Misadventures with Miso

Misadventures with Miso

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Winner for First Food Truck Pod in Portland Metro West Side is...

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.


  1. Hi, I'm John Robinson and my wife Julie and I own Batter Up, the waffle cart in your blog. (We lost our banner in the last wind storm) We're so happy that you stopped by and that you enjoyed your Fall Classic!
    When we opened our cart we decided to try to stay out here for two reasons. We noticed the lack of resident food carts in this area. Also, we've spent the last two years working farmers markets and community events in the Beaverton/Hillsboro area, so we wanted to stay loyal to the incredible friends and fans we've made already.
    Our next challenge is to get the word out that there's a food cart pod out here. Your blog and your support will help with that. Word is that there's another cart almost ready to move in.... stay tuned!
    Again, thank you for stopping by and letting us put a waffle on for you!

    1. Thanks! It was a really good waffle and I need to come by and see what you have for the holidays. I think it's a great idea for a food cart pod and in a way it's neat that it's happening in Aloha because food cart pods really started in areas that weren't as concerned with "appearances". Yet food carts turned out to be super popular and make areas now.

      I think if someone there can get on Twitter and other sites besides Facebook and also get info out in English and Spanish online it can help get notice. Good luck and I really hope it goes well!

  2. Update: We've named the food cart pod - The Eating Place at Aloha Mall. We now have six food carts/trucks in the pod. The Grand Opening for The Eating Place is June 27th and 28th 9a - 10p It's exciting to be the first food cart pod on the westside. We'd love it if you stopped by and said hello. You can check out the event on our FB page. Thanks for supporting your local food vendors!!

    Food Cart Include:
    2 Taco Trucks - Mexico Lindo and Master Taco
    Frosty Ribbons Hawaiian Shave Ice
    Diva Dogs Hot Dogs and much more
    Batter Up Waffles and Waffle Sandwiches
    Yummy Bubble - Bubble Tea
    Mexico Lindo #3 just set up and will be opening this week serving hamburgers and much more

    1. That's great news! I will make sure to pass that news along. Congrats on this!