The Future of Downtown Food Carts – Portland City Council – Oct 31

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What: “The Culinary Corridor” — a plan to save downtown’s threatened food carts
When: Wednesday, Oct 31, 9:30 am
Where: Portland City Hall

Downtown food carts were born of the Great Recession. Multiplying across the city’s surface parking lots, they have collectively grown into one of Portland’s great, grassroots success stories. They have fostered, economic opportunities, culinary experimentation, cultural diversity, tourism, and tasty, inexpensive food.

But, soon, downtown’s most iconic food cart “pod”—the full block at SW 10th and Alder, known as Block 216—will be replaced with mixed-use hotel/condo, Portland’s fourth tallest building. The pod’s 55 food carts are poised to be lost next year.
Development of surface parking lots is inevitable. Downtown food carts are endangered species. Portland needs to step up and help them.
In three, back-to-back “communications” to Portland City Council Wednesday, 9:30 am, a trio of food cart advocates will present a concept: “The Culinary Corridor.”
The Culinary Corridor is an anti-business displacement plan. But it’s also a bold urban design move to create an exciting festival street linking downtown’s hippest shopping district, the West End, with the Cultural District. It will re-energize a moribund downtown street with culturally diverse, inexpensive food. It will be a tourist magnet for visitors looking for an authentic Portland experience.
The Culinary Corridor will be the kind of simple, bold, thrifty innovation Portland has long been known for.
 
Come hear our presentation!
Brett Burmeister started FoodCartsPortland.com in 2008. He is Portland’s leading food-cart tour guide and a fierce advocate for their continued health and diversity.
Daniel Huerta started Churros Locos in 2013 after being laid off. He now has two food truck and a catering business. The World Street Food Congress named Churros Locos to the “Top 50 World Street Food Masters.”
Randy Gragg is a longtime Portland writer and urban design advocate. He has been outspoken about food carts since 2009 when he gave a lecture to the Urban Land Institute on them being “the most important new development in downtown.”
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Flew The Coop

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Flew The Coop

Location: NE 60th and Halsey, The Barley Pod
Hours: see updated hours via website

The Story:  There’s a new pod in town. Baerlic Brewing opened up a taproom and food cart lot in NE Portland and brought in eight food carts. One of those vendors, Flew The Coop, is bringing southern fried chicken to Rose City Park.

Fried chicken sandwiches have become ubiquitous throughout the Portland food scene with both restaurants and food carts putting out tasty little gems. I was first introduced to the southern style hot chicken more than a few years ago when a native of Memphis moved to town. I hadn’t really explored the southern fried chicken nor the simple fried chicken world other than buckets of KFC at school potlucks as a child. So many options and so many flavors and styles. Portland, be proud of the options you have.

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Nashville Hot from Flew The Coop

Flew The Coop offers up five different southern fried chicken sandwiches. The KFC isn’t what you think, just a play on words. Korean Fried Chicken tossed in a sweet & spicy Korean chili sauce, topped with pickled daikon, pickled carrot, sesame seeds, & slaw.  Or you can get a traditional fried chicken or even Buffalo chicken. I opted for the Nashville Hot. There is something going on in Memphis and Nashville and Buffalo where hot sauce and chicken just simply fall into place. The Nashville was spot on. Spicy as F, yet with a creamy coleslaw to calm the tastebuds and pickles on the bottom. I love that mix. The first bite, your tongue gets vinegar and then spice and then the cool of the slaw.

Flew The Coop is now open at the The Barley Pod which offers an indoor taproom by Baerlic Beer and outdoor covered seating. A welcoming place to enjoy lunch or dinner with friends and family. Next time you’re in the neighborhood, stop on by and let them know Food Carts Portland sent ya.

Sample Menu:

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Flew The Coop Menu

Website: FlewTheCoopPortland.com

Summer Food Cart News – 4 New Pods

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Some exciting news to report for all you Food Cart Fans:

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You may not know this, but Mississippi Marketplace on N Mississippi and Skidmore is now PROST! Marketplace. The owners of PROST!, the German pub at the lot, purchased the entire space earlier this year and have been making some excellent changes. New vendors include Caspian Kabob Persian, Matt’s BBQ and Little Conejo. The owners of PROST! have also opened two additional carts – BloodBuzz, an option for morning cocktails and coffee; and BreadBox, a breakfast and lunch sandwich cart. With these changes, you can move about most of the lot with a beer or cocktail and grab a seat and enjoy some tasty vittles. PROST! Marketplace is open daily with some vendors opening for breakfast.

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Baerlic Brewing has expanded to NE Portland with a cool new tasting room and food cart pod. The Halsey Beer Hall at the Barley Pod is located at NE 60th and Halsey and hosts eight vendors including Hapa PDX (Ramen), Namu (Korean/Hawaiian), Bam Pow! Burgers, Bing Mi (Chinese crepes) and Smakken Waffle Sandwiches (Dutch-style waffles). Grab a beer and enjoy some great food from some of Portland’s best vendors. Kid friendly and open daily.

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The Village at St. Johns is yet another new food cart pod located at N Chicago and Ivanhoe in St. Johns. Vendors include Fishbox, Highsight Beer Cart, Taste of Casablanca (Moroccan), Sila Thai and Uncle Tsang’s Vegetarian Kitchen. There are so many exciting things happening in St. Johns, go visit.

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BG’s Food Cartel is the newest and largest pod in Beaverton. The owners created a prime food cart location with seating, an event space and a lawn for picnics. 21 vendors featuring Thai, Chicken Wings, Mediterranean, Argentinean, German, Chinese, Italian, Guamanian and more. The lot sports the Speakeasy Bar and indoor and outdoor seating. Located at 4250 SW Rose Biggi Ave, the lot is open daily.

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With all the new lots and changes on the east side, there is change afoot in downtown. At the intersections of SW 10th and Alder there are 60 food carts who will be looking for a new home in the near future. Developers have submitted plans for hotels on both lots that currently house these vendors. If you have a favorite, go visit this summer and support them.

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Happy Summer. Enjoy the carts.

Anthony Bourdain

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Today we learn of Anthony Bourdain’s death at 61. For many in the food industry and beyond, Bourdain has been a force of good for decades, telling us stories from around the globe and showing everyone that food is an adventure beyond the plate. Tony was an advocate for street food. He was integral in the launch of the World Street Food Congress in Singapore, an event that promotes and professionalizes street food. It’s a sad day for all.

Food can be a difficult world for all involved. Hard days and difficult nights. If you or someone you know needs help, 1-800-273-TALK is just a moment away. There is also a crisis text line. For crisis support in Spanish, call 1-888-628-9454. The lines are staffed by a mix of paid professionals and unpaid volunteers trained in crisis and suicide intervention. The confidential environment, the 24-hour accessibility, a caller’s ability to hang up at any time and the person-centered care have helped its success, advocates say.

The International Association for Suicide Prevention and Befrienders Worldwide also provide contact information for crisis centers around the world.

Rest in Peace Anthony Bourdain. We’ll always have your stories.

Fritkot Belgian Fry Shack

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Fritkot Belgian Fry Shack

Location: SE 52nd and Foster at Carts on Foster
Hours: Thursday-Saturday, 12-8, Sunday 12-4 (Check FB for updates)

The Story:

Fries. We’ve been eating them all our lives. Some believed tots would replace fries in the 80’s, but fries are still the king. Yet, beyond fry sauce or mayonnaise or ketchup, how can you amp up the basic fry? Put gravy on it. Meat gravy. Fritkot Belgian Fry Shack at Carts on Foster does just that.

Everyone knows poutine these days. Fries with meat gravy atop. Most know it as an eastern Canadian dish and there are a few places in town to obtain stellar poutine. At Fritkot, Kris Jonckers puts a bit of a Belgian spin on his dish. Using twice fried Kennebec potatoes, Kris is creating the perfect Belgian fry. In the beginning, Kris was a fry shack and served fries with a meat stew as two separate dishes. Then, in order to attract new customers, he began pouring the gravy with thick chunks of beef atop the fries with a Belgian farm cheese to accent. Viola, Belgian poutine. Spot on.

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Poutine

Fritkot is a located at Carts on Foster which offers indoor seating and beer and cider at the onsite pub. Beyond the poutine, Kris offers up an array of other Belgian delights including a Flemish beef stew, a schnitzel sandwich and salad. Drop on by next time you have a meat gravy craving and let Kris know Food Carts Portland sent ya.

Facebook: Fritkot

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