Portland Food Cart News for September


Some tidbits of food cart news for September:

Food Cart Pod Closures – we knew it was coming. With property values skyrocketing in the city, some food cart pods are going the way of development. Good Food Here in SE 43rd and Belmont will close soon and vendors are already seeking new locations. A new pod is sprouting up across the street. More details on that when it comes together. Q19 in NW Portland is closing. We’ve been contacted by multiple vendors there about the lot being developed in the near future and they are being evicted.


New Food Cart Pod in Sellwood. Piknik Park Food Carts and Beer is now open on SE 11th and Tacoma in Sellwood. The new pod has attracted a great lineup of vendors including:

  • Bent-Lee’s Kitchen – brats, schnitzel, tacos
  • City Slickers – specialties from cities around the USA
  • Devin’s Dive – plant based grub
  • Essential Whole Juice
  • Polli-Tico – rotisserie Peruvian chicken
  • SushiLOVE – vegan sushi
  • Straits Kitchen – Malaysian
  • Village Patisserie – French inspired bakery

The lot is new, so hours are still being flushed out, but expect vendors to follow the east side model doing lunch and dinner during the week including weekend service.


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Mini Mobile Bike Carts

Are you shopping for a mobile unit? There are many options – trucks, trailers, buses, vans. OR, you could go with a bicycle trailer solution. Mini Mobile Bike Carts is located down in the central east side industrial district where they build custom bike trailers that can be used for food service. So cool. Owner Jason Brown launched a Kickstarter to grow the business and bring his custom trailers to the masses. Maybe we’ll see a few roaming the city in the coming months.


New Vendors:

  • The Cluck Truck – SW 10th and Washington
  • Small Pharaoh – expanded to SW 3rd and Washington
  • MFTasty-  N Mississippi and Beech
  • Pineapple Bliss – Cartlandia
  • Tōv: an Egyptian/middle eastern themed coffee cart – SE 32nd and Hawthorne


The City of Milwaukie is looking into food cart pods. On September 22, the city will host a forum to discuss bringing organize pods to the city. If you’re from the area and want to have a voice in the decision, head on down to the Public Safety Building at 3200 SE Harrison St. at 6pm on the 22nd. The conversation will include identifying publicly owned land to be used to host vendors. The city also has a survey going if you can’t make the public meeting.


Labor Day usually signals the end of the summer sales season for the food carts in town. With the weather changing and tourists back home, sales are down for many. But we’re Portlanders. We have parkas. Head on out to your favorite food cart or pod this week and let them know you’re still a customer. Thank you for supporting Portland’s dynamic and ever evolving street food scene.

Feast Brunch Village September 20


Portland loves brunch. Saunter down any one of the city’s commercial streets on a Saturday or Sunday and you’ll discover a gaggle of citizen eaters awaiting their next Eggs Benedict or Chicken and Waffle plate. Portlandia highlighted our brunch culture and many of my friends claim the Portland economy is partially based on brunch. We embrace it. We love it. We stand in the rain for it. Brunch! Brunch! Brunch! Chant with me.

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Brunch Village 2014 for Feast

When Feast announced the Sunday Brunch Village in Pioneer Courthouse Square, a collective squee echoed across the land. Presented by Tillamook Creamery and Alaska Airlines Visa Signature the park will be resplendent with Bloody Mary bars, biscuit egg n’ cheese sandwiches, Texas tacos, and yes, fried chicken and waffles. Chefs bring their A game to events like this and all for us eaters. Featured Chefs include Melissa McMillan of Sammish in Ashland, Jason French of Ned Ludd, Rick Gencarelli of Lardo (which use to be a food cart), Nate Smell of Pip’s Originals and Sarah Shafer of Irving Street Kitchen to name a few. Oh, and Bloody Marys, Mimosas and artisan coffee and tea for all.

Brunch Village is September 20 from 11-2. Tickets are still available at FeastPortland.com. Feast Portland’s charitable partners, Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon and No Kid Hungry work to end childhood hunger in Oregon and across America. Feast Portland donates festival net proceeds to the charities and over the last three years, has donated more than $162,000.

Food Cart Events August 14-16


Some events this weekend featuring food carts and trucks throughout Portland

The 2nd annual Jade Night Market takes place in southeast Portland off 82nd and Division. In 2014, the market attracted 20,000 people – a huge success. In 2015, the market has two nights – August 15 and August 22. A celebration of one of Portland’s most culturally diverse areas. Division street will be closed from 80th-82nd and the market is using the PCC campus for the event. The list of vendors is extensive. Both Saturdays, the event runs from 5-10pm with food, retail and live music. On Saturday, the 15th, Portland’s own The Slants will be the featured band. More details about the Jade Night Market can be found at Apano.org


2015-Poster-Final-Web-1024x673The crazy Adult Soapbox Derby is Saturday on Mt. Tabor. 19 years and counting, Portland’s finest freaks pull out their home built creations to bullet down from the top of Mt. Tabor using only gravity and skilled driving to survive. A truly Portland event that has been around before the New York Times discovered our ice cream. There will be numerous food trucks at the event including Bunk Sandwiches. Oh and beer. Can’t forget the beer. More details at Soapboxracer.com.


The North American Organic Brewers Festival celebrates 11 years of showcasing some of the region’s best beers at Overlook Park this weekend. From Thursday to Sunday, you’ll be able to quaff your palate with beers from 13 Virtues, Agrarian Ales, Bison Organic out of Berkeley, Falling Sky, Finnriver Farm and Cidery from Chimacum WA, Hopworks, Pinkus Muller from Germany, Vagabond out of Salem and many more. Food vendors include The Dump Truck, Urban German, Farm to Fire Pizza, Portland Curry Co. and more. The best part of this event is the location – Overlook park is right across from a Yellow line MAX station and has great views of both downtown, Forest Park and Portland’s NW industrial area. More details at NAOBF.org


There are so many events happening in this fine city, it is difficult to keep track. Just remember, your favorite food carts and trucks are open, so if you’re hungry, drop on by and enjoy.

August Food Cart News for Portland


Some morsels of news from Portland’s street food scene:

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81st and Washington Food Cart Lot

Pods – Portland continues to grow the number of pods throughout the city. At last count, there are 40+ in all quadrants. Piedmont Station on NE Killingsworth just east of MLK now has six vendors along with a beer and wine cart (listed below.) We also spotted a new pod in the making out off SE 81st and Washington in the Montavilla neighborhood.


The Gaufre Gourmet quietly closed their downtown cart last week. Fans of the delectable Liege style Belgian waffle will now have to find other alternatives. Charlene and Michael, the owners of the cart for almost five years still dish up their tasty treats at Gigi’s Cafe in the Hillsdale neighborhood.


New Vendors and moves:

  • Mrs. Gator’s Snow Balls – traditional New Orleans treat – corner of Western Ave.and  Beaverton Hillsdale Hwy
  • Hash it Out – new breakfast spot at Mississippi Marketplace
  • Dönerländ – Piedmont Station on NE Killingsworth east of MLK
  • Snackriledge – vegan – Piedmont Station
  • Chokdee Thai – Piedmont Station
  • Saucy’s BBQ – Piedmont Station
  • Taco on Fire – Piedmont Station
  • Le Tap – Beer and Wine vendor at Piedmont Station
  • Pig ‘N a Pen – Midwestern delights – Rose City Food Park on NE 52nd and Sandy
  • Scout Beer Garden at South Waterfront off Moody as part of The Gantry
  • Zia Burger – New Mexican inspired burgers and more – roaming
  • La Cubana – Cuban – 3405 SE 82nd Ave north of Powell Blvd
  • MF Tasty – Southwest Inspired Cuisint – Beech Pod on N Mississippi and Beech


Thrive Pacific NW, a longtime roaming food truck in the city, announced this week they are taking over the Alameda Cafe in the Alameda neighborhood for a full service restaurant. Congratulation to Erika and crew. Excited to see the new menu. Watch for soft openings in September and full service by October. 4641 NE Fremont St


The Cheese Plate has announced they are closing their cart on NE Alberta this week in order to pursue a brick and mortar restaurant. What’s significant is they are kicking dairy to the curb and going full vegan. The restaurant, Of Roots and Blooms, is still seeking a location, yet you can enjoy your last non-vegan cheese plate at the cart until Sunday. Wishing them well on their new journey. NE 23rd and Alberta.


The New School broke the news that PDX Sliders is going brick and mortar, yet in a non-traditional way. PDX Sliders is teaming up with Ancestry Brewing, a new brewery in town to open 3 location throughout the city featuring the signature sliders and sandwiches. The brewery will be located in Tualatin with taprooms in Sellwood and inner southeast Portland. Brewing to begin in September with taprooms opening in mid-October.


Enjoy the summer and thank you for your continued support of Portland’s dynamic food cart and food truck scene.

Sandwich Invitational at FEAST


feast portlandFEAST is only a month or so away. Do you have your tickets? The Widmer Brothers Brewing Sandwich Invitational, presented by Dave’s Killer Bread takes over Directors Park right in the heart of downtown Portland the night of September 17th. Use your imagination and create the most creative, flavorful and wacky sandwich and a chef at this event probably put some truffle oil on it. In past years, the Sandwich Invitational showcased amazing creativity and 2015 won’t disappoint.

A national list of Chefs include Nick Anderer of Maialin of NYC, Aaron Barnett of St. Jack, Aaron Franklin of Franklin BBQ in Austin, Vitaly Paley of Imperial, Justin Wills of Restaurant Beck out of Depoe Bay, Alvin Cailan of Eggslut in LA, Gregory Gourdet of Departure and more. Fifteen amazing chefs will create masterpieces for all to try.

Need to wash it down? Vino from Columbia Winery, Erath, King Estate, Northstar and Coumbia Crest. Beer from Widmer Brothers Brewing and cocktails from Hendrik’s Gin will be on offer.

feast portlandFrom an Iron Chef to a Top Chef Master to a BBQ legend, this event has it all. The Sandwich Invitational will be the talk of the town and the unofficial kickoff to a weekend of indulgence that is FEAST. Get your tickets now at FeastPortland.com