The Roam Mobile Food Conference takes place Saturday, September 14, 2013 here in Portland. Registrations are still available online until 3pm Friday the 13th, or you can still register onsite the day of the conference. Register for Roam here. Roam features 120+ speakers and attendees from around the nation and beyond visiting our wonderful city. We wanted to provide them with some food cart highlights for their short visit so they can make the most of it:
Portland has an excellent bus and light rail system. From the Lloyd district where the convention takes place at the Double Tree Hilton, you can easily get to downtown Portland via the MAX train. You can event take the MAX from the airport to the hotel. A day ticket for multiple rides is only $5 and covers busses also. TriMet info can be found at Trimet.org
We do have Car2Go and Zipcar if you are subscribers to those services and our cabs are quick and easy to call.
Downtown Portland is pretty easy to walk as our blocks are smaller than other major cities.
Bicycling Paradise. Portland is rated as one of the most bike friendly cities in the U.S. From an extensive network that includes dedicated bike lanes and routes as well as trails, biking is a great way to get around and explore Portland. There’s several bike rental companies near the conference center. Check out the City or Portland’s Bike Transportation page for details.
Taxis – Taxis are found near hotels, otherwise your best bet is to call for a cab. All cabs in Portland take cash, credit or debit cards. Radio Cab is worker and veteran owned (Phone 503-227-1212). Broadway Cab is another reliable cab company (Phone 503-333-3333)
If you are driving, parking downtown is fairly easy on the street, although can get crowded during M-F business hours and weekend nights. Or. look for covered Smart Park Garages for affordable hourly parking rates. Street parking is free downtown before noon on Sundays, and every day in the evening. Check the big blue street parking meters for details
PORTLAND STREET FOOD: PODS, LOTS, ROWS, MOBILE VENDING
Most of Portland’s street food is concentrated into lots and “pods”, with a few roaming trucks and other mobile units.
If you’re looking to explore Portland’s street food scene food carts, there are plenty of options. The carts in the downtown core are primary open for lunch, 11-4, Monday-Saturday although a few stay open late until the evening. The vendors on the East side of the river do lunch and dinner and are open all weekend.
Food Carts Portland.com launched in 2007 as a way to list and “tell the stories of the carts”. Our website has the most extensive listing of all mobile food in Portland. You can search by location, cuisine, hours and other features. Or, check out our handy Mobile Apps for iPhone and Android.
SW 10th and Alder – 60 vendors on 1 city block. Open mostly for lunch, but some do stay open for dinner. Featured vendors: Nong’s Khao Man Gai (Thai street food); The Dump Truck, The Grilled Cheese Grill; The People’s Pig; Kargi Gogo (Georgian); The Frying Scotsman (Scottish Fish and Chips); Gaufre Gourmet (Belgian Waffles); 808 Grinds (Hawaiian); Taste of India; Mai Pho (Vietnamese)
SW 5th and Stark – 20 vendors and open mostly for lunch. Featured vendors: Tabor (Czech cuisine); Veli Thai; Left Coast; BrunchBox (burgers)
SW 3rd and Stark – 20+ vendors. Lunch and late night options. Featured vendors: Cultured Caveman (Palio); Pulehu Pizza (grilled pizza); Picnic (scratch made cuisine); DC Vegetarian; Salmon Fusion (all smoked salmon dishes); El Masry (Egyptian)
Food Carts and pods on the East side of the river are open for lunch through the dinner hour and all weekend. If you want to explore, check out the following:
Mississippi Marketplace, N Mississippi/Skidmore – one of the first developed pods featuring 10 vendors and an onsite German pub. You can bring the street food into the pub and enjoy a beer. The Big Egg does excellent breakfast, Minizo has traditional Japanese Ramen, HomeGrown Smoker does vegan BBQ and Miss Kate’s Southern Kitchen does all things southern.
The Row, SE 2nd and Oak – a true vendor managed food cart lot featuring Big-Ass Sandwiches with their famous roast beef sandwich with fries, Koi Fuaion’s Korean fusion tacos, Potato Champion’s Belgian Fries with poutine and others. Open till 7pm
The Alberta Arts District – NE Alberta from 11th to 30th. This street boast a number of mobile vendors along with restaurants and shops. At 11th is the famous Grilled Cheese Grill with their signature school but. At NE 15th, you’ll find Alberta15 which hosts The Cultured Caveman, a Palio cart, Green Monsters with huge salad and others. Further down at NE 23rd is The Cheese Plate and Fijian Indian Curry in a lot with Captured By Porches, a local microbrewery.
Portland does have late night options if you’re a night owl. The well known Cartopia food cart lot at SE 12th and Hawthorne hosts six different vendors who are open till 3 or 4am on the weekends. Potato Champion does Belgian fries with poutine, Whiffies Fried Pies does fried pies, Pyro Pizza has individual sized wood fired pizza; PBJ’s Grilled offers up grilled peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and Perierra Creperie does crepes and smoothies.
If you end up in downtown Portland late night on Friday or Saturday, there are multiple vendors on SW 3rd avenue around Ankeny and Stark who cater to the bar goers in the area.
Here’s a handy map of the food cart lots in Portland:
View Food Cart Pods in Portland in a larger map
We’re excited to have you visit Portland, and hope you are able to explore the city a bit and enjoy some of our street food. See you at the Roam Conference on Saturday, September, 14!