Over 3,000 hungry Portlanders flocked to OMSI's north parking lot Saturday to sample the wares of 51 Portland food carts—some ten percent of all the carts in the city—at WW's fifth Eat Mobile festival. Of course, Eat Mobile isn't just about eating—it's also about awarding awesome handmade trophies to the best carts. Here's who won this year:
The people's choice was perennial favorite Koi Fusion, which wowed the crowds with a kim chi Reuben. Close behind in second place was Lardo, who brought its excellent interpretation of a meatball banh mi.
Our judges' favorite was PDX 671, which brought the flavors of Guam to the Willamette with linechen gollai, tangy
cabbage spinach in coconut milk, and estufao, soft and savory pork. Second place went to Lardo, again.
The award for style went to Eat Mobile first-timers Taco Pedaler for their adorable handmade bike cart, with second place going to Fuego de Lotus, because we're suckers for fire.
The day also featured a live sandwich showdown between the Grilled Cheese Grill and Big Ass Sandwiches, who both grilled up 3-foot-long sandos to sate the crowds. Judges WW Music Editor Casey Jarman and Mayor Sam Adams declared the GCG's giant Cheesus the winner.
Congratulations to the winners, and thanks to all the carts, our sponsors, OMSI and everyone who attended. We'll see you all next year!
Here are some photos. We'll have more up tomorrow: