Food carts aren’t just popular with people who live in Portland; they’re a big draw for tourists too. But with over 600 options to choose from at any given time (carts come and go quickly, so an exact count is impossible), it can be hard to know where to start. Well, fear not. This past summer Michael Russell, the restaurant critic for the Oregonian, set out to eat at every new food cart in the metro Portland area and then pick the top 10. Here are some of the highlights:
Chicken and Guns: Don’t worry, no one will be serving you a side of ammo at this establishment. Chicken and Guns offers a rustic country kitchen feel, serving fresh, local ingredients and farm-raised chickens from just down the road. Their south of the border-inspired menu features tender grilled chicken with scrumptious sides like crispy potatoes cooked in spicy Peruvian aji sauce, or your choice of a grain or leaf salad topped with a chimichurri dressing.
Kingsland Kitchen: Fancy a spot of breakfast? Kingsland’s got you covered, all day. Their full English breakfast comes highly recommended, and their “meat-centric” lunch sandwiches include everything from Guinness braised beef to Mumbai spiced chicken. Their bread is baked fresh and delivered daily from just a couple of miles away; they’re also known for their homemade apple chili chutney, house pickles, and legendary hot sauce. And their grilled cheese? Well, it’s nothing like Mom used to make.
Check out more top Portland food carts here.