Food Cart Pods
Portland owes its CNN-given title of "home to the world's best street food" to a unique phenomenon: the so-called "food cart pods," clusters of food trucks and stalls that enjoy a permanent location, and often have a shared dining area with tables and seats. With several hundred food carts (and counting), the variety of cuisines represented is truly impressive, with tiny kitchens cooking up anything from classic Americana burgers to pork belly pancakes (Pancake Underground @ Cartlandia) and Korean-style tacos (Koi Fusion @ Prost Marketplace). Food cart pods in the downtown area include ones on Fifth and Third Avenues, plus the one on Portland State University campus. There are also Cartopia and Cartlandia in Southeast, Prost Marketplace and Killingsworth Station in the north, plus quite a few others.