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. Luckey’s Woodsman

Serving off-grid provisions, Luckey’s Woodsman makes food inspired by the great outdoors. Previously, Luckey’s served as the resident food cart at The Brown Owl. Now, you can find them serving food to hungry brewpub patrons at Good Life Brewing.

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.

Grab your food and enjoy Good Life Brewing’s sprawling lawn and Biergarten. Here, the atmosphere is lively and upbeat with live music, friendly staff, and lots of laughter. And, if you’re looking to really take advantage of your visit to the biergarten, pair your Luckey’s Woodsman grub with a local brew—from pilsner to saison styles all brewed in-house by Good Life Brewing.

So, grab a table and cozy up in one of the comfortable picnic tables as you sip upon your favorite beer while indulging yourself in Luckey’s cuisine. Visit Luckey’s Woodsmen at Good Life Brewing in Bend.

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, 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 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. 

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!

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. 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.

child holds an horchata with a sticker labeled "chulitas"
Horchata and Aguas Frescas are a favorite at Chulitas. | Eat Drink Media

Now, you can find Chulitas at Boneyard Pub in Bend (in addition to their Sisters food cart). 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 Boneyard Pub in Bend or at The Barn in Sisters.

7. Tekka Tiger

Tekka Tiger is one of Tumalo’s newest food carts. Here, the Singaporean family-owned cart creates authentic South East Asian dishes at Bend Cider Co. tap house. Open only on weekends, Tekka Tiger serves delicacies such as ginger-garlic chicken stir fry, curried Udon noodles, and Mee Soto spicy noodle soup.

white bowl with fried rice, green curry, basil leaves, and ginger root
Courtesy Tekka Tiger

Of course, you can find classic comfort dishes like green curry and Thai fried rice. Tekka Tiger draws inspiration from India, Malaysia, Thailand, and Singapore. Their menu rotates weekly, offering seasonal specials created by their family-run staff.

Pair any specialty dish with one of Bend Cider Co.’s cider, like the mandarin juniper cider, for some seriously complementary flavors. Visit Tekka Tiger on Saturday and Sunday from noon until 4:30 p.m.

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.

Burger is cut in half, showing the inside filled with tomatoes, lettuce, and cheese.
The OG Americana burger. | 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. Or, visit their Redmond location at The Dog House Brewyard—a 21+ dog park with a tap house and food cart lot.

9. Wandering Chef

Contrary to their namesake, the Wandering Chef can almost always be found at Hideaway Alley in Madras. Sure, you can find them at seasonal and special events around Central Oregon. However, you’re almost always sure to find their bright blue cart next to Hideaway Alley’s barbershop from Tuesday to Sunday.

Head to Wandering Chef for local favorites like The Cubano, falafel pita, Asian pulled-pork sandwich, and the “Great American Cheeseburger.” You’ll find local taps, live music, trivia, and community at their Hideaway Alley residence. Visit Wandering Chef on your next trip to Madras, Oregon.

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.

brunch sandwich with lettuce, tomato, and fried onion rings at brunchies food truck in central oreogn.
Courtesy Brunchies

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

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.

  • Weekend lunch from Tekka Tiger on Saturday afternoon.
  • Weekday lunch at Americana, 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 a pint from Good Life Brewing at Luckey’s Woodsman for dinner.
  • Saturday brunch from Brunchies followed by midday brews and tacos at Chulita’s.
  • Queso tacos and Aguas Frescas from El Taquero followed by live music at nearby Campfire Hotel
  • Weekday lunch from Wandering Chef in Madras before exploring the north end of Central Oregon.
  • Weekday morning breakfast burrito bowls from Sol Verde on your way to work or back from school drop-offs.

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!