Cartside is a brand-new food cart pod located in the historic Williams District. Situated a few blocks north of the Rose Quarter, Cartside is just a short walk or bike ride from some of Portland’s most popular entertainment destinations, including the Moda Center, Lloyd Center, and Oregon Convention Center.
Once completed, Cartside will feature nine delicious and diverse food carts, with offerings ranging from Italian street food to sushi burritos and classic Thai dishes. There will also be covered and heated seating, free WiFi, and flat-screen TVs throughout, making Cartside the perfect place to meet up with friends after work or before a game. In summer 2020, visitors can enjoy a spacious deck with plenty of seating and panoramic views of Northwest Portland — all while having the best food and drinks Portland has to offer.
Formerly known as the “Black Broadway,” Williams Avenue was once home to Portland’s vibrant Black community for a majority of the 20th century. During the 40’s and 50’s, nightclubs clustered around Williams Ave. became the epicenter of the city’s live jazz scene, drawing some of the biggest names in jazz, including Duke Ellington, Wardell Gray, and Oscar Peterson. While the neighborhood has changed drastically in the last few decades, the history of Williams Ave. lives on through a series of art installations between NE Broadway and N Killingsworth that represent the history and values of Black Portland. To learn more about the history of Williams Avenue, be sure to check out the Historic Black Williams Project.
Adjacent to Cartside, Williams Taphouse is a brand-new beer and wine bar with 25 different beers and ciders on tap. With its inviting all-wood design, Williams Taphouse is the perfect atmosphere for casual hangouts, pre-game happy hours, or simply enjoying a beer after work. Whether you’re looking for the best brews in town or a place to relax with friends and family, we guarantee Williams Taphouse will become your new favorite neighborhood bar in no time!