Portland food trucks are more than convenient road-side spots to grab quick grub on the run. These days, some of the city’s most popular food trucks regularly have lines longer than most of their brick-and-mortar competition! The masterminds behind these mobile meal spots are even rivaling more traditional chefs in the quality and creativity of their dishes. From hand-cut pasta to barbecue to gourmet sandwiches piled high with combinations of locally cured meat, there’s no shortage of mouth-watering options.
Fortunately, you don’t have to rely on luck or do a lot of footwork to find out where your favorites will be parked and when. Several easy-to-use websites keep track of the roughly 500 carts spread across Portland’s streets every day. Interactive maps online let you search by vendor, location or “pod” so you can be sure to plan your day around mealtimes.
For those new to the food truck scene, a pod is a grouping of Portland food carts sharing the same lot. If you’re catching lunch with friends or not quite sure what you’re in the mood for, hitting a pod is a great way to ensure you’ll find something that hits the spot for everyone.