By Dusty Trails
One of the best parts about summer in Bend is the food carts that start to come out of hiding as the weather warms up. And although summer is when the food cart scene tends to flourish, some of the vendors are still willing to shiver their way through winter.
The Lot off Galveston on Columbia is a new favorite locals hangout–right behind Hutch’s bike shop and Baked, the new bakery that’s open at night instead of in the morning. Not only does it offer 5 food carts, 16 taps (usually about $4 for microbrews), an open-air covered eating structure and live music, but it also has a fire pit and overhead heaters to keep customers warm and toasty on the cool fall and winter evenings. They are open 11 am to 10 pm seven days a week and they all accept cash or card.
One of the Lot’s more popular eateries is Real Food Street Bistro. It is the original food cart of the “pod,” and offers the most eclectic selection now that a previous frontrunner, Spork, has evolved into a restaurant (on Newport right next to Cuppa Yo). They get their bread from Baked, their meat from Primal Cuts, and keep their focus on local, fresh ingredients. Most meals cost $8-10 and they even offer soups as the weather gets colder.
Another favorite is Thailandia (formerly Bee’s Thai). All entrees are a straight $8 and the lettuce wraps, curries, pad Thais and drunken noodles are popular among vegetarians. Other carts at The Lot include RIco’s Tacos, The Brown Owl, and Mauna Kea Grill.
Check out this article in The Source to learn more. Hop onto the bandwagon–er, cart–and sample some of the awesome grub they have to offer!