Your Guide to Bend’s Food Cart Pods

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Food carts, food trucks, mobile food — whatever you want to call it, they’re all over Bend. The food cart scene has exploded in Central Oregon over the last several years. In fact, there are currently more than 200 mobile food unit licenses in Deschutes County — and more are in the process of being approved.

You’ll find some of the best in the business parked at the six food cart pods in Bend, which create an inviting atmosphere for enjoying your meal, complete with picnic tables, fire pits, shade trees, string lights and other features. Not to mention, all pods are stocked with craft beer, wine and other refreshments to complement your food of choice.

The next time you’re looking to track down a meal on wheels, simply head to one of these food cart pods. Not to mention, it’s the perfect option when you don’t quite know what you’re craving!


The Lot

745 Northwest Columbia Street

The Lot Bend, Oregon

Photo Courtesy of The Lot

Situated on the west side a couple blocks from Mirror Pond, The Lot food cart pod is the first of its kind in Bend. It takes the food cart pod model to a new level with an open-air seating area, a decorative lava rock wall, a gas fire pit and more unique details. The Lot serves as a four-season food cart destination, as the garage doors remain open in the summer and close in the winter — and heaters are added. You’ll find four carts and a bar serving beer, cider, kombucha, CBD, hard seltzer and wine. The 16 tap handles rotate regularly, featuring a wide variety of both local and regional brews.


Food Carts at The Lot:

A’ la Carte: Specializing in French Fry dishes and fresh salads. Try the Vladimir Poutine!

Burgz n Dogz: Artisan burgers and hot dogs cooked to order and freshly prepared daily.

Fricken Faco: Serving fried chicken (or fricken) and fish tacos (or faco), plus hearty sides.

Greek Street: Brick-and-mortar-turned-food-cart serving authentic Greek street food.


On Tap

1424 Northeast Cushing Drive

On Tap Bend, OR

Photo Courtesy of Brennan Pebbles via On Tap

This eastside food cart pod has six food carts on site and more than 30 tap handles, which include a variety of craft beer, cider, wine and kombucha. But there’s so much more here — like a newly enclosed covered patio with heaters, bar seating and TVs, in addition to two large outdoor fire pits and a lawn for picnicking and playing outdoor games. On Tap regularly hosts fun events such as live music, BINGO, trivia nights and more.


Food Carts at On Tap:

Barrio: Restaurant serving Latin-inspired fare from a brick and mortar and two food carts.

CURBBQ: West Coast BBQ utilizing regional ingredients and wood-fired smoked meats.

Himalayan Bites: Authentic Himalayan food from Nepal, Tibet and Bhutan.

The Bleu Rooster: Family-inspired global cuisine, from pasta to burgers and wraps to seafood.

PHILLYSTYLE: Cheesesteaks made with ribeye, chicken or plant-based meat alternatives.

Duda’s Aussie Pies: Australian meat pies, pasties and rolls — all made in-house from scratch.


River’s Place

787 Northeast Purcell Boulevard

River's Place Bend, OR

Photo Courtesy of Sean Verbeek via River’s Place

On the east side of Bend across from Costco, you’ll find River’s Place, a tap house and food cart yard featuring five food carts, 14 taps with beer, cider and kombucha, plus a wide selection of wines. This four-season food cart pod has garage doors, which are rolled up in the summer and closed with the heat cranked up during the winter. On sunny days, the huge dog-friendly lawn and play area is the place to be. The tap house also features three big screen TVs and hosts events on a regular basis, including live music and trivia nights.


Food Carts at River’s Place:

Sunny’s Carrello: Italian eats, including pasta dishes, meatballs, salads and more.

Sopa: Family-owned food cart serving innovative and modern Mexican cuisine.

Hogan’s Hoagie Stop: Creative, hot and messy hoagie sandwiches.

Nik’Snacks: Sliders, hot dogs, sandwiches, fries and other classic American eats.

Bluma’s Chicken & Waffles: Family-owned and -operated truck serving Southern-inspired classics.


The Podski

536 Northwest Arizona Avenue

The Podski Bend, OR

Photo Courtesy of Toni Toreno via The Podski

The Podski is a massive food cart pod tucked between the Old Mill District and downtown Bend. Here, you’ll find an impressive 10 food carts serving up just about anything you’re craving, from fried chicken to Thai food, and Middle Eastern to vegan cuisine. There’s also a variety of seating options, from the enclosed beer garden to the outdoor picnic tables spaced out under shade trees and string lights. Plus, The Podski offers an amazing beer and wine selection to complement whatever meal you choose!


Food Carts at The Podski:

East Meets West: Korean street food reimagined, featuring the only Taiyaki, Bungeoppang and Fish Waffle in Bend.

The Podski Beer Cart: Serving craft brews from all over the West Coast, canned domestics, cider, wine and kombucha.

The Tin Pig: Hearty Southern fare with flavors from Tucson and Virginia.

Big Ski Perogies: Delicious perogies served with onions or sour cream.

Thailandia: Thai food made with authentic ingredients and traditional sauces perfected over time.

Juno Japanese Sushi Garden: Delectable sushi rolls plus traditional Japanese offerings with an artistic flare.

Toasty: 100% plant-based specialty toasts, salads and other lunch/dinner entrees.

Board: Approachable charcuterie boards with deli meats, cheeses, mixed olives, pickled vegetables, and more.

Earl-n-Mabel: Modern comfort food, from salads and skewers to skillets and monkey buns.

Tacos La Catrina: Authentic regional Mexican cuisine inspired by the street food of Mexico.


Bend Midtown Yacht Club

1661 Northeast 4th Street

Bend Midtown Yacht Club Bend, OR

Photo Courtesy of Lively Up Yourself via Bend Midtown Yacht Club

Situated in Northeast Bend at Fourth Street and Quimby Avenue, Bend Midtown Yacht Club is one of the newest food cart pods in the city. Since this July, they’ve been open daily from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. with six food trucks and a tap house, which offers both outdoor and indoor seating. This brand new food cart pod is a welcome addition to this area, which doesn’t have as many restaurants and bars as the west side.


Food Carts at Bend Midtown Yacht Club:

Barrio: Restaurant serving Latin-inspired fare from a brick and mortar and two food carts.

TOTS: Tater tot dishes piled high with ingredients like bacon, peppers, cheese, chips and salsa, and more.

Alley Dogz: 100% beef hotdogs, plus artisan pretzels, grilled cheese, French fries and vegan options!

Lively Up Yourself: Vegan comfort food with breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert options.

Cowboy Pasta: Pasta with homemade sauces and fresh ingredients served inside a bread bowl.

Thai 2 Go: Authentic Thai cuisine served alongside Thai iced tea and Thai coffee.


Crosscut Warming Hut No. 5

566 Southwest Mill View Way

Crosscut Warming Hut No. 5 Bend, OR

Photo Courtesy of Crosscut Warming Hut No. 5

Located at the Old Mill District, Crosscut Warming Hut No. 5 is another new addition to the food cart pod scene in Bend. As the name implies, it will provide a warm retreat during the winter months, as it has an incredibly cozy cabin-esque interior with plenty of seating. Here, you’ll find 36 constantly rotating taps with Oregon’s finest brews and unique beers from around the world — plus cider, wine, kombucha, and even nitro coffee. During the warmer months, dine out on the shaded porch or in the garden patio, where you’ll find three food trucks parked. No matter where you’re seated, there are fires both inside and out to keep you warm and cozy.


Food Carts at Crosscut:

Abe Capanna’s: Detroit pan pizza and Italian food paying homage to “old school” pizzerias.

Incred-A-Bowl: Healthy bowls and gourmet burgers with vegetarian options.

Get Skewed: Coming Soon!


Hungry Yet?

Which food cart in Bend is your favorite? Let us know in the comments below!

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