Che Cafe

Che Cafe

Che' Cafe

Location: 7316 N Lombard at Kruger Farm Stand
Hours: Tues-Thurs, 9am7pm; Fri/Sat, 9am-9 or 10pm; Sun, 9am-8pm


North Williams street has become a new nexus of activity in North Portland. With in the influx of restaurants, salons, a dessert place and a brewery, it was only a matter of time before a food cart opened. And where it opened is important. The space where Che Cafe is located is right next to a 1935 building where you have indoor seating. The development, by the developer of Portland’s most green building – The Heritage on NE MLK – is perfect for Portland’s unpredictable weather.

Che Cafe is Ryan and Terri’s dream. Both love dogs, simple as that. Why talk about dogs? Well, throughout the years, Ryan and Terri have had four amazing dogs – Nikai, a husky who was active and free spirited; Che’, a large Princess Shepard who loved to lounge; Riley, a senior Shepard mix who appeared to have “doggy Alzheimers,” but was happy and kind; and then Sadie, a senior border collie mix who was very attached, loving and affectionate. All of these dogs had an impact on Ryan and Terry and they want Che’ Cafe to provide neighbors the same love and devotion those dogs showed them throughout the years.

Pulled Pork from Che Cafe

Pulled Pork from Che' Cafe

I visited Che’ Cafe with some fellow food cart enthusiasts. We were all ready for the weekend and indulged in our personal weaknesses. A couple of pulled pork sandwiches over here, a burger over there and even a black bean burger for the vegetarian of the group. Each of the dishes came with crunchy fries and homemade ketchup.

Bubby Burger from Che Cafe

Bubby Burger from Che' Cafe

I enjoyed the half pound Bubby Burger. A monster of a burger, it came with crispy fried onions and cheddar cheese. The burger is exactly what I was craving and it was cooked just right. The seasoning was spot on – you could tell this was good ground beef mixed with spices and made into a patty by hand. The crispy fried onions were an added bonus.

The added bonus to this cart is the building next door. They offer up indoor seating for those wet and rainy days or even for those who don’t want to take their food and go. Inside the 1935 redeveloped building is a coffee cart and restrooms, along with a performance space called the Analog Lounge (i.e. no cell phones or laptops.) When you get over to North Williams and you see this bright red cart named Che’ Cafe, stop on by, have some great American food and tell them Food Carts Portland sent ya.

[Cart moved to N Lombard in May 2012. Hours have changed and expanded menu can be found at]

Sample Menu:

  • Creamy Tomato Basil Soup with grilled cheese sandwich – $6
  • Mr. Riley’s Sake Mac & Cheese – macaroni tossed with 3 cheese sake sauce, topped with fried onions and served with garlic bread – $6
  • Caprese Capellini – capellini tossed with garlic tomato oil, fresh tomatoes and basil topped with fresh Parmesan and served with garlic bread – $7
  • Fu fries – tofu lengths fried to a crisp and served with sweet and spicy sauce – $5
  • Pulled Pork Sandwich – dry rubbed pork cooked til it falls apart sauce with homemade BBQ sauce on an onion bun – $7
  • Meatloaf sandwich – homemade meatloaf smothered with sharp cheddar cheese – $8
  • Half Pound Bubby Burger – burger topped with aioli served on onion bun with all the fixins – $7

Hours: Tues-Thurs, 9am7pm; Fri/Sat, 9am-9 or 10pm; Sun, 9am-8pm
Phone: 503 477 0322
Twitter: CheCafePDX
Facebook: Che Cafe PDX




  1. I totally agree… Che’ Cafe has some of the best food this side of the river…. they even deliver…. something I totally applaud.
    go check ’em out…. they are totally compostable… so no waste…
    Vergnetti’s coffee inside has some great lattes…. it’s like a one stop shopping event.

  2. I love Che Cafe! I could eat their burger every day for the rest of my life and be happy. I also love how nice the people who run it are. They’re so friendly that I always look forward to coming back.

    The best part is that I can go right next door to Vergnetti’s coffee and sit down with an amazing coffee and have my awesome burger brought right to me. How great is that?

  3. I have only eaten at Che Cafe once (mac and cheese), but it was delicious. Creamy and comforting. The people running it are funny and friendly. The cool thing was that I went to Vergnetti’s Coffee and they brought the food to me so I could sit down with my with my meal and latte (which was also really delicious). Check both places out!!

  4. Jenn Wilson says

    I DREAM about Mr. Riley’s Sake Mac and Cheese…NO really, dream of it! I have never had Mac N Cheese that was so flavorful, they even have Martha Stewart’s Mac n Cheese recipe beat by a LANDSLIDE! Every time I go I get an order of tomato soup and grilled cheese too. Yes, Terry and Ryan love dogs, even ones that don’t belong to them as we share Tanner The Time Share Dog (he’s really my dog but they take him in on rare occasions that he needs to go to Doggy Day Camp for some fun.)

  5. Nicole Cathcart says

    I LOVE the black bean burger. The fries and home made ketchup are awesome too. My husband likes the mac and cheese. We keep ordering our favorites-now I can’t wait to try more. They gave our dogs treats they had made. I always stop into Vergnettis coffe for a latte when I am there. Soooo gooood…

  6. Dang! Testimonials don’t lie man…I’ve been riding by Ché for a while and have been quite curious about its innards. Definitely will have to have an enormous meal there soon.

  7. This place is AWESOME and I’ve been dreaming going back. The black bean burger was delish and the fries are perfection. I am now salivating.

  8. I LOVE this cart. First time I went there I tried the sake mac and cheese and I literally licked the container clean it was so good. Super friendly service, super tasty food, and super close to my house. It’s a win-win-win.


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