Location: SE 20th and Morrison
Hours: Tues-Sat, 12-8pm
Take a moped, one of those older ones that you can pedal, replace the front with a two wheeled storage chest and you have Treat Machine, a cart focusing on what’s simple – the taco.
The Treat Machine was built and is pedaled daily by Andrew who wanted to open a food cart with the smallest footprint possible. The modified trike with the two wheeled axle in the front is designed like a puzzle in order to fit all the needed items to run a food cart in the storage chest. This includes the propane tank, a water tank, the grill, utensils, and the food. Andrew joked he was glad Fred Meyer had liberal return policies when he built everything. He rides the Treat Machine daily, usually pedaling, unpacks and sets up for lunch. A great little gig.
Andrew specializes in vegan tacos with handmade masa tortillas, black beans, tomato, cilantro and red onion. Primary ingredients offered are avocado, mango, yam or plantain. Toss in the homemade chipotle garlic or ancho chili sauce and you have yourself a great little taco. I chose to get an avocado and a yam taco. Little chunks of yam were grilled along with the fresh tortilla. Mix all this together for a great lunch. The flavors of the fresh veggies and the cilantro and spicy sauces were just spectacular.
Treat Machine is a great concept – keep it simple and do right by the environment. Andrew is on to something there. I understand another machine is on the way, so keep your eyes peeled. Drop on down to Treat Machine and enjoy one of his great little tacos and let him know Food Carts Portland sent ya.
- Tacos come with black beans, tomato, cilantro and red onion and are served on a corn tortilla.
- Choose from avocado, yam, plantain or mango – $2 per taco or 3 for $6
- assorted drinks available