Food Cart City

Goin’ Mobile

Carts that tweet: check Twitter to follow these nomads.

By Lydia Beyoud August 17, 2010 Published in the September 2010 issue of Portland Monthly

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THE CONCEPT OF the tweeting mobile food truck may have begun with LA’s infamous Korean taco truck, Kogi (see "Measuring Up"), but Portland now boasts cool copycats like Koi Fusion and even hip roving versions of fast-food strongholds such as Burgerville. If you’re not already a Twitter fiend, here’s your chance to have your tweet and eat it, too. (Newbies: go to and enter the name after the @ symbol to sign up for updates by cell phone, e-mail, or instant message.)

Koi Fusion (@KOifusionpdx)

More than 4,000 Twitter followers make for hungry crowds wherever foodie entrepreneur Bo Kwon’s cart serves up his addictive Korean/Mexican street snacks, deftly combining Asian ingredients like kimchee, mung bean sprouts, and bulgogi with handmade tortillas, salsa, and pico de gallo.

Burgerville Nomad (@BurgervilleUSA)

Portland’s favorite local chain takes its old-school show on the road in a snazzy truck, grilling favorites like Tillamook Cheeseburgers and spicy Anazasi bean burgers. Just don’t forget a blackberry milkshake to wash it all down.

Etta (@violettaatdp)

This mobile extension of the Director Park bistro Violetta infuses fast food with a slow-food ethic in specialties like the fantastic Oregon Blue Burger, truffle fries, and the Director Park salad—featuring applewood-smoked chicken and bacon, avocado, and dried “10 hour tomatoes.”

Spudnick (@PotatoChampion)

Whatever the place, whatever the time, we’ve all got a weakness for some good deep-fried potatoes. And at Spudnick, where you can top ’em off with the made-from-scratch sauces that have given pappy cart Potato Champion its local renown, you’ve found yourself a seat in frîte heaven.

Truck Yeah (@TruckYeah)

Is last call arriving too early on Saturday night? If you’re heading out to the Devil’s Point area near SE Foster Road, just track down some gyros, falafel, and fish and chips at this weekend rover. (Truck Yeah also occupies a weekday spot at the corner of NE MLK Jr. Boulevard and Lombard Street.) Better yet, try one of the ever-changing weekly specials, such as the mouthwatering bacon, chicken, Cajun-aioli sandwich.

Sol Pops (@Solpops)

Modeled after traditional Mexican paletas, these vegan, mostly locavore frozen pops come in funky flavors like carrot-lime-ginger, marionberry-coconut, and basil-lemon. In a nod to paletas’ street-food origins, a small fleet of Sol Pops’ cheery vintage carts can be spotted at farmers markets around the city, purveying perfectly chilled pops to the overheated masses.

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