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Tasting Tour: Portland, Oregon: 5 of the Most Interesting Street Vendors

Street food can just mean hot dogs or shawarma in many cities, but in Portland, Oregon, sidewalk chefs are reinventing this formerly humble food genre as we speak (or eat, as the case may be). Name a food and it's probably being hawked from a cart, truck, trailer, or even bike. While other cities have onerous laws preventing vendors from securing a permit and setting up at a specific location on a regular basis, Portland is all about the street food culture. There are "pods" all over the city, essentially food courts in parking lots and other open spaces, just devoted to street food. There are far too many to pick from, but here are five vendors that really caught my eye. Obviously there are plenty of others with inspired, cheap, and delicious food—chime in with your favorites. More

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