ADDY’S // Thanksgiving on the sidewalk

March 31, 2013 § Leave a comment

Most foodies of this generation have laid claim to the food cart trend as their own, forgetting that it was booming in the late 1920s and on. However, today’s version has a gourmet twist. The flocks of fully-functioning, health code approved trucks that line the streets of big cities like Portland, New York, New Orleans, and Atlanta are no longer just serving the staples, like hot dogs and hamburgers. In Portland especially, the ethnic (and trendy) variety is astounding. No more chains, no more mall food courts, no more hole-in-the-wall Mexican restaurants: the gourmet food cart phenomenon is here and it’s spreading.

Last year, a story popped up on the Associated Press about the evolution of this trend, discussing the economical benefits of the food truck industry. In the wake of unemployment and real estate prices, the food cart is a viable option for talented foodies who want to be self-employed and independent of landlords and the like. While some of this small entrepreneurs are still battling ordinances and paperwork hoops in cities like Chicago, most large cultural centers have eased up to allow these culinary havens to flourish.

In Portland, the food cart industry is one of the most popular features of this health-conscious hipster-vegan mecca. One particular food cart that shines above the rest is Addy’s Sandwich Bar, a cheesy, fruity, French-esque heaven for your taste buds. If you ever visit Portland with an indecisive group of travelers, stroll over to Alder street, where the massive variety of food carts will guarantee happy faces and stomachs for everyone.

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A turkey, brie, cranberry melt on a toasted baguette. It tastes like Thanksgiving.

|WHERE|

521 SW 10th Ave

Portland, OR 97205

|WHEN|

mon-sat until 3pm

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