Make Your Own Buffet at Beaverton’s First and Best Cart

Although located a short walk from the Beaverton Central MAX station, the suburb’s first-ever food cart pod is obscured from immediate view by City Hall. So once you smell the fried food and spot the shiny candy-colored trucks, you feel like ‘I stumbled across a secret carnival.

In many ways, BG Food Cartel is like an amusement park where food takes center stage. There’s an assortment of indulgent creations midway, including breakfast sandwiches wrapped in waffles from Smaaken, a pancake-stuffed Thanksgiving dinner at Oh My Crepe and Fry Bar, a cart all about fries, which are filled with everything from a three-chili jack bean cheddar to roasted marshmallows drizzled in chocolate.

With space for over 30 carts, the ever-growing list promises variety: pizzas, wings, ramen, empanadas, and even a healthy rivalry between two pitmasters.

So it’s not about limiting yourself, but teaming up and tackling multiple carts at once. With your collection of cardboard seashells and take-out bags in hand, take a seat at the terrace bar. Unlike many modules that simply pop up in an empty car park, this one has been thoughtfully designed, meaning there’s a carpeted parklet. green grass, a fire pit and an indoor-outdoor bar.

If you’re not amused by toddlers trying to cartwheel on the fake grass, the bartender will put on a show, taking orders with the volume and charisma of an auction bellringer. His closing time notice shouted into the crowd – “Last call for al-keee-hollll!” – drew a round of applause on our last visit. This is probably the only time you’ll see merchant cheers cut off. ANDI PREWITT.

4250 SW Rose Biggi Avenue, Beaverton, 503-605-9163, bgfoodcartel.com. 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday to Thursday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday.

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