Food carts provide quick, inexpensive and delicious meals and everybody can pick out exactly what they want – from Thai to sushi to BBQ. Even better, movement is encouraged at all of the local pods, where the diners can hop between choices and never have to sit in a booth waiting for a server to take an order. Portland is blessed with a large variety of cuisines and food cart pods – some with added features like fire pits, movie screenings and games. Read on to check out our favorite food carts to visit with kids!
Arlo’s Fish and Chips
Check out the tasty homemade fish and chips from Arlo’s! Each bite is battered and fried to perfection and served with a side of french fries. A kid and crowd-favorite! Grab a scoop of ice cream at the neighboring Beau Berry cart afterwards. Added bonus: the St. John’s Food Cart Pod has live music throughout the summer.
St. John’s Food Cart Pod at 7316 North Lombard
Hours: Sun. – Tues. 12:30 – 7 p.m., Wed. & Thurs. Closed, Fr.i & Sat. 12:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Bake on the Run
Head over to Piknik Park in Sellwood to try one of the delicious fried bread pockets served at Bake on the Run. This Guyanese food cart always has unique and delicious food that will make you feel like you’ve stepped into the Caribbean! Adults love the savory curry option, and kids will love the sweet special of the day. Bonus: there’s heated seating onsite which is perfect for the colder months.
1122 SE Tacoma St
Hours: Wed., Thur., Fri., Sat., & Mon. 11:30 a.m. – 7 p.m., Sun. 11:30 a.m. – 5 p.m., Tues. Closed
Eurodish features delicious Polish cuisine made by a proprietor who will soon become your kids’ adopted grandmother. With perogi, Chicago dogs, blintzes, and a kid-favorite…papaya or strawberry smoothies, this will quickly become your favorite spot in town. Canned beers are served at a neighboring vendor, and there are fire pits and restrooms onsite. The old beat up outdoor pool table serves as a fun play area for kids to use without worrying about “the rules”.
1331 N Killingsworth Street
Hours: Mon. 11 a.m. – 8 p.m, Tue. – Fri 5:30 – 8 p.m., Sat. 7 a.m. – 8 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Krazy Cups and Café
If churros and sundaes are your jam, head over to Krazy Cups and Café! In addition to handmade desserts, they feature aqua frescas in a variety of fruity flavors, plus milkshakes and coffee. Krazy Cups is located at the very popular Cartlandia food cart pod, which also features fire pits and movie screenings in the summertime.
1421 SE 13th Ave
Daily 12 p.m. – 12 a.m.
Fried Egg I’m In Love
The catchy names of their menu offerings will make parents smile, and kiddos will love the fresh OJ and sandwiches. Try the Built To Spill, for obvious reasons, which features a fried egg and cheddar on toasted sourdough. Then stroll among the bricks in Pioneer Courthouse Square to see what interesting names you can find.
780 SW Broadway at Pioneer Courthouse Square
Hours: Mon. – Fri. 7 a.m. – 3 p.m., Sat. – Sun. 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
For the kiddie carnivore in your life, head to the very popular Matt’s BBQ cart at the Prost food carts on Mississippi Ave. Here you’ll find every type of smoked meat one could wish for, plus fun sides like the queso mac and cheese. Pro tip: it can get busy on the weekends, so grab a snack or beverage from one of the neighboring carts to enjoy while you wait in line.
4233 N Mississippi Ave
Daily 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
The Whole Bowl
Slung out of a super-cute retro-looking trailer with wood paneling, The Whole Bowl has the beans and rice bowl scene covered. Check out the Bambino Bowl for only $6, which includes brown rice, black and red beans, avocado, cilantro, black olives, Tillamook cheddar, sour cream, salsa and sauce. Delicious, and healthy!
Eight locations in Portland. Our favorite is the Hollywood Bowl at 4615 NE Sandy Blvd.
Hours: Mon.-Fri. 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Grilled Cheese Grill
The ultimate fun bus is at the Grilled Cheese Grill! Hop on to the decked out yellow school bus on Alberta Street to eat your grilled cheese! With fun options like “The Pre-Schooler” (a classic grilled cheese with the crusts cut off), you’ll relive your childhood and share it with your kids! More refined palettes will appreciate their fancy brie grilled cheese, or even burgers. Don’t forget the tomato soup!
NE 11th & Alberta
Hours: Sun.-Thurs. 11:30 a.m. – 8 p.m., Fri.-Sat. 11:30 a.m. – 1 a.m.
SW Washington St. Cart Pod at SW 3rd & Washington
Hours: Mon.-Thurs. 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., Fri.-Sat. 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Sun. Closed
– April Hasson
Featured photo: Killingsworth Station via yelp