Welcome Feast

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Feast is upon us. An entire weekend of activities featuring Oregon’s Bounty. I call it a weekend of indulgence and joy. So many events featuring the amazing food of Oregon and Portland with top chefs and competitions and opportunities to eat your heart out. If you’re visiting, take a moment to check out Portland’s amazing street food scene while you’re here.

Portland’s Food Carts are congregated in pods throughout the city. These are surface area parking lots with food carts parked and vending out to the public.

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SW 10th and Alder Food Cart Pod

Downtown Pods:

  • SW 3rd and Stark – 20+ vendors. Many open late night
  • SW 5th and Stark – 20+ vendors, mostly lunch – check out Tabor Czech and Real Taste of India, two venerable vendors who have been around 10+ years
  • SW 10th and Alder – 60+ vendors – lunch and dinner all weekend – an entire city block of food carts. Check out Nong’s Khao Man Gai, The Dump Truck, Rua, Kargi Gogo (Georgian), The People’s Pig, Grilled Cheese Grill, Sawasdee Thai, Delicious (Romanian) and more. Haggis dinner from The Frying Scotsman may be poignant.
  • SW 4th and Hall – 20+ vendors

East side pods and neighborhood pods close in and accessible by public transportation:

  • Mississippi Marketplace – N Mississippi and Skidmore in the Mississippi Historical District. Features covered seating and 9 vendors including The Big Egg (breakfast), Minizo (ramen), Native Bowl (vegan), Home Grown Smoker Vegan BBQ, Koi Fusion and Miss Kate’s Southern Kitchen. Bring your food into PROST!, the German pub on site.
  • Tidbit – SE 28th Pl. and Division – Portland’s newest pod with 18 vendors including Love Belizean, Timber’s Dog House, Hapa PDX (Ramen), Lodekka (Vintage clothing), Smaaken Waffles and an onsite beer cart. Great for evening relaxation.
  • 23rd and Alberta Pod – NE 23rd and Alberta in the Alberta Arts District – 5 vendors including Uncle Tsang’s Szechuan, The Cheese Plate, Garden Monsters and The Sugar Shop. Covered seating, live music on the weekends and beer from the Hoppy Camper.
  • Pod 28 – SE 28th and Ankeny. A great little pod featuring beer by Captured by Porches and vendors including Burrasca (Tuscan), Grilled Cheese Grill, Wolf & Bears (falafel and Iraqi street food), Guero and Steak Frites PDX. Covered seating available
  • Cartopia – SE 12th and Hawthorne. Portland’s original late night pod stays open until 4am. Vendors include Pyro Pizza, Potato Champion (Begian Fries and Poutine), Whiffies Fried Pies, PBJ’s Grilled and Perierra Creperie.
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Captured by Porches Beer Bus

The east side has over 20 food cart pods to explore with over 200 vendors.

Porltand’s street food scene continues to evolve, so even if you’ve explored in prior years, more than likely, there are new exiting vendors to eat from.

Feast is an amazing event for Portland. For a full list of Feast events, visit FeastPortland.com.

 

Tidbit Food Cart Pod Grand Opening and New Carts

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Tidbit, Portland’s newest food cart pod on SE 28th pl and Division is celebrating their official grand opening Saturday September 13 from 12-8pm. If you haven’t been to the lot, you should check it out. Put together in just a couple of months over the summer, it is one of the most welcoming food cart lots I’ve been to in the city. The vendors are setup to surround a seating area replete with a fire place and a beer vendor. Come for food from Aybla, Namu, Pyro Pizza, Love Belizean, Hapa PDX, Buki and more. Fresh produce from Parsons Farms. Get some shopping done at Menagerie,  DragonflyMonet or Lodekka. Live music will greet you starting at noon.

Tidbit – SE 28th Pl and Division. Grand Opening September 13 from 12-8pm

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The Spicy Spoon on Mississippi

New Carts:

  • Dogbone Farm – Tidbit
  • Stacy’s 65 – Tidbit
  • Ingrid’s Scandinavian Food – Tidbit
  • Dog Town – Tidbit
  • Buki – Tidbit
  • DragonflyMonet – Tidbit
  • sushiLove – SE 26th and Belmont
  • Leo’s Novelty – SW 4th and Burnside
  • Pi Squared Wood Fired Pizza – Carts on Foster
  • Taqueria Seafood El Morrillo – Cartlandia
  • Neue Souther PDX – SE 26th and Belmont
  • Lower East Side Deli – SW 3rd and Washignton
  • The Spicy Spoon – N Mississippi and Fremont

Enjoy.

Small Pharoah’s

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Egyptian food cart Portland

Small Pharoah’s

Location: SW 5th and Stark
Hours: Daily for lunch and dinner

The Story: Portland has seen a significant growth in Middle Eastern cuisine in food carts in the last 18 months with vendors popping up every week. Small Pharoah’s was one of the first of this new generation of vendors to bring Egyptian and New Yorker food to the eaters.

Small Pharoah’s is the work if Islam Elmasry who came to Portland after some years working and vending in New York. Working at a sidewalk hot dog stand by Macy’s, Islam learned the business and decided to come to Portland to try his hand at opening his own food cart. His first cart was at 9th and Alder and he quickly expanded to SW 5th and Stark, SW 4th and Hall by PSU, SE 48th and Woodstock and this summer opening at Mississippi Marketplace. Four carts in two years and at prime locations throughout the city. Islam is a businessman and Portland welcomed him. In speaking with him, he stated it was much easier to open a food cart in Portland than in NYC. His goal is to offer good food and empower his employees. He couldn’t have done this without them.

Egyptian food cart Portland

Falafel Gyro

At Small Pharoah’s, you’ll find a mix of Egyptian, Greek and American cuisine. Islam wanted the menu to be broad so as to attract most every eater. Gyros with either lamb, falafel, kafta or chicken are their signature items. I picked up the falafel gyro at the cart at Mississippi Marketplace for lunch and was a bit overwhelmed by the size. Large freshly made falafel with pickled carrots and cauliflower and tahini all wrapped up in a toasted pita. I’m a stickler for falafel – I prefer it to be softer and not so deep fried – Small Pharoah’s did it right. Great flavors without the hard crust you sometimes get from other vendors. The entire qyro was enough for two people or two meals. A great value.

Small Pharoah’s is an example of success in the street food business in Portland. Islam is thankful not just for his customers, but also for those who helped him along the way including Al, Robin, Paula, Adianet, Elita and Khalid. Find Small Pharoah’s food carts throughout the city and let them know Food Carts Portland sent ya.

Sample Menu:

  • Chicken and Rice – $7
  • Lamb Gyro – $5
  • Chicken Gyro – $6
  • Falafel Gyro – $8
  • Greek Salad – $6
  • Kofta over Rice – $10

Phone: 917 500 9181

New Food Cart Pods Popping Up in Portland

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A few new food cart pods have sprouted in the last month here in Portland. For the uninitiated, we call the lots where food carts congregate pods.

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Tidbit

Tidbit – one of the coolest pods to open in the last few years, the lot boasts an impressive 18 vendors including a beer vendor, a vintage clothing shop, a florist and more. Located on SE 28th Pl. and Division, the carts surround a large welcoming and covered seating area replete with picnic tables and a fire pit. Vendors include Smaaken Waffles, Love Belizean, Earth Burgers, Tandoor Indian, Aybla, Hapa Ramen, Lodekka and more. Open daily.

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The Fusion

The Fusion Food Pavillion- Located on NE MLK and Jarrett, this lot has hosted a number of food vendors over the years, dating back to the 90’s. This past summer, they built a welcoming seating area with a small fire pit and covered seating and attracted a few new vendors offering Thai, Mexican, BBQ and Jamaican.

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Nick’s Parkrose Food Corral and Pub

Nick’s Parkrose Food Corral and Pub – Located on NE 118 and Sandy, this lot offers Nick’s Pub along with space for a number of food carts and trucks. Onsite as of September vendors include Aprisa Mexican and El Taco Regio.

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Powell Food Carts – A new lot on SE 82nd Ave just north of Powell is setup ready for vendors. Rosita’s Place, a Mexican vendor has moved there. The area is quickly changing with Fubonn hosting the Jade Night Market on the weekends. If you’re looking for a new spot, check them out.

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SE 26th and Belmont – A lot that has had a cart come and go over the years now has five who have arrived just in the past month. Pi Wood Fired Pizza, suchiLove and a few others that are new and not open yet. SE Portland seems to be getting the food cart love.

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Multnomah Village Food Cart Pod – SW 35th and Multnomah, the lot has Karmady House with organic Juices and smoothies, Silva Cafe for coffee and pastries and Parsons Farms for local veggies and fruit.

Portland continues to redefine the street food environment. More vendors open every week bring us great food and culture. Keep on supporting local food carts.

How to Open A Food Cart in Portland

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Ever had a question on how to open a food cart in Portland. More specifically, open a food cart in Multnomah County? Well, our friends at Multnomah County Environmental Health received a grant to publish a playbook for aspiring vendors. I’ve always told vendors who have questions to give Multnomah County a call. They are your resource for those frequently asked questions. Now, they have a manual. And, if you’re looking to open a food cart outside of Portland, the playbook discusses the different types of mobile food units allowed in the state. What is a class 2 food cart? Where do you dump grey water? Do you need a commissary? All answered.

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In many cities across the nation, it is a morass of regulations, rules and policy a vendor needs to wade through. Here in Portland, Multnomah County makes it simple and straightforward.

Find the Mobile Food Unit Playbook here or drop on by Multnomah County’s offices for a spiral bound copy. Thank you Multnhomah County Enrironmental Health.

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