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By any standard, Portland is arguably the mobile food capital of the US. In honor of the city's defining food movement, this map features 20 of the best food cart dishes currently available. (Looking for the hottest food trucks to launch in the past six months? Visit the heatmap).

As opposed to most cities, the mobile food scene in Portland is dominated by carts, not trucks. Thanks to a combination of factors including city ordinances, many of the best carts are typically allowed to reside in one place. Groups of Portland food carts have popped up across the city, and these groups are called pods.

Over the years, a number of carts have become cornerstones of the scene, offering reliably excellent dishes that have garnered international media attention. Some of these carts move on to become full-fledged brick-and-mortar restaurants, while others, for a variety of reasons, fail to make the cut. So remember, when you try a spot below, you're trying what could become Portland's next hottest restaurant.

From the old guard to the new kids, these are the 20 must-have food cart dishes in Portland, right now. (Note: The points on this map guide are not ranked; rather, they're organized geographically.)

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Nong's Khao Man Gai

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1003 SW Alder St.
Portland, OR 97205
(971) 255-3480
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Perhaps unsurprisingly, Nong's Khao Man Gai has emerged as Portland's hands-down favorite food cart dish. It's the epitome of simple-meets-soulful (seriously, what's up with that broth?).

[Photo: Yelp]

2. Noodle House Food Cart

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Southwest Washington Street & Southwest 9th Avenue
Portland, OR 97205
(503) 998-1019
Downtown's nondescript cart Noodle House features a ringer in the kitchen: onetime Duh Kuh Bee cook Leung Kwun Hung, who offers hand-pulled noodles best eaten with seafood. Flash cooking them in the wok with squid and shrimp turns everything tender and juicy.

[Photo: Yelp]

3. The Frying Scotsman

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Southwest Alder Street & Southwest 9th Avenue
Portland, OR 97205
(503) 706-3841
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Downtown's resident Scottish cart has its share of adventurous dishes (deep-fried Mars bars, the occasional haggis special), but its simple battered fish and chips are a must-have. Four fish varieties are available, to convince you it's potentially the best fish and chips in the city.

[Photo: Yelp]

4. EuroDish

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600 SW 10th Ave
Portland, OR 97205
(971) 344-3704
Downtown stalwart EuroDish offers a lengthy list of Polish classics, from pierogi to bigos ("hunter's stew") to kielbasa, and indecisive types unsurprisingly tout the "Polish Plate." For $7.50, it offers all of the above, plus a serving of golabki (stuffed cabbage). [Yelp]

5. Koi Fusion

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N. Mississippi
Portland, OR 97217
The multi-truck fleet of Koi Fusion has so many followers it's hard to pin down just one "must-have" dish. What do you think? Is it its kimchi quesadillas, bulgogi tacos, or Korean short rib burrito? Thanks to these options, you can now find locations across the city. [Facebook/Koi Fusion]

6. The Egg Carton

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5205 SE Foster Rd
Portland, OR 97206
(503) 758-5549
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Breakfast cart the Egg Carton serves a pimped-out version of the classic Monte Cristo sandwich called the FoPo Cristo, featuring (deep breath) a fried egg, two kinds of bacon, cheddar, two kinds of mustard, and strawberry jam—all stuffed between two slices of French toast. [Facebook/Egg Carton]

7. Potato Champion

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1207 SE Hawthorne Blvd
Portland, OR 97214
The best of the deep-fried goods at Potato Champion is always hard to pin down (favorites ranged from poutine to PB&J fries). The poutine, with a special of onion rings on top, is pictured here. [Facebook/Potato Champion]

8. 808 Grinds

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Southwest Washington Street & Southwest 9th Avenue
Portland, OR 97205
(503) 713-8008
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Hawaiian cart 808 Grinds offers up a range of the state's cuisine, from loco mocos to sushi. And perhaps unsurprisingly, it's the Hawaiian classic kalua pig—pulled pork served with macaroni salad and rice—that's emerged as its signature. [Yelp]

9. Burger Stevens

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6238 SW Capitol Hwy
Portland, OR 97239
(971) 279-7252
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Owner-chef Don Salamone has put in time at multiple Michelin-starred restaurants, but there are no brioche buns or marrow-infused patties to be found at Burger Stevens. Instead, the Southwest Portland food cart serves a classic cheeseburger that's in the running for the best in Portland. The trick? Toasted Franz buns, Tillamook cheese, Pioneer ground beef, the standard accouterments, and a “Fancy Sauce" for $7. Don’t sleep on the house-recipe, homemade soft serve either.

[Photo: Facebook/Burger Stevens]

10. Viking Soul Food

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4255 SE Belmont St
Portland, OR 97215
Viking Soul Food can call itself the only lefse cart in Portland, and its savory versions—particularly the smoked salmon, with dill, pickled shallots, and watercress—collected several votes.

[Photo: Yelp]

11. Chicken and Guns

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1207 SE Hawthorne Blvd
Portland, OR 97214
(503) 234-7236
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The Latin American-style grilled-chicken craze is strong in Portland, and Chicken and Guns fires up one of the best, grilling local chicken over oak and serving it in quarter, half, and whole birds. To become a convert order the Original: crunchy potatoes with lemon and sea salt, salsa cruda, and a healthy helping of spicy Peruvian aji sauce.

[Photo: Facebook/Chicken and Guns]

12. Aybla Grill

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1660 SE 3rd Ave
Portland, OR 97214
The Aybla Grill now has five cart locations around Portland and a brick and mortar in Hillsboro. They all serve its signature dish: a lamb gyro with the usual fixin's (tzatziki, onion, parsley, and tomato). Feeling hungry? Go for "Super"-sized: aka larger and with feta cheese. [Yelp]

13. Chez Dodo

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427 SW Stark St.
Portland, OR
(503) 270-9258
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According to Chef Shyam Dausoa, Chez Dodo is the only Mauritian food cart, or restaurant for that matter, in the United States. Which is difficult to believe given that the cuisine born from Indian, French, Creole, Chinese, and African influence is so good it’s a game changer. One standout in particular, is the Shyamosa. The Chef’s namesake offering is a samosa on steroids: a massive fried pastry stuffed with spiced potato and vegetables, topped with a blend of mint-cilantro chutney and sweet chili sauces.

[Photo: Chez Dodo]

14. Bing Mi

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SW Alder St & SW 9th Ave
Portland, OR 97205
Until Bing Mi came along, Portlanders had no idea they were missing one of the most delicious Chinese street foods ever. There’s only one option here, the Jian Bing, and it’s all you need. The giant crepes are filled with egg, black bean sauce, and chile paste, plus herbs, pickled vegetables, and crispy wonton crackers. Add even more sweet-sour-savory notes with optional hoisin sauce and sausage if you so desire.

[Photo: Yelp]

15. Altengartz

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999 SW Alder St
Portland, OR 97205
(503) 699-4962
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The last original cart at the legendary 9th and Alder pod has stood the test of time for a reason. Sure, it’s technically a truck, and they are actually on the corner of 10th and Alder, but Altengartz has thrived since 2000 because of one thing: bratwurst. An old family recipe from Germany combined with premium cuts of pork from the Northwest combine to make the perfect sausage. Traditional toppings are available but don’t over do it. Let that sausage do the talking.

[Photo: Facebook/Altengartz]

16. El Taco Yucateco

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1003 SW Alder St
Portland, OR 97205
It's technically Mexican food, but more specifically, it is Yucatecan. You can get all the usual suspects but start with the panucho. Elloy Martin’s take on what some might call a tostada is a gift from the Mayan gods. A fried corn tortilla stuffed with black beans, topped with lettuce, slow cooked shredded chicken, tomato, and avocado. Pour on some house-made habanero hot sauce and call it a day.

[Photo: Yelp]

17. Tehuana Oaxacan Cuisine

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N Killingsworth St
Portland, OR 97217
The Oaxacan-style Mexican food at Tehuana Oaxacan Cuisine is all sorts of homemade. The sauces are complex, flavorful, and perfectly heat-balanced. It’s legitimately difficult to pick a headliner from the menu, given the tacos al pastor and the mole enchiladas, but the carne asada burrito rules with an iron fist. There are also vegetarian and vegan options for those with an aversion to carne.

[Photo: Yelp]

18. Matt's BBQ

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4709 NE M L King Blvd
Portland, OR 97211
In a town where everyone seems to have a bone to pick with barbecue, no one seems to have a problem with this food cart, serving Texas-style brisket and ribs. Go wrong exactly nowhere on the menu, but Matt’s tender brisket is carnivore crack.

[Photo: Facebook/Matt's BBQ]

19. Kim Jong Grillin'

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SE Division St, Portland
OR, 97215
(503) 929-0522
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The food cart phoenix known as Kim Jong Grillin was reborn in 2014 after fire damage closed the original cart. The top-tier Korean BBQ produced by Chef Han Hwang has earned a legion of stalwart fans. Perhaps the favorite dish among the minions is the Bibim Box. Your choice of Korean BBQ, potato noodles, rice, and a fried egg topper. The menu claims it is Portland’s favorite hangover cure. No argument.

[Photo: Facebook/Kim Jong Grillin']

20. Traditional Russian Cuisine

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5235 NE Sandy Blvd
Portland, OR 97213
(503) 449-1531
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From the vibrant borscht to the hearty piroshky, the menu items at the aptly named Traditional Russian Cuisine food cart are hammer-and-sickle authentic. Cover most of the bases by ordering the “platter," which changes often but if you’re lucky will include a cabbage roll.

[Photo: Facebook/Traditional Russian]

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1. Nong's Khao Man Gai

1003 SW Alder St., Portland, OR 97205
Perhaps unsurprisingly, Nong's Khao Man Gai has emerged as Portland's hands-down favorite food cart dish. It's the epitome of simple-meets-soulful (seriously, what's up with that broth?).

[Photo: Yelp]

1003 SW Alder St.
Portland, OR 97205

2. Noodle House Food Cart

Southwest Washington Street & Southwest 9th Avenue, Portland, OR 97205
Downtown's nondescript cart Noodle House features a ringer in the kitchen: onetime Duh Kuh Bee cook Leung Kwun Hung, who offers hand-pulled noodles best eaten with seafood. Flash cooking them in the wok with squid and shrimp turns everything tender and juicy.

[Photo: Yelp]

Southwest Washington Street & Southwest 9th Avenue
Portland, OR 97205

3. The Frying Scotsman

Southwest Alder Street & Southwest 9th Avenue, Portland, OR 97205
Downtown's resident Scottish cart has its share of adventurous dishes (deep-fried Mars bars, the occasional haggis special), but its simple battered fish and chips are a must-have. Four fish varieties are available, to convince you it's potentially the best fish and chips in the city.

[Photo: Yelp]

Southwest Alder Street & Southwest 9th Avenue
Portland, OR 97205

4. EuroDish

600 SW 10th Ave, Portland, OR 97205
Downtown stalwart EuroDish offers a lengthy list of Polish classics, from pierogi to bigos ("hunter's stew") to kielbasa, and indecisive types unsurprisingly tout the "Polish Plate." For $7.50, it offers all of the above, plus a serving of golabki (stuffed cabbage). [Yelp]
600 SW 10th Ave
Portland, OR 97205

5. Koi Fusion

N. Mississippi, Portland, OR 97217
The multi-truck fleet of Koi Fusion has so many followers it's hard to pin down just one "must-have" dish. What do you think? Is it its kimchi quesadillas, bulgogi tacos, or Korean short rib burrito? Thanks to these options, you can now find locations across the city. [Facebook/Koi Fusion]
N. Mississippi
Portland, OR 97217

6. The Egg Carton

5205 SE Foster Rd, Portland, OR 97206
Breakfast cart the Egg Carton serves a pimped-out version of the classic Monte Cristo sandwich called the FoPo Cristo, featuring (deep breath) a fried egg, two kinds of bacon, cheddar, two kinds of mustard, and strawberry jam—all stuffed between two slices of French toast. [Facebook/Egg Carton]
5205 SE Foster Rd
Portland, OR 97206

7. Potato Champion

1207 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR 97214
The best of the deep-fried goods at Potato Champion is always hard to pin down (favorites ranged from poutine to PB&J fries). The poutine, with a special of onion rings on top, is pictured here. [Facebook/Potato Champion]
1207 SE Hawthorne Blvd
Portland, OR 97214

8. 808 Grinds

Southwest Washington Street & Southwest 9th Avenue, Portland, OR 97205
Hawaiian cart 808 Grinds offers up a range of the state's cuisine, from loco mocos to sushi. And perhaps unsurprisingly, it's the Hawaiian classic kalua pig—pulled pork served with macaroni salad and rice—that's emerged as its signature. [Yelp]
Southwest Washington Street & Southwest 9th Avenue
Portland, OR 97205

9. Burger Stevens

6238 SW Capitol Hwy, Portland, OR 97239
Owner-chef Don Salamone has put in time at multiple Michelin-starred restaurants, but there are no brioche buns or marrow-infused patties to be found at Burger Stevens. Instead, the Southwest Portland food cart serves a classic cheeseburger that's in the running for the best in Portland. The trick? Toasted Franz buns, Tillamook cheese, Pioneer ground beef, the standard accouterments, and a “Fancy Sauce" for $7. Don’t sleep on the house-recipe, homemade soft serve either.

[Photo: Facebook/Burger Stevens]

6238 SW Capitol Hwy
Portland, OR 97239

10. Viking Soul Food

4255 SE Belmont St, Portland, OR 97215
Viking Soul Food can call itself the only lefse cart in Portland, and its savory versions—particularly the smoked salmon, with dill, pickled shallots, and watercress—collected several votes.

[Photo: Yelp]

4255 SE Belmont St
Portland, OR 97215

11. Chicken and Guns

1207 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR 97214
The Latin American-style grilled-chicken craze is strong in Portland, and Chicken and Guns fires up one of the best, grilling local chicken over oak and serving it in quarter, half, and whole birds. To become a convert order the Original: crunchy potatoes with lemon and sea salt, salsa cruda, and a healthy helping of spicy Peruvian aji sauce.

[Photo: Facebook/Chicken and Guns]

1207 SE Hawthorne Blvd
Portland, OR 97214

12. Aybla Grill

1660 SE 3rd Ave, Portland, OR 97214
The Aybla Grill now has five cart locations around Portland and a brick and mortar in Hillsboro. They all serve its signature dish: a lamb gyro with the usual fixin's (tzatziki, onion, parsley, and tomato). Feeling hungry? Go for "Super"-sized: aka larger and with feta cheese. [Yelp]
1660 SE 3rd Ave
Portland, OR 97214

13. Chez Dodo

427 SW Stark St., Portland, OR
According to Chef Shyam Dausoa, Chez Dodo is the only Mauritian food cart, or restaurant for that matter, in the United States. Which is difficult to believe given that the cuisine born from Indian, French, Creole, Chinese, and African influence is so good it’s a game changer. One standout in particular, is the Shyamosa. The Chef’s namesake offering is a samosa on steroids: a massive fried pastry stuffed with spiced potato and vegetables, topped with a blend of mint-cilantro chutney and sweet chili sauces.

[Photo: Chez Dodo]

427 SW Stark St.
Portland, OR

14. Bing Mi

SW Alder St & SW 9th Ave, Portland, OR 97205
Until Bing Mi came along, Portlanders had no idea they were missing one of the most delicious Chinese street foods ever. There’s only one option here, the Jian Bing, and it’s all you need. The giant crepes are filled with egg, black bean sauce, and chile paste, plus herbs, pickled vegetables, and crispy wonton crackers. Add even more sweet-sour-savory notes with optional hoisin sauce and sausage if you so desire.

[Photo: Yelp]

SW Alder St & SW 9th Ave
Portland, OR 97205

15. Altengartz

999 SW Alder St, Portland, OR 97205
The last original cart at the legendary 9th and Alder pod has stood the test of time for a reason. Sure, it’s technically a truck, and they are actually on the corner of 10th and Alder, but Altengartz has thrived since 2000 because of one thing: bratwurst. An old family recipe from Germany combined with premium cuts of pork from the Northwest combine to make the perfect sausage. Traditional toppings are available but don’t over do it. Let that sausage do the talking.

[Photo: Facebook/Altengartz]

999 SW Alder St
Portland, OR 97205

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16. El Taco Yucateco

1003 SW Alder St, Portland, OR 97205
It's technically Mexican food, but more specifically, it is Yucatecan. You can get all the usual suspects but start with the panucho. Elloy Martin’s take on what some might call a tostada is a gift from the Mayan gods. A fried corn tortilla stuffed with black beans, topped with lettuce, slow cooked shredded chicken, tomato, and avocado. Pour on some house-made habanero hot sauce and call it a day.

[Photo: Yelp]

1003 SW Alder St
Portland, OR 97205

17. Tehuana Oaxacan Cuisine

N Killingsworth St, Portland, OR 97217
The Oaxacan-style Mexican food at Tehuana Oaxacan Cuisine is all sorts of homemade. The sauces are complex, flavorful, and perfectly heat-balanced. It’s legitimately difficult to pick a headliner from the menu, given the tacos al pastor and the mole enchiladas, but the carne asada burrito rules with an iron fist. There are also vegetarian and vegan options for those with an aversion to carne.

[Photo: Yelp]

N Killingsworth St
Portland, OR 97217

18. Matt's BBQ

4709 NE M L King Blvd, Portland, OR 97211
In a town where everyone seems to have a bone to pick with barbecue, no one seems to have a problem with this food cart, serving Texas-style brisket and ribs. Go wrong exactly nowhere on the menu, but Matt’s tender brisket is carnivore crack.

[Photo: Facebook/Matt's BBQ]

4709 NE M L King Blvd
Portland, OR 97211

19. Kim Jong Grillin'

SE Division St, Portland, OR, 97215
The food cart phoenix known as Kim Jong Grillin was reborn in 2014 after fire damage closed the original cart. The top-tier Korean BBQ produced by Chef Han Hwang has earned a legion of stalwart fans. Perhaps the favorite dish among the minions is the Bibim Box. Your choice of Korean BBQ, potato noodles, rice, and a fried egg topper. The menu claims it is Portland’s favorite hangover cure. No argument.

[Photo: Facebook/Kim Jong Grillin']

SE Division St, Portland
OR, 97215

20. Traditional Russian Cuisine

5235 NE Sandy Blvd, Portland, OR 97213
From the vibrant borscht to the hearty piroshky, the menu items at the aptly named Traditional Russian Cuisine food cart are hammer-and-sickle authentic. Cover most of the bases by ordering the “platter," which changes often but if you’re lucky will include a cabbage roll.

[Photo: Facebook/Traditional Russian]

5235 NE Sandy Blvd
Portland, OR 97213

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