Cartopia’s New Chicken and Guns

Food Cart Reviews
Stop all the rotisseries, and turn off the spits. Portland has gone wild for Latin-style rotisserie chicken lately thanks to Pollo Norte and Polli-Tico, but the latest entrant in this arms race is Car   More
Wednesday, September 2, 2015 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Willamette Weekend: 16 Things to Do and See in Portland May 8-10


FRIDAY, MAY 8Ensiferum, Korpiklaani [FOLK METAL] Some pagan metal bands craft music appropriate for lighting candles during a ritual under the full moon. Then there are bands such as Helsinki’s Ensiferum (Finnish for “sword bearing”) that are aimed at those who grew up on reruns of The Smurfs and Fraggle Rock. That’s not necessarily meant as a dis. Ensiferum has mastered the art of ...   More
Thursday, May 7, 2015 by Enid Spitz

The Cartopia Cart Pod Looks to Be Staying Open for Two More Years

Food cart owners received an e-mail from their landlord offering an additional 2-year-lease


Food & Drink
Well, looks like rumors of Cartopia's death have been greatly exaggerated—even by this very newspaper. Cartopia may now be getting a new two-year lease on life, says Potato Champion owner Mike McKinnon.In May, cart owners at the Cartopia pod—the ur-Eastside pod at Southeast 12th Avenue and Hawthorne Boulevard that includes Whiffies Fried Pies, Potato Champion, Perriera Creperie, Pyro ...   More
Wednesday, September 17, 2014 by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

The Death of Cartopia Brings the End of the Golden Age of Food Carts

The first great late-night food-cart pod is slated to become a mixed-use apartment complex.


Food & Drink
Burn every guidebook to Portland. They don't make sense anymore. Because every single one of those books will tell Portland visitors to go to Cartopia, at Southeast 12th and Hawthorne, the city's most iconic food cart pod. And after the carts' leases expire in October, Cartopia will probably not exist. Specifically, developer Vic Remmers signed a contract to buy the lot, as first reported ...   More
Thursday, May 22, 2014 by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Cake on a Hot Tin Roof

Food Cart Reviews
It’s hard to miss the pink-and-yellow Winnebago at the Northeast corner of Cartlandia. It looks like something out of a children’s book. With her rosy cheeks and white hair, Jennie Goodrich,   More
Wednesday, May 30, 2012 CASEY JARMAN

The High Dive: Low Light

Bar Reviews
There are three magic words printed in all-caps on a sidewalk sign for The High Dive (1406 SE 12th Ave., 384-2285) that should, in time, make it a favorite neighborhood watering hole: CART FOOD WE   More
Wednesday, February 22, 2012 CASEY JARMAN

Portland Now Has a Cocktail Cart

Yes, with actual booze.


Food & Drink
Forget beer carts, Portland now has a cocktail cart. With actual booze.To promote the second annual Portland Cocktail Week—a four-day festival of liquor-centered events, seminars and competitions coinciding with the Great American Distillers Festival, running Oct. 20-23—the Oregon Bartenders Guild is operating a cocktail cart, dubbed “the Hospitality Suite,” at the Cartopia pod at Southeast ...   More
Tuesday, September 27, 2011 RUTH BROWN

Pie Hard With a Vengeance: Zukin Creams Whiffies' Pie Eating Record

What did local restaurateur Nick Zukin do after eating 72 burgers in three months? Dessert, of course. The food blogger and co-owner of downtown deli Kenny and Zuke's downed 10 deep-fried hand pies in 30 minutes on Sunday to be crowned the new "Pie Champ" of the Whiffie's Fried Pies cart in Hawthorne. "I'd been calling the previous record of nine bullshit for ages," Zukin shrugs. So when his two ...   More
Sunday, July 18, 2010 RUTH BROWN


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