Herb’s Mac & Cheese

Herb's Mac & Cheese

Herb's Mac & Cheese

Location: SE 43rd and Belmont – Good Food Here
Hours: Wed-Sun, 12-8pm

The Story:

Pasta and cheese go hand in hand. There should be a bumper sticker about it. Herb’s Mac & Cheese opened to focus on that combination and add their own taste combinations.

I’m a child of mac & cheese. Seriously. I loved it and ate it whenever I could. I even remember making a batch for dinner but burning the butter before adding the cheese powder. My parents were so nice, they ate it anyways. As I grew older, the boxed goods I grew up on bored me. It was then a friend introduced me to home-made mac & cheese and I was hooked. Taking pasta and different types of cheese and layering it together with extra ingredients and then baking it is probably one of the best dishes out there. I was excited to see Herb’s Mac & Cheese open and offer up dishes that go beyond the standard macaroni and cheese.

Herb's Mac & Cheese

Herb's Mac & Cheese

At Herb’s you can get traditional mac & cheese made with penne macaroni and his signature Mornay sauce. Herb’s starts with white sauce at its base and then mixes in his own secret combination of no less than 4 different cheeses. You can get the traditional dish or create your own with ingredients that include chicken, pepperoni, bacon, garlic, jalapenos, tomatoes, and more. Add extra cheese with choices ranging from blue cheese crumbles to pepper jack to Asiago. If you don’t think you can create your own, Herb will always have a couple of specials for you to choose from. We opted for the Micro-Raptor, a daily special with bacon, tomatoes, garlic, blue cheese and topped with Frank’s Red Hot Sauce. I added in jalapenos to give it a little more kick. With two size options, the small was enough for two people to share, so if you opt for the large, be prepared. The pasta a large tube style penne captured all the creamyness of the sauce much better than old style macaroni does. The jalapenos and hot sauce gave the entire dish the spice we love with flavoring and not just heat. I had eaten throughout the day and didn’t think I was hungry, but it was so tasty I devoured it right there, event getting in a bit of trouble for eating more than my share.

Herb’s Mac & Cheese offers up a childhood favorite with some artistry in one of the most unique shaped carts seen to date. If you’re a pasta and cheese fan, you need to visit and enjoy what Herb has to offer. Let them know Food Carts Portland sent ya.

Sample Menu:

Two Sizes: Small, $5; Large, $7. Choose to add from the following ingredients:

  • Meats: Bacon, Chicken, Pepperoni
  • Veggies: garlic, spinach, broccoli, jalapenos, diced tomatoes, sun-dried tomatoes
  • Extra Cheese: blue cheese, feta cheese, pepper jack, cheddar, Parmesan, Asagio

Hours: Wed-Sun, 12-8pm
Phone: 503 928 7559
Website: HerbsMacandCheese.com
Twitter: @HerbsMacandCheese
Facebook: Herb’s Mac & Cheese



  1. The owners did a beautiful job of renovating this cart. In a previous life, the cart was in Florida selling something unrelated to mac and cheese (I think the owner told me it was hot dogs, thought can’t remember for sure). Oh, and the mac n’ cheese is great!

  2. Ate at Herb’s when we visited Portland this past fall. The owner made a fresh batch of Pasta and sauce for me with Bacon. It was sinfully delicious! Very friendly and clean. I will be back on my next trip to Portland!

  3. Great cart, good people, awesome value! I got the meat lovers and will most definitely go back. Hearty cheesy goodness good the the last bite!

  4. People were extremely friendly and I LOVED the mac n’cheese!!

  5. Went there a couple of days ago for the first time and got a regular size with bacon, mushrooms and feta cheese crumbles for $7. It was extremely good! I’ll definitely be going back. My sole criticism is that, well, it’s not actually macaroni! A small detail for some, perhaps, but I much prefer the size and mouth feel of macaroni over the penne that this cart uses. That may not bother you though and, like I said, it’s damn tasty stuff!

  6. We were sad because we wanted to try them out, but it looks like they moved. So don’t trust the location here. Their website states they moved to SE 43rd and Belmont.

  7. Just tried Herb’s Mac ‘n Cheese and I loved it! I ordered a “Lucy’s Special” with chicken, garlic, bleu cheese and Frank’s hot sauce. Fantastic! I’ll be going back. Generous portions too and it’s packaged well for take-out.

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