Some updates from the food cart world of Portland for September 2012
A Cajun Life will be the guest food cart at the Timbers match tonight, September 29, 7:30pm. As part of the Portland Timbers Food Cart Alliance, they will take over the kiosk above the Southern Front at JELD-WEN to serve their gumbo and more. I have loved having the food carts at JELD-WEN, a better option for the hungries during the game.
Carts on Foster is celebrating Oktoberfest today at the lot from 11am-6pm. All carts will be open along with beer and live music. I cruised by the other day and they’ve added a new BBQ truck and a sandwich truck. Plenty of food options and the weather looks promising. Carts on Foster is at SE 52nd and Foster.
If you’re seeking out all the different Oktoberfest celebrations, PROST! will celebrate on October 6 partnering with the carts at Mississippi Marketplace. The festivities begin at 11am and don’t end till they close.
It has been announced that D-Street Noshery at SE 32nd and Division will close on October 31 to make way for development. Some of the vendors who made that lot home have already moved on to other locations or closed. The carts that are there – Gonzo, Fuego de Lotus, Koi Fusion, Roshambo, Blues City Biscuits, Bailey’s and Captured by Porches are still open, so keep on supporting them through the next few weeks.
Closed carts and moves:
- Port of Buenos Aires has closed
- BaoPDX has closed, but announced they will return
- Angel’s Cabana is closed
- BeMap is closed
- The Ramen Truck has closed
- Cultured Caveman, the Paleo cart, has opened a second cart on SE 41st and Hawthorne
- The Pie Spot has moved their cart to NE 24th and Sandy and are open while they build out their bakery.
- Off the Griddle has closed their cart at A la Carts in order to focus on their brick and mortar restaurant.
- PDX671 has moved from D-Street Noshery to Rose City Food Park at NE 52nd and Sandy
Karen Brooks, the food editor for Portland Monthly, is publishing The Mighty Gastropolis: A Journey Through the Center of America’s Food Revolution which focuses on what makes Portland so amazing when it comes to food and dining destinations. I read an excerpt of the book at Portland Monthly and have already ordered my copy. Such great writing and Karen, having written about food and restaurants for years here in Stumptown, is the one who can tell you the story. Congrats Karen on your new book! Watch for the book to hit shelves before the holiday.
With the arrival of fall, business at the carts does slow down. As the weather changes and the days get shorter, watch for changes in carts’ hours as they will adjust accordingly. You, the eater, can help keep your favorite cart afloat by eating there. Even with the cool and the rain, the carts are open and would love to feed ya. Thank you for your continued support of Portland’s ever evolving street food scene.