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Guide to Eugene Food Truck Pods

Published: August 06, 2019

 

From street tacos to vegan wraps, Eugene's food trucks and food carts offer casual culinary excellence! These small, mobile vendors are often homegrown start-ups that develop popular followings. Food cart owners tend to source local, fresh ingredients daily. Ordering from a food cart is a great way to enjoy the Eugene's local food scene.

Many of the carts are clustered in "pods" adjacent local breweries or in downtown parking lots. Food carts are also found at many special events and festivals, and of course, the Saturday Market. Because food trucks are mobile, we recommend checking their Facebook pages or calling ahead to confirm both their location and hours.

Below we've highlighted the best food truck pods in Eugene - Springfield. At these locations, enjoy affordable and delicious options!

beergarden 

Food carts at the beergarden by Melanie Griffin
The beergarden's outdoor patio is ringed by food carts. By Melanie Griffin
 

beergarden may be the best place to enjoy a cluster of food trucks in Eugene. What makes it so great is not just the beer (42 rotating taps and hundreds of bottles of craft beer to choose from). In the summer, this outdoor space is cool, pet-friendly and often hosts live entertainment on the small stage. Let the good times roll on into the colder months when the space is enclosed and heated. The food trucks here are varied and delicious making it possible for everyone to find something they will love. 

Best Bet: Bounty Meat & Cheese with generous cheese boards, homemade soups and fresh salads

What's nearby: Sweet Life Patisserie, Gray's Garden Center, Glass House Coffee Bar and Skinner Butte.

8th & Olive Food Truck Pod

8th & Olive Food Truck Pod by Melanie Griffin
All Thai'd Up at 8th & Olive by Melanie Griffin
 

Conveniently located in downtown Eugene, this food truck pod attracts the local lunch crowd. Rain or shine, residents flock here for the international offerings. Two to three trucks dish up. Picking the right food truck from this collection is tough, but luckily there is no wrong answer. Each small business is owned by passionate chefs excited to share their creations. 

Best Bet: All Thai'd Up cooked-to-order noodles, stir fries, curries and more

What's nearby: Hult Center for the Performing Arts, Mural Tour, Saturday Market and Townshend's Teahouse

Kesey Square Food Truck Pod

Kesey Square in Downtown Eugene by Melanie Griffin
Kesey Square in Downtown Eugene by Melanie Griffin
 

Right in the middle of the city action is this small pod. One great thing about food truck pods is the sense of community that is inherent. Nowhere else exemplifies that communal feel as well as Kesey Square. In the warmer months enjoy public art, live music and occasional vendors. Kesey Square is perfect for a quick lunch. Grab a sweet treat after at Voodoo Donuts right next door. 

Best Bet: Wrap City with vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free and lactose-free wraps and bowls

What's nearby: Voodoo Donuts, Euphoria Chocolate Company, Actor's Cabaret of Eugene and McDonald Theatre.

Friendly Street Food Truck Pod

Friendly Street Food Truck Pod by Melanie Griffin
Covered seating at Friendly Street by Melanie Griffin
 

Friendly Street might truly be the friendliest place to grab some food cart grub. This pod sits in a quiet neighborhood on the south-west side of College Hill. Bring the dog and the kids and relax with the rest of the Friendly Street community while you enjoy some heavenly bites and an excellent cider selection from a local cider truck. 

Best Bet: Tam's Place Vietnamese - banh mi sandwiches, noodle soups and green papaya salads just up the street from the rest. 

What's nearby: J-Tea tasting room, Wayne Morse Ranch, Moss Crossing Dispensary

Oakshire Brewing

Oakshire Brewing Food Truck Pod by Melanie Griffin
Outdoor seating at Oakshire Brewing by Melanie Griffin
 

One of Eugene's favorite breweries also has some of the best food trucks. Grab a beer (or glass of wine next door at Eugene Wine Cellars) and take your pick of food trucks offering amazing eats in the Whiteaker Neighborhood. Oakshire is the perfect place to refuel after a day of casual riding on the Ruth Bascom bike path or catching air at the WJ skatepark. Outdoor seating makes this a great summer spot. 

Best Bet: Rackhouse BBQ with baby back ribs, pulled pork sliders and waffle fries

What's nearby: Eugene Wine Cellars, Wandering Goat Coffee, WJ Skatepark and Owen Rose Garden

3rd & Van Buren Food Truck Pod

Whiteaker Food Truck Pod by Melanie Griffin
Whiteaker Food Truck Pod by Melanie Griffin
 

Another exciting pod in the Whiteaker neighborhood is across the street from Eugene's largest brewery - Ninkasi Brewing Company. Like the neighborhood itself, this pod is eclectic and fun. Some of Eugene's best known food trucks, including Sammitch and Subo Sushi Burritos park here. Bring your food truck order into Ninkasi and pair it with a craft beer or bring it with you as you tour this artistic and creative neighborhood. 

Best Bet: Subo Sushi Burritos serving up sushi burrito-style, also available as bowls

What's nearby: Ninkasi Brewing Company, Blairally Vintage Arcade, Eugene Whiteaker International Hostel and Vanilla Jill's Scoops & Soups

Other Great Food Trucks

Chaiyo Thai Food Truck by Melanie Griffin
Chaiyo Thai Food Truck by Melanie Griffin
 

Here are a few more popular solo food trucks worth tracking down for lunch:

Moi Poki Food Truck beergarden by Melanie Griffin
Moi Poki Food Truck at beergarden by Melanie Griffin
 

If you are a food truck fan, be sure to attend the annual Eugene Food Truck Fest at PK Park. Enjoy live music, family activities and a huge selection of tantalizing dishes offered by dozens of area food trucks. Go with a large group of friends, then share your plates so that you can taste a little of everything. This popular event benefits the Eugene Mission

Author: Melanie Ryan Griffin

Melanie is a University of Oregon graduate who studied Cultural Anthropology and Cinema. After finishing school, she worked as a touring concert photographer for many years before expanding into writing concert and album reviews for online publications. Melanie is now the Tourism Marketing Coordinator for Travel Lane County. She has lived in Eugene for more than a decade. She has also lived in California, New Mexico, Florida, Spain and Slovakia. 

Melanie enjoys exploring the vibrant arts and culture scene in Eugene.  She also loves painting, cooking for friends, dancing, hiking and buying too many house plants. Follow her Instagram for Lane County's best kept secrets.