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.
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.
- 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.