Chop Chop Chicken Sundaes food truck has taken an interesting spin on chicken and rice. You start out with rice and chicken and then customize your "sundae" with toppings. They have options like shredded coconut, almonds, crushed pineapple, bean sprouts, celery, cheddar cheese, tomatoes, and many more. Last but not least it's topped with their signature chicken gravy. Now, these types of combinations might seem a bit odd to mix together but the end result is always the same, satisfying. They are fully mobile, so you have to check their website to find out where they will be on any given day.
Recommended for Food Trucks because: Chop Chop Chicken Sundaes are tasty creations sure to please.
Meagan's expert tip: Be bold and order unique toppings. You will be pleasantly surprised how fantastic these interesting combinations turn out.
Thai Mango is one of the best food carts in Portland and is found at the popular food truck pod, Cartlandia. All the food here is incredibly affordable with most dishes costing between $6 - $7. Here you will find Thai food favorites like Tom Yum soup, pad Thai, cashew chicken, drunken noodles, and chicken satay (chicken skewers) both of which are excellent. Which ever dish you decide to consume you will want one of their Thai ice teas to wash it down. If you would rather have a beer you will be glad to know it is situated next to a beer cart.
Recommended for Food Trucks because: Thai Mango is a popular Thai food cart in southeast Portland, Oregon.
Meagan's expert tip: If you would like to grab food to go just call in your order.
Nong the owner and chef is originally from Bangkok, Thailand and serves some of the best Thai food in Portland at his food cart. He serves just one dish, Khao Man Gai (Chicken and Rice), but has several variations of this dish like poached chicken, crispy chicken, vegetarian, and pork. The portions are generous and only cost around $11. The regular size comes with 8 0z of rice and either one whole breast or the quarter leg of the chicken and a bowl of soup. They serve great drinks too, like Thai ice tea, mango juice, lychee juice, and more. Nong's Khao Man Gai does accept credit cards.
Recommended for Food Trucks because: Nong's Khao Man Gai continues to be one of the best food carts in Portland year after year.
Meagan's expert tip: Some of the selections come with peanuts, so be sure and mention an allergy to make sure you order peanut-free.
Beez Neez Gourmet Sausages is the top hotdog food cart in Portland, Oregon. Here you will find choices like Alaskan reindeer sausages, German bratwurst, Polish dogs, and even vegan hotdogs. All for $6 or less and served in a perfectly toasted bun with grilled jalapeños and caramelized onions. They offer an array of toppings including chipotle ketchup, apple sauerkraut, assorted mustards, and hot sauces. Their desserts are also pretty spectacular like the smores brownies. Portlanders will especially enjoy their drip coffee. Besides their location at third and Washington they also have a street cart. Check their website on the weekend to see where street cart will be serving their hotdogs.
Recommended for Food Trucks because: Beez Neez is a successful food cart in downtown Portland where you can eat for $6 or less!
Meagan's expert tip: If you do not want to drive all the way downtown, keep an eye on their Instagram page to see if they are at a local event near you.
In the mood for a bowl, tacos, or burritos check out CHAR' Latin Grill, a Latin street food truck created by two Costa Rican brothers. CHAR is best known for its signature rice bowls made with "pollos a la brasa" aka chicken made in a charcoal rotisserie. Other protein options available are steak, veggies, tofu, pork belly, and carne asada. You can customize your bowl with your choice of protein and options like rice, black beans, cheese, spring mix, tomatoes, Criolla onions, yuca, plantains, white sauce, cilantro, and more. Char is located at the Happy Valley Station, so even on a cold rainy day you can enjoy your meal inside.
Recommended for Food Trucks because: CHAR Latin Grill is the go-to food cart in Portland for Peruvian food.
Meagan's expert tip: Make sure to get white sauce and plantains on the side or in your bowl, they are the perfect compliment.
Why is there a school bus parked permanently in a lot along NE Alberta St? Why, to serve gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches in, of course. Pop into the Grilled Cheese Grill for a taste of childhood, from the basic--a.k.a. Kindergartner--to the exotic (hot Brie and red peppers on sourdough). If you dare, go for the Cheesus, a hamburger between two grilled-cheese sandwiches The Grill has dessert covered too, with sandwich options like the Elvis (grilled banana and peanut butter) and the Fat Elvis (add bacon). Dining on the bus makes the experience complete. The seats have been replaced by booths with tables covered in old yearbook photos, and the ceiling decorated with a psychedelic mural.
Recommended for Food Trucks because: Grilled Cheese Grill is one of the tastiest food carts in town.
Meagan's expert tip: Be sure and save room for dessert, because they have excellent dessert too.
Mizu Ramen is a popular food cart located in Cartlandia in east Portland near Clackamas dishing up large bowls of warm comfort food. They serve 5 types of ramen bowls with options to customize and two types of rice bowls. All ramen bowls are made with bamboo shoots, spinach, seaweed, half an egg, and green onions. Then you have a choice of vegetarian tofu or meat like chicken or pork. They have options like sprouts, corn, kim chi, and mushrooms that you can have added in as well. At just $9 a bowl, they are one of the most affordable ramen shops in Portland.
Recommended for Food Trucks because: Mizu Ramen is one of the most popular food carts in Portland.
Meagan's expert tip: If you are unsure what to order get the Miso, it is the most popular ramen bowl.
El Taco Yucateco is a food truck in downtown Portland that features a simple menu that includes burritos, paunchos and tacos. Whenever you try one of their burritos, tacos, or paunchos you will quickly see that they are so delicious that they don't have to make anything else. A pauncho is a meat tostada with black refried beans topped with choice of meat, pickled onions, and cabbage. You can choose which meat you would like on any item. Choices include steak, al pastor, pork, or chicken. Be warned before you put the homemade habanero sauce on your food, it's hot!
Recommended for Food Trucks because: El Taco Yucateco is an incredible food cart with some of the best Mexican food in town.
Meagan's expert tip: Be sure and try one of their paunchos.
Matt's BBQ is serving up Texas-style BBQ aka pit BBQ in North Portland on Mississippi Avenue at the Prost Marketplace. They've got smoked ribs and brisket, jalapeno cheddar sausage, pork, and more. If you are unsure what to order try "The Whole Shebang", it comes with brisket, pork, 1 rib, 1 sausage, coleslaw, potato salad & pinto beans. It's enough food that two people can easily split. If you've never had the pleasure of a brisket taco you are in for a treat. You can also get a taco with pork or sausage. Their tacos are so good they've spun off into their own food cart down on Hawthorne, Matt's BBQ Tacos.
Recommended for Food Trucks because: Matt's BBQ keeps it simple and delicious with his smoked meats and killer sides.
Meagan's expert tip: Don't be timid about having slaw on your sandwich. It will quickly become your new favorite thing.
Gumba's fresh food is so good it's hard to believe it's just a food cart. In fact, one visit here may change the way you view food carts forever. Their menu changes often to reflect the chef's creativity, but their hand-cut pasta dishes are permanent fixtures on the menu. For example, the Tagliatelle Carbonara topped with housemade burrata. The combination of the cheese, fried candied shallots, breadcrumbs, chili oil, and sesame seeds woven throughout the pasta is outstanding and the presentation is divine. To see spontaneous seasonal dishes of the day like pizzas, sandwiches, desserts, and more keep an eye on their Facebook page.
Recommended for Food Trucks because: Gumba is one of the top food carts in Portland, Oregon.
Meagan's expert tip: Do not wait too late in the day to visit, they tend to sell out on a regular basis.