Cartopia – Hawthorne – Portland

Portland is becoming very well known for our food carts. At any given time this city has over 200 carts, with any and all types of food you can imagine. Food Carts Portland is an awesome resource for information about it all.

The food cart pod at 12th and Southeast Hawthorne is called Cartopia, and Jason, Basil and I visited the other day while out running errands. There are several food choices at this location, with two rows of picnic tables in the middle.

Basil checks out the menus with a boost from Jason:

Our first stop was Potato Champion, where they serve up Belgian-style pomme frites with a huge list of amazing dipping sauces to choose from. They also have poutine and pb & j fries on the menu.

We ordered a medium cone of fries with a rosemary truffle ketchup and a pesto mayo. Their fries are perfectly seasoned, crispy with soft centers. The rosemary truffle ketchup was amazing, and for not really liking mayo, the pesto mayo was tasty too. Making the fries when you order them means you wait for fresh hot fries.

We also shared a crepe from Perierra CrΓͺperie. I ordered and then watched them pour the crepe and fill it.

Prosciutto, fig, goat cheese and honey. Sweet and savory and lovely and delicious! This was a perfect midday snack to fuel our errands, and Basil enjoyed the people watching…

Does your city have many food carts?

Potato Champion (Food Cart) on Urbanspoon

Perierra CrΓͺperie (Food Cart) on Urbanspoon


  1. says

    We’re starting to see more and more food trucks here. There is actually a vegetarian one. I haven’t been or tried it yet. Jason got their chili one day (he’s kind of obsessed with the food trucks) and said our chili was better πŸ˜‰

    • spabettie says

      well, of course yours is better!! πŸ˜€ cool to see vegetarian carts, though – we have so many here!

  2. says

    The trucks that I know of do not have food like that! It is all taco trucks or burgers/hot dogs. There is a really good taco truck near my work and we go there almost every Friday in the summer.

  3. says

    OMG that is like my dream crepe! The food cart scene in Atlanta is a little different. I think there are ordinances against trucks setting up shop in any one place, so there are a few big mobile trucks that make several stops a day at office buildings and parks and tweet about where they are and where they’re heading.

    • spabettie says

      that’s cool – I think that’s how it is in many areas – good that they tweet and let you know! oh, and I’m behind on my comment replies, I’ve been meaning to say I LOVE your name – thyme bombe – so awesome!!

    • spabettie says

      yaa! he *is* frequently featured… but sometimes his fans ask for him if he hasn’t been around… πŸ˜€

  4. says

    I think I’ve only seen one food card in our area. And it’s only open on weekends…from midnight til 4am…outside of the county music bar. Seriously – it’s SCARY! I’d love to have the fancy schmancy food carts like so many cities have – I guess that’s what I get for living in a relatively small city.

    p.s. as always, awesome pictures of Basil! He has the sweetest puppy eyes ever!

  5. says

    Yay – that’s within walking distance from our new place! OMG, those fries! I won’t be able to resist next time (though PB&J sounds icky). I had a veggie burrito and a Whiffie pie for the road last time. I’m drooling just thinking about it. Will definitely have to try a crepe next time! Thanks for spotlighting!

    • spabettie says

      yeah, I’m not trying the pb & j either! SO cool you’re going to be close to this – and just in the Hawthorne area in general, AND IN PORTLAND!! weee!

  6. says

    Those fries look good!

    I’ve been dreaming of that crepe cart ever since I saw they had one with bananas and nutella. I need to get one asap!

  7. says

    So jealous! That all looks amazing! There are no food carts in my city, just a grilled cheese truck that is never anywhere near my work (and even has vegan cheese…I must track it down one of these days). Mmm, I want real and delicious fries.

    • spabettie says

      ooh, I’d be all over that grilled cheese truck! :) we have one here – the Grilled Cheese Grill – in a permanent location but it’s a double decker bus! you get on the bus to sit and eat!! :)

  8. says

    Rosemary truffle ketchup? πŸ˜€ How awesome is that?!

    Looks like the three of you had a wonderful day! I don’t exactly know what food carts are, something like little stalls / houses (on wheels?) where food is sold? We have these only on special occasions in Germany, like Christmas market.

    • spabettie says

      OH MY YES, the rosemary truffle ketchup was SO awesome. truly. and you’re the first of two people to say something about Christmas market / Christmas fair and the temporary food “carts” – the other is from Glasgow :)

      our food carts here are more permanent – they are like little houses and they have “pods” of them, several in one location, like this one we visited last is on the corner of 12th + Hawthorne – the pods are all over the city in different areas. amazing foods, too – lots of veggie and vegan options.

  9. says

    Your post makes me want to go back on holiday to Portland! We spent a lazy day wandering around Hawthorne. Was good fun – especially when we discovered the happy hour at the Bagdad pub! That ruby beer was quite something! :)

    We don’t really do food carts in Glasgow. Maybe an ice cream van in the summer or roast chestnuts at at Christmas fair. Plenty of takeaway joints though – you will never go hungry here!

    • spabettie says

      Hawthorne is most definitely a great place to spend a day, and yes, Ruby is good stuff! :) Christmas fair, Christmas market – you are the second reader to say something about the food stalls – (the other was Germany!) :)

    • spabettie says

      that will be a great trip – Portland can definitely stand up to a whole itinerary planned around food!

  10. says

    Oh I’m so envious! In Rochester…we don’t have food carts, unless you count the “street meat” vendors…but I don’t! Those are just gross greasy hot dogs and sausages…

    I’ve heard so many great things about Portland—it’s on my list of destinations!

    • spabettie says

      street meat!! sounds so gross! πŸ˜‰ we really have some amazing stuff, and lots of it vegetarian and vegan. you would love Portland for many reasons!

  11. says

    I want to come visit soon and try some of these food carts. L.A. has tons and I’ve been to quite a few but crepes? That sounds out of this world good!

    • spabettie says

      oooh, you guys would LOVE Portland’s food carts AND our beer!! πŸ˜€ have you ever been? come up this summer – like, July or after – that’s perfect weather!

  12. says

    Stop it!! Every description made my mouth water even more! I was like “ohh, those fries look amazing”…”wow, pb&j fries?”…”rosemary ketchup!”…”PROSCIUTTO, FIG, GOAT CHEESE AND HONEY CREPE?!?!”

    Love that first pic of Basil too…looks like he’s about to make a go for that crepe if you ask me! πŸ˜‰

    • spabettie says

      Basil definitely LUNGED for the crepe a few times as Jason and I passed it back & forth… and I gave him ONE small piece of fry, then he’d try to take Jason’s each time – hee!

      YES – the crepe was AMAAAAAAZING ! so was the rosemary truffle ketchup – going back for that one!!

  13. Tom says

    you have such a cute dog, I just have to say! I am traveleing to Portland soon and want to try all the carts, thank you for your overview here, I cant wait!

    • spabettie says

      oh, I hope you enjoy! there are so many – please let me know if you need any navigation help, or are looking for a particular type of food! πŸ˜€

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