Mobile dining scene
The outdoor dining scene has shifted into high gear with Southern Oregon’s fleet of food trucks.
Mobile eateries serve Mexican, Thai, Peruvian, Turkish and Vietnamese cuisines, along with fusion fare, farm-fresh foods and some American originals. Meals are fast and, for the most part, inexpensive.
Street corners, parking lots and outdoor events are prime spots for food trucks. Many pair up with regional breweries and wineries, particularly in summer. Vendors typically use social media to announce their locations.
In Medford, The Chop Shop consists of a half-dozen or so trucks at Eighth and Fir streets. Look for Figgy's Food Truck, Peruvian Point, Wok Star, Cheesesteak King and Fired Up Food Truck weekdays during the lunch hour. Several blocks down Eighth Street, Digger’s Goodyear Tavern & Food Court, 101 S. Riverside Ave., is a stronghold of taco vendors. Another popular spot is Jolie's Bento at Riverside Avenue and East Main Street.
The Medford Center hosts a handful of food trucks, including Ooblies Waffle Food Truck and Curbside King. Farmers markets in Medford and Ashland are home to Nguyen Street Food, Sultan’s Delight, Wasana’s Thai Food and Word on the Street.
Some trucks go solo. The Rogue Chef serves sandwiches and burgers at 111 S. Talent Ave., Talent. Newcomer Jenny’s Thyme offers “fast and fresh world cuisine” at 10th Street and Riverside Avenue in Medford.