Discovering The 10 Best Food Trucks in Portland Oregon 2022

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Written By John @ The Portlandist

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Food trucks—or food carts, as they’re commonly known—are an essential segment of the Portland culinary scene. Hundreds of the carts are scattered throughout the metro area, and most have established a semi-permanent location, whether individually or as part of a group of multiple food carts known as a “pod.” Portland’s food carts offer phenomenal flavors from cultures and countries across the globe, from Peru and the Philippines to Morocco and Mexico, and the freshness and diversity of their offerings won the city a place on CNN’s list of the world’s top destinations for street food.

With so many excellent food carts to choose from, it could take you months (if not years) to try them all. To get you started, we’ve compiled a list of the 10 best food trucks in Portland for you to visit in 2022.

The Best Food Trucks in Portland Oregon

Below is our picks for the top 10 best Food Trucks in Portland Oregon. To snap directly to a specific location, please click the corresponding link in the list below.

  1. Matt’s BBQ
  2. Baon Kainan
  3. Viking Soul Food
  4. Farmer and the Beast
  5. Kabba’s Kitchen
  6. Rocket Breakfast
  7. Matta
  8. Birrieria La Plaza
  9. Kim Jong Grillin
  10. Ramen Ippo

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10. Matt’s BBQ

portland Food Truck Matt's BBQ

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Matt’s BBQ quickly gained a following as part of the Prost Marketplace pod, slinging simply seasoned, perfectly-smoked barbecue in all its forms. Customers can enjoy melt-in-your-mouth brisket, Carolina-style pulled pork, double-smoked burnt ends, spicy house-made jalapeno cheddar sausage and moist turkey breast dripping in melted butter. Meats are served as part of a platter or as a sandwich, although opting for the former leaves more room for Matt’s delectable sides. At the very least, be sure to sample the creamy queso mac and cheese; other can’t-miss choices include a trio of smoked and pickled jalapenos, cole slaw and potato salad. Wash everything down with the pure sweetness of Mexican Coke or a Rambler sparkling water. 

Matt’s accepts online orders for both same-day pickup and 48 or more hours in advance, making it even more convenient to fill your belly with delicious barbecue. 

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4233 N Mississippi Avenue, Portland, Oregon 97217


9. Baon Kainan

portland Food truck Baon Kainan

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Stationed just outside Metalwood Salvage, Baon Kainan serves some of the finest Filipino food in the region. Proprietors Ethan and Geri Leung offer a modern twist on traditional recipes, promising in their tagline, “This is not your Tita’s cooking.” The menu is built on the couple’s Filipino heritage, while incorporating the influences of their predominantly American upbringing as well as other stops along their formative years in military families. 

The cart’s menu changes often, influenced by seasonal ingredients as well as the whims of the chefs. Staples include Chicken Adobo (tender grilled chicken paired with picked vegetables and served on a bed of rice) and the Tofu Bistek bowl (fried tofu bathed in a Filipino citrus sauce with grilled onions, scallions and pickled chilis, also served with rice).

 The Kare Fries are a delicious representation of the cart’s masterful cultural fusion: fries smothered in braised beef with peanut sauce with a side of shrimp paste and pickled chilis. On Mondays, Baon Kainan offers its legendary lumpia, a three-piece serving of crispy, golden egg rolls stuffed with house-made longanisa pork sausage and served with a sweet and spicy dipping sauce. 

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807 NE Couch Street, Portland, Oregon 97232


8.Viking Soul Food

Portland food trucks Viking Soul Food

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Since 2010, owners Megan Walhood and Jeremy Daniels have served up delectable Scandinavian comfort food from a tiny silver Airstream trailer stationed at the Bite on Belmont food cart pod. The cart’s foundational dish is Norwegian lefse, a potato-based flatbread similar to a tortilla, which the chefs then fill with a variety of both savory and sweet ingredients. For first-time diners, we recommend the lefse stuffed with pork and beef meatballs, caramelized cheese gravy, surkal (pickled purple cabbage) and green cabbage.

 For a meat-free option, try the lefse with house-made mushroom hazelnut patties, Danish blue cheese, surkal mixed greens and parsley vinaigrette. Flavor-packed sides include root vegetable champ (mashed sweet and red potatoes blended with cream and herbs), beet salad (arugula and shredded cabbage with pickled beets and almonds) and the cleverly-named “troll snack” (roasted garlic and Jarlsberg spread with rye crackers and pickled cabbage). If you’re feeling adventurous, there’s also pickled herring with peppercorns and onions. For a sweet finish to your meal, try one of the dessert lefse: lingonberry version with cream cheese or lemon custard with five-spice pecans. 

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4255 SE Belmont Street, Portland, Oregon 97215


7. Farmer and the Beast

Portland food trucks Farmer and the Beast

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Fresh, local ingredients are the stars of the show at this Nob Hill Portland food cart, which is conveniently located in a pod with The Pour House, where you can find the perfect draft beer to pair with your meal. The most popular item is easily the Beast Burger, a pair of juicy beef patties smashed on the grill, then topped with American cheese, shaved onion, pickle, lettuce and special sauce. Go even bigger by adding a third (or even a fourth) patty, bacon or a fried egg, or go meatless by subbing Impossible patties for the ground chuck. The Beast of the Sea is another excellent choice, with grilled Oregon albacore tuna loin, soy-ginger cabbage slaw and sriracha mayo. An even lighter option is the Ayers Creek Polenta Bowl, topped with melted cheddar, mushrooms, chili crunch and baby kale salad. 

Though fries are the only side option, they’re expertly made-to-order from Kennebec potatoes, their crispy, salty bite yielding to a soft, starchy interior. The cart also offers a daily selection of freshly-squeezed fruit drinks, which pair a lemonade or limeade base with flavors like rhubarb, loganberry and strawberry.  

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1845 NW 23rd Place, Portland, Oregon 97210


6. Kabba’s Kitchen

Portland food trucks Kabba's Kitchen

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Just a short stroll from the Prost Marketplace pod, Kabba’s Kitchen offers a unique combination of Senegalese and Gambian flavors in dishes like chicken Yassa and golden-crusted fataya packed with flavorful beef. You’ll almost certainly be drawn to the hearty mafe yapp, a beef stew studded with chunks of carrots and potatoes, swimming in a rich peanut sauce and served over rice. Lamb dibi pairs savory hunks of tender meat with a perfectly-spiced onion sauce and a side of fries, while niambi ak ndiebe (black-eyed peas with cassava, onion and tomato sauce) provides a meatless—but filling—alternative. Be sure to add one of the cart’s signature beverages, made with hibiscus or ginger and providing the consummate refreshment on a warm Portland day. 

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4631 N Albina Avenue, Portland, Oregon 97217


5. Rocket Breakfast

Portland food trucks Rocket Breakfast

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Get your day started with a bang at Rocket Breakfast, a delightful food cart in Northeast Portland’s Rose City Food Park pod. Launched in 2016 by Ben and Alison, a husband-and-wife team with a passion for breakfast, the operation has grown from a single 15-inch griddle to a custom-built food cart where customers line up to purchase Rocket’s signature fluffy pancakes and other morning meal selections. The Nutella Stuffed Pancakes prove that it’s never too early for dessert; the dish features three freshly-griddled pancakes packed with rich Nutella spread and served with house-made Boston cream. If you’re feeling extra indulgent, add bacon inside the pancakes and homemade strawberry sauce for the perfect mix of sweet and savory.

If you need a meal you can eat on the go, consider the eminently portable Breakfast Wrap, a warm flour tortilla packed with scrambled eggs, hash browns, grilled peppers and onions, cheese, house-made pico de gallo and your choice of protein (black beans, bacon, turkey sausage or ham). You can also get the same ingredients pressed into a quesadilla, if that’s more your speed. Other choices include a traditional breakfast sandwich, French toast roll-ups and a quartet of lemon ricotta pancakes with house-made lemon curd.

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5235 NE Sandy Boulevard, Portland, Oregon 97213


4. Matta

Portland food trucks matta

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Matta bills itself as a “Viet Kieu”—or foreign-born Vietnamese—experience, serving complex comfort foods from its founders’ upbringing in the thriving Vietnamese community in San Jose, California. The menu is a combination of Vietnamese classics and original chef’s creations combining American styles and Asian flavors. Owner Richard Le is constantly tweaking the daily offerings, but standards include Bò Xao (a hearty steak stir-fry with seasonal vegetables and onion, fried garlic and shallots, cilantro, scallions and herbs, tied together with house fish sauce and served over a steaming plate of rice) and Thịt Kho (tender pork belly and shoulder braised in savory coconut water-based broth and served with soft-boiled egg, vegetables and a side of rice and pickles). Whatever you decide for your main course, you simply must cap your meal with the delightful green pandan doughnut, a freshly-fried yeast ring topped with sweet pandan glaze and shredded coconut. 

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4311 NE Prescott St Avenue, Portland, Oregon 97218


3. Birrieria La Plaza

Portland food trucks Birrieria La Plaza

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Plenty of Portland-area food carts proffer the trendy birria taco, but none have perfected the dish quite like Birrieria La Plaza. Though the cart has only been around since 2019, the decades-old recipe originated with owner Oracio Hernandez’s mother, Doña Sofia, who brought generations of family food traditions with her when she moved from Jalisco to the U.S. in the 1980s. That authentic flavor is a common thread that runs through all of the items at Birrieria La Plaza.

Not surprisingly, birria is the foundation of the menu’s most popular combinations. The Plato La Plaza is a steal at just $12 and includes one taco, one mulita (birria, cilantro and onion sandwiched between two cheese-lined tortillas), one tostada, one quesadilla and a small side of the rich consommé for dipping. For the truly birria-obsessed, the Plato de Birria features a generous serving of birria garnished with cilantro and onion, accompanied by rice, beans and four warm flour tortillas. Items like quesadillas, tostadas, tacos and consommé are also available a la carte. Temper the spice with an ice-cold bottle of fruity Jarritos soda or agua tamarindo.  

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600 SE 146th Avenue, Portland, Oregon 97233


2. Kim Jong Grillin

Portland food trucks Kim Jong Grillin

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Kim Jong Grillin—or KJG for those in the know—is one of the oldest and most beloved members of the Portland food cart scene, and it has earned its glowing reputation by flawlessly executing Korean barbecue classics like bulgogi (strips of marinated beef) and galbi (Korean-style short ribs). Bibim boxes feature your choice of protein loaded onto scorched japchae noodles and rice, topped with bonchan and gochujang and crowned with a fried egg. The Kim Chee Fried Rice is another winner, consisting of KJG’s fiery house-made kimchi fried with generous helpings of bacon, butter, rice and “lots of love.” For a unique fusion of Asian and American flavors, try the KJG Hot Dog, an Olympian Provisions hot dog served on a bahn mi baguette with sesame sprouts, spicy daikon, kimchi mayo and pickled mango. 

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4606 SE Division Street, Portland, Oregon 97206


1. Ramen Ippo

Portland food trucks Ramen Ippo

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Though it has steadily gained a loyal following since opening in 2019, Ramen Ippo has recently enhanced its visibility with a move to the Nob Hill food cart pod, joining neighbors like Bing Mi and the Farmer and the Beast. The cart’s owner grew up in Japan, sampling a variety of ramen styles with his family, but opted to pursue work as a sushi chef when he came to the U.S. to study hospitality in 2002. After stints at notable establishments like Nobu Las Vegas, he decided to branch out on his own in Portland and return to his earlier love—ramen. 

The Ramen Ippo menu features a plethora of flavors and global influences. The eponymous Ippo Ramen features rich noodles swimming in a broth made from cooking a whole chicken and vegetables over seven hours; Tomato Ramen is built on a vegetarian base of organic tomatoes and kombu seaweed, which is then made indulgently creamy with the addition of mozzarella and parmesan cheeses. Among the most unique varieties on the menu is the Tantan Ramen, which derives its distinctive flavor from incorporating sesame and peanut butter miso into the chicken-based broth, which is then filled with ground meat, sweet corn, green onion, cilantro, chili oil and noodles. 

In addition to ramen, the cart offers less-starchy options like the Kara-Age Meal Box, half a pound of fried chicken marinated with garlic and ginger soy sauce and topped with spicy yum sauce. On the lighter side, there’s also a Ramen Salad: a bed of kale noodles atop mixed greens, with cabbage, sweet corn, tomato, fried onion and avocado providing textural contrast and a savory sesame dressing to tie it all together. 

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1845 NW 23rd Place, Portland, Oregon 97210


Our Final Thoughts: The Best Food Trucks in Portland Oregon

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