Your go-to food carts and eateries can only take you so far this summer. For a dining outing that’s off-the-beaten path, look no further than these four picks that offer up everything from a food cart pod with a hidden garden to a European-inspired marketplace filled with ready-made meals. Read on for our guide to visiting these Portland Eastside markets and suggestions on what to nosh on at each location. Bon appétit!

Portland Mercado Exterior

Portland Mercado Exterior, photo by Carrie Uffindell

Portland Mercado
This casual, rainbow-colored public market brings together more than a dozen small businesses inspired by Latino foods and traditions. Browse the indoor shops for fresh produce, artisan chorizo, specialty imports and hand-made piñatas, then head outside to the open-air plaza to nosh at one of the eight food carts. Tasty dishes include Tierra Del Sol’s Oaxacan-style tacos with blue corn tortillas, Mixteca’s tender tamales with 15-ingredient Mole Negro and 5 Volcanoes’s cheese-stuffed Salvadorian pupusas with loroco, an edible desert flower.

Pro tip: For a sweet treat, pick up traditional Mexican candies at Fiesta Tradicional or fresh fruit raspados (snow cones) at FruitBox Snack Bar, both are located inside the market.

Portland Mercado
Hours: Open daily 10 a.m.-9 p.m. starting April 1. Some businesses open earlier and sometimes they stay open later, including the coffee shop and barrio.
7238 SE Foster Rd.
Online: portlandmercado.org

Providore Fine Foods

Interior of Providore Fine Foods, photo by Carrie Uffindell

Providore Fine Foods
Foodies of all ages will feel right at home at Providore, a welcoming, upscale indoor market with seven distinct purveyors, including Pastaworks, Little T Bakery and Arrosto. Pick up farm-fresh produce, hand-crafted pasta, artisan baked goods, sustainably harvested seafood and much more. But what really makes this place great for families is its high-quality, ready-to-eat foods – think pastas, salads and sandwiches – perfect for a quick, delicious meal to enjoy at the picnic tables onsite or to take home.

Pro tip: Even picky eaters will like Arrosto’s simple yet flavorful slow-roasted chicken, available as a quarter, half or whole bird. There’s three sides to choose from and everything is available ala cart so you can build your own meal. Dining at the market? Adult beverages are available by the glass at the bar.

Providore Fine Foods
Hours: The marketplace is open daily 9:30 a.m.-9 p.m.; Arrosto is open Tues.-Sun. 11:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m.
2340 NE Sandy Blvd
Online: providorefinefoods.com

Stalls at the Woodstock Farmers Market

Woodstock Farmers Market, photo by Carrie Uffindell

Woodstock Farmers Market
Each week Woodstock’s small yet bustling neighborhood market brings together festive live music, free activities at the Kids Booth and a well-rounded selection of fresh, high-quality foods and products. Not to miss are the apples and pears at Kiyokawa Family Orchards, boiled bagels at Henry Higgins, small-batch salsas at Hot Mama Salsa, artisan cheeses at Jacobs Creamery, fresh-squeezed lemonade at Urban Cheese and Zoe Ann’s decadent cheesecakes.

Pro tip: Ample bike parking is available onsite. For safety reasons, dogs aren’t allowed in the market. If you forget to bring cash, you can purchase tokens with a debit or credit card to spend at the vendor stalls for a small fee.

Woodstock Farmers Market
Hours: Open Sundays, Jun. 5-Oct. 30, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
4600 SE Woodstock Blvd., located in the parking lot of Key Bank
Online: woodstockmarketpdx.com

 

Eating at Tidbit Food Farm and Garden

Eating at Tidbit Food Farm & Garden, photo by Carrie Uffindell

Tidbit Food Farm & Garden
The next gen of Portland food cart pods, Tidbit is designed to be home to more than 20 diverse carts. Here you’ll find international fare and local foodie favorites as well as fresh-cut flowers and a vintage clothing bus. At the pod’s heart is a large community space filled with cheerful lights, picnic benches and potted plants. Flavorful eats include the beef bulgogi at Namu Korean & Hawaiian, sweet or savory lefse wraps at Ingrid’s Scandinavian Food, traditional Japanese ramen at Hapa PDX and waffles sandwiches at Smaaken.

Pro tip: It’s easy to place orders at multiple carts and pick them up before settling down to eat. There’s also amenities like canopies for shade, deluxe portapotties, a sink with soap and water and a changing table.

Tidbit Food Farm & Garden
Hours: Vary, depending on the cart.
SE Division Street, between SE 28th Place and SE 29th Avenue
Online: facebook.com/tidbitfoodfarmandgarden

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— Carrie Uffindell