Southwest 4th Avenue and College Street. Lunch Monday-Friday.
From vegetarian-friendly whole grain meals at Veggie Bowl (formerly Richi's) to Alecocina's fried empanadas ($3), this cart-filled corner of the inner westside is worth navigating throngs of students and city of Portland staff from across the street. Don't miss Black Star Grill, the West African food cart where you build your own bowl ($8-$9) with jollof rice, veggies and plantains, then choose your protein—chicken, shrimp or beef. Up your luck with a bowl of black-eyed pea stew ($4). $.