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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