Guide to Eugene Food Truck Pods
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!
beergardenThe 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
8th & Olive Food Truck PodAll 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
Kesey Square Food Truck PodKesey 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
Friendly Street Food Truck PodCovered 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.
Oakshire BrewingOutdoor 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
3rd & Van Buren Food Truck PodWhiteaker 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
Graffiti Alley Food Truck PodGraffiti Alley Food Truck Pod by Melanie Griffin
Outside of the city center is this great River Road dining option. The food trucks sit beside a truly unique auto parts store called Graffiti Alley which is full of classic charm. The area is complete with picnic tables and plenty of Instagrammable features. Since this pod is in a more suburban setting, the carts are only open weekends and evenings when the hungry neighbors return from work. There is a variety of food styles offered here and a popular cider cart as well!
Best Bet: Tostones - Authentic Carribean cuisine full of flavor.
Other Great Food TrucksChaiyo Thai Food Truck by Melanie Griffin
Here are a few more popular solo food trucks worth tracking down for lunch:
- Chaiyo Thai typically parked at Sessions Music Hall
- Da Nang Vietnamese Eatery (award-winning) consistently at Oregon Wine LAB
- I Scream For Waffles found at various locations including Ninkasi Brewing Co tasting room
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.