Food carts at PDX

From Mediterranean classics to the beloved Whole Bowl, these outposts bring Portland’s street food scene to the airport.

Food Carts at PDXThe PDX food cart pod brings local favorites to the airport's Oregon Marketplace.
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    America’s Best Airport is getting even better. Hungry travelers can now start noshing on Portland’s famous street food before even leaving the terminal.

    Portland International Airport (PDX) has created its own food cart pod in the main terminal’s Oregon Marketplace, located outside security, midway between the checkpoints for Concourses A–C and D–E. These stations will house a rotating lineup of locally owned eateries, including Portland’s most famous food carts and dining destinations.

    Since 2004, Aybla Grill has been gifting Portland with fresh authentic Mediterranean food at their carts all over town. The PDX location is no different, sourcing many of their ingredients from farmer’s markets and serving the same lamb shwarama gyros, kafta kebabs and falafa sandwiches, as well as fresh salads and mezza plates. Don’t skip dessert – Chef Saied’s authentic pistachio baklava always delights. If you’re craving some spice, Bangkok Express dishes up classic Thai favorites, like pad thai, drunken noodles and curry fried rice.

    Whether it’s owntown worker bees, Hawthorne residents and out-of-towners, people rave about the Whole Bowl. With just two disturbingly simple choices (big or bambino,) the Whole Bowl takes rice and beans to the next level, with healthy, vegetarian ingredients for a perfectly-rounded meal. You can customize your bowl (make it vegan? Nix the olives?) but no matter what you get a filling, delicious all-in-one meal.

    “Our new food cart program is a great opportunity for small businesses to gain exposure in the community, while giving PDX travelers an authentic street scene experience,” says Dave Pfeiffer of the Port of Portland. Pfeiffer says the airport plans to add more food carts soon. And, like all vendors at PDX, the carts’ offerings come with no markups — all prices are the same as you’ll find outside the airport.

    Still hungry? PDX unveiled nine new post-security restaurants in 2015, including local favorites like Mo’s Seafood and Chowderthe Country Cat and Henry’s Tavern.

    Just another reason PDX outshines every other airport in the country.

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