Food carts at PDX

From Mauritian cuisine to bulgogi tacos, these outposts bring Portland’s street food scene to the airport.

Chez Dodo PDXThe PDX food cart pod brings local favorites to the airport's Oregon Marketplace.
Courtesy of Port of Portland

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.

Chez Dodo brings a taste of Mauritius to PDX. This tiny island’s eclectic fare draws from a variety of global influences, like African, French and Indian cuisines. Chef Shyamal Ghanraj Dausoa serves up all the Mauritian favorites, including lamb and chicken curries, Chinese-style noodles and jumbo samosas bursting with spiced veggies. You’ll find plenty of gluten-free and vegan options and, if you can handle the heat, order your dish with “island fire” (i.e. extra spicy).

Next door at Korean Twist, fill up on tacos and burritos with surprising, nontraditional ingredients. This popular Korean-Mexican fusion cart is a downtown favorite, and they now offer their simple, flavorful menu at the airport, with bulgogi beef tacos, spicy tofu burritos or any combination of Korean meats wrapped in a tortilla – plus plenty of kimchi.

“Our 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 Shane Andreasen of the Port of Portland. 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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