Category archives for: Oregon

Portland, OR: Food Trucks Bring Jobs, Flavors & A Friendly Urban Vibe

In Paris in 2012 people line up to have a lunch inside a 'Restaumobile' restaurant truck, where top French chefs serve meals to promote French food. Portland, Ore., encourages outdoor food carts or trucks, with about 440 set up around the city serving a wide selection of cuisines.

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In Portland, Ore., immigrants and other restaurant workers open food trucks to build businesses. And residents get the best fast food they’ve ever had.

Portland, OR: Dalo’s Kitchen Food Truck

Lots of food for $5. We split this, and it was enough to fill two of us.

They make the injera, and it’s the softest, fluffiest, gluten-free stuff I have ever seen. I have no idea what sort of grain these are made from, but I’m not even sure they have teff in them at all.

Medford, OR: Thrive’s Food Truck Festival

Melissa Jones-Hanscom serves food from her Figgy's Food Truck.
Photo by Bob Pennell

The street food scene in Medford is growing at a slow pace compared with other cities around the country. Though several carts grace certain downtown corners and serve tasty menu items, there’s still a desire for a convenient food truck court offering an array of cuisine.

Portland, OR: Four-Star Food ‘Truck’ Headed to Portland

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A gourmet grilled cheese food truck from James Beard Award-winning chef Danielle Custer is coming to Portland.

A popular Seattle food “truck” is hitting the road. The Monte Cristo is moving to Portland to serve employees of an unnamed Portland tech company

Portland, OR: A Seattle Food Truck Heads to Portland

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The Monte Cristo food truck moves from Seattle to Portland.

The Seattle Times reports that the gourmet grilled cheese truck will be going private. There is no word yet on which company they will be serving, but it will be one of Portland’s technology companies.

Winchester Bay, OR: Sewer Rule Could Spell End for Mobile Vendor

John Teller works the smoker, while son Trenton Teller helps a customer at JT’s BBQ in Winchester Bay. It’s Teller’s first year as a mobile vendor at the site, next to U.S. Highway 101. He built the cart by hand. The local sanitary district is requesting Teller sign up for sewer service, even though his cart has no bathrooms or customer seating.

The business will only be here until October. It has no restrooms, and any “graywater,” usually dishwater, is picked up by a weekly service.

Beaverton, OR: Proposed Beaverton Food Cart Pods Could Attract New Vendors, Boost Business, Supporters Say

La Morenita Ricos Tacos sits at the corner of Southwest Allen Boulevard and Southwest Lombard Avenue in Beaverton from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., then moves down the street and reopens until 10 p.m. Beaverton regulations only allow food carts to stay in one spot for up to seven hours. (Nicole Friedman/The Oregonian)

Food cart pods could open Beaverton’s doors to larger trucks, stationary trailers and the wide variety of food-cart cuisine seen in neighboring Portland.

National News: 4 Outrageous Food Truck Names

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When naming a business, most people believe that the name should say it all. In the case of some food trucks, though, we sincerely hope that these names don’t.

Portland, OR: Guy Fieri to Showcase Chamorro Food Truck

Dive: Guy Fieri, center, stands with Marie Sablan and Edward Calvo Sablan, former Guam residents and owners of food truck PDX671 in Oregon. Their Chamorro cuisine will be featured on Food Network. Courtesy of PDX671

The tiny food cart PDX671 shares Chamorro comfort food with its Portland, Ore., community and last week, it got a visit from the Food Network’s Guy Fieri.

Portland, OR: Food Cart Owner Nong Balances Life, Work and Play

Food cart owner Nong is expanding her business downtown and in Southeast Portland.

// Photo by Adam Wickham

Nong moved to Portland from Bangkok in 2003, working at Thai restaurants around town before deciding to start her own business. She opened her first cart downtown in 2009; three years later, she opened a second center-city location, plus a takeout kitchen in Southeast Portland.