The latest stop on The Great Food Truck Race took the seven remaining teams to Portland, Ore., where city restrictions and an exotic cooking challenge awaited them. One of the stipulations was that the teams had to sell on private property, forcing most to make partnerships with local Portland businesses, such as bakeries, bars, restaurants and cafes. Two teams, Tikka Tikka Taco and Boardwalk Breakfast Empire, parked in Cartlandia and A La Carts Food Pavilion, two popular food cart pods that feature some of the city’s best mobile eateries. With all these options, it’s easy to see that Portland is a foodie’s paradise and the bustling restaurant scene is one that’s worth exploring. FN Dish has highlighted some terrific options from Food Network’s On the Road guide to Portland. Check them out below.
For a neighborhood cafe specializing in comfort food, look no further than Arleta Library Bakery & Cafe. The cafe’s specialty dishes include Sicilian hash and sweet potato biscuits with pork and rosemary sausage.
Chef Andy Rickers has used his many travels across Asia as inspiration for coming up with the dishes he serves at Pok Pok. Try his Vietnamese fish sauce wings, topped with fried garlic.
Night owls can look forward to options like The Gilt Club, a lounge frequented by local chefs who love the charcuterie and cocktails. The paprika-dusted pork rinds and the foie gras-stuffed quail are must-try items.