Food carts at PDX

From bike-powered smoothies to the beloved Whole Bowl, these outposts bring Portland’s street food scene to the airport.

Moberi 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.

    Locally owned Moberi blends organic ingredients into delicious superfood smoothies and acai bowls. They don’t just use your average blender, however. In true Portland fashion, they have optional pedal-powered blenders fastened to a bicycle that run on the power of your own legs. If you’re craving a heftier meal and maybe some spice, Bangkok Express dishes up classic Thai favorites, like pad thai, drunken noodles and curry fried rice.

    Whether it’s downtown worker bees, Hawthorne residents or 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 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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