Oregon’s 3rd wave food trucks are on the roll and food with a conscience is on the menu. Organic, local farm to table ingredients, zero waste, and compostable are just a few keys to success for the new generation of food truck owners. Seek out these popular mobile eateries in your travels around this tasty state.
Heart and Bowl – Medford
For Stephanie Card, a Le Cordon Blue-trained chef, filling a bowl with hearty and healthy ingredients is Heart & Bowl’s staple. After years of cooking in restaurants around the world, she has returned to Southern Oregon, where she was born and raised, to make her long-held dream come true. New in Spring 2018 to the burgeoning Southern Oregon food truck scene, Card puts high priority on sourcing ingredients from local farms and vendors, such as 7 Oaks Farm, Rogue Creamery, Cherry Street Meats, and Rogue Valley farmers markets. The well-seasoned bowls include the Mediterranean Bowl drizzled with Garlic Paprika Tahini, Super Salad Bowl with Quinoa, Open Sesame and the Taco Salad (below). Her mission: Healthy.Local.Seasonal. plays out in every bowl with the customer at heart.
NorthWest Pine Apple – MEDFORD
Following a winter hiatus that took owners Andy and Kinzie Whitman to Asia, NorthWest Pine Apple is serving up fresh flavors with their popular bowls and smoothies now in its second year. Loyal fans are lining up again for their favorites and to grab a taste of new tropical-inspired bowls. Pitaya, also known as Dragon Fruit, is a superfruit main ingredient in the Pitaya Bowl and smoothie, paired with coconut, nuts, seasonal fruits and cacao. Bee Love and Date Night are other popular bowls rich in nutrients and tastiness. Smoothies range from tart to sweet with Mango Tumeric, Lemon Ginger Greens, and Blue Lagoon. Watch for the addition of Avocado Toast to the menu this spring.
Their first drive-through launched to raving fans at 325 S. Riverside Ave, Medford. Open Mon, Tues, Wed, Fri from 10AM-4PM. Thursdays at Rogue Valley Farmers Market on Thursdays.
♥ Facebook page for location updates.
A Broken Angel – BEND
Bend’s #1 vegan food truck, A Broken Angel, has a loyal audience queuing up daily at this mobile kitchen, fashioned from an eight-foot horse trailer. Owner Barb Troyer describes her food style as “New Southern American with a French inspired Pacific NW mountain flair.” Chef Richard Hull is menu master and head cook, translating the unique style into dishes like Grilled Artichoke Tostadas, Mt. Bachelor Hash, and Enchilada Short Stack.
Not only is this food on wheels, A Broken Angel also offers cooking classes at dinner parties to “empower” your healthy cooking skills. A Kickstarter campaign is underway to raise money for a trailer fit for their growing vegan kitchen.
♥ Facebook page.
The Farmer’s Lunchbox – McMINNVILLE
With cooking experience under their belts from stints at Red Hills Market, McMenamins, and Lake Tahoe spots, newly married Kelley & Isaac Mabbitt are taking McMinnville by storm. The Farmer’s Lunchbox is serving up a rotating menu of creative veggie and meat sandwiches and sides with ingredients from their 10-acre farm and local producers like Carlton Farms, Portland French Bakery, and Tillamook Cheese. Their housemade basil aioli, chimichurri, tomato jam and onion marmalade add fresh flavor elements, such as in the recent Wine-Braised Brisket with Brie, Mushrooms and Arugula on Ciabatta.
The stepvan reno was the culmination of their collective vision to make healthy food options affordable to their community. Ingredients used are either local, quality, and/or organic, no-spray. Homegrown fruit will make its way into dishes this summer, similar to their Pulled Pork Taco. To-go ware is compostable and enviro-friendly and they hope to fuel the truck by end of year with bio-diesel converted from their fryer oil.
♥ Facebook page for locations and hours.
Sip Juice Cart – PORTLAND
With locations in SE and NE Portland, Sip Juice Cart’s smoothies and fresh-pressed juice combinations have garnered customers year-round. Owner Brian Heck’s local sources include Organically Grown Company and Earthly Gourmet. Watch for Sip juice to show up in cool collaborations around PDX, such as last month’s Sweet Greens juice morphed into Sorbetto at Pinolo Gelato. Super Veggie, Maca Madness, Incredible Hulk are just a few of their healthiest juices and smoothies. For a heartier nutrition boost, check out the Almond Açaí Bowl and the breakfast-friendly oatmeal bowl.
♥sipjuicecart.com for menu and locations.
Garden Monsters – PORTLAND
For those who don’t consider salad a meal, Garden Monsters will change your mind. Owner Kyle Hulings is raising the bar on salads. Following years of eating bland salads and a fortuitous work layoff in the tech industry, he persevered through the startup process to launch Portland’s first entree salad “restaurant” in 2013. He uses Oregon raised all-natural meats, GMO-free greens, and all salads can be gluten free and vegan upon request. In keeping with his enviro-friendly operation, all to-go containers and utensils are compostable. To lock in healthy fats for each salad, only organic sunflower oil and olive oil are used in the always handmade dressings, and coconut oils are used for meat grilling.
For healthy on the go options, stop by his takeout restaurant at 4110 N.E. Sandy Boulevard.
♥ gardenmonsters.net for menu and location.
These food trucks focus on local ingredients, so be prepared for changing menus during the season.