Food Cart News Roundup


Some news and events for this weekend:

The vendors at The Row, the food cart pod down on SE 2nd and Oak are throwing their 2nd Family Dinner this weekend. A 6 course Italian dinner created by your favorite food carts including Potato Champion, KOI Fusion, Big Ass Sandwiches, Pyro Pizza, Burgatroyd and Nikki and Lefty’s for only $35. Each guest gets 2 drinks with their ticket. Eastside Distillery is providing vodka and whiskey for cocktails along with Hopworks beer. Proceeds from Family Dinner goes to PROWUS (Portland Rock On With Us), a local non profit that provides grants to after school music programs. Tickets can be had here or at the lot from the vendors.


Nong’s Khao Man Gai will be the feature food cart at the Timbers match against Houston this Saturday at JELD-WEN. I highly suggest getting their early as Nong is one of the most popular vendors in town and I know there will be a line. April 6, match at 7:30pm.


Back in 2009, the street food significantly changed here in Portland with the opening of Mississippi Marketplace. The first developed and designed food cart lot which partnered with an onsite pub for the mix of beer and street food. Since then, while alcohol has been available at the lots, the bar/food cart situation hasn’t been replicated on a large scale. There is Q19 in NW. Last year, Base Camp Brewing opened with two onsite vendors to support their taproom and now the venerable Belmont Station bottle shop has remodeled and closed their kitchen to invite a mobile vendor to be the site’s purveyor of fine food. Italian Market, a newcomer to Portland from Philadelphia will call Belmont Station home, serving up south Philly street food. Belmont Station/Italian Market is located at 45th and SE Stark.


The Nargila Garden, a hookah bar and food purveyor has moved from NE Alberta to the Green Castle food cart pod on NE 20th and Everett. Grand opening is this weekend and they will feature hookahs, water pipes with flavorful tobacco blends alongside food from the other vendors on the lot. They’ll even have a fire pit to keep you warm during the cool spring nights.


New Vendors:

Italian Market-  SE 45th and Stark

Good & Evil Wraps – Cartlandia, SE 82nd and Harney

Pulehu Pizza – SW 3rd and Stark


Pork Chop City has re-opened at A la Carts Food Pavilion at SE 50th and Division


The spring we all expected arrived yesterday with rain and wind. That doesn’t mean the vendors closed. Everyone is still open, fully stocked and ready to fee you. Grab an umbrella or throw on your parka. You’re a Portlander, you’re use to getting a bit damp in spring. Enjoy the carts.


  1. PDXfoodie says:

    Tried to check out the new Produce Row carts on Friday but got there at 6 and they were closed, except for one. Koi’s website said open til 7 but as I find with food carts they open and close when they feel like it, no real hours. As a customer I find this frustrating.

  2. Cris Waller says:

    Ugh, I hope smoking purveyors don’t become a food cart pod feature.

    I was at Cartlandia this weekend and couldn’t believe how many inconsiderate smokers were puffing away while ordering or waiting for their food. For those of us allergic to cigarette smoke, this is tortuous. Sanctioning polluting the atmosphere certainly doesn’t make me want to visit Green Castle any tme soon 🙁

  3. dieselboi says:

    If people are smoking while ordering, that is against Multnomah County Health Code. Each vendor should have a posted sticker that there is no smoking within 10ft. of the establishment. If you experience that, you can report it to Multnomah County Health. Another options would be to contact the lot owner about your concerns.

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