Ja’ Das Food and Dessert Cart

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Ja’ Das Food and Dessert Cart

CLOSED

Location: SE 82nd and Harney, Cartlandia
Hours: Weekdays and weekends, lunch/dinner

The Story: Ja’ Das Food and Dessert Cart at Cartlandia offers up a diverse menu of sandwiches and treats. The food cart is a work of art, a mix of modern with reclaimed. Think flattened soup cans for siding. For sandwichs, you’re offered blackened chicken or pulled pork. For dessets, they feature jumbo cupcakes with flavors including sweet potato, red velvet, snickers and more. They even offer up a plate of ribs. This food cart has it all.

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Fried Chicken Sandwich from Ja’ Das

Phone: 503-351-9769

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Juniper

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vegan food cart portland

Juniper

Location: SW Moody in South Waterfront at The Gantry
Hours: Wednesday-Thursday, 11-3; Friday and Saturday, 12-9. (check Facebook for latest hours)

The Story: Need something fresh, vibrant, natural, locally sourced and made with care? Juniper, a new food cart in downtown Portland opened earlier this year to focus on just that.

Kashi, Lizz, Elena, Francesca and Summer are the five amazing women who make up the team behind Juniper. Four of them came together at Portland State University while working together at Food for Thought, a student-run collective cafe. The focus of their collective dream is to create their own cafe and wellness space and center on the love of food and the passion for full body health. The cart is just the first step in realizing that goal. With a menu of gluten free and vegan eats, you can’t get much healthier than that. Also, these women have the chops to pull it off. In a recent Portland Monthly Magazine article, Molly Woodstock detailed their collective resumes. Francesca once ran a vegan fudge company. Yumm!

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The menu at Juniper speaks volumes about their passion for food and flavor and diversity. Handhelds include a portobello melt with grilled marinated portobello, smoked cashew provolone, sweet onion jam and arugula served on toasted house gluten free bread. Or try one of Mains – the Country Plate with ‘chicken’-fried breaded tofu, daily mashed vegetables, daily greens, seasonal veggies, and mushroom white wine herb gravy. I chose the Five Spice Noodles. Having just returned from SE Asia, I wanted to continue my culinary exploration and broaden my palate. Bulgogi-style grilled soy curls are served atop vegetable and vermicelli noodles with sake-marinated king oyster mushroom ‘scallops.’ All of this is ensconced in a five-spice broth with greens, cilantro, lime and a house made chili oil. The soy curls, bulgogi style, along with the shrooms added the savory and umami flavors while the veggies, thin sliced carrots and cucumber added crunch and sweetness. The broth, that five-spice infused magic offered hints of cinnamon and anise. Every little taste had me questioning – “What’s that new flavor?” There are some great bowls out there at the carts and this one from Juniper ranks among the best for me.

Juniper is located on the Washington side of the 3rd and Washington food cart lot downtown. Open for lunch and on Fridays and Saturdays for dinner also, they regularly have daily specials and rotating daily greens selections. Beyond food, they offer hot or cold tonics and other beverages. Like I sad, a diverse and dynamic menu. Drop on by next time you’re in the neighborhood and let them know Food Carts Portland sent ya.

[Moved to South Waterfront November 2015]

Sample Menu: full menu on website

  • Harvest Bowl – daily mashed root vegetables, daily greens, dahl – $5
  • Five-Spice Noodles – $8
  • Country Plate – $9
  • Portobello Melt – $7
  • Southern Italian Sammy – herbed breaded tofu, cashew basil ricotta, red pepper orange relish, caramelized fennel and onion – $7
  • Tonics-  $3
  • Sides – Smoky Mac, Daily Greens, Seasonal Vegetables – $3-5

Website: JuniperPDX.com
Facebook: JuniperPDX
Twitter: @Junipercart

Pyro’s Wicked Wiches

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Sandwich food cart portland

Pyro’s Wicked Wiches

CLOSED

Location: SE 28th Pl and Division – Tidbit
Hours: Tues-Sat, 12-2pm and 5-8pm

The Story: It began in 2008. After a few pizza carts, John Eads decided sandwiches to be his next adventure and opened Pyro’s Wicked Wiches, a food cart focusing on iconic sandwiches of the Americas and beyond.

Seven years ago, Portland’s first pizza cart downtown arrived at 5th and Stark. Give Pizza a Chance introduced us to great quality pizza made from locally sourced goods for a fair price. After a few years, John decided to focus on Italian wood fired pizza, so built a few ovens and eventually opened Pyro Pizza at Cartopia, Portland’s famous late night pod in southeast. The pizza out of those ovens were an immediate success and allowed John to grow the company with a second wood fired oven at Tidbit and now a sandwich cart. Since the beginning, John believed that good ingredients make good food. Simple as that. Flour from Shepherd’s Grain, Pepperoni from Otto’s Sausage Kitchen, blue cheese from Rogue Creamery, seasonal produce from Gathering Together Farm or Eat Oregon First. Even the sodas are handmade.

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ABC Melt

At Pyro’s Wicked Wiches, the focus is on iconic sandwiches – The Cuban, A Turkey Melt, A Grilled Cheese. Yet, each has been hand crafted in John’s mind and kitchen. The ABC Melt, a take on the traditional BLT, comes with avocado, bacon, white cheddar cheese, cabbage, spinach and tomato and served on a toasted sesame bun. Being a huge fan of the BLT, I dove in. The bun was the best part, creating a burger like sandwich my paws could wrap around. Fresh greens, crisp bacon, cool tomato and I’m sold. Even the house made chips were fresh and top notch. A new twist on an old classic.

Pyro’s Wicked Wiches is at the Tidbit Farm and Food on SE Division. Beyond the sammies, the cart offers soup and house made sodas and even cookies. Next time you’re in the area, drop by for a treat and let them know Food Carts Portland sent ya.

Sample Menu – All Sandwiches $10 and come with chips or soup

  • The Cuban – roasted pork, smoked ham, Swiss cheese, dill pickles, mustard and mayo on a hoagie – pressed
  • Turkey Melt – smoked turkey with melted Swiss Cheese, cabbage, spinach, onions, cucumber and tomato with cranberry aioli on sourdough bread
  • ABC Melt
  • Grilled CBS Sandwich – cheddar, brie, Swiss melted on sourdough with cabbage, tomato and sriracha vinaigrette

Website: Pyropizzacart.com
Phone: 503 706 6344
Twitter: @PyroPizza
Facebook: Pyro Pizza Cart

Dog Town Food Cart

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Dog Town Food Cart

CLOSED

Location: SE 28th Pl. and Division at Tidbit
Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 5:30pm-9:30pm

The Story: When discussing the history of Portland’s street food scene, there is a time around 2007 or 2008 where the cuisine offered at the carts shifted. More international, more fusion, chef driven items and gourmet. In downtown, you can no longer find a simple hotdog. Reindeer sausage, yes. But not a cart focusing on a good old fashioned hotdog done well. I’m glad to find Dog Town Food Cart at Tidbit focusing on the dog.

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The Sonoran

Dog Town starts with a handcrafted hot dog or artisanal sausage and then creates magic. They bake their own buns, make their own pickles and condiments and use only the highest quality, local ingredients. Each bite showcases the care. A hotdog can be simple with a bun, a steamed or grilled dog, ketchup and mustard. I love it. No frills. Yet, sometimes one needs to get a bit crazy and break out of the norm. Dog Town has you covered. The Rocky Balboa, a Philly Cheesesteak Dog. The Memphis, slow cooked bbq pulled pork atop an all beef dog. Farmer’s Daughter – a veggie sausage with romesco sauce, grilled leeks, shaved fennel, arugula and pickled red onions. Something for everyone. I picked up the The Sonoran, a traditional delight out of the state of Sonora in northern Mexico. Bacon wrapped all beef dog with refried beans, salsa verde, avocado cream, grilled onions, and pico de gallo served in made to order fry bread. So beautiful, I didn’t want to eat it. I wanted to preserve it for my mantle. But alas, my cravings took over and I devoured it. Crisp salty bacon, a solid dog. Spicy salsa and the bitterness of cilantro. Every bite, a treat. Made me want to get a second.

Dog Town is located at Tidbit Farm and Food in SE Portland off Division. The lot offers up covered heated seating and a beer garden. Beyond the dogs, Dog Town does offer fried chicken along with house made lemonade. Open for lunch and dinner and weekends, there isn’t a reason for you to not check them out. Let them know Food Carts Portland sent ya.

Sample Menu:

  • Return of the Mac – Mac ‘n Cheese Dog – $5.95
  • Sonoran Dog – $5.95
  • Rocky Balboa – $5.95
  • Farmer’s Daughter – $5.95
  • Getz Yourself a Beer – Beer bratwurst, sauerkraut, grilled onions, spicy mustard – $5.95

Website: Dogtownfoodcart.com
Twitter: @Dogtownpdx
Facebook: Dog Town Food Cart

Spielman Bagels Food Cart

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bagel food cart portland

Spielman Bagels Food Cart

CLOSED

Location: SW 10th and Alder
Hours: Monday-Friday, 7:30am-2:30pm

The Story: Need some morning nosh? Downtown Portland is rather lacking of breakfast options from the carts, so I was excited to see Spielman Bagels take over the corner cart at SE 10th and Alder. Spielman has made a name for itself offering up some of the city’s best bagels in SE Portland. Now, we can all enjoy a kettle boiled salt bagel with cream cheese and maybe some lox.

Spielman’s food cart is open during the week for breakfast and lunch and also serves coffee.

Website: SpielmanBagels.com

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