I enjoy planning “dates” and I wanted to share my favorites with you —so I started a section called Portland date ideas.
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In the last few years, global news sources have made Portland cuisine synonymous with food carts. Portland is pushing almost 500 food carts at any given time. Below is a list of some of the popular “pods” (e.g. collection of multiple food carts) that I like to visit.
- A la carts (SE 50th and Division Street) This pod is open 7:30am until 10pm and has everything from solar powered veggie burgers to handmade ice cream.
- Cartopia (SE 12th and Hawthorne Blvd) Sometimes I have trouble deciding between Potato Champion poutine, Pyro Pizza, and Perierra Creperie crepes, so I just have all three. At least the burrito place is usually open until 3am. Sometimes I go across the street to the gas station to buy a beer to go.
- SW Alder between 9th and 11th - Try Nong’s Khao Man Gai for world famous Bangkok street food, Pho Sam or Savor Soup House. Hours are typically Monday-Friday 10am-4pm and Saturday 11am-3pm.
- SW 5th between Stark and Oak - There are so many good food carts here. You can’t go wrong with fried pork at Tábor, fusion tacos at Best Bulkogi, a dog on a fantastic bun at Bro-Dog, a burger at Brunch Box, or breakfast burrito at La Jarochita. Peak hours are Monday to Friday, 11am-3pm.
- SW 3rd Avenue between Washington and Stark - Another fun food cart location. Three quick recommendations: Egyptian food at Elmasry, sandwiches at Built to Grill, and baked potatoes at Spud Locker. Seems like these close around 4pm.