CRYSTAL FOOD GARDEN
7525 N Richmond Ave., crystalfoodgarden.com.
Owners: Milford and Sandra Roberts. Operated by Crystal Temple, the adjacent New Age community center.
Notable carts: Pizza Contadino, Lebaneser Scrooge, Savvy J’s.
Pro: Nice landscaping.
Con: Noise from adjacent Lombard Street.
4233 N Mississippi Ave., missmarketplace.com.
Owners: Roger Goldingay and Carol Otis.
Notable carts: Nuevo Mexico, the Big Egg, Garden State.
Pro: You can buy a beer at Prost! and eat your food on the deck.
Con: High turnover, erratic hours.
2730 N Killingsworth St.
Owner: Madrona Hill Development LLC (Eric Jacobsen).
Notable carts: PDX 671, Pizza Depokos, Brown Chicken Brown Cow.
Pro: Real restrooms!
Con: Heavy auto traffic on Greeley Avenue.
3503 N Mississippi Ave.
Owner: Most Worshipful St. Joseph Grand Lodge, Ancient Free & Accepted Masons and Mount Olive Grand Chapter Order of Eastern Star of Oregon.
Notable carts: Caribbean Kookpot.
Pro: Owned by the Masons. The Masons!
Con: The Stonecutters would be cooler.
1502 NW 19th Ave.
Owner: S & T Northwest LLC (Sanford and Antoinette Robinson).
Notable carts: So far it’s just Chili Inside/Chili Outside.
Pro: When it opens, a bar! An indoor bar!
Con: It’s still not open.
2737 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., dreamerspdx.com.
Owners: Graham Street LLC (Brett Anderson and Craig Adamson) and River Crest Apartments LLC (Dale and Jeff Denson of Dalton Management).
Notable carts: Pepper Box.
Pro: Line 6 stops right outside.
Con: Proximity to Popeyes taxes willpower.
GREEN CASTLE FOOD COURT
1930 NE Everett St.
Owner: Bush Avenue Apartments LLC (Donald Burns and Erica Daley).
Notable carts: Viking Soul Food, Cackalacks Hot Chicken Shack.
Pro: Convenient to Burnside and Sandy.
Con: Feels kind of like a prison yard.
7410 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., lombardpointe.weebly.com.
Owners: Lombard Pointe LLC (Howard and Karen Hayashi).
Notable cart: Stevie’s Chicken ’n Waffles.
Pro: Cool corrugated-metal shelter.
Con: Might as well be in Vancouver.
À LA CARTS
Southeast 50th Avenue and Ivon Street, alacartspdx.com.
Owners: Linda and Rodney Gramlich.
Notable carts: Shut Up and Eat, Off the Griddle, King’s Wings.
Pro: Giant, weatherproof eating area.
Con: Creepily desolate in winter.
Southeast 12th Avenue and Hawthorne Boulevard.
Owner: The Original Cartopia LLC (Proteus Pension Plan and Trust).
Notable carts: Whiffies Fried Pies, Potato Champion, Pyro Pizza.
Pro: The liveliest pod in town.
Con: Overrun with youth.
CARTS ON FOSTER
5205 SE Foster Road.
Owned by: Donald, Harry and Joseph Hanna, and Ronald Wilkinson.
Notable cart: Robb’s Really Good Food.
Pro: Plenty of parking.
Con: The highest turnover of any pod in town; heavy traffic; surrounded by strip clubs and lingerie parlors.
3221 SE Division St., dstreetnoshery.com.
Owners: ADG III LLC (Stan Amy).
Notable carts: Oregon Ice Works, Slice Brick Oven Pizza.
Pro: Beer! Good beer!
Con: Capricious hours.
GOOD FOOD HERE
4262 SE Belmont St., goodfoodherebelmont.com.
Owners: Real Estate Recovery Associates II, LLC (Mark Vuong) and Urban Development Partners (Eric Cress).
Notable carts: Lardo, the Sugar Cube, EuroTrash.
Pro: A genuinely nice place, with landscaping!
Con: You won’t want to leave.
7875 SE 13th Ave., myfoodcart.com.
Owner: Sellwood Corner LLC (Mark Gearhart of the Sellwood Antique Mall).
Notable carts: Curbside Grill, Kiko’s Taqueria.
Pro: Very pedestrian-friendly.
Con: Minimal shelter.
ALDER STREET POD
Southwest Alder and Washington Streets between 9th and 11th avenues.
Owner: Greg Goodman and family.
Notable carts: Sawasdee, Nong’s Khao Man Gai, Aybla Grill, Ziba’s Pitas, etc.
Pro: Dozens of carts, indoor tables at the Galleria.
Con: Death by crushing is a real possibility.
Southwest 5th Avenue between Oak and Stark streets.
Owner: The Goodman family.
Notable carts: Tábor, La Jarochita.
Pro: The food is still both cheap and good.
Con: Nowhere to sit.
OTHER DOWNTOWN LOTS
Southwest 3rd Avenue between Stark and Washington Streets; Southwest 2nd Avenue between Oak and Pine Streets; Southwest 3rd Avenue and Ash Street.
Owners: The Goodman family.
Notable carts: Big-Ass Sandwiches, Built to Grill, Gin Northern Thai.
Pro/con: See “OG Pod.”
Southwest 4th Avenue between Hall and College Streets.
Owner: Oregon Pacific Investment and Development.
Notable carts: Hog and Hen, Vietnamese Banh Mi Sandwiches.
Pro: Right next to PSU.
Con: See above.
(Sources: Portlandmaps.com, Oregon Secretary of State Business Registry Database)