Making a lunchtime decision amidst the food courts corralled on Alder Street is no easy task. One of Portland's largest pods, you can try anything from Ethiopian dora watt to Peruvian lomo salt ado. But your nose might lead you to the unmistakably porky scent wafting from The People's Pig, which specializes in sandwiches made from its namesake animal. And your eyes need skim no farther than the top of the menu: porchetta ($8).
Our Tip Simple and satisfying hefty sandwiches sold from a cart with just a mesquite grill (no gas or electric) to give their meat-heavy dishes sweet smoke kiss. Try. The. Porchetta.
I'd argue that the best way to eat in Portland, Oregon is by visiting the city's many food carts. If you've ever doubted that street food could be serious food, these carts will convince you otherwise.