Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Happy Valley Station: Suburban food cart pod worth a visit

Happy Valley Station, a fairly new food cart pod, is a beautiful example of
a community gathering place surrounded by carefully selected food carts.
Food carts have become a mainstay of Portland culture. But, until recently, you had to head downtown or to the more historic neighborhoods to check out the food scene.

Thee first food cart pod to open in Happy Valley, a comparatively new suburb east of I-205. With 26 food and drink purveyors and a clean and comfortable 450-seat pavilion, this is a pod that fits in well with the tidy, family-oriented community. It’s heated in the winter and garage-type doors roll up in the summer. There is parking and an on-site restroom.

We were there for breakfast (some had lunch because you could do that) one rainy morning and found out why Happy Valley Station is such a draw. At one end of the pavilion was a bar with 30 taps where you could get plenty of Oregon beer, wine and cider and at the other, a 400 square foot kids play area. A mom sat on a bench working on her computer while her toddler finished his waffle. The only downside? Due to food regulations no dogs are allowed.

Laotian Street Food
We sampled breakfast burritos, crepes, waffles and fluffy biscuits. A delicious serving of shrimp and rice from the Lao Street Food cart
rounded out the offerings. There was certainly something for every one in this light and bright pod. While Happy Valley Station is truly community oriented, it’s also a draw for those traveling I-205 (Happy Valley Exit) and people coming to Kaiser Sunnyside for sppointments (it's only up the road). It’s also not a long drive from Clackamas Town Center.

In the evenings look for entertainment. Throughout the year, watch their Facebook page for special events.

Happy Valley Station is located at 13551 SE 145th Ave Happy Valley, Oregon.

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This experience was part of a tour hosted by Travel
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Association - Tualatin Valley. While this has not influenced this content, the
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