10 Must-Try Food Trucks in Bend and Beyond

Central Oregon is home to countless food carts and food trucks, many of which you’ll find at a food truck lot. However, you’d be remiss not to visit these ten amazing food trucks in Bend and Central Oregon, many of which are not parked in food cart pods. For some carts, they are the resident food truck for a bar or brewery. But, for others, they are truly their own destination. Add these food trucks in Bend, Oregon and beyond to your food truck bucket list!

1. Tacos Pihuamo

You won’t find an Instagram account for Tacos Pihuamo, but you will find excellent food. Tacos Pihuamo is a staple among Bend’s food scene! At just $2 a piece, their street tacos are the best bang for your buck. However, for an easy-to-eat meal try their torta with your choice of meat.

Of course, you can grab enchiladas, burritos, and combinations plates to go. Feeling exceptionally hungry? Order the burrito Gigante, if you dare!

Find Tacos Pihuamos on 3rd Street near the corner of Reed Market. But, be sure to show up early. While they’re open from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m., Tacos Pihuamos is a popular destination for hungry lunchtime patrons and nearby workers.

Visit Tacos Pihuamo at 950 SE 3rd St, Bend.

2. Carmelita’s

Here, you’ll find traditional recipes made with local ingredients. Once a pop-up food cart, Carmelita’s now has a permanent home at Bend’s new Ponch’s Place. Before you double-check the address, we’ll confirm that it is, in fact, at the Veterinary Referral Center of Central Oregon.

This micro tap house sits on the covered patio of this veterinary center, serving kombucha, cider, beer, and local pours. Enjoy outdoor seating while sipping and browsing the bounty offered by Carmelita’s. Grab a classic taco plate with your choice of proteins, including al pastor, pollo adobado, carnitas, veggies, and carne asada.

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For a filling lunch or dinner, grab their burrito or burrito bowl, loaded with your protein choice plus rice, beans, pico, crema, and cheese. Share an order of crispy taquitos, filled with potato and loaded with shredded lettuce, cream, cotija, cilantro, and avocado salsa—add your protein choice for an upcharge.

3. Manzanita Grill

Without a doubt, Manzanita Grill is one of the best food trucks in Bend, Oregon. They offer a variety of small bites and munchies, but their Tex Mex tacos are certainly one of the best items on the menu.

Try their grilled shrimp tacos with a side of grilled onions and jalapeños. Mix and match sliders, which come in quantities of two. Nashville chicken sliders showcase hot honey fried chicken with a Sriracha honey aioli.

two sliders with spicy fried chicken sit in a white to go box lined with red and white checkered paper
One of each! Nashville hot chicken and pastrami sliders.

And, because they’re parked in the Humm Kombucha Taproom parking lot, you can enjoy fresh kombucha from the tap with your meal. Enjoy open-air dining at the picnic tables along their 2nd Street location. Or, head inside and enjoy Humm’s taproom indoor seating.

Visit Manzanita Grill Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m.

4. Sol Verde

If you haven’t been to Sol Verde for breakfast burritos, you haven’t experienced one of Bend’s true gems. However, you can stop by starting at 8:30 a.m. and be the judge yourself. Find them on Galveston Ave across the street from Boss Rambler Beer Club, parked on the corner at Federal Street.

This truck never moves and never leaves for events—and all of their food is made from scratch! Consider the chile verde bowl with pork, tomatillos, green chile, potatoes, and onions. It’s served with cheese, onion, tomato, cilantro, and warm flour or corn tortilla with a side of Mexi-slaw. Are you drooling yet?

Come early for the breakfast burritos, or stay for lunch and a smothered burrito. But, don’t wait too long! Sol Verde is open seasonally from spring until the end of summer until from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on weekdays and 1 p.m. on Saturdays.

Visit Sol Verde at 1040 NW Galveston Ave, Bend.

5. El Taquero

Birria, Birria, Birria! El Taquero is known for its delicious queso tacos and savory Birria. And, they make refreshing Aguas Frescas with rotating, seasonal flavors—all of which come with a Chamoy and Tajín rim (if you know, you know).

Choose your quantity of Birria queso tacos and don’t forget to add on a side of consomé for dipping. However, El Taquero has local favorite that will have you coming back for more—Birria Ramen. Yes, you read that correctly!

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Birria and ramen are popular at El Taquero.

El Taquero’s Birria Ramen is exactly as it sounds. Slow-cooked Birria in consomé broth with ramen noodles. Perfect for a chilly day or as the ultimate comfort food. Visit them Tuesday through Saturday from 11:30 a.m. until 7 p.m.

Visit El Taquero (located next to Colima Market) at 228 NE Greenwood Ave, Bend.

6. Chulitas

As many Central Oregonians know, Chulitas originated as an Aguas Frescas cart in Downtown Bend in the summer of 2021. Hot and thirsty patrons would gladly line up for their homemade juices, served in tall Chamoy-rimmed cups. Owners Olivia Carrasco and Edgar Tapia attribute Central Oregon’s combination of a thriving commerce market and a vibrant outdoor community as an ideal location to start their business. Soon thereafter, Chulitas expanded, opening their first food cart at The Barn in Sisters, OR.

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Horchata and Aguas Frescas are a favorite at Chulitas. | Eat Drink Media

Now, you can find Chulitas at The Barn in Sisters. We love, love, love the menu at Chulitas, and we recommend you don’t miss these favorite items!

  • Con Nachos y Todo: chips served with spicy queso, black beans, onions, salsa, and crema. Add protein for a small upcharge.
  • Corn Esquites: iconic Mexican street corn is served in a cup with queso cotija, lime, and chili powder.
  • Garlic Shrimp Street Tacos: fried and garlic-buttered shrimp served with cabbage, lime, cilantro, chipotle, and garlic aioli.
  • Housemade Horchata
overhead view of plate with three tacos, black beans, rice, and pint of kombucha off to the right.
Can’t choose just one taco? Go for the taco trio. | Eat Drink Media

Of course, you can still get their Aguas Frescas at the cart, with flavors rotating seasonally. Chulitas offers incredible bowls and vegan options, making this food truck in Bend and Sisters an exceptional choice for anyone seeking authentic Mexican flavors. Hang out at Boneyard’s Division Street pub, or gather around The Barn in Sisters and enjoy!

Visit Chulitas at The Barn in Sisters, 171 E Main Ave, Sisters.

7. Da Nang Vietnamese Eatery

This authentic Vietnamese food truck in Bend has not been easy to track down, but it’s now regularly parked at the Deschutes Brewery Tasting Room. Da Nang’s menu is simple: choose your protein and your “boat.” Opinions include chicken, steak, or tofu served over rice, noodles, baguette (as a bahn mi), or salad.

Each dish is topped with house hot sauce, crushed peanuts, house sauce, fried shallots, and fresh cilantro sprigs. The báhn mì, a local and writers’ favorite, is classically prepared with cucumbers, pickled carrots, and daikon, served with a garlic aioli sauce.
Sip on a Vietnamese iced coffee, or pop inside the tasting room for a fresh pour of Deschutes Brewery beer—including some non-alcoholic versions of their popular craft brews.

8. Americana

Craving a jalapeño popper burger? How about a twice-grilled cheese? You’re in luck—both are available at Americana food truck, where all burgers come with double patties on toasted brioche buns.

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The Americana special | Eat Drink Media

For our gluten-free friends: The Americana offers gluten-free buns for a small upcharge. Grab a kid’s burger or a puppy patty for your four-legged fur babies. Or, go for the OG Americana Burger with American cheese, caramelized onions, secret sauce, and garnishes and keep it classic.

Visit Americana’s original food cart at The Podski.

9. Anita’s Kitchen

What more could land you on a list of best food trucks in Bend than a feature by Guy Fieri on Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives? Anita’s Kitchen offers visitors authentic Indian cuisine made with pure Indian spices.

Start with an order of Tandoori chicken, roasted and marinated in yogurt and spices. Share smaller plates like Samosa Chhat, pea Palau rice, and Vegie Pakoda. Fulfill a larger appetite with authentic plates like Anita’s lamb curry, chicken Tikka Masala, and locals’ favorite butter chicken.
Sip on Masala Chai or lemonade Shikanji to refresh your taste buds before moving on to dessert. Enjoy sweet treats like Gulab Jamun, fried balls of dough soaked in sweet syrup. Find Anita’s Kitchen outside of Cascade Lodge on 3rd Street.

10. Cobra Dogs

You know, the great thing about Bend is that you can find a food truck just about anywhere—including a boutique electric bikes retail store. Cobra Dogs doesn’t just serve your average hot dog. No, they’re serving dogs in only the most imaginative of creations. Think mac and cheese loaded dogs with flamingo hot Cheetos and a hot dog spin on a báhn mì.

Still, you can enjoy a class “O.G.” dog, or “Cobra Style” with cream cheese, Cobra sauce, and sauerkraut. Find them parked on the corner of Galveston and 14th outside of MURF Electric Bikes.

In addition, they offer gluten-free English muffins; you can also get your sando served over spinach in a breakfast box. Still, we suggest ordering the loaded breakfast fries for the group—hot beer-battered fries with bacon, sausage, scrambled eggs, cheese, onions, and choice of Ranch or hot sauce.

After brunch, stick around General Duffy’s to keep the brunch vibes going! Whether it’s a season vendor’s market or live music, there’s all-day fun at this lively food cart lot and tap house. Visit Brunchies Food Truck Wednesday through Sunday from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. Visit Brunchies Food Truck at General Duffy’s in Redmond.

Food truck locations

Bend has more food trucks than one could even keep track of. If you’re in search of more food trucks in Bend, check out these food cart lots and pods.

  • The Podski
  • On Tap
  • The Lot
  • Bunk & Brew
  • River’s Place
  • The Bite (Tumalo)

Food trucks overview

Central Oregon’s food scene is constantly changing. With all the challenges our food trucks and restaurants face, checking their respective outlets before visiting is essential. While these food carts try to keep information current on Google, it’s not always possible.

Please check Instagram for updates, where many food carts share real-time stories or posts regarding any unexpected changes in hours and menu availability. And, enjoy these incredible food trucks in Bend, Oregon!

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