Best Food Trucks in Bend, Oregon

You haven’t truly been to Bend until you’ve eaten at some of its famous food carts!  If you’re not sure what a food cart is: they’re essentially your favorite restaurant set in a small, mobile “truck,” serving to-go food.  Food carts have become so popular here that several “Food Truck Lots” have popped up in recent years: this is a collection of carts together, along with plenty of outdoor/indoor seating, lots of brews & cider on tap (usually no hard alcohol), & room for kids & dogs to play.  In this article, the “Best Food Trucks in Bend, Oregon,” we’ll take a tour around town & check out some of the most popular spots!

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On Tap is located on the east side of town, near Costco, & is one of my favorite food truck lots in Bend ~ Pilot Butte rises behind it, creating a phenomenal sunset spot.

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Map of Bend’s Food Truck Lots

Podski

On Tap

The Bite

The Lot

Midtown Yacht Club

The Office

Food Carts at Crux

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Overview of Bend’s Food Trucks

Let’s take a look at food carts close to downtown Bend & then move out from there ~ click on the name of any food cart below & it will take you to their menu.  Also Note: Hours listed below are for the tap rooms ~ NOT the food carts!! Each cart has its own operating hours. 

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  • The Podski Food Cart Lot (Downtown) = TONS of Food Options + Great People-Watching/Bar-Hopping Location: This usually-packed spot includes these food carts: Thailandia (SUPER popular!!), The Tin Pig (Southern comfort food), Big Ski Perogies (dough dumplings with fillings!), Toasty (Vegan food), Board (charcuterie boards), Earl N Mabel (salads, skewers, & burritos), Tacos La Catrina (authentic Mexican), & Juno (sushi). Podski doesn’t have a lot of space ~ so this isn’t the best spot to bring dogs. But it IS a great place to start your night: it’s across the street from popular bars like River Pig, Avid Cider, & Bledsoe Family Winery. Hours: 11AM-11PM DAILY.
  • The Lot Bend (West Side) = Tucked in Residential Streets & Just 4 Food Carts: The selection’s a little more limited here ~ food trucks include: A’La Carte (French Fries + Salads = GENIUS), Burgrz & Dogz (6 different burgers, 8 hot dogs), Fricken Faco (Fried chicken + fish tacos!), & Maki Maki Sushi (apps, sushi rolls, & poke). The Lot is set close to Drake Park, surrounded by some of Bend’s oldest, most historic homes ~ parking can be tough over here. This is a cozy spot; you may want to leave the dogs behind here. Hours: 11AM-9PM DAILY. 
  • Crux Fermentation Food Carts = Big Grass Area for Kids & Dogs + Pizza & Mexican: This is a tasting room first, food trucks second spot ~ but their HUGE grass area makes it a great place to bring a group, bring the dogs, & spread out for a picnic. There are only two food carts here: El Sancho (most popular Mexican food in town), & Crux Pizza Project. Hours: 11:30AM-9PM DAILY.
  • Midtown Yacht Club (East Side) = Local’s Favorite with Popular Barrio Mexican: This low-key spot has plenty of space to spread out ~ food trucks are: Barrio (one of the most popular Mexican spots in town), Alley Dogz (hot dogs, corn dogs, & pretzels), TOTS! (all kinds of tots), Shim Shon (Israeli street food), Lively Up Yourself (Vegan comfort food), North Fresh Sushi, & a pizza place just opened here. It’s less touristy here ~ more of a “locals” feel, set on a residential side street on the east side. Hours: 11AM – 9PM; 10PM close on weekends.
  • On Tap (East Side) = Great for Sunsets + Kid + Dog-Friendly, LOTS of Room: I think this is one of the prettiest food truck spots in Bend ~ & a killer place to watch the sunset over nearby Pilot Butte. It’s more kid & dog-friendly than most food truck spots, with more space & lots of large tables. Food trucks here: Barrio (tacos, burritos, enchiladas), Curbbq (brisket, pulled pork, & burgers), Himalayan Bites (dumplings, curry, noodles), The Bleu Rooster (sandwiches & gyros), Phillystyle (classic Philly cheese steaks), & Rush’s Squares (Sicilian-style pizza). Hours: 11AM – 9PM; 10PM close on weekends.
  • The Bite (in Tumalo) = Family-Friendly with GREAT Food + Adirondacks + Picnic Tables: This is another one of my favorites ~ love the vibe here! I always see kids & families at The Bite, & usually several dogs (not mine ~ she’s too wild)! Food trucks include: The Rogue Chef (high-end BLT’s, Wagyu beef burgers, + NW Salad), Rico’s Tacos (burritos, fajitas, nachos, tacos), Noi Thai (one of the most popular Thai spot in town ~ with spring rolls, Pad Thai, Thai basil chicken, etc.), Pine Marten Pizza (yummy wood-fired pizza), & North Fresh Sushi. In my opinion, this lot has the best selection of ALL: great variety & quality of food here. It’s also more of a “locals” place, set in adorable Tumalo ~ great stop after visiting Tumalo Falls. Hours: 11AM – 9PM DAILY.

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On Tap gets my vote for the “Prettiest Food Truck Lot” in town…& dogs love it too : )

Photos of Bend Food Truck Lots

I get it: you need to see some photos before making a decision about which food carts to visit while you’re in Bend!  Here you go…

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You haven’t really been to Bend until you’ve experienced at least ONE of its food trucks: pictured here is popular Podski, located off Colorado Ave.

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“The Lot” is located on the west side of the river, near popular 10 Barrel Brewing.

Best Food Trucks in Bend, Oregon, Girl Who Travels the World

There are only a couple of food carts at Crux ~ but their massive lawn area is a FANTASTIC place to people-watch on a nice day. Bring the kids & dogs!

Best Food Cart Lots in Bend, Oregon, Girl Who Travels the World

Crux is a happening spot ~ & what you can’t see in this photo is a HUGE lawn area to the left….filled with picnic tables & room to run.

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Midtown Yacht Club has no water in sight ~ but lots of good food & a relaxed vibe.

Best Food Truck Lots in Bend, Oregon, Girl Who Travels the World

The Bite in Tumalo is my personal favorite food cart spot: they’ve got pizza, Thai food, great tacos, & SHAVED ICE!!

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My friend’s son enjoying a refreshing shaved ice after some of our many Bend adventures….

Best Food Trucks in Bend, Oregon

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