If you have never indulged yourself in the famous food cart culture of Portland, add that to your list of things to do when you are in town. Food carts originally started sprouting up around town to provide a cheap on the go meal for starving workers, but this being Portland, they are now embraced as one of its wonders, and a vehicle to showcase creative and delicious local food. Explore the city and you will find numerous pods of food carts, all showcasing different varieties of food. If you are low on cash and starving the food carts is where you want to be to get the best bang for your buck. Here are locations to some of the more popular food cart pods around town:
The largest pod of food carts is located SW10th Ave. and Alder St. The square is filled with many delicious carts, but Nong’s Khao Man Gai is one cart you don’t want to miss, if you like Thai food that is. They capitalize on the make one thing, but make it great approach. It’s owner Nong, is from Bangkok, and makes the best khao man gai, which is a delicious Thai chicken dish, consisting of poached chicken and rice, cooked in chicken stock and fat, with a side of spicy dipping sauce. They wrap all of this delicious food in butcher’s paper for you to take it to go.
The next pod is located on SW 5th Ave. and Oak St. where one of my personal favorite carts, Tabor, is located. Ran by two Czech cooks, Tabor serves the best spaetzles, goulashes, and a popular dish known as Schnitzelwich.