Spring Food Cart News

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The sun is out and the food carts are open. Eat, Eat Now. Some news:

The TOAST Distillers Festival presented by the Oregon Distillers Guild is happening this weekend at the World Trade Center downtown. 120 spirits from across the northwest, the country and the globe will be available for tasting and purchasing. And what’s better to pair with whiskey or rum? Food Trucks! On the patio off 1st and Salmon, trucks will be set up – Bro-Dogs and Burgers, Retrolicious, The People’s Pig, Thrive Pacific NW, Hungry Heart Cupcakes and Freshii. The event takes place April 11, 5-10pm and April 12, 4-10. $25/person. More details here.

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Rose City Food Park has done some remodeling and I love it. Over the last month, they have moved some of the vendors around, brought in a couple of new ones and moved the Beer Barn to the front under a brand new patio. So many great vendors with a diverse range of options and covered seating. Check out the change at the lot daily at NE 52nd and Sandy. RoseCityFoodPark.com

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Artigiano has announced their spring opening date – April 15. Mark your calendars and schedule your next amazing Italian lunch or dinner. SE 33rd and Division.

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Cartlandia has announced the opening of The Blue Room, a full service bar/restaurant located in the building on the lot. They have worked hard for two years to make this happen, even salvaging some items from an 1860′s church for the inside. They will offer local microbrews and cocktails along with live music on Friday and Saturday nights. As with Mississippi Marketplace, food from the food carts is welcome in The Blue Room. Official Grand Opening is April 18 at 6pm, but it is open now. Sports and Portlandia will show on the big screens.

Cartlandia has also added a couple of new vendors – Ooh Pasta!, Melt It, and Bardo’s Grill. Smokin’ Rome’s BBQ has reopened for the season.

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New vendors, changes, and moves:

  • Ole Latte 2 – SW 5th and Harrison by PSU
  • The Bus Stop Cafe – NE 52nd and Sandy
  • Captain Dillies – NE 52nd and Sandy
  • Steak Frites – SE 28th and Ankeny
  • The Whole Bowl has expanded and taken over the Nourishment cart at NE Sandy between 46th and 47th
  • Koi Fusion has setup at Base Camp Brewing with Gonzo at SE 9th and Oak
  • Pizza Box has moved to E Burnside and 9th

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Koi Fusion, one of Portland’s most well known vendors is partnering with Bridgetown Inc every 3rd Thursday of the month for Night Strike. Koi Fusion sets up their truck under the Burnside Bridge downtown and dishes out tacos for Portland’s homeless. Night Strike is an opportunity for members of Portland’s homeless community to hang out, enjoy a hot meal, receive a free haircut, shave, have their feet washed and have their old shoes/clothes/sleeping bags replaced. Volunteers are welcome. Such a great event. Thanks Koi Fusion for being a part of it. More information about Night Strike.

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Spring is here, but some vendors are still transitioning from winter sales numbers, so on those sunny days when Portland gets out and eats, they may sell out. Don’t fret. They’ll reopen the next day with more goodies. Thank you for supporting Portland’s street food scene.

Eat Mobile – April 27, 2014

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HamburgerEat Mobile is back for its 7th year and will take place on Sunday, April 27, 2014. Willamette Week will bring more than 35 of the city’s favorite food carts to OMSI to serve up small bites of their signature dishes. They’ll also be competing for the coveted Carty Award. I have had the pleasure of enjoying Eat Mobile in years past and it is always a great time to meet the vendors, enjoy their dishes and mingle with fellow street food fans. For 2014, the event is changing from Saturday to Sunday and will feature shorter lines as fewer tickets will be sold, so get your tickets early. Tickets for Eat Mobile go on sale April 2. General Admission and VIP tickets (with early entry) will be available.

Get more information about Willamette Week’s Eat Mobile 2014 here.

Buy tickets for Eat Mobile here.

Eat Mobile 2014
April 27, 2014 2:30-6pm
OMSI

Beech Pod Grand Opening and Beaverton Food Carts

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The Beech Pod at N Mississippi and Beech is celebrating its Grand Opening on Saturday, March 22. Vendors on the site include Gabagool, Tiffin Asha, The Doner Haus and Moberi. Each cart will offer $3-4 tasting menu options and a band will entertain guests throughout the day. N Mississippi has become a mecca for food carts with 16 vendors between Fremont and Skidmore. Head on down between 12 and 9pm and welcome the pod to the neighborhood. More details on their Facebook page.

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Beaverton is revisiting their approach to mobile food vendors with a survey. Do you live or work in Beaverton and want to have a say in how the city approaches new regulations? If so, take the survey and let your voice be heard. Find the survey here.

Food Carts to Restaurants and other News

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

Carts opening Restaurants:

Nong’s Khao Man Gai announced they are opening a true to form brick and mortar restaurant in the space next to their current commissary kitchen on SE Ankeny. The restaurant will feature 38 seats with both indoor and outdoor seating and Nong will bring in soft serve ice cream. The menu will feature her signature Khao Man Gai chicken/rice dish along with other items from her PSU location like Thai Basketball MoM’s wings and  Coca Cola/cocoa powder-braised pork and rice. And beer – including some from Southeast Asia. Congrats Nong. Watch for opening the first week of April. 609 SE Ankeny.

Cheese and Crack opened their new Snack Shop this week at the former Black Bike Cafe space on E. Burnside. I loved this cart and am excited to visit the new shop which will feature their creative cheese plate, homemade crackers plus other items like charcuterie, pickled goods, and sandwiches. 22 SE 28th Ave. Soft Open Wednesday-Sun, 8am-8pm. (Hat tip to EaterPDX)

Tamale Boy opened their brick and mortar on Friday in the NE neighborhood of Woodlawn on Friday. The restaurant will feature their amazing tamales which were named Yelp’s 2012 Dish of the Year along with other treats. Gluten Free, Dairy Free, GMO Free and delicious. Full bar with cocktails and beer. Find Tamale Boy at 1764 NE Dekum. Open Tuesday to Sunday.

Cultured Caveman, with 3 carts in the city, announced they will take over the former E-San Thai space in the Kenton neighborhood. The 50 seat palio focused restaurant will also feature a small retail space and a revamped menu. They have launched a Kickstarter to raise funds. Watch for an April/May opening.

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A few new vendors have popped up out there:

  • Rift Valley – Ethiopian – SW 3rd and Washington
  • The Leyland Cafe – Breakfast in a double decker bus – NE 52nd and Sandy
  • Rua – Vietnamese – SW 9th and Washington
  • Satay Indonesia – SW 9th and Alder
  • Mama Chow’s Kichen – SW 2nd and Oak
  • Thai Pasta 2 – SW 6th and Columbia
  • Tandoor Indian – expanded to SW 6th and Columbia

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Moberi re-opened their bike smoothie cart in North Portland at the lot at N Mississippi and Beech. They are also setting up shop at NW 23rd and Quimby. Get your smoothie on!

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Enjoy the carts!

Casting Call for Great Food Truck Race 2014

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The Great Food Truck Race is back for another round and is actively seeking entrepreneurs and thrill seekers who want to open their own Food Truck. Hang out with Tyler Florence and drive around the country are an added bonus. The Great Food Truck Race is an excellent opportunity for newbies who are interested in opening a food truck to get behind the scenes experience and have great fun along the way. You and two teammates would make up the team and the Food Network and the producers supply the rest.

Great Food Truck Race 2013 in Portland

Great Food Truck Race 2013 in Portland

To apply, send the following information – Name, age, phone number, photo, proposed teammates and photos, description of your culinary background and the idea of your truck to the following email address: foodtruckracecasting@rtvshows.com

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