Bend, Oregon, is no exception to this trend and has embraced a bourgeoning food-truck friendly scene, with a wide variety of delicious mobile options in various clusters setting themselves apart with signature dishes driving food trucks as the go-to dining choice locally.
As a quick guide to navigating the culinary hotspots, here is a rundown of the favorite food cart pods in town to check out within easy distance of Waypoint Hotel:
Midtown Yacht Club Food Carts
Located just one minute from Waypoint Hotel are the playfully named “Midtown Yacht Club” food carts, Bend’s newest mobile eateries entry, open from 11 am to 10 pm daily. The central bar complete with TV’s offers 20 beers and ciders on tap as well as a wide selection of wines, with six radiating cart vendors serving up a variety of food from Barrio’s tacos to tapas, and vegan eats courtesy of Lively Up Yourself. There is something for everyone to savor here with picnic tables and fire pits providing the perfect ambiance to soak up Bend culture. For more info, see the website.
The Lot Food Carts and Tap Room
The Lot is the original food cart pod in Bend, Oregon, being established in 2013 and elevating the food truck concept to a whole new level in grouping together multiple food carts around an open air or covered dining area with heating options, for customers to enjoy their meal throughout four seasons. The cozy tap room, featuring 16 rotating handles, makes grabbing a bite and a brew here a must experience while visiting Bend. Popular carts at The Lot include Greek Street, Burgz n Dogz, Fricken Fraco and A’ La Carte.
The Podski Food Truck Pod
At a more central location, The Podski food cart area offers a vibrant atmosphere and delicious food options with a wide variety of local food trucks and Northwest craft beer served in its hip tap room. This happening spot caters for whatever your taste, whether you are in the mood for fried chicken, Thai food, tacos and much more. This is the place to grab a bite if you want to be sandwiched within walking distance of the popular Old Mill District or downtown Bend. Top food trucks to try at the Podksi include Big Sky’s Perogis, The Tin Pig and Thailandia.
The Bite in Scenic Tumalo
Just outside the outskirts of the city of Bend, in the community Tumalo, The Bite offers a great local hangout for friends and families alike. Visit The Bite for a wide variety of food truck cuisine, great local beer on tap, games, fire pits and live music on a regular basis conjuring up a backyard party atmosphere. Check out the gourmet sandwiches at the Rogue Chef, fresh sushi in Central Oregon at the acclaimed Northfresh, or authentic Mexican food at local’s favorite Rico’s Tacos.
On Tap Food Carts and Tap Room
If you are seeking food carts with ample open space, check out On Tap on Bend’s Eastside. This has attracted not only those looking to enjoy a tasty meal, but as the name emphasizes, there are numerous (over 30) tap handles on hand featuring craft beer, cider, wine and kombucha. A great place to bring the entire family, On Tap boasts plentiful outdoor seating, a lawn for outdoor games, fire pits, regular live music and an indoor tap house complete with heaters and TV’s. Top food carts to sample at On Tap include CurBBQ, The Bleu Rooster, Duda’s Aussie Pies and Himalayan Bites. Check out On Tap – voted Central Oregon’s Best Food Truck Lot for 2020.
Across from the Forum retail hub anchored by Costco, River’s Place boasts a bustling food cart pod with great food and a stage hosting regular live music events Sundays and Thursdays. Try the birria tacos from Sopa’s vintage Airstream or scarf down one of Hogan’s famous hoagies and top it off with banana pudding and fried chicken from Bluma’s. Billed as a “community gathering oasis”, River’s Place features a climate-controlled indoor tap house with a large selection of beer, wine and cider, a huge outdoor dining area – dog-friendly of course – and fire pits, and five delicious food trucks with something for everyone amid one of Bend’s best-kept secrets.
In 2021 a new food truck lot emerged in Bend behind downtown favorite Silver Moon Brewing, dubbed ‘The Office’. The kind of office you really don’t mind staying late at, it offers the opportunity to experience local brews from Silver Moon and try appetizing new eats including melt in your mouth pizza from Rush’s Squares, sumptuous sandwiches from Chicken Strut, kebobs courtesy of The Bob, or the tropical tastes of Whappo’s Caribbean Vibe.
Food Carts at 9th Street Village
Tucked behind Bevel Brewing – the brainchild of disc golf and craft beer aficionado owners – the Food Carts at 9th Street Village pitches a perfect patio to eat and drink to your heart’s content, amidst a creative community. The Patio at 9th Street Village surrounds the Bevel Craft Brewing taproom and is home to a Bend food cart pod with a variety of cuisines to please any palate, from Southern Accent’s rich flavors to a range of fresh cuisine made from locally sourced ingredients exploring the latest in American food trends. This is a food cart pod that should be high on any food lover’s list.
Angry Salsa Burritos
Looking for a fresh, healthy breakfast with fresh vegetables from the owner’s garden?Look no further than Angry Salsa Burritos located at Waypoint Hotel or at special events around Bend.Stop by and get delicious breakfast. Add a Muscle Bowl to your fitness routine. Open 7 AM to 1 PM Tuesday through Sunday.