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15 Outstanding Portland Food Carts

Where to catch the city’s tastiest meals on wheels, for takeout or outdoor dining

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Thit kho from Matta
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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. All of these carts have been open for at least a year; for some of the hottest new food carts, check out the Eater PDX heatmap, or this guide to one of our favorite new pods, Collective Oregon Eateries.

The latest CDC guidance for vaccinated diners during the COVID-19 outbreak is here; dining out still carries risks for unvaccinated diners and workers. Please be aware of changing local rules, and check individual restaurant websites for any additional restrictions such as mask requirements. Find a local 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 last year 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.

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 making 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; Oregon albacore hits the grill before landing on a bun with cabbage slaw. Then again, those seeking a serious smash burger will find one of those here, too. The cart is open for walk-up orders and delivery.

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. For a first-timer, the Whole Shebang is a good place to start, with each of Matt’s meats and three sides. It’s sacrilege to miss a side of the queso mac and cheese. The cart is open for walk-up orders and delivery.

5. 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.

6. 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. Often announced on the day of, Kiuana’s (or Kee’s) menu can only be found through her social media posts. Go early to line up; the food sells out sooner than posted hours may suggest. Kee’s is open for walk-up orders at its new location, farther north on MLK.

7. 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 hilarious content on Instagram and 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 potato salad-laden 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 on their social media is also a strong play, and cold beverages from the nearby, newly-opened 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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8. Holy Trinity Barbecue

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3582 SE Powell Blvd
Portland, OR 97202
(469) 964-9256
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The Texas barbecue contender on the south side of Burnside, Holy Trinity is a destination spot for peppery-smoky brisket, creative house-made sausages, and ribs that easily slip off the bone without losing their structural integrity. The cheesy grits are a must-add, and the cart’s pickles are absolutely underrated; customers can pre-order family packs for takeout. Holy Trinity is open for walk-up orders.

9. Matta

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4311 NE Prescott St Ave
Portland, OR 97218
(971) 258-2849
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Recently relocated to NE Prescott, 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 should be washed down with a soda chanh, mint lime soda, or followed with a green pandan doughnut. Matta is open for walk-up orders.

10. Viking Soul Food

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4255 SE Belmont St
Portland, OR 97215
(971) 506-5579
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For the past ten 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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11. 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 quickly becoming a classic in this town. Owner Han Ly Hwang’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. Kim Jong Grillin is open for walk-up orders and via Postmates.

12. Skidbladnir

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5235 NE Sandy Blvd
Portland, OR 97213
(971) 420-3896

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.

13. Baby Blue Woodfired Pizza

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5235 NE Sandy Blvd
Portland, OR 97213
(760) 442-3466
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Armed with a sourdough starter from his days at Gracie’s Apizza, vegan chef Odie O’Connor started slinging wood-fired pies from this little cart on Sandy. Forty-eight-hour-fermented dough topped with quality ingredients like house-made tofu ricotta and house-made seitan pepperoni come with a crisp chew and char-spotted crusts. The garlicky rosemary pie and the red onion, mushroom, arugula Truffle Shuffle are stalwarts on the menu, while weekly specials like vegan pork chimichurri also make appearances. Baby Blue is open for takeout.

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 meaty tlayuda is $15, but the portion is enough for two. Tierra Del Sol is open for walk-up orders and online ordering.

15. 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 last year 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.

3530 SW Multnomah Blvd
Portland, OR 97219

2. Bing Mi

1845 NW 23rd Pl, Portland, OR 97210

Bing Mi in Slabtown specializes in making 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; Oregon albacore hits the grill before landing on a bun with cabbage slaw. Then again, those seeking a serious smash burger will find one of those here, too. The cart is open for walk-up orders and delivery.

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. For a first-timer, the Whole Shebang is a good place to start, with each of Matt’s meats and three sides. 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. 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

6. 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. Often announced on the day of, Kiuana’s (or Kee’s) menu can only be found through her social media posts. Go early to line up; the food sells out sooner than posted hours may suggest. Kee’s is open for walk-up orders at its new location, farther north on MLK.

5020 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
Portland, OR 97212

7. 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 hilarious content on Instagram and 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 potato salad-laden 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 on their social media is also a strong play, and cold beverages from the nearby, newly-opened John’s Marketplace window allow for beer pairings. Jojo is open for walk-up orders and delivery.

3582 SE Powell Blvd
Portland, OR 97202

8. Holy Trinity Barbecue

3582 SE Powell Blvd, Portland, OR 97202

The Texas barbecue contender on the south side of Burnside, Holy Trinity is a destination spot for peppery-smoky brisket, creative house-made sausages, and ribs that easily slip off the bone without losing their structural integrity. The cheesy grits are a must-add, and the cart’s pickles are absolutely underrated; customers can pre-order family packs for takeout. Holy Trinity is open for walk-up orders.

3582 SE Powell Blvd
Portland, OR 97202

9. Matta

4311 NE Prescott St Ave, Portland, OR 97218

Recently relocated to NE Prescott, 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 should be washed down with a soda chanh, mint lime soda, or followed with a green pandan doughnut. Matta is open for walk-up orders.

4311 NE Prescott St Ave
Portland, OR 97218

10. 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 the past ten 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

11. Kim Jong Grillin

4606 SE Division St, Portland, OR 97206

These soul-satisfying Korean barbecue boxes are quickly becoming a classic in this town. Owner Han Ly Hwang’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. Kim Jong Grillin is open for walk-up orders and via Postmates.

4606 SE Division St
Portland, OR 97206

12. 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

13. Baby Blue Woodfired Pizza

5235 NE Sandy Blvd, Portland, OR 97213

Armed with a sourdough starter from his days at Gracie’s Apizza, vegan chef Odie O’Connor started slinging wood-fired pies from this little cart on Sandy. Forty-eight-hour-fermented dough topped with quality ingredients like house-made tofu ricotta and house-made seitan pepperoni come with a crisp chew and char-spotted crusts. The garlicky rosemary pie and the red onion, mushroom, arugula Truffle Shuffle are stalwarts on the menu, while weekly specials like vegan pork chimichurri also make appearances. Baby Blue is open for takeout.

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 meaty tlayuda is $15, but the portion is enough for two. Tierra Del Sol is open for walk-up orders and online ordering.

7238 SE Foster Rd #1
Portland, OR 97206

15. 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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