Portland is a city that loves its food. A lot. It’s all about locally sourced ingredients, small-batch everything, and supporting local businesses. So it’s no surprise that Portland has an abundance of food cart pods serving up creative multi-cultural flavors—from Indian to Italian to Korean BBQ.
Whether you’re looking for a quick lunch hour grab or a late night bite, get set for Portland’s food pod scene to kick into high gear this summer with outdoor, fresh air dining.
New Portland food pods launching soon.
A new food cart pod named The Yard at Montavilla will be joining the east Portland district come mid-May. The location will hold up to 17 food carts, complete with covered outdoor seating; so far, six carts are set to move in. The idea came from two brothers who set their sights on a plot of land that once housed a Thai restaurant.
So far, the following carts are set to open at The Yard: Shawarma Express, a new cart called Kings of Steak, a ghost kitchen named American Eclectic Burger, a Scout Beer cart, and two unnamed carts that will sell Mexican and crepe dishes.
Getting there: 8220 Davis St., NE Portland (Map)
The Collective Oregon Eateries Pod, also known as CORE, has opened its doors for business in the same area. Located on the corner of NE 28th and NE Glisan, the 36,000-square-foot space has room for 10 food cart spots, with ample outdoor seating. Formerly known as Farm House Restaurant, CORE is consistently adding new carts to its space, and according to Instagram, Breaking Brewery has turned an old camper into a beer cart, and more cart announcements are on the way. So far, delicious eats from Sharks Cove, Kai’s Stir Fry, and Summit Shack are available at CORE.
Getting there: 3612 SE 82nd Ave, Portland (Map)
Expansion coming to Portland food pods.
Fans of food cart pods have long been loved for the variety and creativity. Specifically, Hawthorne Asylum, a neighborhood favorite, is adding a 40-tap beer hall, a new full-service bar in the back of the pod, complete with covered seating and plenty of cocktail options.
The beer hall will feature smaller breweries, including independently-run companies. There isn’t a set date for the beer hall, but it will more than likely open later in 2021. While customers wait for a brew, options such as Bark City BBQ, and Daily Fuel, a vegan and vegetarian cart, are two carts not to miss.
Getting there: 1080 SE Madison St., Portland (Map)
Rocket Empire Machine, the new Montavilla neighborhood food hall, isn’t a pod as much as mini-restaurant spaces serving some of the best food around. Open since August 2020, the bustling hall on NW Glisan has gained a reputation for eclectic eats for the adventurous eater.
The food hall features indoor and outdoor seating with Gigantic Brewing brews on tap. Along with the brewery, four different restaurants have joined the area: Alleamin African Kitchen, Tierra Del Sol’s second location serving up authentic Oaxacan cuisine, The Pie Spot with decadent treats and breakfast eats, and finally, Sea & River Sushi & Burmese Grill.
Getting there: 6935 NE Glisan, Portland (Map)