TASTE TEST: Baditos de Trigo from El Cubo de Cuba

Fall weather may not exactly inspire al fresco dining, but that hasn't put a damper on the ever-growing conga-line of new food carts gradually taking over every spare scrap of space in town. In the past month alone, the downtown Alder Street Pod between Southwest 9th and 10th Avenues has gained a hot dog cart (that makes two), a Korean cart (that makes three), a Hawaiian cart, an Ethiopian cart, ...   More
Thursday, November 11, 2010 RUTH BROWN


Randy Leonard isn’t the only problem facing Portland’s food carts.

Multnomah County
Gregg Abbott is perched over his Samsung Android at a wooden picnic table outside his Whiffies Fried Pies truck, parked in a vacant Southeast Hawthorne Boulevard lot called Cartopia. It’s a Monday morning—his day off—and Abbott is anxious to move under the heating lamps of nearby Tiny’s Coffee. He’s had his fill of sitting out in the cold.    More
Friday, December 17, 2010 AARON MESH

A Visit to A La Carts: The Best New Carts You've Never Heard Of

Food & Drink
With the hype around Portland's food carts still running at fever pitch, I don't blame land-owners and wanna-be cooks for rushing to set up new pods and carts as quickly as possible. I do blame them for neglecting to do some basic marketing in the rush. Case in point: I'd heard word of a new pod at Southeast 50th Avenue and Division Street, called A La Carts. Brownie points for the cheesy pun name, ...   More
Thursday, September 30, 2010 RUTH BROWN

Cyborg Camp: The Civic Web Will Help You Find Cats, Among Other Things

Food & Drink
We've written a bit about Max Ogden and his Portland API project over the past couple months, so we won't go on about it too much more here. But Ogden spoke this past week at CyborgCamp Portland 2010, a combination conference/un-conference exploring the interactions between humans and computers, and gave a few real-life, up-and-running examples of his idea of the “civic web.” It's funny: Ogden's ...   More
Monday, October 4, 2010 Ron Knox

The Fried Onion Moves

The Fried Onion, a food stand that provides sausages, burgers and sandwiches to the hungry workers of the Northwest Industrial District, has moved from its home of several years at Northwest 24th Avenue and Vaughn Street to a parking lot on 23rd Avenue just north of Thurman Street (see map, below). John McGrath, a gray-haired man in a faded Yankees cap who operates the business with his wife, Marcy, ...   More
Friday, June 12, 2009 BEN WATERHOUSE

Hawthorne carts trade pies, fries for nudity.

We got the call about this genius idea way too late to squeeze into the print newspaper, so our lucky blog readers will reap the benefits. Gregg Abbott, owner of the ridiculously addictive Whiffie's Fried Pies (I've got a tasty profile of his sweet 'n savory cart in tomorrow's issue of WW, check it out) just called to let us know that he and Potato Champion's Mike McKinnon have a special offer ...   More
Tuesday, June 9, 2009 KELLY CLARKE

Hawthorne Cart Village: Foodkartaroke

What goes best with face-melting 100+ degree temperatures? Deep fried grub and off-key tunes, of course. Tonight marks the inaugural session of the Hawthorne Cart Village's "Foodkartaroke." Which is exactly what it sounds like. Fried pie man and Twitter addict Gregg Abbott over at Whiffie's Fried Pies has been tweeting about the song-party all week—begging for a PA (he found one) ...   More
Wednesday, July 29, 2009 KELLY CLARKE

WW's Eat Mobile Food Cart Festival is back. Get your tix now.

A dispatch from the Department of Shameless Self-Promotion (of Awesomeness): Eat Mobile, WW's annual food cart festival, is back. The giant cheap food blowout gets rolling on Saturday, April 24 under the east end of the Morrison Bridge. And tickets are on sale online or at WW's headquarters RIGHT NOW. They're only $7 ($10 if you get 'em at the fest). We are limiting Eat Mobile's crowd capacity ...   More
Thursday, March 25, 2010 KELLY CLARKE

The Punk Group Pens Big-Ass Sandwich Theme Song

Why hasn't anybody done this before? Local electro-schlock duo the Punk Group has recorded a short jingle in honor of downtown food cart gut buster Big-Ass Sandwiches. We've got an email out to cart co-owner Lisa Wood to figure out whether they paid the musicians in roast beef. The ditty is appropriately short and to the point, with one major lyric: "Dude, I am totally wasted! (ME TOO!) Let's ...   More
Friday, April 23, 2010 KELLY CLARKE

Eat Mobile 2010: The Highlight Reel

Willamette Week's third annual Eat Mobile food cart festival finally arrived Saturday afternoon, and it was huge. How huge? We squeezed 30 carts under two and a half blocks of the Morrison bridge and packed in some 1,900 hungry Portlanders (check out the line!), who between them drank 150 gallons of Pabst Blue Ribbon and ate every last bite of food. (Check out the big Eat Mobile photo slideshow ...   More
Monday, April 26, 2010 BEN WATERHOUSE


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