fresh white onion and cilantro, these are tacos everyone should be eating.

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Tight Tacos

When people ask me where to find great tacos, I send them to the east side and Tight Tacos has proven me right. Great execution and a tasty product. Located just behind the mini mart, Tight Tacos offers two tables with tents so you can sit and enjoy your meal. Next time you’re needing your street taco fix, go see Reggie and let them know Food Carts Portland sent ya.

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