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5 Portland Food Carts We Just Can't Quit

From crazy-creative scratch pastas to cult-worshipped pastrami, these are the year's standout carts.

By Eat Beat Team October 12, 2017 Published in the November 2017 issue of Portland Monthly

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Toothsome, crazy-creative scratch pastas, adorned with sumac and house burrata to heady duck-fat-simmered beef—from a rough and ready cart blasting Old Portland tunes. Swoon. NE 23rd Avenue and Alberta Street

Pizzeria la Sorrentina

"Dice K” Matsumoto unleashes true Neapolitan pies outside of Brothers Cascadia in Vancouver. Plus, primo Italian bakery desserts, including limoncello-soaked cake swathed in vanilla bean cream. 9811 NE 15th Ave, Vancouver, Wash

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Clockwise from top left: Matt's BBQ, Pastrami Zombie, Pizzeria la Sorrentina

Matt’s BBQ

Matt Vicedomini’s no-nonsense menu of central Texas BBQ vies for the best in town. Buried under slabs of ribs and criminally rich chopped pork lurks a damn fine jalapeño cheddar sausage. Eat it. 4709 NE MLK Jr. Blvd

Pastrami Zombie

The cart version of Ashland’s cult-worshipped Sammich slices thick, black oak-smoked, Montreal-style pastrami like no other. A brick-and-mortar is expected later this year, inside the upcoming Scout Beer at 5029 SE Division St.

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The only Egyptian café housed in a double decker bus slinging cardamom-scented Turkish coffee and dreamy pistachio-coconut steamers in town. Or ... perhaps anywhere, for that matter. SE 32nd Avenue and Hawthorne Boulevard

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