Food trucks are popping up all over Central Oregon and have never been better.
Central Oregon’s ever expanding fleet of food trucks rivals the region’s brick and mortar restaurants when it comes to culinary variety and creativity. Whether it’s a fusion of different styles or a new take on classic stand-bys, the region’s food trucks always seem to hit the mark. This summer, two new food truck pods arrive in Central Oregon. On Bend’s east side, near St. Charles, look for On Tap!, which will have thirty-four taps for beer, cider and kombucha as well as six food trucks. In Sunriver, Elkibou’s will open behind the post office. While it’s tough to narrow it down, here are the five best food carts in Central Oregon we’re loving right now.
Tennessee Grill Cheese
One of the newest additions to the food truck scene, Tennessee Grill Cheese fills the void of sandwich options in the region. It’s located next to Aspect on Bend’s west side and a perfect spot to grab a late lunch and a beer. Expect gourmet grilled cheese with a southern twist (like jalapenos or barbecue pulled pork) made with artisan bread and Tillamook cheese. There’s also mac and cheese and other dishes if you’re in the mood for something else.
Where: 1009 NW Galveston Ave.
When: Mon.-Sat., 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun. 12-5 p.m.
A Broken Angel
A Broken Angel is one of Bend’s best food truck options and one of Bend’s best all-around options for vegan dining. Operating from the tiny cart parked next to Palate Coffee Bar, Chef Richard Hull creates dishes bursting with flavors. The menu features Southern dishes with French and Pacific Northwest influences. A Broken Angel’s range of the options makes it one of Bend’s best lunch spots.
Where: 643 NW Colorado Ave.
When: Tues.-Sat., 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Known for clay-oven dishes including roasted meats and flatbread sandwiches, Scoutpost is a favorite among the Bend food truck aficionados. The ingredients are always fresh and locally sourced, and the flavors hit the mark for the price. The surprise gem on the menu is the donut holes, which are an indulgent treat not to be missed.
Where: 310 SW Industrial Way (Spoken Moto)
When: Sat.-Sun., 9 a.m.-7 p.m.; Mon. 8:30 a.m.-8 p.m.; Wed. 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thurs.-Fri., 8:30 a.m.-7 p.m.
Real Food Street Bistro
It’s hard to find a good fish taco in Bend, one where the tortilla doesn’t fall apart and the flavors aren’t bland. One of the best options is at the Real Food Street Bistro Bend’s OG food truck pod, The Lot. The fish is fried light and crispy, and the pickled vegetables and chipotle and avocado aioli keep each bite feeling fresh. Tacos are just one of a handful of options, and you won’t go wrong with any of them.
Where: 735 NW Columbia St. (The Lot)
When: Sun.-Thurs., 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; Fri.-Sat., 11 a.m.-9 p.m.
Kind of like schwarma, kind of like flatbread, all its own. EMW Fusion (East Meets West) lives up to its name and produces a one-of-a-kind sandwich. Called a pando, a Korean-style pancake similar to flatbread, these sandwiches are stuffed with locally sourced meats and vegetables. There’s nothing else like it in Bend.
Where: Starting in April, will be at On Tap (1424 NE Cushing Dr.)
When: Thurs.-Mon., 12-7 p.m.