Aloha! Food truck pods are a big deal over in Portland downtown and East Side but west of the Tualatin Mountains cities have been mulling over regulations which are keeping the very popular trend out of places like Beaverton. While that goes on a property owner over by Big Lots off of Tualatin Valley Highway has beaten everyone and at this time has four trucks in place with room for one more. If there is another permanent food truck pod on the West Side please comment with it's location. So far this is the only one I have found.
Complete with covered seating it's clear this is a legit set-up, not just some trucks pulling up for a few hours.
Two of the trucks offer more dessert type items. Frosty Ribbons was closed for the day, probably because it was a bit cold and raining a little.
The other trucks offered more Mexican fare although this one did seem to have some traditional food truck items.
I can't speak as to how the food tastes but Mexico Lindo did have customers even in the not so great weather. I'm going to have to check out their menu.
Outside of the pod and closer to the street is El Canaronaso. Not open but I got the impression they are more about seafood. I am tempted by this. There is a sixth truck over near 185th called Ely's which also offers Mexican food.
However I was looking for something sweet and I found it at Get Your Waffle On. It is located at the food cart pod towards the back.
With a clever baseball concept they serve up waffles with various toppings but also are happy to customize.
I ordered the Fall Classic which was a pumpkin spice waffle with syrup, whipped cream and pecans. Very delicious. I'm looking forward to seeing their holiday offerings.
Some of the trucks have been there for a while but it's looking more like a real pod now. They are looking for at least one more truck so hopefully it will be something original that will add to the space. I don't know if there is an actual address for the location but this is what Google maps gives for that area: 18649 SW Alexander, Aloha, Oregon between SW 187th and SW 185th.
It will be interesting to see how this goes. I do think the West Side needs more variety and more original restaurants. There are scattered food trucks throughout the West Side but none with a permanent location so they can be open full time or with several trucks to offer a choice in one place. I think the time is right for an area that keeps growing. Clearly Portland's food trucks show that they can co-exist with other eateries and even enhance an area's appeal for people who want to eat out. Given the number that have succeeded and moved into brick and mortar locations in Portland, it's worth allowing permanent locations for food trucks. Beaverton has space not being used downtown. Maybe it's time to do something good there.