For the month of March, Pioneer Courthouse Square is converting its brick amphitheater into a giant food truck parking lot. From 11 am – 1:30 pm, The Dump Truck, Voodoo Doughnut, Bunk, and Thrive Pacific NW will park their food-slinging mobile units for the city’s hungry downtown workforce. More info at thesquarepdx.org.
The hottest pair of wheels at Pioneer Square belongs to Tastebud, the wood-fired farmer’s market icon. Mark Doxtader, dough maestro and Tastebud’s owner, has built his dream truck—a giant, fully mobile pizza oven. The brick-red customized Sterling truck comes with hydraulic doors that swing open to reveal a kitchen with running water, refrigerators, storage and retail space. The wood-fueled Mugnaini oven, yanked with a crane from the original Tastebud restaurant, sits cemented in back weighing in at 3,500 pounds, spitting fire and charring dough.
While most oven-equipped pizza carts are grounded for life, the Tastebud-mobile is built for long distance road tripping. Doxtader already has plans to take his specialty slices to California. For now, it’s a great way to sample Tastebud’s wares while we wait for the restaurant to open in Multnomah Village, now projected for June 2015. Click the slideshow above for an inside look at the souped-up pizza engine.