Events, Food Cart Moves – News


Some items of interest for you food cart fans:

Artigiano is hosting a Friday the 13th party with jazz duo Zac Allen and Jon Letts. Located on SE 33rd and Division, Artigiano boasts an amazing menu of handmade seasonal Italian food. I still remember the garlic scape pasta I enjoyed there on a previous visit. The party starts at 5 with happy hour from 5-6 and jazz from 6-9. Plenty of seating. A great event for a spring Friday. More details can be found here.


The Summer Food Cart Festival is just around the corner on June 21 at Mt. Hood Community College. They have garnered an impressive array of vendors for the event – Koi Fusion, Gaufre Gourmet, The Cheese Plate, A Cajun Life, Hapa Ramen, Moberi, Ole Latte, Pulehu Pizza and more. Get your tickets now. June 21 from noon-7pm. There will be a beer garden and live music. More details here.


Cartopia has re-launched their Night Movies at Cartopia series. Head on down to the pod on SE 12th and Hawthorne for some great food and a flick. On June 15, they will show The Fall and Slither. More details and the list of movies here.


Rockin’ Robyn’s Sassy Burger has moved from Rose City Food Park to SE 34th and Belmonth, a pod which they are working to bring back to life. Now open for lunch and dinner Wednesday-Sunday.


A couple of restaurant announcements. Cultured Caveman has opened their restaurant, the only Paleo focused spot in town. Located in the Kenton neighborhood, they are still in “soft-opening” phase, so hours are 11-3pm and 5-9pm. 8233 N Denver Ave.

The Whole Bowl is expanding yet again having signed a lease for a space in one of the new buildings being constructed at the corner of N Vancouver and Fremont. Look for a fall 2014 opening.


Summer is here and so are summer events. If you’re looking for a food truck at your family gathering or company picnic, let us know. We work with a number of fully mobile food trucks – some of the best in the city. They are affordable and a fun and dynamic edition to any gathering. Email us at for more details.

Thank you for your continued support of Portland’s dynamic street food scene.


  1. Hello, I just wanted to say how much I enjoy coming to your website to reading about the latest news about food carts in Portland. I’m sure many people who are searching for food carts will use your website for guidance and recommendations. As a food cart owner and a food lover, I was wondering if I can make a small suggestions…? Would you be able to make a post or write in the ‘about’ page on reasons why some carts can’t accept credit cards? I don’t know if it was your blog or another blog who made a post about this a while ago, so my apology if you’ve already wrote about it somewhere.

    I’m a long time food cart owner and I still have problems with customers not understanding why we can’t accept credit cards. Many of my regulars understand why but there are new customers (ex.tourists) who insist that we take credit cards because it’s an inconvenience for them to carry cash. We respects all of our customers and their suggestions, but there are some who does not seem to understand what being a small, locally owned-business means. Our prices are around $3-6 so if we accept CC, we’ll have to increase the price, but we don’t want to do that. Recently, one customer wanted to pay for a can of soda (.75 cent) with a CC and got angry at us because we didn’t accept CC 🙁

    I love running my food cart but it’s tiring having to frequently deal with customers who treat us like a restaurant and expect that we provide them with the same services (ex. accepting CC, opening late for dinner, do delivery, online orders, etc.) I see that you’ve already wrote that food carts aren’t restaurants in the about page, but I think many people are missing the point…or doesn’t fully comprehend the meaning.

    I understand that this is a food cart review blog and there’s rarely a place for food carts owner to talk about their side of the story and what we have to go through. Accepting CC is one of the many issues we have to answer to when customers asked, so I hope you’ll consider mentioning this subject in your future post. Thank you.

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