Have you checked out The Lot? A food-cart pod located two blocks west of Mirror Pond (745 NW Columbia St.), The Lot is Bend’s answer to Portland’s Cartopia. To date, it’s home to five diverse food carts: Rico’s Tacos, the Brown Owl (local comfort food), Mauna Kea Grill (Hawaiian specialties), Real Food Street Bistro (locally sourced regional fare) and Thailandia Asian Food Cart (vegan/vegetarian).
The pavilion at The Lot in Bend ORNot only is The Lot open well into the evening (currently, until 11 pm), but it also features live music on Thursday nights. Another nice touch:  the open-air covered eating pavilion, which features heated benches, a mammoth gas fire pit and overhead heaters. The real draw (at least when I’ve visited) is the Lot’s beer bar: Adjacent to the pavilion is a bar stocked with 16 tap handles featuring local beers, cider and kombucha. It’s a popular neighborhood spot for mixing, mingling and sampling a cross-section of the food-cart fare. The vibe is decidedly downtown.
The Lot is open from 10 am-11 pm daily, but each cart sets its own hours. For more info, call 541-610-4969.
Here are a few more photos of the carts at The Lot:
The Brown Owl at The Lot in Bend OR
Thailandia & Real Food Bistro at The Lot in Bend OR
The Lot in Bend OR

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Lisa Broadwater, GRI, CDPE, is a Central Oregon-based real estate professional who specializes in listing and selling homes, especially in Sisters, Tumalo, Bend and Redmond.