Another reason why Portland = awesome


Portland was voted the city with the best street food/carts in the WORLD! (see here if you don't believe me). There are hundreds of food carts everywhere in Portland and you can probably find just about any type of food in a cart. For the most part they are randomly grouped together in 'pods' all around the city.
Chris and I had only been to a few carts but have always wanted to try out more of them. Friday night is date night for us and last friday night we invited some of our friends to join us at the carts on Hawthorne (which are open til 3am) but we are old balls and only lasted til 9:30.

We decided that no one can get the same thing and that we all had to share.
Excellent idea.
I was embarassing everyone by taking pictures but I insisted, though most are pretty dark.

None of us ordered crepes but by the looks of everyone else's I would eat them in a heartbeat.
Chris ordering fries from Potato Champion:
These hand-cut fries are amazing and you get to choose a dipping sauce from a list of about twenty different kinds! They were so good that there were only crumbs left when I remembered to take a picture.
Whiffies has little fried pies of amazingness!
They have lots of sweet flavors and a few savory ones. We tried the chicken pot pie, vegan bbq jackfruit (sounds weird but so good), peanut butter with chocolate chips and a peach pie. They all are served warm and they make them to order!

Chris tasting the super yummy chicken pot pie:
The Carters (our friends, duh) ordering pizza from Pyro Pizza which has a handmade wood pizza oven in the cart:
their Basil pizza:
our carmelized onion, gorgonzola, pistachio and parmasean pizza:
(everything about this pizza was amazing and was probably the best pizza I've ever had!)
The Carter's tacos from the taco truck:
They looked super good and somehow we didn't get to taste them. Funny how that happens. The tacos looked identical to the ones we've had in Mexico, right down to the limes and radish.
The carts on Hawthorne also have an amusement area, or maybe it's just a tiny carousel from back in the day when fast food places had real playgrounds. I was excited about it and had to take a ride for old times sake!
By the end of our feast, we were so cold that we went right next door to Tiny's, a little coffee shop where I recognized our barista Douglas from Urban Weeds. He makes a mean hot chocolate.

After we hung out and chatted on Tiny's couch for a while, we went home to our babies with full bellies! If you are ever in Portland, try out the carts...I'm pretty sure they won't disappoint. If you need help finding them or narrowing your choices, head over to foodcartsportland.com.


7 comments

  1. KiraLynn on October 19, 2010 at 2:42 PM

    Sounds like fun! We haven't ventured over to the carts much either, but I have been wanting to for sometime. If you guys do it again let us know!

     
  2. angelina la dawn on October 19, 2010 at 5:25 PM

    how wonderful! i love food so much and we don't have a great selection here in kansas. my mouth is watering like crazy!

     
  3. Em-Jae on October 19, 2010 at 11:54 PM

    I wholeheartedly agree -- the Portland food carts are RIDICULOUSLY awesome. I had some out-of-this-world Indian food... And, I couldn't help but take pictures of some of the food carts, too. Yes, I also felt a little bit dorky. Haha.

     
  4. my name is lauren. on October 20, 2010 at 10:53 PM

    i want to be a food cart foodie with you! i heart the carts. there are quite a few tasty ones near my work. what a fun idea for date night!

     
  5. Rach on October 22, 2010 at 9:49 PM

    those pizzas made my mouth water! yumyum

     
  6. Lillianna Grace on October 25, 2010 at 3:55 PM

    Saw your comment on Sprinkle Bakes and I had to stop on over. I so agree on the butternut squash ravioli. It is also a seasonal favorite of mine. In fact, you have brought it to my attention and I bet I'll be craving it until I get my hands on some!

     
  7. MaryPosa on October 26, 2010 at 2:34 PM

    I love Portland, and am seething with jealousy here in dreary southern utah. :) I stumbled across your blog via teamBoo. I like it. let's be pals.

     


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