The Portland food cart craze is evolving as it spreads to suburbia and encounters a different set of zoning regulations and laws and a different local lifestyle. The Sunset Highway corridor is seeing a new breed – microrestaurants in new and existing malls. They offer the local/sustainable/creative/foodie cuisine we’ve come to expect from Portland food carts, but in a suburban setting.
Zeek’s Cheese Grill has a new outpost at Bethany Village, joining KOi Fusion, The Bowl & Berry and soon-to-open Cackalack’s Hot Chicken Shack. All are food cart successes spinning off into suburban microrestaurants.
Zeek’s offers outstanding creative grilled cheese creations. I had the Oregon with pear, bacon jam, brie and gorgonzola, plus a tomato and gorgonzola soup. They have a tiny counter for inside seating, but share lots of outdoor tables with the other establishments. I loved being able to get half sandwich (more diet friendly), and it comes with a dipping cup of tomato soup. They also have a cart in Hillsdale Food Park.
Now all of those hard-working Intel employees living in the nearby condos don’t have to hop MAX to get some great food cart food.
Or, if you’re headed to the Oregon Coast or returning, take the small detour at Cornell Road/Bethany Blvd. and go north about a mile to the Bethany Village shopping center (on the right/east side of the road).