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A takeout container is filled with chicken thighs in a mushroom gravy, with a side of collard greens and a scoop of mac and cheese. To the right, another takeout container is filled with red-hued wings. Both takeout containers are from Erica’s Soul Food, the Portland, Oregon cart on SE 82nd.
Smothered chicken and ATL wings at Erica’s Soul Food
Brooke Jackson-Glidden

A Guide to Portland’s Most Outstanding Food Carts

Where to catch the city’s tastiest meals on wheels, from hand-pulled noodles to Senegalese mafe yapp

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Smothered chicken and ATL wings at Erica’s Soul Food
| Brooke Jackson-Glidden

Portland's reputation as a quirky, food-centric city is well known, and it’s undeniable that a large part of its culinary identity stems from food carts. Carts themselves are well-suited to this particular moment in dining, a format built for takeaway and social distancing between chefs and diners. Covering a wide swath of cuisines across the city, this map pays homage to the beloved Portland food scene on wheels, featuring the hottest food carts and trucks. For some of the hottest new food carts, check out the Eater PDX heatmap.

Health experts consider dining out to be a high-risk activity for the unvaccinated; the latest data about the delta variant indicates that it may pose a low-to-moderate risk for the vaccinated, especially in areas with substantial transmission. The latest CDC guidance is here; find a COVID-19 vaccination site here.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Yoshi's Sushi

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3530 SW Multnomah Blvd
Portland, OR 97219
(503) 833-2940
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Bamboo sushi veteran Yoshi Ikeda opened this sushi cart in the Multnomah Village French Quarter food cart pod in 2019 and has been serving up high-caliber fish ever since. Fun, innovative rolls like the lime green roll with sesame-crusted spinach, cucumber, roasted pepper, avocado, microgreen salad are only improved with the cart’s ginger miso. Rotating nigiri and occasional hand rolls showcase super fresh seafood Ikeda is sourcing. The cart is open for phone orders, and don’t take walk-ups.

2. Bing Mi

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1845 NW 23rd Pl
Portland, OR 97210
(971) 930-2968
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Bing Mi in Slabtown specializes in Northern Chinese-style savory crepes called jianbing. Fermented black bean paste and spicy chili sauce come slathered on an eggy crepe filled with green onions, cilantro, pickled vegetables, and a fried wonton cracker, combining bright, umami-rich flavor with both chew and crunch. Options include loading up the jianbing with bacon, spam, or even roast duck. The cart is open for walk-up orders.

3. Farmer and The Beast

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1845 NW 23rd Pl
Portland, OR 97210
(971) 319-0656
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This Northwest Portland food cart shows off some of the region’s finest seasonal produce: Oregon strawberries appear, red to the center, in a salad with cucumbers and spring lettuces; spring peas and grapefruit benefit from the creamy tang of fresh sheep’s milk cheese from Washington’s Black Sheep Creamery; fall chicories and apples end up in a salad covered with cheddar shavings and the cart’s herb-heavy ranch. Then again, those seeking a serious smash burger will find one of those here, too. The cart is open for walk-up orders.

4. Matt's BBQ

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4233 N Mississippi Ave
Portland, OR 97217
(503) 504-0870
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Prost Marketplace, home to some of the city’s finest food carts, welcomed Matt’s BBQ after it was booted from its original location. With menu additions like Texas-style tacos and a focus on simply-seasoned-but-expertly-cooked barbecue, Matt’s BBQ has become a Portland staple. During the pandemic, Matt’s has shifted its ordering system somewhat: Customers order a la carte meats and sides online, as well as sandwiches piled with chopped brisket or North Carolina-style pulled pork, before picking up at the cart. Matt’s is known for its tender brisket, peppery spare ribs, and house-made jalapeno-cheddar sausage, but the under-the-radar hit on the menu is its butter-dipped smoked turkey. One thing’s for certain: It’s sacrilege to miss a side of the queso mac and cheese. The cart is open for walk-up orders and delivery.

5. Kabba’s Kitchen

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4631 N Albina Ave
Portland, OR 97217
(503) 438-6770
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Senegalese and Gambian cart Kabba’s Kitchen sits in a nondescript lot just a few blocks from the flashier Prost Marketplace pod, but its lively-and-bright chicken yassa, crispy fataya (think of them as Senegalese fried empanadas) filled with intricately spiced beef, and creamy mafe yapp with hunks of carrots and potatoes blanketed in orange-hued peanut sauce may draw its neighbor’s customers down Albina. The shop’s bissap, cold and burgundy with hibiscus, is a worthy pairing for any dish on the menu.

6. Stretch the Noodle

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223-269 SW Washington St
Portland, OR 97204

Anyone who visits this downtown Portland food cart will likely spot chef Xuemei Simard quite literally stretching, slapping, and pulling noodles for bowls of killer beef soup or stir fries, fragrant with ma la or five spice. The dumplings, each packing a full shrimp with its tail poking out, are no slouch either. Stretch the Noodle is open for walk-up orders.

7. Kee's #Loaded Kitchen

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5020 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
Portland, OR 97212
(503) 516-2078
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Internet sensation Kiauna Nelson built her food cart dreams through self-taught culinary training and a business degree. Now, she serves massive piles of chicken and knockout mac and cheese half the week at her MLK food cart. Kiuana’s (or Kee’s) specials can be found through her social media posts, but any day customers can walk up for sweet-salty fried chicken, catfish, and saucy mac and cheese. Go early to line up; the food sells out sooner than posted hours may suggest. Kee’s is open for walk-up orders.

8. Jojo Food Truck

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3582 SE Powell Blvd
Portland, OR 97202
(971) 331-4284
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When they’re not posting absurdist content on Instagram or giving away meals in response to the pandemic, Justin Hintze and his crew at Jojo are slinging some of the most sought after fried chicken sandwiches in town. The pepper-relish-topped spicy chicken sandwich is joined by a two cheese, ranch, and cole slaw chicken melt on butter toasted shokupan. Keeping an eye on the specials via social media is also a strong play, and cold beverages from the nearby John’s Marketplace window allow for beer pairings. Jojo is open for walk-up orders and delivery.

Fried chicken melt at Jojo is american and cheddar cheeses, crystal hot sauce, house ranch, coleslaw, butter toasted shokupan
Fried chicken melt at Jojo
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9. Matta

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4311 NE Prescott St Ave
Portland, OR 97218
(971) 258-2849
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This Vietnamese-American spot serves comforting classics like thit kho, braised pork belly and soft boiled egg in a broth-y blend caramel, coconut, and chilis, and da lat, fried chicken marinated in nuoc cham. That menu is balanced with Việt Kiều dishes straight from owner Richard Le’s brain, including breakfast sandwiches on pandan rolls and iconic fast food dishes made with Vietnamese sauces and ingredients. The menu items rotate on the daily, but if the green pandan doughnut is on the menu, order it. Matta is open for walk-up orders.

10. Baon Kainan

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4311 NE Prescott St
Portland, OR 97218

This new Cully neighborhood Filipino cart has rapidly grown a fierce following, with dishes like jackfruit-and-mushroom sisig, Filipino spaghetti drenched in a banana ketchup tomato sauce, and fries smothered in beef-based kare kare. However, it’s hard to leave the cart without an order of Baon Kainan’s exceptional chicken adobo, juicy legs tinted with a smoked tamari-vinegar sauce. Baon Kainan shares a pod with Matta, with limited onsite seating.

11. Viking Soul Food

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4255 SE Belmont St
Portland, OR 97215
(971) 506-5579
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For more than 10 years, Megan Walhood and Jeremy Daniels have been churning out Norwegian lefse, potato flatbread, out of their adorable Airstream trailer on SE Belmont. The lefse are reliable comfort food for Portlanders, filled with combinations like meatballs with gravy or smoked salmon, dill, greens, and creme fraiche; any lefse pairs well with seafood chowder and lingonberry iced tea. Customers can order for pick-up or delivery online.

Smoked salmon lefse and lingonberry iced tea at Viking Soul Food
Smoked salmon lefse and lingonberry iced tea at Viking Soul Food
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12. Kim Jong Grillin

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4606 SE Division St
Portland, OR 97206
(503) 929-0522
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These soul-satisfying Korean barbecue boxes are now a fundamental part of Portland’s food scene, and KJG’s owner, Han Ly Hwang, is the longest reigning king of the Portland food cart world. The cart’s take on the classic bibimbap includes expertly marinated meats, japchae potato noodles, rice, kimchi, and a fried egg. The result is a sweet, spicy, and savory combination of flavors that are balanced and comforting. Those not in the mood for bibimbap should go for the cart’s “KJG hot dog,” if it’s on the menu: an Olympia Provisions hot dog topped with kimchi mayo, pickled mango, and spicy daikon. Kim Jong Grillin is open for walk-up orders and delivery via Postmates.

13. Skidbladnir

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5235 NE Sandy Blvd
Portland, OR 97213
(971) 420-3896
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Self-identified Celtic comfort food, Skidbladnir’s menu will include everything from hot dogs to Norwegian meatballs to cured salmon open-faced sandwiches; however, the cart often leans on ingredients raised, caught, or grown here, whether it’s the Oregon clams and halibut in a chowder or the Anderson Ranches lamb on a sandwich with pickled fennel. It’s located in the Rose City Food Park pod, and accepts walk-up orders.

14. Tierra Del Sol Cuisine and Catering

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7238 SE Foster Rd #1
Portland, OR 97206
(503) 975-4805
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Located inside the always-delightful Portland Mercado, Tierra del Sol focuses on Oaxacan classics. Arguably the most popular order is the Oaxacan tlayuda, a serving-plate-sized grilled corn tortilla, mounted with a host of toppings, such as chicharron, avocado, Oaxacan cheese, tomatoes, cilantro, and more. A single meaty tlayuda is enough food for two. Tierra Del Sol is open for walk-up orders and online ordering.

15. Principe Maya

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7238 SE Foster Rd
Portland, OR 97206
(503) 896-1149
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Yucatecan food has a small-but-mighty presence in Portland’s Mexican food scene, with carts like El Taco Yucateco selling panuchos and Loncheria Los Mayas filling tortillas with cochinita pibil. But Principe Maya brought a wider swath of harder-to-find Yucatecan dish to the Portland Mercado (and Portland’s dining scene at large). Here, you’ll find egg-filled tamal-esque brazo de reina, the dark chile-de-arbol-heavy stew known as relleno negro, and minty, plump kibis filled with ground beef and pork — not to mention a knockout cochinita pibil torta. The Portland Mercado has ample outdoor seating for those who want to stay and eat.

16. Erica's Soul Food

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803 SE 82nd Ave
Portland, OR 97216
(503) 922-5519
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Erica’s Soul Food has become a breakout hit in the last two years, thanks to the cart’s combination of knockout chicken wings and updates on soul food classics. Erica’s is a place where diners can find things as wild as pumpkin spice wings, or well-executed standbys like creamy mac and cheese. The cart’s smothered chicken, however, is a particular favorite. Erica’s has no onsite seating, so expect to take your food to-go.

A takeout container is filled with chicken thighs in a mushroom gravy, with a side of collard greens and a scoop of mac and cheese. To the right, another takeout container is filled with red-hued wings. Both takeout containers are from Erica’s Soul Food, the Portland, Oregon cart on SE 82nd.
Two plates from Erica’s Soul Food, including the wings and the smothered chicken
Brooke Jackson-Glidden

17. Birrieria La Plaza - Birria de Res | Mexican Food Truck & Taqueria

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600 SE 146th Ave
Portland, OR 97233

The greater Portland area has a number of exceptional birria carts, but Birrieria La Plaza reigns supreme: Here, customers dunk cheesy tacos into consome swirling with the heat of toasted spices and charred peppers, glistening with a slick of chile oil. Owner Oracio Hernandez’s mother is the mastermind behind the recipe, which she keeps under lock and key; mystery or not, the shop’s quesabirria, mulitas, and vampiros are some of the city’s finest. Birrieria La Plaza is open for walk-up orders.

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1. Yoshi's Sushi

3530 SW Multnomah Blvd, Portland, OR 97219

Bamboo sushi veteran Yoshi Ikeda opened this sushi cart in the Multnomah Village French Quarter food cart pod in 2019 and has been serving up high-caliber fish ever since. Fun, innovative rolls like the lime green roll with sesame-crusted spinach, cucumber, roasted pepper, avocado, microgreen salad are only improved with the cart’s ginger miso. Rotating nigiri and occasional hand rolls showcase super fresh seafood Ikeda is sourcing. The cart is open for phone orders, and don’t take walk-ups.

3530 SW Multnomah Blvd
Portland, OR 97219

2. Bing Mi

1845 NW 23rd Pl, Portland, OR 97210

Bing Mi in Slabtown specializes in Northern Chinese-style savory crepes called jianbing. Fermented black bean paste and spicy chili sauce come slathered on an eggy crepe filled with green onions, cilantro, pickled vegetables, and a fried wonton cracker, combining bright, umami-rich flavor with both chew and crunch. Options include loading up the jianbing with bacon, spam, or even roast duck. The cart is open for walk-up orders.

1845 NW 23rd Pl
Portland, OR 97210

3. Farmer and The Beast

1845 NW 23rd Pl, Portland, OR 97210

This Northwest Portland food cart shows off some of the region’s finest seasonal produce: Oregon strawberries appear, red to the center, in a salad with cucumbers and spring lettuces; spring peas and grapefruit benefit from the creamy tang of fresh sheep’s milk cheese from Washington’s Black Sheep Creamery; fall chicories and apples end up in a salad covered with cheddar shavings and the cart’s herb-heavy ranch. Then again, those seeking a serious smash burger will find one of those here, too. The cart is open for walk-up orders.

1845 NW 23rd Pl
Portland, OR 97210

4. Matt's BBQ

4233 N Mississippi Ave, Portland, OR 97217

Prost Marketplace, home to some of the city’s finest food carts, welcomed Matt’s BBQ after it was booted from its original location. With menu additions like Texas-style tacos and a focus on simply-seasoned-but-expertly-cooked barbecue, Matt’s BBQ has become a Portland staple. During the pandemic, Matt’s has shifted its ordering system somewhat: Customers order a la carte meats and sides online, as well as sandwiches piled with chopped brisket or North Carolina-style pulled pork, before picking up at the cart. Matt’s is known for its tender brisket, peppery spare ribs, and house-made jalapeno-cheddar sausage, but the under-the-radar hit on the menu is its butter-dipped smoked turkey. One thing’s for certain: It’s sacrilege to miss a side of the queso mac and cheese. The cart is open for walk-up orders and delivery.

4233 N Mississippi Ave
Portland, OR 97217

5. Kabba’s Kitchen

4631 N Albina Ave, Portland, OR 97217

Senegalese and Gambian cart Kabba’s Kitchen sits in a nondescript lot just a few blocks from the flashier Prost Marketplace pod, but its lively-and-bright chicken yassa, crispy fataya (think of them as Senegalese fried empanadas) filled with intricately spiced beef, and creamy mafe yapp with hunks of carrots and potatoes blanketed in orange-hued peanut sauce may draw its neighbor’s customers down Albina. The shop’s bissap, cold and burgundy with hibiscus, is a worthy pairing for any dish on the menu.

4631 N Albina Ave
Portland, OR 97217

6. Stretch the Noodle

223-269 SW Washington St, Portland, OR 97204

Anyone who visits this downtown Portland food cart will likely spot chef Xuemei Simard quite literally stretching, slapping, and pulling noodles for bowls of killer beef soup or stir fries, fragrant with ma la or five spice. The dumplings, each packing a full shrimp with its tail poking out, are no slouch either. Stretch the Noodle is open for walk-up orders.

223-269 SW Washington St
Portland, OR 97204

7. Kee's #Loaded Kitchen

5020 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Portland, OR 97212

Internet sensation Kiauna Nelson built her food cart dreams through self-taught culinary training and a business degree. Now, she serves massive piles of chicken and knockout mac and cheese half the week at her MLK food cart. Kiuana’s (or Kee’s) specials can be found through her social media posts, but any day customers can walk up for sweet-salty fried chicken, catfish, and saucy mac and cheese. Go early to line up; the food sells out sooner than posted hours may suggest. Kee’s is open for walk-up orders.

5020 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
Portland, OR 97212

8. Jojo Food Truck

3582 SE Powell Blvd, Portland, OR 97202
Fried chicken melt at Jojo is american and cheddar cheeses, crystal hot sauce, house ranch, coleslaw, butter toasted shokupan
Fried chicken melt at Jojo
Nick Woo/EPDX

When they’re not posting absurdist content on Instagram or giving away meals in response to the pandemic, Justin Hintze and his crew at Jojo are slinging some of the most sought after fried chicken sandwiches in town. The pepper-relish-topped spicy chicken sandwich is joined by a two cheese, ranch, and cole slaw chicken melt on butter toasted shokupan. Keeping an eye on the specials via social media is also a strong play, and cold beverages from the nearby John’s Marketplace window allow for beer pairings. Jojo is open for walk-up orders and delivery.

3582 SE Powell Blvd
Portland, OR 97202

9. Matta

4311 NE Prescott St Ave, Portland, OR 97218

This Vietnamese-American spot serves comforting classics like thit kho, braised pork belly and soft boiled egg in a broth-y blend caramel, coconut, and chilis, and da lat, fried chicken marinated in nuoc cham. That menu is balanced with Việt Kiều dishes straight from owner Richard Le’s brain, including breakfast sandwiches on pandan rolls and iconic fast food dishes made with Vietnamese sauces and ingredients. The menu items rotate on the daily, but if the green pandan doughnut is on the menu, order it. Matta is open for walk-up orders.

4311 NE Prescott St Ave
Portland, OR 97218

10. Baon Kainan

4311 NE Prescott St, Portland, OR 97218

This new Cully neighborhood Filipino cart has rapidly grown a fierce following, with dishes like jackfruit-and-mushroom sisig, Filipino spaghetti drenched in a banana ketchup tomato sauce, and fries smothered in beef-based kare kare. However, it’s hard to leave the cart without an order of Baon Kainan’s exceptional chicken adobo, juicy legs tinted with a smoked tamari-vinegar sauce. Baon Kainan shares a pod with Matta, with limited onsite seating.

4311 NE Prescott St
Portland, OR 97218

11. Viking Soul Food

4255 SE Belmont St, Portland, OR 97215
Smoked salmon lefse and lingonberry iced tea at Viking Soul Food
Smoked salmon lefse and lingonberry iced tea at Viking Soul Food
Nick Woo/EPDX

For more than 10 years, Megan Walhood and Jeremy Daniels have been churning out Norwegian lefse, potato flatbread, out of their adorable Airstream trailer on SE Belmont. The lefse are reliable comfort food for Portlanders, filled with combinations like meatballs with gravy or smoked salmon, dill, greens, and creme fraiche; any lefse pairs well with seafood chowder and lingonberry iced tea. Customers can order for pick-up or delivery online.

4255 SE Belmont St
Portland, OR 97215

12. Kim Jong Grillin

4606 SE Division St, Portland, OR 97206

These soul-satisfying Korean barbecue boxes are now a fundamental part of Portland’s food scene, and KJG’s owner, Han Ly Hwang, is the longest reigning king of the Portland food cart world. The cart’s take on the classic bibimbap includes expertly marinated meats, japchae potato noodles, rice, kimchi, and a fried egg. The result is a sweet, spicy, and savory combination of flavors that are balanced and comforting. Those not in the mood for bibimbap should go for the cart’s “KJG hot dog,” if it’s on the menu: an Olympia Provisions hot dog topped with kimchi mayo, pickled mango, and spicy daikon. Kim Jong Grillin is open for walk-up orders and delivery via Postmates.

4606 SE Division St
Portland, OR 97206

13. Skidbladnir

5235 NE Sandy Blvd, Portland, OR 97213

Self-identified Celtic comfort food, Skidbladnir’s menu will include everything from hot dogs to Norwegian meatballs to cured salmon open-faced sandwiches; however, the cart often leans on ingredients raised, caught, or grown here, whether it’s the Oregon clams and halibut in a chowder or the Anderson Ranches lamb on a sandwich with pickled fennel. It’s located in the Rose City Food Park pod, and accepts walk-up orders.

5235 NE Sandy Blvd
Portland, OR 97213

14. Tierra Del Sol Cuisine and Catering

7238 SE Foster Rd #1, Portland, OR 97206

Located inside the always-delightful Portland Mercado, Tierra del Sol focuses on Oaxacan classics. Arguably the most popular order is the Oaxacan tlayuda, a serving-plate-sized grilled corn tortilla, mounted with a host of toppings, such as chicharron, avocado, Oaxacan cheese, tomatoes, cilantro, and more. A single meaty tlayuda is enough food for two. Tierra Del Sol is open for walk-up orders and online ordering.

7238 SE Foster Rd #1
Portland, OR 97206

15. Principe Maya

7238 SE Foster Rd, Portland, OR 97206

Yucatecan food has a small-but-mighty presence in Portland’s Mexican food scene, with carts like El Taco Yucateco selling panuchos and Loncheria Los Mayas filling tortillas with cochinita pibil. But Principe Maya brought a wider swath of harder-to-find Yucatecan dish to the Portland Mercado (and Portland’s dining scene at large). Here, you’ll find egg-filled tamal-esque brazo de reina, the dark chile-de-arbol-heavy stew known as relleno negro, and minty, plump kibis filled with ground beef and pork — not to mention a knockout cochinita pibil torta. The Portland Mercado has ample outdoor seating for those who want to stay and eat.

7238 SE Foster Rd
Portland, OR 97206

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16. Erica's Soul Food

803 SE 82nd Ave, Portland, OR 97216
A takeout container is filled with chicken thighs in a mushroom gravy, with a side of collard greens and a scoop of mac and cheese. To the right, another takeout container is filled with red-hued wings. Both takeout containers are from Erica’s Soul Food, the Portland, Oregon cart on SE 82nd.
Two plates from Erica’s Soul Food, including the wings and the smothered chicken
Brooke Jackson-Glidden

Erica’s Soul Food has become a breakout hit in the last two years, thanks to the cart’s combination of knockout chicken wings and updates on soul food classics. Erica’s is a place where diners can find things as wild as pumpkin spice wings, or well-executed standbys like creamy mac and cheese. The cart’s smothered chicken, however, is a particular favorite. Erica’s has no onsite seating, so expect to take your food to-go.

803 SE 82nd Ave
Portland, OR 97216

17. Birrieria La Plaza - Birria de Res | Mexican Food Truck & Taqueria

600 SE 146th Ave, Portland, OR 97233

The greater Portland area has a number of exceptional birria carts, but Birrieria La Plaza reigns supreme: Here, customers dunk cheesy tacos into consome swirling with the heat of toasted spices and charred peppers, glistening with a slick of chile oil. Owner Oracio Hernandez’s mother is the mastermind behind the recipe, which she keeps under lock and key; mystery or not, the shop’s quesabirria, mulitas, and vampiros are some of the city’s finest. Birrieria La Plaza is open for walk-up orders.

600 SE 146th Ave
Portland, OR 97233

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