10 Must-Try Food Trucks in Bend and Beyond (That You Won’t Find at a Pod)

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—not parked in food cart pods. For some, they are the resident food truck for a bar or brewery. But, for others, they are undoubtedly 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.

Tacos Pihuamo
950 SE 3rd St
Bend, OR 97702

 

2. Luckey’s Woodsman

Serving off-grid provisions, Luckey’s Woodsman makes food inspired by the great outdoors. Previously, Luckey’s parked among the food carts at Silvermoon Brewery’s The Office. Now, you can find them as the resident food cart for The Brown Owl in the Box Factory.

Grub on local Splitting Aces Ranch burgers served on brioche buns with tomato and living butter lettuce. For a fancy burger, order the forager burger; charred wild mushrooms, goat chevre, balsamic reduction, and pesto aioli.

For a savory snack, try the poutine it out there; truffle fries served with wild mushroom sausage gravy and cheese curds. Enjoy cold boxes to take on your next excursion—guaranteed to be soggy-free!

plate of nachos covered in pico de gallo and steak
Mountain nachos are a great shared plate at Luckey’s Woodsman.

The Brown Owl’s legacy lives on, with two staples available at Luckey’s Woodsman. A customer favorite, The Sando, has been perfected by Luckeys’ crew. Also, the popcorn fried chicken makes a comeback to satisfy longtime visitors of The Brown Owl.

Sit around the fire pits and grab a cocktail or local tap from The Brown Owl’s bar, or head upstairs and enjoy the newly-renovated lounge and game room. Open daily from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and stays open until 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

Luckey’s Woodsmen
550 SW Industrial Wy #120
Bend, OR 97702

 

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 undoubtedly one of the best items on the menu.

Try their grilled shrimp tacos, which come 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. Open Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m.

Manzanita Grill
1125 NE 2nd St
Bend, OR 97701

 

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.

This truck never moves and never leaves for events—and all of their food is made from scratch! Consider the chile verde bowl, which comes 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 until 2 p.m. on weekdays and 1 p.m. on Saturdays.

Sol Verde
1040 NW Galveston Ave
Bend, OR 97701

 

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!

fork pulls ramen noodles from a bowl of birria and consome
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.

El Taquero (located next to Colima Market)
228 NE Greenwood Ave
Bend, OR 97701

 

6. Angry Salsa Burritos

Midtown commuters, your breakfast option is here! Ok, so maybe the term “commuters” is a bit of a stretch. However, if you find yourself cruising 3rd Street in Midtown Bend in search of breakfast, Angry Salsa Burritos is your place.

You can find Angry Salsa Burritos at Waypoint Hotel, near the corner of 3rd St and Olney Ave. Choose your add-ins, like chicken, beef, eggs, fajita veggies, and more. These burritos don’t play around when it comes to size, so arrive hungry!

Moreover, they serve their popular ‘muscle bowls’ which feature rice, veggies, eggs, and your choice of meat. And, with five eggs and plenty of meat, muscle bowls contain nearly 50 grams of protein. Angry Salsa Burritos is open every day from 7 a.m. until 1 p.m.

Angry Salsa Burritos
1415 NE 3rd St
Bend, OR 97701

 

7. Dinky Dau

A downtown hot spot, Dinky Dau makes fresh-to-order bánh mì, rice bowls, and Asian-inspired delights. And, they’re only available during the week; Monday through Thursday, to be exact.

Hand reaches into a bowl of cilantro while making a bahn mi sandwich
Báhn mì made daily at Dinky Dau.

Dinky Dau serves their bánh mì from a mobile grill and cart, just one block from NW Bond Street downtown. Stop by for lunch and enjoy your choice of lemongrass pork or meatball bánh mì, rice bowl, and a wide variety of kimchi. Available only for lunch from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m.

Dinky Dau
264 NW Irving Ave
Bend, OR 97701

 

8. The Americana

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

For our gluten-free friends, The Americana offers gluten-free buns for a small upcharge. Grab a kids burger or a puppy patty for your four-legged fur babies. Spider City Brewing has great indoor and outdoor space at their 9th Street taproom.

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Choose from their extensive tap list, including IPAs, kettle sours, seltzers, and stouts. Cap off the evening with a Cuppa’ Porter, a collaboration with Lone Pine Coffee Roasters to make a malt-based porter that’s “hopped to perfection.”

Americana is open Tuesday through Thursday from 3 to 8 p.m., Fridays from 3 to 9 p.m. and Saturdays from 2 to 9 p.m. Visit them for lunch on Wednesdays and Fridays only from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

The Americana
1177 SE 9th St
Bend, OR 97702

 

9. Odd Bird Barbecue

Breakfast tacos and smoked brisket burritos? Say no more! Odd Bird Barbecue makes oak-fired provisions in the heart of Downtown Bend. Look for the cart with a tin roof in Brooks Alley for weekend breakfast tacos, smoked pork Cubanos (dubbed the ‘Barbecuban’), and barbecue specials.

Odd Bird Barbecue makes their own flour tortillas for rotating taco specials. Gluten-free friends can request corn tortillas for tacos. Pop into The Commons Café for a beer, cider, or choice beverage and enjoy small-batch barbecue provisions in the courtyard overlooking Mirror Pond.

plate holding a burrito smothered in melted cheese, pickled onions and fresh cilantro
Smoked brisket burrito smothered in housemade queso.

On weekends, Odd Bird makes breakfast tacos in addition to their regular menu. These tacos come with egg, cotija cheese, and all of the fixings of your taco choice! However, their menu changes seasonally. Because they source from many hyper-local Central Oregon farms, ingredients and offerings can vary.

One thing you can always count on? Housemade queso to add to your dish! Visit them on Fridays 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. and weekends from 9:30 a.m. until 2 p.m.

Odd Bird Barbecue
875 NW Brooks St
Bend, OR 97703

 

10. Brunchies Food Truck

If you’re a foodie who lives for brunch, then you’re a ‘brunchie,’ and this cart is your North star. At Brunchies Food Truck, you’ll find all of the sweet and savory favorites. For a sweet start, order their hot donut holes. For a greasy spoon starter, enjoy their breakfast tacos or crab dip with crackers.

Afterward, you can build your own breakfast sandwich with your choice of bread and fixings. Start with your choice of made-from-scratch Japanese milk bread or English muffin. Then, top it with your choice of protein, cheese, veggies, and condiments. You can “make it a meal” with add-ons like hashbrowns and Hawaiian mac salad.

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.

From there, head across the street to Sisters Depot for an Aperol spritz or French 75 to keep the brunch vibes going! Visit Brunchies Food Truck Wednesday through Sunday from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m.

Brunchies Food Truck
353 W Hood Ave
Sisters, OR 97759

 

Food truck locations

We get it—you can’t visit all ten carts in one day or even one weekend. So, try this itinerary when visiting food trucks in Bend, Oregon.

  • Breakfast burritos from Sol Verde on Saturday morning on your way up the mountain
  • Weekday lunch at Dinky Dau, followed by kombucha and small bites from Manzanita for an early dinner
  • Mid-week lunch at Tacos Pihuamo, followed by the Brutus salad paired with rotating taps at Luckey’s Woodsman for dinner
  • Saturday brunch from Brunchies followed by midday beer flights and burgers at Americana’s Spider City Brewing location
  • Queso tacos and Aguas Frescas from El Taquero followed by live music at nearby Campfire Hotel
  • Order Odd Bird Barbecue’s tacos before grabbing your favorite cider from The Commons and enjoying Downtown Bend’s waterfront
  • Weekday morning breakfast burrito bowls from Angry Salsa Burritos on your way to work or back from schobol drop-offs

 

Food trucks overview

Central Oregon’s food scene is constantly changing. With all of the challenges our food trucks and restaurants are facing, it’s important to check their respective outlets before visiting. 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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