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A Gathering of Food Trucks

Posted by
Stephen Phillips (San Francisco, United States) on 13 June 2010 in Lifestyle & Culture and Portfolio.

Here is my dining companion - and niece - Sarah (at left). We are exploring her new neighborhood of North Portland. This to differentiate from northeast or northwest Portland. It is the area above downtown - sandwiched between the Willamette and Columbia Rivers. I had never been off of the freeway through this section and it proved to be a wonderful revelation.

Here is a new phenomenon in the Portland area. A formerly vacant property - given over to a collection of food vans and carts - serving up a wide selection of cuisines in a common area. Brilliant, I say! There are a number of these food parks throughout the city. Sarah tells me that there is a similar version over in Northeast Portland which is very large and extremely popular.

This is clearly a one time filling station. There are picnic tables where the pumps once stood - and indoor tables in the service bays for when it rains - as was the case for us while we ate. The brief break in the rain had me dashing for my camera.

I found this a wonderful experience. All of the restaurateurs seem young - often couples - turning out wonderful, unique and colorful food dishes - offering a dizzying array of choices.

Here we wandered among Mexican, Vietnamese, Thai, Traditional Barbecue, Vegetarian, Hot Dogs, a separate cart offering Hamburgers, Juices - and that red and silver trailer near the foreground calling themselves 'Starchy and Husk' - featuring homemade Macaroni & Cheese!

There are 14 different food businesses here. A splendid, outdoor, funky, fabulous, gypsy food court of happy owners and their guests...

Clean. Colorful. Vibrant. American entrepreneurship at its best!

[note]: I call this image - "A Gathering of Food Trucks" - honoring the origin of the word 'truck' - which means 'to barter or trade'. FYI.

[tomorrow]: We visit another unexpected jewel in this bohemian Portland community.

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Marie LC from Dauphiné, France

Very surprising this restaurant! We do not know how to too much, in France, create simple and unpretentious friendly places

13 Jun 2010 5:45am

ordinaryimages from Kentucky Bluegrass, United States

We have two such trucks [both] pop up in the Hispanic area of town...though I haven't tried either. I'll try to stop by soon for a picture. I suppose the Health Department has a hard time keeping up with them, but cleanup would be simple...just drive them through the car wash with the windows down, best...jerry

13 Jun 2010 6:26am

Phil David Alexander Morris from Saskatoon, Canada

Nothing like this in Canada. Superb picture of something almost unheard of. Wow, this is really something.

13 Jun 2010 6:27am

kate from lincolnshire, United Kingdom

great image and a good idea for enerprise and the community!!:)

13 Jun 2010 6:49am

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

At least they can justifiably still call the place a "filling station". Can you get a plain old bacon and egg sarnie for breakfast?

13 Jun 2010 9:13am

Ralph Jones from Detroit, United States

What a wonderful idea. The thought of macaroni & cheese just made my mouth water. So what did you decide to eat?

13 Jun 2010 12:37pm

@Ralph Jones: Hey, Ralph - I had a good sized breakfast with Sarah sister, Rebekah and wasn't very hungry - I ordered the house salad from the veggie stall and was absolutely thrilled with the presentation. Fresh local greens and herbs tossed with Gorgonzola cheese, almonds, fresh ripe strawberries, and a perfect homemade vinaigrette. A full sized salad - $4.

JJ from Jersey City, United States

Such a cool shot and a cool area, such a wide variety of food options there, I like that idea so much

13 Jun 2010 12:49pm

Susan from Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States

what a great much more inviting than the hordes of mediocre chain restaurants lining the streets how you've captured so much of the place in the a great idea of the scope of the place.......and just love that name....starchy and husk!! although, at first glance, thought for sure they'd be selling corn on the cob!!!!

13 Jun 2010 1:54pm

JPS from Le Havre, France

General survey of the "cuisine du monde" ...

13 Jun 2010 4:52pm

pixator from kerman, Iran

Interesting shot!

13 Jun 2010 7:57pm

David from Detroit, United States

My media students just finished a long-distance project with a class outside of Portland. The Oregon students included a short segment about a spot where food wagons get together like this. I'm intrigued! I'll have to check it out the next time I'm in that area!

13 Jun 2010 9:19pm

Marcie from Newton, United States

What an interesting perspective on Portland. Thank-you for taking me here!

13 Jun 2010 11:10pm

peter.K from blue mountains, Australia

interesting pic, and a nice sounding salad for 4 bucks, also good...

15 Jun 2010 6:43am