Food trucks reflect the culinary character of the city they are parked in, and so it is with Portland’s street eats. Eating in the street is an ideal way to dine economically while getting an extra helping of creativity.
This foodie city has long welcomed the edible artistry taking place inside carts with canopies, Air Streams, milk trucks, and colorful vans — they're hard to miss — with their iconic brands painted on the sides. Their number and variety have led to websites devoted to reporting on their whereabouts in the region. Some stick to strict schedules while others ride the gastronomic wave, and can be spotted one day on Peak’s Island and another on Commercial Street.
Portland food trucks take street food to its limits, serving up innovative dishes with top quality ingredients. Find lobster meatballs, Japanese street food, lamb tacos, and falafel. Encounter pizza cones, mac and cheese balls, and pulled pork. Chase down cupcakes, mini donuts, and cannoli. No two are alike, though a common thread that runs through these self-powered culinary hot spots is that they gather no moss. Catch them while you can.