I get asked often for a list of lots in the city. The food cart lots are also referred to as pods. We define a pod as a lot with 3 or more vendors and open year around. As if December 2013, here is the current list of food cart pods:
North and Eastside:
- The Fixin’ To – N Lombard and Richmond in St. Johns – 3 vendors, indoor seating and cocktails/beer available
- Kruger Farms – N Lombard and Burr – 3 Vendors, covered seating, beer available on weekends
- North Station – N Greeley and Killingsworth – 2 vendors, indoor seating
- Mississippi Marketplace – N Skidmore and Mississippi – 10 vendors, beer and cocktails from PROST tavern.
- Mississippi and Beech – N Mississippi and Beech – 3 vendors, covered seating
- Kultural Korner – N Mississippi and Fremont – 2 vendors
- N Fremont and Vancouver – 6 vendors, covered seating
- Alberta15 – NE Alberta and 15th – 4 vendors
- Area23 – NE Alberta and 23rd – 4 vendors, covered seating, beer available
- 5Ways – NE 60th and Cully – 3 vendors
- Rose City Food Park – NE 52nd and Sandy, 10 vendors, beer/wine available on weeekends
- A la Carts Food Pavilion – SE 50th and Division – 10 vendors, covered seating, cocktails available on weekends
- SE 32nd and Hawthorne – 4 vendors, covered seating
- Good Food Here – SE 43rd and Belmont – 10 vendors, covered seating, cocktails available from Divine’s
- Cartopia – SE 12th and Hawthorne – 8 vendors, covered seating, late night open
- Sellwood – SE 13th and Lexington – 4 vendors, covered seating
- Cartlandia – SE 82nd and Harney – 20 vendors, covered seating, beer garden, onsite parking
- AlaCarts – SE 102nd and Stark – 8 vendors, covered seating
- The Row – SE 2nd and Oak – 2 vendors, covered seating
- Central Eastside Food Cart Pod – SE MLK and Stark – 8 vendors, covered seating, parking
- Carts on Foster – SE 52nd and Foster – 10 vendors, onsite Pod bar with beer/cider, indoor seating
- SE 48th and Woodstock – 3 vendors, covered seating
- Pod 28 – SE 28th and Ankeny – 4 vendors, beer available, covered seating
- Basecamp Brewing – SE 9th and Oak – 2 vendors, indoor seating, brewpub
Downtown and Westside
- Q19 – NE 19th and Quimby – 5 vendors, indoor seating, cocktails and beer at Quimby’s onsite
- Alder – SW 9th and 10th and Alder – 60 vendors
- SW 5th and Stark – 22 vendors
- SW 3rd and Stark – 22 vendors
- SW 2nd and Oak – 5 vendors
- SW 4th and Hall by PSU – 20 vendors
- Pioneer Courthouse Square – SW 6th and Yamhill – 4 vendors
- SW 6th and Columbia – 6 vendors
- SW 3rd and Ash – 4 vendors
- SW 3rd and Ankeny, Dante’s block – 6 vendors
- Hillsdale Cart Pod – SW Capitol Hwy and Sunset – 3 vendors, covered seating
- Moody Food Carts – SW Moody and Abernathy in South Waterfront – 5 vendors, covered seating
You can find a map of all the pods here. We have all of the pods listed in our categories so you can find out which vendors are where.
Wow, chilly outside. But sunny and chilly. Sadly, with the cold, fewer people head outside to the food carts. This is just the time the vendors need their regulars the most. Here are some updates from the Portland street food scene.
- Big-Ass Sandwiches 2 – Mississippi Marketplace
- El Pilon Columbian Food – SW 2nd and Oak
- Kim’s Food to Go – Vietnamese – SW 2nd and Oak
- Tastebud Bagel Cart – SW 10th and Alder
- Welcome to Mediterranean Cuisine – SW 3rd and Stark
- Rift Ethiopian – SW 3rd and Washington
- Sabrosa Barbosa – SW 9th and Alder
- Sivad’s House of Soul – Soul Food – SW 4th and Ankeny
- Eat Like an Egyptian – SW 4th and Burnside by Dante’s
- Sambusa House – SW 3rd and Ankeny
- Maine Street Lobster – SE 82nd and Harney – Cartlandia
- Bamboo Cafe - SE 82nd and Harney – Cartlandia
- Ms. T’s – southern comfort food – Cartlandia
- Smokin’ Rome’s BBQ – Cartlandia
- So Cold – cocktails – SE 50th and Division, A la Carts Food Pavilion
- Lolo’s – SE 13th and Lexington – Sellwood
Food Cart Moves:
- Tiffin Asha moved to N Mississippi and Beech
- Garden Monsters is now at NE 15th and Alberta
- Ramy’s Lamb Shack has moved their truck to SE 32nd and Hawthorne; they have their cart at Rose City Food Park
- VooDoo Doughnut has parked their bright pink truck now at Cartlandia
- Tony’s Cucina has closed for the winter
- Built to Grill closed their cart in November, but have re-opened in the Star Theater on NW 6th
- London Pasty Company has closed
- Ramy’s Lamb Shack has moved their truck to SE 32nd and Hawthorne
- Kindle Kart closed their pizza operaton, yet Kindle Bowl replaced it. Still on NW 28th and Wilson
We received a new comment on one of our posts about a new food cart lot being built at 3405 SE 82nd just north of the KFC on Powell. We’ll keep you posted when we get more details.
The owners of vegan cart Sonny Bowl have opened a restaurant on NE 20th and Glisan in The Ocean. The Sudra offers Indian vegan fare.
Jimmy Fallon visited Portland this week and hit up Big-Ass Sandwiches in SE Portland for some sandwiches. Check out @BigAssSandwich on Twitter for the details.
Hero Hair Studio has opened in a cart at Rose City Food Park on NE 52nd and Sandy. The third salon to go mobile.
Food Trucks will be at the Portland Bazaar this weekend at Sandbox Studios on NE 9th and Davis. Get some shopping done and then enjoy a sammy or two. PortlandBazaar.com
There is a nice group of fully mobile food truck who head out daily to different location ranging from Xerox in Tigard to Kaiser in the Lloyd District and out to Beaverton to feed Nike and others. We are tracking those locations daily and posting them on Facebook and Twitter.
City favorite Whiffies Fried Pies has started accepting Bitcoin at the cart if you need some sweet or savory hot pies.
If you’re looking for vendors to come to your event or party, drop us a line at email@example.com
Stay warm and thank you for your continued support of Portland’s street food scene.
Location: SE 82nd and Taylor
Hours: Tues-Sat, 11-9, Sun, 11-6
The Story: There are over 70 different Mexican food carts and trucks in the Portland Metro area from Hillsboro to Gresham, North Portland to Wilsonville. How does one vendor differentiate themselves from the rest? For Los Alambres Torteria Taqueria DF, it was a massive list of tortas.
Los Alambres Taqueria is the work of Antonio and Micaela Hernandez who opened the truck on 82nd last year. Their focus is on Mexican dishes from Distrito Federal (Federal District.) Signature items include Alambre, a special dish of mixed meat, cheese served with tortillas, Tortas, and Agua de Jamaica (Jamiaca juice.) I was floored at list of 17 different Tortas, ranging from the Cubano with breaded beef, ham, hot dog, head cheese, Mexican cheese, Mozzarella, egg and chorizo to the Toluquena with chorizo, Mozzarella and chile serrano. There is a torta here for anyone. I picked up the De Luxo with pork leg and Mozzarella. I’ve had tortas before, but when I was handed the grocery bag with my torta inside, I almost dropped it, surprised by the weight. Seriously, this is a pound or more of Mexican sandwich. Thin torta bread with a salad mix of peppers similar to an olive spread and topped with sliced pierna (pork leg) and Mozzarella. Every bite included spicy pepper, salty pork and creamy cheese. The bread was superb, a perfect choice for these sandwiches. If you’re a big eater, these tortas are for you. Or, grab one and share.
Los Alambres is open daily for lunch through dinner at the corner of SE 82nd and Taylor. They have covered seating there, so you can enjoy your meal out of the weather. Not knowing how big the torta was, I also ordered a Taco del Barrio with asada, chorizo and grilled onions. Amazing! Next time I’m out on 82nd, I will definitely make a visit. Drop on by and let them know Food Carts Portland sent ya.
- Tacos – asada, chorizo, pastor, birria, chicken, veggie – $1.25
- Tortas – See list here – $6-9 per sandwich
- Quesadillas- $3.50-5
Location: SE 50th and Division, A la Carts Food Pavilion
Hours: Tues-Sun, 11am-2:30 and 5-8pm
The Story: A couple of years ago, Japanese Ramen took the nation by storm. I’m not taking the ramen we ate in college, I’m talking rich creamy, fatty pork broth with noodles and thinly sliced green onions. Portland jumped right in, launching numerous restaurants and even attracting a Japanese firm to open a food cart. Now that we’ve all been able to enjoy this velvety dish, we may have our favorites. I would like to add someone new to the list – Hapa Ramen.
Hapa Ramen opened in October and has been working out the kinks of preparing and serving the hot dish from a food cart. The owners, Michael and Sara grew up on ramen in Hawaii, yet couldn’t find similar dishes here in Portland, so decided to make their own. You may know Michael as he has been a fixture at 808 Grinds for a few years before venturing off on this new project. Sarah though is who gets the credit for the recipes according to Michael. They both have visited numerous ramen shops throughout the city and beyond to taste the different styles and interpretations. Sarah trained up with a ramen chef and has been experimenting with different broths and styles to get the offerings just right. In Japan, there are more than 14 different styles and each chef puts their twist on the traditional recipe. Sarah and Michael have done just that at Hapa Ramen.
Hapa offers Shoyu Ramen, a classic; Miso Ramen, a sweet option that can be done vegetarian; and Curry Ramen which is spicy – each with their own unique flavors. It is the Shaka Bowl which caught my eye and Michael recommended. The bowl comes from a traditional Tsukemen Ramen style, yet Michael and Sarah thought that may be too much for customers to say, so they shortened it to Shaka! “Eat this blazing hot,” Michael said. With the pork belly broth served in one bowl and fresh egg noodles, shiitake and egg in another, chopstick the noodles into the flaming broth and slurp. Yep, slurp. The broth is fatty, creamy, almost thick, but not. Made over the course of 8-10 hours to break down the pork, it leaves a fantastically lovely lardy film on your lips. The egg noodles were amazing, a brand used by most if not all the ramen houses out there. Michael and Sarah, while putting their own little love into each dish, don’t stray too far from tradition.
I’m excited to have another ramen cart open in Portland, yet wish it were closer to my house. I’m selfish that way. Hapa Ramen is open daily except for Mondays and serves up lunch and dinner. They take an afternoon break to prep for the dinner hour. As winter arrives, their hours may change, so check their website or Facebook or give them a call to make sure they are open. Hapa Ramen does ramen right. Drop on by and let them know Food Carts Portland sent ya.
- Shoyu Ramen – classic- topped with cha shu pork, spinach, egg, fishcake and nori – $8
- Miso Ramen – sweet – topped with cha shu pork, bamboo shoots, egg; vegetarian option – $8
- Curry Ramen – spicy – topped with cha shu pork or ginger fried chicken, spinach, shiitake – $8
- Shaka Bowl – $7.50
- Keiki Bowk – kid size – $5
Location: SE 52nd and Foster, Carts on Foster
Hours: Wednesday-Sunday, 10am-3pm
The Story: Portland is ga ga about sweets. We have artisan chocolatiers, organic ice cream, cupcake vendors, pie shops and more. It’s as if we have our own collective sweet tooth. The carts however only have a few who present sweets to the public in one form or another. Plane Pastries is one of the newest vendors to bring cookies, brownies and cupcakes for those who have a soft spot for sugar.
Kris Butler opened the cart this past summer after working for over a year to develop her project. Kris has led an adventurous life up until now. She joined the Air Force at age 17 and spent six years in airborne intelligence. After her honorable discharge, she used her military education benefits to attend Oregon Culinary Institute here in Portland where she learned her craft. After graduating, the adventure continues with helicopter flight training. Yep, this pastry chef knows how to fly helicopters. You don’t find that everyday. The cart and logo are modeled after vintage aircraft and a bit of the pinup motif. Kris has adorned the inside with posters of vintage flying machines including a black and white of Amelia Earhart in front of her Lockheed Electra 10E.
Kris is focusing on handmade pastries including cookies, brownies and cupcakes. She even makes her own caramel. While I wanted to sample everything, I opted for one of my childhood favorites, the rice krispy treat. Kris makes it with brown butter and adds in a bit of cayenne to switch things up a bit. It wasn’t spicy by any means, but you could tell this wasn’t mom’s recipe. Creamy and crunchy. Took me back to simpler times.
I really enjoyed chatting with Kris and learning about her life and passions. She’s one of those vendors who brings everything to the table. Kris will be featured on the Food Network show Cupcake Wars Season 3 on November 23rd at 8pm. While the war has already been fought, check out the show to see who won. If you’re looking for something sweet or maybe a nice cup of coffee, drop on by Plane Pastries and let Kris know Food Carts Portland sent ya.
- “It’s All Wright” Cookie – $2
- “Voodoo” Caramel Bar – $4
- “Black Widow” Brownie – $3
- “Whirlwind” Rice Krispie – $3
Location: N Skidmore and Mississippi , Mississippi Marketplace
Hours: Tue-Sun, 11am-5pm
The Story: Lisa and Brian Wood will celebrate their 4th year making one of the craziest and tastiest sandwiches in town come December. To celebrate, they decided to expand and open a second cart in North Portland at Mississippi Marketplace. Their signature Big-Ass Sandwich is made on a Fleur De Les ciabatta roll with either house roast beef, roast turkey, or ham, covered with hand cut fries, and homemade Bechamel cheese sauce. Over the years, they have expanded their menu with some of their fan favorites and specials. Truly one of Portland’s food cart success stories.
Big-Ass Sandwiches has been featured on every network food show including the honor of winning the Best Sandwich of the NW on Adam Richman’s Best Sandwich In America show. Now you can find that sandwich at their new location at Mississippi Marketplace. Their original cart is open at SE 2nd and Oak.
Location: SE 82nd and Harney, Cartlandia
Hours: Wed-Sun, 11am-6pm
The Story: There are very few local delis from the 70′s who are still in business one way or another. When I discover one that strikes a gut memory from childhood, I grin, stop and eat. Sandwich Depot Deli has been around since 1978 and still makes a great sandwich.
I visited this truck out at Cartlandia on SE 82nd by the Springwater Corridor. While the east wind kicked up, the truck was situated just right to block enough so I didn’t freeze. Brett, owner and longtime sandwich maker started off on NE Glisan in the late 70′s and fed more than a few people who probably remember the great little deli. Fast forward to the 21st century and Brett has set up shop in a food truck – this era’s deli, but with wheels. Having had such a tenure with meat, cheese and bread, I deferred to him for my lunch. He recommended the Black Russian – dark rye bread from Portland French Bakery, mayo, cream cheese, swiss, lettuce, tomato, turkey and roast beef with Russian dressing. This is the sandwich I would throw together whenever I had direct access to a deli case. Large, thick with flavor and satisfying.
Sandwich Depot Deli is open Wednesday-Sunday from 11-6pm. They offer a variety of custom sandwiches and subs or you can build your own. If you’re out that way and craving a sammy, drop on by and let Brett know Food Carts Portland sent ya.
- Build your own sandwich with your choice of meat, cheese and condiments – $6
- Build your own sub – $6.50
- California Special – choice of bread, mayo, cream cheese, swiss, lettuce, tomato, turkey, avocado, bacon, thousand island – $6.50
- Black Russian – $6.50
- Green House - choice of bread, mayo, cream cheese, pepper jack, lettuce, tomato, avocado – $6.50
- Crazy Joe Sub – may, provolone, lettuce, tomato, salami, onions
Location: N Killingsworth and Maryland, Killingsworth Station
Hours: Mon-Fri, 7:30am-3:30pm; Saturday, 10am-2pm
The Story: North Portland continues to attract some great new vendors. With a new food cart lot – Killingsworth Station – now open just off the MAX line, vendors are discovering an underserved community. Om Nom Gluten-Free Waffles opened earlier this fall to offer both breakfast and lunch options throughout the week.
Om Nom was born from a collective passion by both the owner and her friends to create something healthy, but also community driven. Michelle, the owner, doesn’t just want to own and run a food cart, so she engaged her friends who all have a come together to support each other in challenging times to design and launch the venture. I love this cart with its rustic cabin architecture, but emblazoned and sided with recycled materials. Michelle’s son flattened all the recycled metal cans in order to create the siding we see on the front. Such a cool way to finish off a project. Michelle hopes that her cart and her peers can create something for the community which may start with the waffles, but grow and blossom.
I spoke with Michelle about the gluten-free aspect of the waffles and her goal is to source locally and keep it healthy and stay away from corporate and GMO foods. There is also a health aspect behind the cuisine choice, so you’re getting the real deal. Om Nom offers gluten-free freshly made waffles with both savory and sweet options. I chose the Stegasaurus with hummus, feta, mozzarella fresca cheese, tomato, red onion, fresh spinach and sprinkled with balsamic vinegar. How many great flavors can you pack in one dish? Many! The dry feta with the hot red onion and bitter spinach with each bite of a waffle – pretty darn delicious. I loved how the balsamic vinegar worked its way through into almost every bite.
Om Nom Gluten-Free Waffles is open daily during the week for breakfast and lunch and on Saturday for lunch. Killingsworth Station is right off N Killingsworth at Maryland and offers covered seating to get out of the weather. Drop on by, welcome Michelle to the fold and let Om Nom know Food Carts Portland sent ya.
- Butter and Cinnamon and Sugar waffle – $2
- Cream Cheese and Jam – $3
- Nut Butter and Jam – $3
- Cinnamonodon – cream cheese frosting and cinnamon sugar – $3
- Valdosaurus – Ricotta, bacon, berry, maple syrup sweetened whipped cream waffle – $5
- Godzilla – steaming marinara sauce, mozzarella and asiago cheese, pepperoni and tempeh waffle – $5
- Stegasaurus – $5