One of the best things about living in the South Waterfront neighborhood of Portland is the incredible access to all the local flavor. Even though we’re centrally located, making it pretty easy to get around, there’s no reason you’d need to anywhere at all. Another great thing about Portland, in general, is the epic food truck scene here. On almost every corner of town, you’re likely to find a tiny food truck serving up intensely delicious foods that a wholly unique! The South Waterfront neighborhood of Portland has some the best local food trucks in the city, and here are 7 of our favorites:
Located at the corner of S.W. Moody and Abernathy, Rip City Grill is a food truck that produces some of best, and most decadent grilled sandwiches and salads you can find in Portland. The Tri-Tip steak sandwich is the most popular of their offerings, and all of their sandwiches are cooked to order and prepared right in front of you. Expect delicious hand-made quality every time, a bit of line depending on the time of day, and the wonderfully ubiquitous smell of grilled onions. Here’s a link to their menu!
2) Let’s Eat Thai Food
Delicious, affordable, and authentic; that’s the promise of the food from Let’s Eat Thai Food. Based on their name, you’re likely able to guess the culture from which their food originates. It’s quite the popular spot, especially as far as Yelp is concerned, with huge portions of soups, noodle dishes, fried rice, and a few “Secret” items and specials. If you’re after inexpensive, yet impeccably delicious Thai in Southwest Portland, Let’s Eat Thai Food is the spot for you. Here’s a link to their menu!
Like their name suggest, Ash serves up wood-fired pizza on sourdough that’s made fresh by hand every day. The crust’s claim to fame is that it only contains four ingredients, water flour, yeast, and salt, and the yeast is a natural starter from wild Portland yeast. They never use commercial yeast, so don’t even ask. They also proudly change their menu every week, relying on local and seasonal ingredients provided by the best farmers and foragers they can find in Portland. Here’s a link to their weekly menu!
The Hot Box BBQ proudly serves up Modern American BBQ food that’s locally sourced and carefully crafted. Hot Box originally sprung from a BBQ contest that was run by pit master Abbie Rhoads. Contestants and participates all hounded Abbie, wondering where they could get her delicious ribs when the contest wasn’t going on and the rest is history. Originally starting with just four menu items, Hot Box has since sprung into one of the Waterfront’s most coveted trucks. Here’s a link to their menu!
5) Hula Hut
Just like the other entries on our list, the Hula Hut is true to its name, serving up quick but delicious Hawaiian food that has the residents of Portland’s South Waterfront lining up to get a taste! Two things this spot has going for it: Breakfast Burritos (Huge, Filling, just $5-6!) and the Mahi Mahi Tacos (Filling, addicting, just $7!). They’re still a bit of a smaller operation, so there’s no link to their menu, but here’s a pic of it, courtesy of Yelp!
A popular destination for PSU students, and the rest of Portland as well, Nong’s Khao Man Gai serves up the traditional Thai dish to lines of hungry lunch seekers. If you don’t know, Khao Man Gai is one of the most popular dishes, an entire chicken is poached, and the broth, along with some aromatic herbs, is used to cook white rice. The dish is then served with soybeans, ginger, garlic, chilies, and house made sauce and wrapped in butcher paper, just like they do it in Thailand. Yum! Here’s a link to their menu!
7) The Gantry at Zidell Yards
Ok, so the last entry on our list isn’t precisely a food truck, it’s a POD of food trucks. These food truck pods are becoming increasingly popular across Portland because of their dual function; they provide mobile restaurants with a place to set up shop, and they provide nomadic eaters with a destination at which they can find exactly what they’re craving. A few of the entries on our list are longtime stays of the gantry, but there’s a bunch more trucks that you’ve got to try, including Neue Southern, Namu Korean-Hawaiian, Home Base Farm Stand and Scout Beer Garden! Here’s a link to the Gantry’s Facebook where you can stay up to date on all their offerings and events!
Trust us, life in Portland’s South Waterfront isn’t too good to be true. Here you really can have the best of both worlds; a fast-paced urban life located in a serene setting. Plus, you’ve got some killer food trucks to provide that splash of local flavor!