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

Eat Mobile: SOLD OUT!

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Wednesday, April 21, 2010 KENDRA CLUNE

Show Us Your PDX Food Cart Pride; Win a Pair of Eat Mobile Tix.

We're a soft-hearted bunch here at WW Headquarters. After all 1,200 tickets to our third annual Eat Mobile food cart festival sold out by Wednesday morning, and we got word that hungry locals were begging for Eat Mobile wristbands on Craigslist, we realized that we needed to give two of you cart-crazy locals a break. But we can't give these golden tickets away to just anybody. Oh no. We want ...   More
Thursday, April 22, 2010 KELLY CLARKE

EAT: Dreamer's Marketplace--a Future MLK Cart Bonanza?

Just when we were getting used to our new cart pod crush on Refuel Station North, word comes that another big food cart pod is about to open. This time it's Dreamer's Marketplace in an old bank parking lot on the west side of Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard between Northeast Knott and Graham Streets. The outdoor marketplace, which will also host arts and craft vendors and live music, holds its grand ...   More
Thursday, June 3, 2010 KELLY CLARKE

EAT: Yet Another Food Cart Pod Coming to North Portland

There's another player Portland's increasingly crowded field of purpose-built food cart parking lots. First there was Mississippi Marketplace, then Refuel Station North, then Dreamer's Marketplace and now Crystal Food Garden, a new venture on North Lombard Street in St. Johns. Where's that? Right between the Crystal Temple and Big Kahuna's BBQ. Crystal Food Garden began recruiting in April and, ...   More
Friday, June 11, 2010 BEN WATERHOUSE

EAT: Food Carts Go Corporate

You see that? That's corporate America taking a thing you love, shoving it into the ravenous jaws of the marketing beast and spitting out something you feel dirty for being associated with (we have strong feelings about food carts here at WW). The Taco Bell Truck, spotted Thursday on Southeast Hawthorne Boulevard, has been driving around since last summer, handing out free tacos to the desperate ...   More
Monday, June 28, 2010 BEN WATERHOUSE

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

Truck Off: Vote for Your Favorite Portland Food Cart; Shame the Food Network

The Food Network is starting a new reality show on August 15 called The Great Food Truck Race, in which food carts battle it out for America's hearts, minds and stomachs and the chance to win $50,000. Not a single Portland vendor is included in the line-up of competing trucks (Outrageous! Six out of the seven are from California!) But the network is also running an online competition to find ...   More
Tuesday, July 20, 2010 RUTH BROWN

Diary of an Immigrant: Thank Your Lucky Stars for Wet Concrete and the Taco Lady

WW Presents another installment of our Australian music intern's diary of moving to Portland. Compiling this year's Best of Portland poll was a fascinating task for me. Newspapers and magazine articles about Portland always seem to focus on things like beer and bikes, but most locals seemed to have very different opinions about what makes their city great, and coming from such a very different perspective, ...   More
Monday, July 26, 2010 RUTH BROWN


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