Hallelujah! The sun gods smiled upon us in Stumptown on Saturday, just in time for Willamette Week’s fourth annual Eat Mobile mobile food extravaganza. Culling forty of the best carts and trucks in Portland, the event brought food fans from across the city and beyond to a lively, shady spot under the southeast section of the Morrison Bridge during the day’s warm spring sun.
Guests were treated to live music and a wide range of food offerings, from biscuits and gravy to bahn mi. Cuisines from around the world were represented in this year’s selection of vendors, with Polish, Mexican, Czech, Korean, and Thai dishes all making an appearance alongside Northwest and regional American dishes. Though there were judges on hand to make the official decision of fest favorite, crowd picks included spicy chicken wings from Koi Fusion, tangy bbq pork with coleslaw from LeRoy’s Familiar Vittles, surprisingly perfect escargot from Creme de la Creme, and my personal choice, a gorgonzola and black pepper biscuit smothered with creamy mushroom gravy from The Kettle Kitchen. Beverages on hand ranged from Pabst Blue Ribbon to VitaminWater, with dessert plates rounding out the selection from a perfect Italian Ice at Oregon Ice Works and warm apple pie at Whiffies to the smooth and tasty mini ice cream cones of Fifty Licks.
Later this week on Daily Blender, I’ll have my Q&A with restaurateur Danny Meyer, who is set to open multiple new locations over the next few months.
*Photo credit: Jennifer Heigl / Daily Blender