Food carts are incredibly popular in Portland. And they’re becoming more popular everyday, in part because they offer an appealing product in lean economic times.
According to Patrick Alan Coleman at Portland Mercury, in 2008 the Multnomah County Health Department gave annual mobile food unit licenses to 370 carts and trucks. Due to demand, 2009 saw a nearly 25 percent increase in the number of licenses handed out by the health department. Currently, there are 461 licensed mobile food units in Multnomah County. Another 34 or so are in the process of applying for permits.
It’s a big story that local and national media is all over. For instance, the following video footage appeared on MSNBC.
Blogger Brett Burmeister from FoodCartsPortland.com is featured above, along with Cami Kaos of Strange Love Live and Greg Abbott of Whiffies.
In this next piece, we see Karen Brooks, The Oregonian’s food editor. She recently reviewed the city’s “Top 10 Food Carts” for the paper.