Fire Destroys Food Carts at PSU Pod


An early morning fire has destroyed or damaged five food carts at the popular PSU food cart pod on SW 4th and Hall. The Oregonian reports that a fire was reported around 4:30am, Tuesday morning and Portland Fire was quick to respond. Yet, as the cleanup began, it was discovered that three carts are a complete loss and two others are damaged.

  • Phat Cart – damaged
  • Krua Bangkok – destroyed
  • Rice and Noodle – destroyed
  • Comfortably Yum – destroyed
  • The Fusion Box – damaged

The street is currently closed as of Tuesday morning while they mop up and allow for the propane tanks to vent. A sad day for the cart owners. We’ll keep you posted on new developments as they arise. Oregonlive’s coverage.

The Gantry at Zidell Yards Now Open


When we first announced the new food cart pod on South Waterfront, some asked what a gantry was. Well, without going into a textbook definition, just take a gander at the gantry there supervising the trucks below.

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The Gantry at Zidell Yards

The Gantry food cart pod soft opened on July 15 with Hot Box BBQ, Ash Wood Fired and Garden Monsters serving up lunch. Neue Southern is on site and will open soon. A produce market and Namu will join the vendors in the coming weeks. Across the street, Scout Beer Garden will soon open to enjoy a cold snack with your nosh. With the food cart pod, South Waterfront has officially joined the fold. Welcome.

The Gantry is at 3200 SW Moody, right at the entrance of South Waterfront at the base of the OHSU tram.

Portland Food Cart Festival Saturday July 18


portland food cart festivalThe Portland Food Cart Festival takes over the Rose Quarter this Saturday, July 18. In the common area in front of the Memorial Coliseum, food carts and trucks from around the city will come together to sell their wares. The festival is a fundraiser for ALSO, which promotes the full inclusion of people with developmental and intellectual disabilities in the life of their community. In its 3rd year, the festival moves from Gresham to Portland and the organizers, enterprising food cart owners, have put together an amazing line up:

Kingsland Kitchen                     Moberi
Ole Coffee                                    PDX Sliders
RivPDX                                        Sweet Annie’s
Taqueria La Merced                  Gimme Some Sugar Concessions
BBQ Fusion                                Beez Neez Gourmet Sausages
Churros Locos                            El Taco Yucateco
Koi Fusion                                   Phat Cart
Ramy’s Lamb Shack                  Top O Hill Restaurant (Top on the Run)

I visit street food festivals around the nation and world and do my best to try each vendor. Saturday will be one gluttonous day.

The Portland Food Cart Festival goes from 2-10pm on Saturday and their asking for a suggested donation of $5. VIP packages are still available for $50, which gets you in 2 hours early. Live music, a beer garden, activities for the kids and street food – what more could you ask for. Thank you to the generous sponsors for making this event a success – Weston Kia, KG Specialties and Skyland Pub.

More details about the event can be found at

The Gantry at Zidell Yards – New Pod


We’ve been hearing scuttlebutt about a new food cart pod down at South Waterfront at the base of the tram. I’ve spoken with a few vendors who are moving there, but the plans weren’t final. Today, Garden Monsters announced they would be closing their cart on NE Alberta in order to move to The Gantry at Zidell Yards. The pod’s name is official. A quick search and they have a Twitter account – @TheGantryZidell. Other vendors who have announced they are moving include Neue Southern, Ash Wood Fired and Scout Beer Garden. The pod will be situated just north of the base of the tram in front of Zidell marine. I can’t wait to hang out under the Ross Island bridge watching the hustle and bustle of trams and MAX and hearing the sounds of ship building a few feet away. According to reports, they are looking at a mid-July open. We’ll keep you posted.

The Gantry at Zidell on Twitter.

The Eating Place at Aloha Mall – New Food Cart Pod

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The Eating Place at Aloha Mall

The West Side has a food cart pod. You’re surprised as I am, I know. Some elected officials in municipalities west of Portland don’t necessarily care for food carts or trucks, but it appears Aloha is not one of them. The Eating Place at Aloha Mall came together over the past month and features seven vendors and covered seating. Aloha Mall is located at the corner of SW 185th and TV Highway. The food cart lot takes over a portion of the underutilized parking space behind the mall.

The Eating Place at Aloha Mall features the following vendors:

  • Batter Up Waffles – waffle sandwiches
  • Mexico Lindo
  • Frosty Ribbons – Hawaiian Shave Ice
  • Yummy Bubble Tea
  • Diva Dogs
  • Master Taco

There are a few covered seating areas to get out of the sun and the lot is celebrating their grand opening the weekend of June 27-28. The vendors will offer free samples and giveaways along with activities and even super heroes. More details on the Grand Opening.

Congratulation Aloha for embracing food cart pods. If you live or work out that way, drop on by and see what they’ve created.

The Eating Place at Aloha Mall
Facebook – The Eating Place
18631 TV HWY, Behind Little Caesars