Pizza Box

Brett Burmeister
Pizza Box

Pizza Box



Location: SE 9th and Oak at Base Camp Brewing
Hours: Sun-Wed, 11:30am-9pm; Thurs-Sat, 11am-12am

The Story:

Pizza. God’s food. That and burgers seem to have been all I ate in high school and college. I can’t believe how we would order Domino’s and actually time them for the 30 minute challenge. Youth! As I grew older, the glory of enjoying good ‘za with a beer changed the game. While Portland has some excellent pie, Pizza Box is a cart at a brewery. Now that’s progress.

Gretel is the name of the wood fired brick-oven inside Pizza Box. It is also the name of a pepperoni, bacon and sausage pie. I like Gretel. The cart, originally located off 82nd and Woodstock, relocated this fall to the new Base Camp Brewing. Since the brewery only has a taproom, they wanted to offer some food options for their patrons and what’s better with your IPL than a good pizza. A match made in marinara sauce.

Margherita Pide

Margherita Pide

Wood fired, brick-oven pizza has become the new level set for many. I too am convinced the wood fire adds something special to the pie. Pizza Box offers 12″ neo-napolitano pies with numerous combinations. All pies can be made vegetarian or vegan, but no substitutions. One can go big with the supreme – sausage, pepperoni, roasted red peppers, onions, mushrooms and a side pepperoncini. Or you can go traditional with the classic cheese – a proprietary blend. Every pie can be made into a Pide, a different take on pie which looks like a pizza boat and is only $6. I ordered the margherita Pide and dove in. The crust, perfectly charred, laid the groundwork for a wonderful little dish. Layers of basil, mozzarella, olive oil and tomato sauce provide an excellent bite each and every time. They nailed it.

Pizza Box is open daily at the brewery. You can enjoy your pizza with a beer or take it to go. Next time you have that craving, drop on by and let them know Food Carts Portland sent ya.

Sample Menu:

  • Margherita – fresh Mozzarella and basil – $12
  • Marinara – marinara, roasted garlic, oregano – $9
  • Classic Cheese – $10
  • Veggie Deluxe – artichoke hearts, pepperoncini, roma tomatoes, black olives, roasted red pepper, onions, mushrooms – $12
  • Pepperoni – pepperoni and cheese – $10
  • Supreme – sausage, pepperoni, roasted red peppers, onions, mushrooms – $12
  • Gretel’s Pie – pepperoni, bacon, sausage – $12
  • PBBP – cart made pesto, bacon, artichoke hearts, tomatoes, cheese – $12

Hours: Sun-Wed, 11:30am-9pm; Thurs-Sat, 11am-12am
Phone: 503 683 3154
Facebook: Pizza Box


Smaaken Waffles

Brett Burmeister
waffle food cart portland

Smaaken Waffles

Location: SE 50th and Division at The Lot at Scout
Hours: Check Facebook for updated hours

The Story:

Parked atop recycled acorn shells spread across a lot nestled among the trees is one of Portland’s newest food cart lots and Smaaken Waffles stands out with their version of the “Dutch Taco.”

On the east side, you may be familiar with waffle sandwiches as FlavorSpot has been serving up such treats for years. Now the west side is getting both food cart love and Smaaken’s version of the Dutch Taco. The owners take pride in sourcing local organic wheat flour grown and milled in the Willamette Valley by Greenwillow Farms. Along with wood-fire roasted coffee from Millars, this cart keeps it local, simple and flavorful. [Read more…]

Pirate Fish and Chips

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Pirate Fish and Chips

Pirate Fish and Chips

Location: 1137 Tucker Rd, Hood River, OR
Hours: Mon-Fri, 10-4pm

The Story:

Every so often I get the itch to leave the city and see where the car will take me and hope that I’ll find something awesome to eat when I get to wherever I’m going. A few weeks ago, that itch and a Zipcar took me to Hood River where my friend and I enjoyed some of what Pirate Fish and Chips has to offer.

Hood River, a gem in the middle of the Columbia Gorge, is one of those cities I have visited more times than I can count. As a kid we would stop there for ice cream or Pizza at Pietro’s on our way to camp on the Washington side of the Columbia up by Goldendale. Since then, Hood River became the wind-surfing capital of the world and turned into one awesome little town. These days, while there are amazing outdoor activities available, I visit for the breweries and the food. Like many small towns, Hood River now has some food carts that are making inroads and Pirate Fish and Chips is one of them.

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Roadrunner BBQ

Brett Burmeister
bbq food cart portland

RoadRunner BBQ

Location: SE 52nd and Foster, Carts on Foster
Hours: Thurs-Sun, 11am-6pm

The Story:

When I first set eyes upon the Roadrunner BBQ truck, I questioned whether they were serious about BBQ or about having some fun. The bright red truck is adorned with a full size Chief Wiggum from The Simpsons. But, Roadrunner BBQ has made a name for itself and I was eager to taste some good Q.

RoadRunner arrived in Portland over a year ago and has been at Carts on Foster for at least a few months. Jimmy, the owner, is a Dallas native and admits he’s not a chef, but a meat cutter. I think knowing how to break down a cow qualifies one to cook it. With mesquite from Mexico, Jimmy smokes his brisket for 12-14 hours before he feels it is right to serve. Now that’s dedication. Learn patience young man were Jimmy’s parting words.

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Chopped Brisket Sandwich From RoadRunner BBQ

Brisket is what’s in store when visiting the red truck. While he does offer smoked pork butt, four of the six items on the menu are brisket. You can get a sandwich or a plate, chopped or sliced. A chopped brisket sandwich for me! I want to dive into the fatty bits and taste the salty chewy crust. Jimmy doesn’t skimp. I swear there was at least 1/2 lb of chopped brisket there and every bit of it was a salty, meaty moist delight. A sign of brisket well done is the red between the inner meat and the crust and Jim had that spot on.

Portland has some great vendors who do excellent BBQ, but RoadRunner BBQ has raised the bar. If you’re a BBQ fan, you need to head out there and try what Jim has to offer and judge for yourself. Located at SE 52nd and Foster, the lot now has indoor heated seating and a pod bar with beer and wine. Drop on by and let Jimmy know Food Carts Portland sent ya.

Sample menu:

  • Sliced Brisket Plate with 2 sides – $10
  • Chopped Brisket Plate with 2 sides – $9
  • Pork Butt Plate with 2 sides – $9
  • Chicken Breast Plate with 2 sides – $7
  • Sliced Brisket sandwich  -$7
  • Chopped Brisket sandwich – $6
  • Chopped Pork Butt sandwich – $6
  • Sides, $1.50 each – potato salad,creamy cole slaw, baked beans, mac & cheese

Hours: Thurs-Sun, 11am-6pm
Phone:503 310 2837

Autumnal Food Cart News

Brett Burmeister

October is here with rain and some cooler temps. While some carts are closing, others are opening and some are moving. Here’s a rundown of recent changes.

New Pods:

  • Rose City Food Park at NE 52nd and Sandy
  • Hillsdale Food Park at 6238 SW Capitol Hwy by Wilson High School
  • The Row at SE 2nd and Oak to open end of October

New Carts:

  • King Quesadilla at Green Castle on NE 20th and Everett
  • Ramy’s Lamb Shack 2 at Rose City Food Park on NE 52nd and Sandy
  • Sabria’s Burgers at Rose City Food Park
  • Dagostino’s at Rose City Food Park
  • El Guero at Rose City Food Park
  • Bangkok Xpress at Rose City Food Park
  • Havana Heaven at SW 5th and Stark
  • I Heart this Cart at SW 3rd and Washington
  • Smaaken Waffles at Hillsdale Food Park on SW Canyon Hwy
  • Radiant Life at Hillsdale Food Park

Food Cart Moves:

  • Flyin’ Hawaiian has moved back to Carts on Foster
  • Jonte’s Urban Seafood has moved to Rose City Food Park
  • Violetta has opened a new cart at Hillsdale Food Park
  • Sabria’s Arabic from downtown and most recently of the NE Cully neighborhood has moved to Green Castle
  • Moberi Smoothies has moved from Green Castle to Rose City Food Park
  • Fuego de Lotus has moved from D-Street Noshery to SE 28th and Ankeny, joining The Grilled Cheese Grill
  • Ole Latte is moving to 1410 SE Clinton Street


  • Picnic has closed for the season. They are off making wine. Watch for them to return in spring.
  • Holy Cannoli has closed


Retrolicious has decided to go mobile after having a great success at Green Castle this summer. Watch for them at local events.


Over the last month, there has been a rash of power cord thefts at the food carts, mostly on the east side. Some carts in particular have been hit night after night and as a result have closed. At around $150 a pop, it gets expensive having to replace your power cord and any lost food every other day. It’s sad that this keeps occurring. If you see something amiss at the lots, please contact the Portland Police.


Many vendors have gone mobile over the summer outfitting trucks to bring their amazing food to different events. I recently coordinated 10 mobile vendors to serve 1000 people for an end of conference party with great success. If you’re looking for food trucks or mobile vendors for your event, please send an email to for more information.


Have a great week, stay dry and don’t forget to eat at the food carts!