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The pioneers who journeyed the Oregon Trail set an example whose spirit continues to this day. Rose City Waffles may have opened in April of 2016 but that is not when the cart began its journey. Melody Lydy is one … Continue Reading

It was a visit to a Burmese restaurant in San Francisco that started Tommy Schopp’s (pronounced: shòp) adventure. He so enjoyed the experience, it inspired him to try and recreate the dish in his own kitchen back home in Portland.… Continue Reading

The challenge in operating a food cart is that you must be equally good a two things. Running a business and cooking. Well, three things actually. You must have excellent customer service. For Ryan Rollins, it was the cooking that … Continue Reading

Investing $100 to get back $16,000 seems like a great return. Especially when you’re confident that you will win the raffle. That’s right, a raffle. To win one of five entries in a contest who’s ultimate prize was a food … Continue Reading

A number of food cart owners have taken a non-liner route to becoming part of Portland’s food cart culture. Desi PDX just may have taken the most international path to food cart entrepreneur.  Deepak Saxena began his journey in the Continue Reading

Hot dogs are the quintessential American street food. So ubiquitous are hot dogs that every major city and nearly every region of the U.S. has its version of the hot dog. Except Portland. The #1 food city in America does … Continue Reading

Village Patisserie got its start during a music concert at the Avalon in Boston, MA. It was while attending that concert Tanya met Michael. Unknown to either of them at the time, a cross-country road trip would be the catalyst … Continue Reading

It’s not often that a food cart in Portland can say that no other food cart has the same cuisine. In fact, with the number of operating food carts in PDX, it would seem impossible. The cultures represented among the … Continue Reading

Typically when one of Portland’s food carts closes shop, that’s it for that culinary concept. The particular cuisine served by a cart will no longer be available when that cart closes. Except in the rare instance when the victuals served … Continue Reading

Dedication to one’s craft is a key ingredient for those who are providing food through their food cart. With competition from many other food carts in PDX, excellence in craft is a main requirement for long-term survival. At Polli TicoContinue Reading

True longevity is one of the hallmarks of an outstanding food cart. To be serving for more than six years, much less in the same location, is something akin to not only building, but also flying a full-size replica of … Continue Reading

It was Turkish immigrants settling in Germany during the late 50s who were responsible for what would become the most popular street food in Deutschland. Know as Döner, a flatbread sandwich filled with meat and veggies, became so popular that … Continue Reading

At first glance, Chicken & Guns doesn’t appear to be a food cart. It resembles more an 1850’s railroad maintenance shed that’s been converted to a diner and then years later transported—complete with railroad lanterns and corrugated metal roof—into the … Continue Reading

Take the diverse attributes of the cuisines of México and Korea, combine them with secret family recipes, fresh veggies, locally-sourced ingredients, and fuse them together through BBQ. The result is KOi Fusion from the imagination of Bo Kwan, KOi Fusion’s … Continue Reading

Should you be enjoying a tasty adult beverage late in the evening during a festive weekend on NE Alberta, should you be looking to get some good food after imbibing, an empanada or sandwich from the Imp And Nada food … Continue Reading

The Colonies have been invaded once again. Another British musician from the West Midlands of the U.K. has landed in Portland and this time has established he and his family at the Kingsland Kitchen, one of the Rose City’s … Continue Reading

Having traveled the world, where would you choose to live? For the owners of the Sam’s Saj food cart, that choice was a simple one. Sam Shaltof and his sister Farah settled in Portland.

Sam and Farah Shaltof of the Sam's Saj food cart in Portland, OR

Born in New York City to … Continue Reading

What’s the best way to start a food cart? Ask your mom of course. At least in the case of Jeff Chow and Mama Chow’s Kitchen that’s how it’s done. Jeff’s mom Lalie had a recipe for wontons that was … Continue Reading